What’s your OALD story?

oald whats your storyThe Oxford Advanced Learner’s Dictionary (OALD) was first published in 1948. Since then, over 100 million English language learners have used OALD to develop their English skills for work and study, and that’s why it’s the world’s bestselling advanced-level dictionary for learners of English.



You can still tell us your OALD story using the comments box below, find others stories about the dictionary here, and use our language learning resources below to build your vocabulary.

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The Oxford Advanced Learner’s Dictionary

The Oxford Advanced Learner’s Dictionary is created especially for you – learners of English – with clear and simple definitions, example sentences showing language in use, and the Oxford 3000™ and Oxford 5000™ word lists which provide the most important words to learn in English. It’s your complete guide to learning English vocabulary!

OALD Resources

We’ve pulled together some of our top resources and activities to help you build your vocabulary.

Test your vocabulary knowledge with these activities:

Learn and practise using the most important words and phrases in English topic by topic. Try these activities from Oxford Word Skills Second Edition, based on the Oxford 3000 and Oxford 5000.

Shopping for food Describing objects Music
Elementary / A1-A2 Intermediate / B1 Upper-Intermediate – Advanced / B2-C1

OALD is more than a dictionary…

Take your English skills to the next level with the extra resources and practice in OALD premium online. Improve your pronunciation and speaking skills, practise your writing, create lists of words to learn and more.


Practise words anytime, anywhere with the OALD app. Access the full A-Z offline to look up any word in the dictionary, practise and improve your pronunciation, and test yourself on vocabulary and usage.

Try the app for free. Download a free preview with 100 entries, or try a 2-day free trial.





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  1. Felt bad for being slack in coming across the news. Anyway,I must express my gratefulness toOxford AdvanceLearner Dictionary which helped me explain the intricacies of speech mechanism especially the dipthongs. And I am in the present job simply because I had opted forMajor in English. Thank you OALD. Prashant

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