Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary

With clear definitions and useful study extras, this monolingual dictionary can help you on your way to becoming a confident, natural-sounding English speaker.

Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary is the best dictionary for general British English on Cambridge Dictionaries Online. Select "British English" from the list of dictionaries at the top of any page on Cambridge Dictionaries Online to search this dictionary.

Favourite Entries

Key Features

Understand the meaning

Clear, simple and accurate definitions using easy-to-understand language: check the definition for polyhedron. More advanced meanings are given for more common words: check all the meanings for nut.

Find the meaning

Use the guidewords to identify the meaning that you are looking for. Look at the More Results panel next to the entry for hand.

Learn how to use the word

Thousands of natural example sentences that show how the word is used in context: The entry for the verb protest shows that it is used with the preposition against.

British English and American Pronunciation

Hear the words spoken online with thousands of recordings: Try listening to the two different pronunciations for the word sanctuary.

Also available as a book

Get the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary from Cambridge ELT

  • 'Word partner' boxes show you how to use words in the most natural way.
  • 'Extra help' section includes maps, illustrations and photos.
  • 'Let's Talk' section focuses specifically on spoken English.
  • 'Common mistakes' boxes help you avoid typical errors.
  • Thesaurus panels help you widen your vocabulary.

Other dictionaries

In other dictionaries...

Definitions of “expenditure” in other dictionaries

Translations of “expenditure” in other languages

If you search for a word, then decide you want to see what another Cambridge dictionary says about it, you can use the ‘In other dictionaries’ section on the right.

For example if you look up the definition for expenditure in British English, then want to find out what the American English dictionary says, click on ‘American English’. If you then want to find a Spanish translation for that word, click on ‘in Spanish’.

Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Word of the Day

luck

the force that causes things, especially good things, to happen to you by chance and not as a result of your own efforts or abilities

Word of the Day

A certain je ne sais quoi: French words and phrases used in English

by Liz Walter,
January 21, 2015
It is an odd irony that the more sophisticated your use of English is, the more likely you are to use French words and phrases. Or, to be more accurate, ones you know to be French – words such as ballet, au pair, abattoir, fiancé, café, and restaurant are so entrenched in

Read More 

flower beard noun

January 19, 2015
a beard adorned with flowers And some of said beard-rockers are even turning it up a notch, painting trend on top of trend with what’s come to be known as ‘the flower beard.’

Read More