The present dictionary is a new effort of the compiler. This is an improved form of the old one. The changes introduced and the additions made have been so numerous and extensive that it may justly claim to be considered a new dictionary.
The compiler's primary aim was to provide the public with a compact and portable volume within the means of every' student of the language. But in carrying out this purpose he has kept in mind the rapid growth and expansion of Urdu literature of recent years, and has striven to keep his work fully abreast of the times. How far he has succeeded will be apparent to all who will take the trouble to carefully compare the present work with any previously existing dictionary.
Many years have been spent on the preparation of the work. All the standard dictionaries have been searched for needful suggestions; and the compiler has had the assistance of eminent teachers, well- versed in Urdu. Persian and Arabic, and experienced in the teaching of these languages. To make it more useful, many common words have been included. The chief omissions have been of words which are used neither in polite society' nor in classical writings.
The compiler trusts that the result will be a work that shall prove a real boon to military officers, Government officials, missionaries, merchants, travellers and students, and all others who have to make use of the Urdu language.
The compiler bespeaks indulgence for the errors which have no doubt crept into his work. He will welcome candid criticism which, in the event of a future edition being called for, will enable him to make his work more worthy of the favour of the public.
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