Did you know?

Click any word in a definition or example to find the entry for that word


 - definitions and thesaurus

What are red words?

90% of the time, speakers of English use just 7,500 words in speech and writing. These words appear in red, and are graded with stars. One-star words are frequent, two-star words are more frequent, and three-star words are the most frequent.



The thesaurus of synonyms and related words is fully integrated into the dictionary. Click on the thesaurus category heading under the button in an entry to see the synonyms and related words for that meaning.

adjective absolute pronunciation in British English /ˈæbsəluːt/absolute pronunciation in British English /ˌæbsəˈluːt/
  1. 1
    [only before noun] very great, or complete: used for emphasizing an opinion, feeling, or statement

    The way they’ve been treated is an absolute disgrace.

    I have absolute confidence in her.

    You’re talking absolute nonsense.

  2. 2
    [usually before noun] measured in itself, not in relation to anything else

    Health spending has increased in absolute terms, but not as a proportion of national income.

  3. 3
    [usually before noun] true or right in all situations

    Do you believe in absolute moral values?


… a teaching method in which groups of children learn independently using a computer linked to the internet

BuzzWord Article

Open Dictionary


a derogatory word used for referring to people in the banking and investment industry who are thought of as taking serious risks in order to increase their own earnings …

add a word


A must for anyone with an interest in the changing face of language. The Macmillan Dictionary blog explores English as it is spoken around the world today.

global English and language change from our blog