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Wordnet has the "paper bag" issue. What is the best all-in-one dictionary?( synonyms,antonyms, etymology)

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    What's the paper bag issue? I like onelook.com and dict.org for their sophisticated search facilities and quick surveys of multiple online dictionaries for a given word, so I can pick out the one which suits my need best, and etymonline.com for etymologies. For more, see this Meta question. – Dan Bron Nov 15 '16 at 6:53
  • This is going to be opinion-based but recognized dictionaries with professional lexicographers are what you want to use, and these include Oxford, Cambridge, Merriam-Webster, American Heritage, Collins, and MacMillan. Farley's 'The free dictionary' lists definitions from more than one of these dictionaries. Last you can access most these dictionaries by looking a word up in One Look, where a search will provide multiple returns with links to the above. It can also include links to many others so don't be overwhelmed. – Alan Carmack Nov 15 '16 at 6:56
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    I personally prefer the Oxford dictionary, popularly called the Oxford Dictionary Online (ODO) because it provides multiple example sentences for each word. Type your word in the open search field. It is also not bogged down with images and/or advertisements. I would try to stay away from "learners dictionaries" unless you are a very beginner. They are extremely oversimplified and streamlined usually giving fewer uses than regular dictionaries. I don't recommend Wiktionary. – Alan Carmack Nov 15 '16 at 7:03

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