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The paper describes the ‘Historical Thesaurus of English’ (HT)project, inaugurated by Michael Samuels (1965) to draw together in ordered categories the meanings English words have held through their recorded history. The project draws on the OED for its data, adding supplementary evidence for OE (separately published in the 1995 pilot Thesaurus of Old English. For medievalists the HT will give access for the first time to details of loss and replacement of forms ordered according to the concept expressed. Preliminary work towards a ‘Thesaurus of Middle English’ is already going ahead, its main data to be drawn from the HT files.