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Macmillan English Dictionary

Access to 4th major English language dictionary added to PMWL

18 October 2016 – Dallas, TX and Washington, DC, USA - A new resource has been added to the PM World Library (PMWL) in the Glossaries and Dictionaries section.  The new resource is titled "Macmillan English Dictionary."

Macmillan is an internationally recognised publisher of encyclopedias, dictionaries and reference works. The award-winning Macmillan English Dictionary was first published in 2002. Crafted by teams of lexicographers in Britain and the United States, it has as its source a corpus, a database containing millions of examples of English as used around the world. Extensive analysis of this corpus of real spoken and written text, using state-of-the-art software, has allowed the dictionary writers to reveal fresh information about how and when words are used.

The Macmillan English Dictionary has been regularly updated, and the latest edition, presented free online for the first time, includes a thesaurus, fully integrated into the entries. also offers unique treatment of metaphor, showing how many ordinary familiar words and phrases have metaphorical meanings, although we do not usually realise this when we use them.

Accurate and effective communication is widely recognized as critical to successful program/project management (P/PM).  While P/PM - specific words, terms and phrases are important, a clear understanding of many other words is also often needed by both senders and receivers of project communications.  Access to this English language dictionary is now available to help improve P/PM communications.

To access this new resource, go to glossaries section in the PMWL at, click on English Language Dictionaries, and scroll down to find the resource.  Free access, but must be registered and logged in.