WordWeb

Editors' Rating:
5
Spectacular
Average User Rating:
4.5
out of 1298 votes
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Quick Specs

Version:
7.1
File Size:
20.93MB
Date Added:
September 21, 2014
Price:
Free to try (Limited functionality); $19.00 to buy
Operating Systems:
Windows XP/Vista/7/8
Total Downloads:
10,713,973
Downloads Last Week:
8,394
Product ranking:
Additional Requirements:
Not available

Editors' review

WordWeb is a handy utility that gives you the definition, synonyms, and antonyms of any given word without requiring you to go online, though it can connect to the Internet for expanded functionality should you want it.

The interface feels like an expanded version of any major word processing app's dictionary function, giving users an instant familiarity--even if they've never used WordWeb. After you type a term into the Lookup dialog box, the word's definition will appear in the interface's top pane, along with tabs that link to various wiki functions.

The bottom pane offers tabs for such items as synonyms, antonyms, and related words. The app's most notable feature is its hot key support; you simply use a hot key combo when the cursor is pointed over any word, and WordWeb will pop up onscreen with all pertinent information.

There are tools for changing the database to one of several English variations, altering the text size, and disabling WordWeb from recognizing offensive terms. The depth and functionality of WordWeb would be worth paying for, but thankfully you don't have to redefine your budget to get it--it's free.

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  • All Versions:

    4.5

    out of 1298 votes

    • 5 star: 906
    • 4 star: 289
    • 3 star: 49
    • 2 star: 16
    • 1 star: 38
  • Current Version:

    5.0

    out of 1 votes

    • 5 star: 1
    • 4 star: 0
    • 3 star: 0
    • 2 star: 0
    • 1 star: 0
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  • 5 stars

    "Epic & I love it!"

    September 27, 2014   |   By BallsMcGee7777

    Version: WordWeb 7.1

    Pros

    -Light in both size & use of resources
    -Great software license, albeit a bit strange (the thing about how often you fly)
    -Quick
    -Extremely helpful
    -SO easy to use
    -Extensions for browsers
    -Highlight a word anywhere & just select tray icon to get definitions, antonyms & synonyms, as well as wiki info on said word.

    Cons

    -Needs to list more definitions, as well as maybe two sentences instead of just one, but then again, the fact you have access to wikis & other stuff directly in program, it makes up for this
    -Nothing else I can really think of at the moment

    Summary

    I wasn't even looking for something like this & I don't even remember how or why I even came across it, but I did & I installed it at some point & well, I gotta say, I pretty much love it. I wouldn't run it if it wasted much resources either, because my CPU & RAM are priceless to me & I need them for MANY other things all the time, luckily WordWeb is awesomely light. I don't even notice it until I need it & when I do, it's quick & helpful. They did a really great job with this software & didn't add any useless or stupid features that ruin it or hinder the software, and most importantly, it has the type of interface I like, one which plays well with my Windows 7 and the custom themes I use and to top it off, I get to choose the fonts for the software, so that gives them 100 points more in my book. Love this!

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  • 5 stars

    "Love it , one way for a direct dictionary"

    May 25, 2014   |   By hunainahmed116

    Version: WordWeb 7.03

    Pros

    No pros , they just work amazing .

    Cons

    Some words are not found . But very few

    Summary

    Good for you if you want fast searching . Removes the need for a physical dictionary

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  • 5 stars

    "Great program!"

    May 14, 2014   |   By cpdkindafellow

    Version: WordWeb 7.03

    Pros

    Handiest program I have on my PC! Quick Ctrl-Alt-W brings this up, pop my word in, and boom! I use this multiple times, every day!

    Cons

    Not sure...

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  • 2 stars

    "Wordweb fails on many counts which demishes its value"

    March 25, 2014   |   By skytop111

    Version: WordWeb 7.03

    Pros

    Free and nothing else

    Cons

    Completely lacks any look up logic. If you don't know the spelling, Wordweb is helpless to produce probable possibilities.
    Next, you want to look up the meaning of word and invoke Wordweb, it usually scrambles the target word into some non-web that makes the look up USELESS.

    Summary

    With major operational problems interfering with spelling look ups and dictionary meaning look ups, the program is best avoided as a waste of time. Wordweb simply does NOT do when is it advertised as.

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  • 4 stars

    "Very usefull"

    November 29, 2013   |   By kwalsh22a

    Version: WordWeb 7.0

    Pros

    Very useful, integrates in Windows task bar and can be opened at any time. Useful for every (English) writer!

    Cons

    No cons found yet

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  • 4 stars

    "Good but not without flaws"

    October 22, 2013   |   By merwin20

    Version: WordWeb 7.0

    Pros

    1. Easy set-up and installation. No malwares or spywares hidden.
    2. Shows the correct pronunciation through words, as well as through audio pronunciation.
    3. We can set hot keys. Just pressing control [ctrl] & right click on top of a particular word, provides us with the meaning.
    4. It shows us the grammar part of a particular word, if it is a noun, adverb, verb, adjective or something else.
    5. Uses a exponentially small amount of space.

    Cons

    It would have been more helpful if the usage of the word was given with the help of sentences or illustrations.

    Summary

    WordWeb is a product by Microsoft and hence very easy to use. It is a dictionary that provides us with an updated database of definitions, synonyms and various other language tools. WordWeb is portable and hence it can be mounted on an external device and we can run it on any computer.

    We can reference wikipedia when we are connected to the internet for further assistance.

    Well equipped with shortcuts, Microsoft has yet again gifted us with a winner.

    P.S: It also comes with a pro version but the free version is equally awesome.

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  • 5 stars

    "The Magic Secrets"

    October 21, 2013   |   By bill3333

    Version: WordWeb 7.0

    Pros

    The last free Wordweb was version 6.8, but you must understand it does cost to supply this software, so now it's payware. Be carefull where you download stuff, and you wont get nasties included. Wordweb has always been excellent.

    Cons

    At Oct 2013 The Sage V5.1.1790 Dictionary Theasurus is a good free alternatve, for those who may only use it a few times a year, and you can contribute. It has a very attractive interface, and works welll.

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  • 3 stars

    "Incompatibility with Explorerer/Mozilla, lots of adware"

    July 15, 2013   |   By skytop111

    Version: WordWeb 7.0

    Pros

    It's free but that's also a con.

    Cons

    Wordweb is maddening. It does not copy your selected words correctly and rarely recognizes a misspelled word. Also, when you download, you get the bonus of lots of trojan malware adware. Ne

    Summary

    Hope you like adware trojans.

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  • 5 stars

    "great product"

    July 05, 2013   |   By issachar5

    Version: WordWeb 7.0

    Pros

    works quickly

    Cons

    hav en't found any

    Summary

    worth every cent, and more

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  • 4 stars

    "Haven't used it enough to be able to rate appropriately"

    April 29, 2013   |   By ndterry

    Version: WordWeb 6.8

    Pros

    Very handy access from the task bar

    Cons

    Don't have any yet.

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