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TheSage English Dictionary and Thesaurus

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Editors' Review

Download.com Staff May 12, 2015

TheSage English Dictionary and Thesaurus demystifies the English language by providing you with word definitions, example uses, synonyms, hypernyms, hyponyms, and more, and also features a handy shortcut that allows you to look up words from any application in Windows.

Pros

Portable version: During the installation process you are given the choice of whether to install TheSage English Dictionary and Thesaurus the usual way or to make a portable version. Making a portable version allows you to copy the app to a thumb drive and take it with you wherever you go.

One-click lookup: The app's one-click system allows you to look up definitions through a configurable keyboard shortcut as well as by clicking with your mouse while holding down a user-selected modifier key on the keyboard. The software is able to define words that appear in Word and Internet Explorer, but it doesn't work with file names in Windows Explorer.

Spoken previews and offline support: Like any self-respecting modern dictionary, it can pronounce the words you look up. It will also continue to function even when you are not connected to the Internet.

Cons

Confusing organization: It took us a little time to get used to the different color-coded sections for the dictionary and the thesaurus when looking up a word. We feel that having section breaks or even individual tabs would have been a better approach.

Crudely integrated one-click: If you intend to take advantage of the app's one-click feature, we strongly recommend changing the default keyboard shortcuts and modifier keys, because they overlap with native OS functionality and can cause unexpected behavior.

Bottom Line

Although TheSage English Dictionary and Thesaurus offers good functionality and quality word definitions, we feel that it is not integrated as well as it could be, especially when we compare it to solutions like Mac OS X's word and phrase lookup feature. Feel free to try it, but don't be surprised if the interface confuses you.

Full Specifications

What's new in version 6.2.0.1802

Version 6.2.0.1802 includes many updates, enhancements, and bug fixes. See the changelog for details

General

Release February 12, 2014
Date Added February 12, 2014
Version 6.2.0.1802

Operating Systems

Operating Systems Windows 2003, Windows Vista, Windows, Windows NT, Windows 2000, Windows 8, Windows Server 2008, Windows 7, Windows XP
Additional Requirements None

Popularity

Total Downloads 374,890
Downloads Last Week 25
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Developer's Description

TheSage's English Dictionary and Thesaurus is a one-click complete dictionary and multifaceted thesaurus of the English language. TheSage can look up words directly from almost any program (IE, Word, Firefox, Outlook, Thunderbird,... ) and is 100% portable. It runs locally, and does not use your Internet connection. The Dictionary comprises: +210,000 multiple detailed definitions, +50,000 examples of usage, +70,000 phonetic transcriptions, encyclopedic information (geographical, historical, political,...), academic knowledge (medicine, biology,... ), and more. The Thesaurus encompasses synonyms, antonyms, hypernyms, hyponyms, meronyms, holonyms,... including nearly 1,400,000 relationships between definitions. The essential functionality includes the following: Tabbed interface allowing multiple definitions and searches to be readily available, quick cross-referencing (any and all displayed words are clickable, triggering a lookup), standard and advanced wildcard search functionality, anagram search, online search, definition and example concordancer (so-called reverse search), text-to-speech, phonetic wildcard search, history, word lists manager, customization of the appearance of TheSage, and more.