This new edition of the Oxford Compact Thesaurus forms part of a new range of Oxford Thesauruses derived from the New Oxford Thesaurus of English. It is ideal for helping you pinpoint exactly the right word for a particular situation, whether you are writing a letter, preparing a report,composing an essay, writing creatively, or solving a crossword. Over 325,000 alternative words cover everyday vocabulary as well as more unusual and specialist words, and there is clear labelling of informal, dialect, literary, and technical items. The closest and most useful alternative words aregiven first, with words which are closest in meaning to the entry word given in capitals. Other useful features include thousands of example phrases helping you to select the correct word, and opposites and related terms clearly marked.