As you are probably aware, our contemporary English content is now available through (, and our old English dictionary site no longer exists.

As a result of this, this forum is now closed.

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Thank you very much indeed, and good bye!
The community team


  • Hi @Simone , could you clarify what exactly has happened to the Oxford dictionary? If Lexico is not an OUP site, why did it suddenly change one day? And how can I access the proper Oxford dictionary? I keep coming across new problems, for example yo…
  • I sent them a message about a week ago and haven't seen any change, nor received any feedback. Also I find that the website has become very annoying to use since the changes. For example, when I try to input a word into the search bar using copy and…
  • Thanks @Simone , I'll do that!
  • Could they at least amend the script so it recognises the British spelling of words?
  • Hi @Simone I did read that but if it defaulted to British and World English, when I search for an entry like 'empathise' or 'globalise', it would find them. It's annoying now having scroll down to click on 'globalize'.
  • There is no way to revert to the old style, I just read a little bit further into it and it says the website "defaults to British and World English", but I find this is not the case.
  • The Oxford Dictionary website recently changed to something called 'Lexico' instead.