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IMPORTANT: This free download will give you sample entries from the dictionary. An in-app purchase is required to activate the full dictionary.

Are you a learner of English who needs to do academic writing in English?

Understand the words and phrases used in academic writing. Learn how to use them in your own written work.

The Oxford Learner’s Dictionary of Academic English is the learner’s dictionary that focuses exclusively on academic English. If you are a non-native English speaker studying an academic subject in English, this dictionary app will help you understand academic texts and will help you improve your own academic writing.

Key features

• 22,000 words, phrases and meanings clearly explained, with the focus on their usage in academic writing
• Informed by the 85-million-word Oxford Corpus of Academic English
• Over 50,000 corpus-based example sentences
• 690 collocation notes show over 26,000 collocations (words that are used together)
• 120 Thesaurus notes, Language Banks, Grammar Points and Which Word? notes
• Word lists for four subject areas (physical sciences, life sciences, social sciences and humanities) that you can add to or edit
• Create and organize your own lists of favourite words
• Words in the Academic Word List are all labelled
• Hear all the words spoken by real British and American English voices
• Use Full Dictionary Search to find your word in any phrase, collocation or example sentence in the dictionary
• ‘Did you mean…?’ function and wild card search allow you to find a word even if you don’t know the spelling
• View History to see the last 100 words you looked up
• All the dictionary text is live – tap to instantly look up a word
• Spotlight Search in Favourites folders

Recommended for learners of English who are
• Studying academic subjects in English at university or college
• Studying on foundation or pre-sessional courses
• B1-C2 level in English (intermediate – advanced)

What’s New

Version 1.3

Updated to improve compatibility with the latest version of iOS.

Ratings and Reviews

3.0 out of 5
29 Ratings

29 Ratings

Ep612345 ,

This is the worst purchase I’ve made. I want my money back

This dictionary has very limited number words. You couldn’t find some simple word on this app. I don’t know why the app even called itself a “dictionary”. It just ruins the reputation of Oxford Dictionary.

Apple needs to do something about this app and take it off from the app store. Totally is a scam. I want my money back. Do we have an option to return a purchase item from app store, Apple?

Mogne140 ,

Are you kidding me

Extremely limited in finding new words. This expensive dictionary lacks depth. If one types perplex, voracious, steep1, indiscriminate among others, the dictionary won't reveal or show, or define any of the aforementioned words. I will write to the developer requesting my money back immediately. I've been robbed. Do not believe me? Type these words or many others, then come back here to write a review. 😆😆😆

Thich Le Minh ,

Return my money !

This dictionary has very limited number words. I want my money back.

Developer Response ,

We're sorry that you're disappointed in this app. Please contact us at for advice about our dictionaries, or contact Apple for a refund. Best wishes, the Oxford Learner's Dictionary team


Oxford University Press ELT
63.4 MB

Requires iOS 9.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.


English, Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese

Age Rating
In-App Purchases
  1. Oxford Learner's Dictionary of Academic English $13.99


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