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WordWeb

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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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    4.5 stars

    out of 1,295 votes

    • 5 star: 903
    • 4 star: 289
    • 3 star: 49
    • 2 star: 16
    • 1 star: 38
  • Current version:

    4.3 stars

    out of 27 votes

    • 5 star: 18
    • 4 star: 5
    • 3 star: 1
    • 2 star: 1
    • 1 star: 2
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  • 4.0 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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  • 4.0 stars

    "Excellent product"

    April 25, 2013  |   By cnetdonnam

    Version: WordWeb 6.8

    Pros

    WordWeb lets you highlight any word, then click it and up comes the definition(s) and some synonyms. I love it!

    Cons

    Found no cons.

    Summary

    For those who want to always use the right word or understand what a document is saying, this tool is cool, unobtrusive, helpful and good to have in your reach.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Best in the line"

    April 22, 2013  |   By tiniloy

    Version: WordWeb 6.8

    Pros

    Easy, with audio pronunciation tool. Sits decently on the taskbar. Also gives synonyms and some popular Proper names too.

    Cons

    Better ways to be Ecofriendly: During renewal they asked me how many times I had flown that year. It was the only year since childhood when I had flown twice and I clicked twice because I thought it was a nominal question. And my account could not be renewed because they said I had left carbon footprints. I think they are doing well in creating the best paperless dictionary, they should think of other ways than to discontinue accounts.

    Summary

    They could also add other language dictionaries or translation/transcription tools. I was looking for French to English.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "No mere words can express how great this program is!!!!"

    April 2, 2013  |   By talanad

    Version: WordWeb 6.8

    Pros

    Fantastic in every way!

    Cons

    More Words are always good.

    Summary

    Keep up the marvelous work!

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Everyone should have it."

    March 20, 2013  |   By Aliaus

    Version: WordWeb 6.8

    Pros

    I often use the thesaurus when you just cant find that right word. I find it very easy to use at any time.

    Cons

    I have to open it to use it..... thats it.

    Summary

    for spelling or thesaurus, its user friendly, compact, up to date, and of course its free, what more could you ask for.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Spectacular quality for a free dictionary"

    February 20, 2013  |   By ahnand123

    Version: WordWeb 6.8

    Pros

    Awesome database, almost instant search and a bunch of other cool twiddly add-ons.

    Cons

    Very few. The database can be a little limited at times, and the program doesn't stay up to date with modern slang.

    Summary

    All-in-all, an excellent deal. I will probably be buying the full version soon.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "This could have been good"

    February 19, 2013  |   By keeblr97

    Version: WordWeb 6.8

    Pros

    Easy word lookup. It was easy to select a word to lookup with ctrl+right click.
    If you mistype/misspell a word when looking it up it gives a list of closest words to what you typed.

    Cons

    Antiquanted UI. The 90's called and said they want their UI back. This is really sad b/c the UI on the mobile version is pretty good.
    Free version for PC is limited to 30 days. However, if you fly less than once a year you can continue using it for free. ***? I hope this is a joke the developers put in. The mobile versions are still free. I guess they do not like PC users.

    Summary

    Don't waste you time because you might actually like it then have to uninstall it if you fly to often.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "There Whenever I Need It!"

    February 15, 2013  |   By bffy

    Version: WordWeb 6.8

    Pros

    Great for desktop, as well as, devices!
    Whenever I'm doubtful about a spelling, I can check it out with ease, and I can find out if I'm using a word correctly.
    If I'm tired of the same ole words, I can find out a word or two that I can substitute for the word I usually use.

    Cons

    I'd enjoy being able to cross reference offline. (Other than that, it does a wonderful job.)

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Really useful"

    February 7, 2013  |   By fberthelemy

    Version: WordWeb 6.8

    Pros

    Easy to use and very comprehensive. For a foreigner, being not a translation dictionary, it allows a better understanding of the word under scrutiny.

    Cons

    For a foreigner, needs a minimum level of English language practice, being a "one-language" dictionary.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "One of the best dictionary software I have had"

    February 6, 2013  |   By piyuranjan

    Version: WordWeb 6.8

    Pros

    It's fast and its hotkey option comes in handy.

    Cons

    No cons seen yet! :)

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