The online family of Macmillan Dictionaries has just gained a new member, with the publication earlier this week of the Macmillan Collocations Dictionary in electronic form. This dictionary, first published in print in 2010, was compiled using the most up-to-date tools of corpus research to create a genuinely innovative and useful dictionary for advanced learners of English, as well as those who use English in their professional and academic lives. We are very excited to be making this resource available to our users alongside the main Macmillan Dictionary and the Macmillan Thesaurus, which was launched as a freestanding but fully integrated resource almost two years ago.
The Collocations Dictionary includes entries for more than 4,500 carefully selected key words. The content is focused on language learners’ productive needs, with collocations grouped in semantic sets within an entry and special focus on collocations that are frequent in academic and professional writing. The content incorporates examples for each semantic set to show how collocations are used in context, and extra usage boxes contain grammatical notes, synonyms and alternative expressions that are frequently used.
You can read about the main features of the Collocations Dictionary and how it was created here and here. You can access the Dictionary by clicking on the orange tab at the top of the screen; this will take you straight to the dictionary’s content, ordered alphabetically, which you can browse. The Collocations Dictionary has also been fully integrated into Macmillan Dictionary, so you can access it via the normal dictionary entries too. Just click on the orange Collocations and examples link, and then on Explore Collocations. Why not try this with the entries for access or explore?
We hope you will enjoy using this additional free resource from Macmillan Dictionaries.