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Dictionaries

British Sign Language (BSL)
A dictionary of BSL signs.
https://www.british-sign.co.uk/british-sign-language/dictionary/

Cambridge Dictionaries Online
Search several Cambridge English dictionaries, and a quick, free translation tool.
http://dictionary.cambridge.org/

Dictionary.com
Dictionary.com is one of the world’s leading online source for English definitions, synonyms, word origins, audio pronunciations, example sentences, slang phrases, idioms, word games, legal and medical terms.
https://www.dictionary.com/

Ethnologue: Languages of the World
Find, read about, and research the world's 7,117 known living languages.
http://www.ethnologue.com/

Foreign Language Online Dictionaries
Links to online dictionaries for a huge range of languages.
http://reference.yourdictionary.com/languages.html

Google Translate
Google's free service instantly translates words, phrases, and web pages between English and over 100 other languages.
https://translate.google.co.uk/

Latdict
Latdict is a powerful dictionary tool to aid those wishing to lookup Latin words or their English equivalents.
http://latin-dictionary.net/

Logos
A freely-accessible multilingual dictionary, updated and corrected by a network of professional translators.
http://www.logosdictionary.org/

Omniglot
A clear and fascinating guide to the writing systems of the world. Includes modern and ancient languages and alternative writing systems.
http://www.omniglot.com/

Onelook
A 'search engine for words and phrases'.
http://www.onelook.com

Oxford Dictionaries
Oxford Dictionaries provides reliable, up-to-date dictionaries for English and languages around the world.
http://virtual-library.culturalservices.net/webingres/bedfordshire/vlib/0.beds_libraries/online_resources_oxfordicts.htm

Phrase Finder
2,000 English idioms, phrases and expressions, with their meanings and origins explained.
http://www.phrases.org.uk

PONS online dictionary
A free online dictionary where users can consult some 12 million words and phrases in the languages English, German, French, Spanish, Italian, Polish, Russian, Slovenian, Turkish, Portuguese, Greek and Latin.
http://en.pons.com/translate

Reverso
Reverso is a portal of linguistic tools including translation, dictionary, spell-checker, conjugation, grammar and a pronunciation feature.
http://www.reverso.net/text_translation.aspx?lang=EN

WordReference
One of the most-used online dictionaries, and a top online dictionary for its language pairs of English-Spanish, English-French, English-Italian, Spanish-French, and Spanish-Portuguese.
http://wordreference.com/

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