1 word = 179 meanings

The Second Edition of the 20-volume Oxford English Dictionary contains 171,476 words in current use and 47,156 obsolete words. 9,500 derivative words included are considered subentries. More than half of these words are nouns, about a quarter adjectives, and about a seventh verbs – the rest is made up of exclamations, conjunctions, prepositions, suffixes, etc.

To make is simple, English is a language with a huge vocabulary, where many of these words have more than one meaning. Our infographic shows the top 10 words with the most definitions in the dictionary, and how they are used.


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