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Dictionary - Merriam-Webster review

Featuring a comprehensive word database, the Merriam-Webster Dictionary searches words not only by text, but also by voice. It comes up with all the essential information you need for quick reference, including definitions, examples, word origins, and synonyms.

Pros

Favorites: This new feature introduced in this version allows you to store words you like for later use. You can quickly access the Favorites page, either from the favorites menu or by swiping left or right in the main results page.

Offline operation: When on the move, we were delighted with Merriam-Webster's offline functionality. We said goodbye to the tiresome … Read more

Dictionary.com for Android review

As the mobile version of one of the best online dictionary resources, Dictionary.com for Android comes with a revamped interface specially designed for smartphones and tablets. The core features of definitions and spelling are supplemented by synonyms, tips on use for learners, and etymological information.

Pros

Excellent for quick learning: We found Dictionary 3.0 for Android an excellent quick reference tool. Although not reliable in noisy environments, voice recognition is a welcome feature as an alternative to cramped mobile device keyboards. All information is delivered in a clear and easy-to-scan format.

Good user flow: Once you type or … Read more

Drugs Dictionary review

Drugs Dictionary features a great-looking interface and well-rendered images for almost all entries that show you what the drugs look like. This is a helpful app for those who want information on medications, but its database could do with an update.

Pros

Excellent interface: Drugs Dictionary's reference page lists not only the name of the drugs, but also includes a small image for almost all of them. The search is smooth, and the individual entry pages look clean, featuring only a small, unobtrusive ad at the top.

Comprehensive information: For the drugs in its database, entries are broken down … Read more

English to Tamil Dictionary review

English to Tamil Dictionary is a complete resource app for native Tamil speakers who want to communicate in English or improve their English skills. The app includes tens of thousands of words listed alphabetically that you can scroll through or search directly.

Pros

Personal notes: The detail page for each dictionary entry features a box for personal notes. Here you can record anything that helps you put the word or definition in context, or anything else you'd like to remember about the entry in question.

Two-way definitions: The main function of the English to Tamil dictionary is to define … Read more

English Hindi Dictionary Free review

English Hindi Dictionary Free is a resource for Hindi speakers who want to get quick definitions of English terms and put them in context. Search quickly through the thousands of English words and phrases, and then view their definitions in Hindi along with an example of usage in a sentence.

Pros

Efficient interface: This dictionary is laid out perfectly to facilitate the quick look-up of words and related terms. When you type a word, or even part of a word, into the search box, a list of all dictionary entries that begin with the letters you entered shows up. You … Read more

English - Urdu Dictionary Free review

English - Urdu Dictionary Free is a resource app that contains thousands of English words and phrases and their Urdu translations. Search for nearly any common word or phrase and immediately see the Urdu translation and part of speech on another screen.

Pros

Intuitive interface: All of the features of this app are clearly available right from the attractive home screen. The pleasant color scheme of the app and the straightforward controls make for a very positive user experience.

Offline access: Since this app downloads all data onto your device, you can access translations any time, whether you're connected … Read more

Oxford Advanced Learners Dictionary, 8th Edition review

Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary, 8th Edition is a complete resource for anyone looking to improve their vocabulary and understanding of the English language. With its smooth, efficient interface and highly customizable display settings, you'll quickly find this program to be an indispensable companion.

Pros

Spoken words and sentences: For each dictionary entry, there are buttons to have the word spoken in either British or North American English. Many listings also have example sentences in both dialects that you can download individually as you want to hear them or in a complete batch. The entire batch in one dialect … Read more

Urdu Dictionary - English to Urdu Dictionary 100 FREE and Full Version review

Urdu Dictionary provides Urdu definitions of thousands of English words in a searchable database, as well as pronunciation help. Hear how to say the English words you look up, or you can type in words, phrases, or sentences in English and hear them read back to you.

Pros

Immediate definitions: All of the English words in this app are accessible through a scrollable list or Search function. Right below the English in the listings, though, is the definition of the word in Urdu. Selecting an item brings up both English and Urdu larger and more clearly in another window, but … Read more

Scrabble to get new official word: Twerk? Derp? Photobomb?

Sneaking in a made-up Scrabble word and getting away with it is almost as much fun as playing a legitimate one that uses three Zeds -- Zyzzyva, anyone? Word nerds who attempt to sneak illegal words like "huzzah" and "bazinga" past their friends may be happy to know that they can now nominate a new word into Hasbro's official Scrabble Players Dictionary, which hasn't been updated in more than nine years.

Fans have the chance to chime in on the Hasbro Game Night Facebook Page comments section to suggest their favorite new word to be added, now through March 28. … Read more

Use mobile dictionary apps even when offline

Having an online dictionary with you at all times is a terrific convenience. Google's "define" search feature is probably one of the quickest and most convenient ways to look up a word, but it's only good when you have an Internet connection. Providentially, there are two mobile apps that allow you to look up definitions even when you're offline.

The Merriam-Webster and Dictionary.com mobile apps are two of the most popular dictionary apps in the Google Play Store and the Apple App Store. The Android versions of the apps and Merriam-Webster's iOS app … Read more