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Collins Dictionaries is a free online resource.

  • It has an English-English function, as well as bilingual English to and from Chinese, French, German, Hindi, Italian, Portuguese and Spanish.
  • It provides sample pronunciation of words.
  • It has a thesaurus function.
  • It has a section on Words & Language.

IPA pronunciation key[edit]

Collins Dictionaries have several pronunciations for each word. In the American section there are IPA and non-IPA pronunciations (e.g. face as /feɪs; fās/). Here we list only the IPA transcription.

In the "Learner" section the stressed vowel is underlined, instead of having an IPA stress mark.

Sample word Learner British American Teflpedia Comments
trap, marry æ æ æ /æ/
plastic æ æ, ɑː æ /æ/
bath ɑː, æ ɑː æ, ɑ /ɑː,BrE æAmE/
palm, father, safari ɑː ɑː ɑ /ɑː/
start, star ɑːʳ ɑː ɑr /ɑːr/
dress, merry e ɛ ɛ /e/
face /eɪ/
square eəʳ ɛə ɛr /eər/
hilarious eər ɛər ɛr /eər/ Mary-merry merger
kit, mirror ɪ ɪ ɪ /ɪ/
fleece i /iː/
near ɪəʳ ɪə ɪr /ɪər/
material ɪər ɪər ɪr /ɪər/
happy i ɪ i /iː/
various ɪə /iːə/
intermediate (adj.) ɪɪ iɪ, ieɪ /iːə/
lot ɒ ɒ ɑ /ɒ/
sorry ɒ ɒ ɑ, ɔ /ɒ/ or /ɒ,BrE ɑːAmE/
cloth, moral ɒ US ɔː ɒ ɔ, ɑ /ɒ,BrE ɔːAmE/
goat əʊ /əʊ/
thought ɔː ɔː ɔ /ɔː/
obey ə /ə,BrE əʊAmE/
north, dinosaur ɔːʳ ɔː ɔr /ɔːr/
force, four ɔːʳ ɔː ɔr, oʊr /ɔːr/
store ɔːʳ ɔː ɔr /ɔːr/ Note that "store" belongs to the FORCE lexical set
glory ɔːr ɔːr ɔr /ɔːr/ Note that "glory" belongs to the FORCE lexical set
foot ʊ ʊ ʊ /ʊ/
goose u /uː/
cute juː juː ju /juː/
new juː US juː u, ju /juː/
cure jʊəʳ jʊə jʊr /jʊər/
mural jʊər jʊər jʊr /jʊər/
sure ʊəʳ ʊə, ɔː ʊr /ʊər, ɔːrBrE/
insurance ʊər ʊər, ɔːr ʊr /ʊər, ɔːrBrE/
strut ʌ ʌ ʌ /ʌ/
nurse, fur ɜːʳ ɜː ɜr /ɜːr/
furry ɜːr ɜːr ɜr /ɜːr/
hurry ʌr US ɜːr ʌr ɜr /ʌr,BrE ɜːrAmE/
comma ə ə ə /ə/
letter əʳ ə ər /ər/
people əl əl əl /əl/ See IPA phonetic symbol [l̩]
quarrel əl əl əl /əl/ See IPA phonetic symbol [l̩]
open ən ən ən /ən/ See IPA phonetic symbol [n̩]
heron ən ən ən /ən/ See IPA phonetic symbol [n̩]
rhythm əm əm əm /əm/ See IPA phonetic symbol [m̩]
price /aɪ/
fire aɪəʳ aɪə aɪr /aɪər/
iron aɪəʳ aɪə aɪər /aɪər/
firing N/A aɪər aɪr /aɪər/
virus aɪər aɪr aɪr /aɪr/
mouth /aʊ/
hour aʊəʳ aʊə aʊr /aʊər/
flower aʊəʳ aʊə aʊər /aʊər/
flowering aʊər aʊər aʊər /aʊər/
dowry aʊər aʊər aʊr /aʊr/
choice ɔɪ ɔɪ ɔɪ /ɔɪ/
witch w w w /w/
which hw w hw, w /w/ See IPA phoneme /w/ § "wh"

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