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Chambers 21st Century Dictionary looks at the English language from a fresh perspective. The needs of the reader are always paramount, and this will be immediately apparent on comparing it with any other dictionary. Drawn from the unique Chambers database of language and reference materials, this new dictionary provides in one volume an exceptional range of information about English and how to use it.

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