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Style and dialect marks

If, for example, the second sense is marked as 'archaic' (or 'informal', 'American' etc), does it mean that senses 2.1, 2.2 etc are archaic ('informal', 'American' etc) as well?


  • Hello @NadChel

    I'll use an example with screenshots from the OED to hopefully answer this one for you.

    If we use ACE, v. as an example, you can see that here both senses 2.a. and 2.b. are transitive verbs and U.S. slang, as the labels appear before the subsense (a. or b.).

    But here, at ACE, v., the label golf applies only to 1.b. and not 1.a., as it occurs within the subsense.

    I hope this helps.

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