Collins - Pioneers in Dictionary Publishing since 1819
William Collins' dream of 'knowledge for all' began with the publication of his first book in 1819.
A self-educated mill-worker, William Collins not only enriched millions of lives, but also founded a flourishing publishing house. Today, staying true to his innovative and pioneering spirit, Collins books are packed with inspiration, innovation and practical expertise.
At the heart of Collins dictionaries is the Collins Corpus: the world’s first and largest language database which shows language as it is really used today. Updated monthly and containing over 4.5 billion entries, it captures and analyses the language used in websites, newspapers, magazines and books published from all over the world, in spoken material from radio, TV and everyday conversations.
All of our explanations, examples and special features are based on analysis of the Corpus, so you can trust Collins to help you speak and write accurate, effective and up-to-date English.
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