recently I thought of getting a new dictionary. What is the dictionary that has the most examples (especially sentences examples)?

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    I'm voting to close this question as off-topic because it is asking for resources, and not about the English language.
    – Mari-Lou A
    Commented Oct 28, 2015 at 10:00
  • It's pretty much a function of the size, which is pretty much a function of the price.
    – Hot Licks
    Commented Oct 28, 2015 at 11:04

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As per Mary Lou, the OED2 comes in two versions: the first is the 20 volume dictionary, the price of which costs 995 new on Amazon [1]; the second is a compact, micrographic version, which costs 1/3 of the price of the 20 volume set at $377 on Amazon [2] and isn't portable either as it is gigantic.

As for portable dictionaries, I would say that it depends on which side of the pond you're on; if you're English, you could probably go for a pocket OED (price on Amazon: $13.26 [3]) or pocket Collins English Dictionary (price on Amazon: $9.38 [4]).

If you're American, then pocket Websters (price on Amazon: $5.95 [5]) is about the only one I know of that has a pocket dictionary in America; I would've recommended American Heritage as well, but it seems it doesn't have a pocket dictionary from my search.

On all of these dictionaries, I can't say which has the most example sentences as I've never owned any pocket other than Websters, which didn't have any but as its copyright is 2003, its newer may have them.

I suggest pocket dictionaries as you said you were looking for portable ones and thus chose to omit desk dictionaries, with the exception of my original answer.

[1] http://www.amazon.com/Oxford-English-Dictionary-Vols-1-20/dp/0198611862/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1446031161&sr=1-1&keywords=Oxford+20+vol.

[2] http://www.amazon.com/Dictionary-Complete-Reproduced-Micrographically-slipcase/dp/0198612583/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1446031941&sr=1-1&keywords=oxford+english+dictionary+compact

[3] http://www.amazon.com/Pocket-Oxford-English-Dictionary-Dictionaries/dp/0199666156/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1446031113&sr=1-1&keywords=pocket+oxford+english+dictionary

[4] http://www.amazon.com/Collins-English-Dictionary-Pocket/dp/0007450559/ref=sr_1_4?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1446030297&sr=1-4&keywords=Pocket+Collins+English+dictionary

[5] http://www.amazon.com/Merriam-Websters-Pocket-Dictionary-Merriam-Webster/dp/0877795304/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1446031067&sr=1-1&keywords=Pocket+Websters

  • Best mention how much it costs too. It's quite steep, but if you are lucky enough to be a member of an English library you can enjoy free online access—at least I think it works that way.
    – Mari-Lou A
    Commented Oct 28, 2015 at 8:47
  • I have checked OED before, but it has 20 volumes. 20 volumes aren't portable for me. Any other choices? Commented Oct 28, 2015 at 8:56
  • @EnglishGuy-David please do not ask new questions in comments. Jasper answered your original question correctly, you should have stated that you had discarded OED in your original (off-topic) question.
    – Mari-Lou A
    Commented Oct 28, 2015 at 10:01
  • If price is not an issue but portability is, you could try the online subscription.
    – Lawrence
    Commented Oct 28, 2015 at 11:42
  • Webster's indeed is the dictionary of choice in America. Their college dictionary is about 4 pounds in weight and costs 9 USD or so gently used on Amazon. It gives access to their unabridged online. The college has not as many examples as I would like. The unabridged is about 10 pounds and 50 USD on sale
    – Stu W
    Commented Oct 28, 2015 at 12:03

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