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The Macquarie Dictionary Online is soon to have images. We will be adding images to the online dictionary in April 2015, beginning with images of war words (from the Australian War Memorial). Watch this space for more information.

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Need help using the thesaurus?

A thesaurus is a dictionary of synonyms that have been presented in notionally related groups. It's a great resource for when you want to use a word with a particular meaning but cannot bring the exact word to mind. 

For help on how to use the thesaurus, visit our Help page or click on the links below:

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