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With comprehensive coverage of key academic terms as well as a broad range of everyday meanings, this monolingual dictionary is perfect for intermediate and upper-intermediate students of American English.

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Words and meanings from U.S. and world history, English, algebra, geometry, art, biology, chemistry, earth science, physics, and other content areas are clearly labelled and explained. These can be main entries, such as hadron (from physics). Or they can be special meanings of more common words, such as the sense of line used in geometry.

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