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What are your favorite English language tools?

This may seem like a meta question but I feel it is really about English Language and Usage.

What is the preferred online free dictionary of this community? There are so many out there? Some internet based seems to be very advertising oriented while some other only seem to aggregate crowdsourced content from other sites.

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marked as duplicate by RegDwigнt Aug 30 '12 at 9:41

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There was a question called "What are your favorite English language tools?" that listed some online resources, but it was closed about a month ago –  jwpat7 Aug 30 '12 at 6:54
    
I must say that I don't remember why it was closed (the box says I did it). There must have been a discussion preceding the closure, but I am having a blackout. Either way, I'm reopening this question here to at least close it as a dupe of that question instead. It has a number of dictionaries voted on by the community so it actually answers your question about the community's preferences. –  RegDwigнt Aug 30 '12 at 9:45
    
Got some downvotes but got an answer too; I am happy camper. –  Miserable Variable Aug 30 '12 at 15:43

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There are a lot of questionable dictionaries, in print as well as online. If you use dictionaries a lot, it is worth paying for a decent one.

Online free ones... try:

Longmans

Cambridge Dictionaries Online

Merriam-Webster

Wordnet

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Thanks! I did not want to suggest I don't like to pay for dictionaries, have bought them in past and will buy in future too. –  Miserable Variable Aug 30 '12 at 15:43

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