With short definitions that are easy to understand, this monolingual dictionary is suitable for beginners and pre-intermediate students.
Cambridge Essential English Dictionary has all the words and phrases that you need to learn in British English. Select "Essential British English" from the list of dictionaries at the top of any page on Cambridge Dictionaries Online to search this dictionary.
Simple definitions using the words that you know.
English Profile symbols tell you the level of the most important words in English: At about, the first sense is marked A1, which tells you that this is a very important sense. The phrase what about/how about has two senses marked A2 and B1 that are important for more advanced users.
Thousands of short, natural example sentences: At able, the example shows how to use be able to, as these are words which are often used together.
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