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This website is operated by Cambridge University Press, which is a Syndicate of the University of Cambridge. Our principal place of business is at the Edinburgh Building, Shaftesbury Road, Cambridge, CB2 8RU. Cambridge University Press, the University of Cambridge and its associated companies will use the information we collect from you in accordance with this policy. A list of our associated companies is available on request to

Our approach

Your privacy is important to us. This policy (together with our terms of use and any other documents referred to on it) sets out the basis on which any personal data we collect from you, or that you provide to us, will be processed by us. We want to make sure that when we collect information from you we do so in a way that does not infringe your privacy and this policy explains how we do this.

By using this site, you consent to the collection, use and transfer of your information under the terms of this policy.

Collection of information

We may collect and process the following data about you:

  • If you contact us, we may keep a record of that correspondence.
  • We may also ask you to complete surveys that we use for research purposes, although you do not have to respond to them.
  • Details of your visits to our site and the resources that you access.
  • We may also ask you for information when you enter a competition or promotion sponsored by Cambridge University Press, and when you report a problem with our site.

IP Addresses

We may collect information about your computer, including where available your IP address, operating system and browser type in order to keep our systems running and to report aggregate information to our advertisers. This is statistical data about our users' browsing actions and patterns, and does not identify any individual.


Unfortunately, sending and receiving information over the internet is not completely secure. Although we will do our best to protect your personal information, anything you send to us is at your own risk. Once we have received your information, we will use strict procedures and security features to try to prevent unauthorised access.

Use of information

Your information will enable us to provide you with access to our website and to carry out administration, statistical analysis and market research. If you have requested any goods or services then we will use your information to supply the goods or services, to bill you and to contact you where necessary concerning your order.

Where you have consented, we may contact you on occasion by post, telephone, fax and email about products and services we think might be of interest to you. If you decide in the future that do not want to receive such information, please email

Where you have consented, we may make your details available to other reputable organisations whose product or services we think might be of interest to you. If you decide in the future that you do not want us to make your information available in this way please email

We may transfer your personal details to other regions in which we have offices throughout the world, namely Europe, the Middle East and Africa; the Americas; and Asia-Pacific. You should be aware that some of our branches are in countries which do not have data protection laws. If you do not want us to make the information available in this way, email

We may disclose your information to our agents and service providers for the purposes set out above.

All personal information received by you is subject to processing centrally in the Europe branch of Cambridge University Press, England. We will retain your information for a reasonable period or as long as the law requires.

Cookies on Cambridge Dictionaries Online

Cambridge Dictionaries Online uses cookies to distinguish you from other users of the website. This helps us to provide you with a good experience when you browse our website and also allows us to improve the website.

By using our website, you accept this policy.

A cookie is a small file of letters and numbers that are stored by your browser on your computer. Cookies contain information about how you use the website. For example, we use a cookie to remember which dictionary you used most recently so that it is automatically selected for you so you can use again without changing dictionary.

If you do not want your browser to store cookies or you want to control which cookies it stores, most modern browsers will allow you to delete cookies, block cookies and change what cookies are stored in the future. Your browser's 'help' function should explain how to do this. However, if you use your browser settings to block all cookies, you may not be able to access all or parts of our site.

Some cookies expire after the end of your browser session (browser close); in order to serve their function, some remain on your computer for a fixed period after you leave the site. An example of a cookie that is stored until you next visit the site is the cookie that remembers which dictionary you last searched.

User Cookies

We use cookies to help make the website easier to use. For example, your browser will store a cookie belonging to the domain which remembers the dictionary you last used.

Memrise Cookies

As part of our work on vocabulary learning with Memrise, cookies are used to store your progress learning words and how you use Memrise and CDO. Cookies are handled according to their Privacy Policy. Please note that if you sign up for a Memrise account, then your cookie will be linked to that account and the personal information in it.

Analytics Cookies

We use Google Analytics cookies to help us understand how people use our site to carry out statistical analysis and market research in order to improve our site. The cookies collect information in an anonymous form.

Examples of information collected includes the number of visitors to the site, where visitors have come to the site from, how long each visitor spends on the site, type of browser the visitor is using and the pages they visited. We also use the Display Advertisers feature in Google Analytics. For more information about this feature and Google Analytics including how you can manage your settings and opt out of this feature, please visit:

Social Networking Cookies

Words are interesting and we want to help people share words they have found, so we provide buttons to help people share words on popular social networking websites. Some of these buttons set cookies according to their sites' policies.

Advertising Cookies

We rely on adverts in order to invest in our dictionaries. Some of the adverts set cookies, for example, to see how effective the adverts are. Cambridge University Press does not control the use of cookies by advertisers.

Cookies set by other websites

From time to time we may work with other websites which may set cookies of their own. Cambridge University Press does not control the use of cookies by these sites.


We have contracted with reputable third-party companies ('ad networks')to serve advertisements on pages viewed by visitors from certain countries. In addition to any use we may make of data collected under this Privacy Policy, these ad networks may collect anonymous information when you visit our Web site and use this non-personally identifiable information (e.g., the Web pages you have viewed on the site, time and date of visit, the subject of advertisements clicked or scrolled over) during your visit to this and other Web sites. This occurs in order to provide advertisements about goods and services likely to be of greater interest to you. Ad networks typically use a cookie or third party Web beacon in order to collect this information. To learn more about standard advertising practices used by the ad networks which are providing ads to this Web site, or to opt-out of this type of advertising, you can visit

Sharing your information

We may share your personal information with other parts of Cambridge University Press, the University of Cambridge and its associated companies and we will follow this policy when we use the information we collect from you. A list of our associated companies is available on request to

We may share your personal information with other people:

  • If we are required to do this by law, or for the safety of Cambridge University Press, our customers, or others. This includes exchanging information with other companies and organisations in order to protect against fraud and reduce credit risk.
  • If we are trying to buy or sell a business or assets, in which case we may disclose your personal data to the potential seller or buyer.

Accessing and updating your information

You are entitled to see the information held about you and you may ask us to make any necessary changes to ensure that it is accurate and kept up to date. If you wish to do this, please contact us at We are entitled by law to charge a fee of £10 to meet our costs in providing you with details of the information we hold about you.

Links to other sites

Our site contains links to and from the websites of our partner networks, advertisers and affiliates.  If you follow a link to any of these websites, please note that these websites have their own privacy policies and that we do not accept any responsibility or liability for these policies.  Please check these policies before you submit any personal data to these websites.

Changes to our Privacy and Cookies Policy

Any changes we may make to our Privacy and Cookies Policy in the future will be posted on this page.


If you have any requests in relation to the use we make of your information, please email

All other comments and queries relating to the administration of your relationship with us, our use of your information and this Privacy Policy are welcomed and should be addressed to The Legal Services Director, Cambridge University Press, The Edinburgh Building, Shaftesbury Road, Cambridge, CB2 8RU, England (