What do you do when you come across a difficult word when reading news on your iPhone? You can either go online to google the meaning of the word, or check up the physical dictionary for the word. Wouldn’t it be great if there is an app for checking up word(s)? Wait, there are indeed apps for that! The following four dictionary apps for the iPhone are free and have a large word bank that can easily fulfill your needs.
Dictionary.com is one of the best available Dictionary apps for the iPhone, and costs nothing. Dictionary.com is the iPhone version of the popular online dictionary website that goes by the same name.
Dictionary.com has a huge word bank of over 2,000,000 words, which includes definitions, antonyms and synonyms – yes, a Thesaurus is also included in the app to ensure that you do not need separate apps for both.
The app also provides the users with an option to pronounce the words to get the best way to say it. A Word of the Day feature shows you interesting words every day.
Another amazing feature is the option to speak the word after which the app will process it and search for it. Finally yet importantly, the app also works offline when looking up for words.
Dictionary! is yet another free and portable dictionary app available for the iPhone. Just like the above app, the Dictionary! App has a word bank of over 200,000 definitions and supports an in-built Thesaurus.
The app works both offline or online, and unlike the above app follows a more “straight-to-the-point” view; where you search for the word and you are shown a definition for that word.
You can also copy the definitions to the clipboard or search for that term over at Wiktionary if you do not find the one at Dictionary! sufficient.
3. Merriam-Webster Dictionary
Merriam-Webster Dictionary is an iPhone version of the online, helpful dictionary website by the same name. As with the above given apps, the Merriam-Webster Dictionary provides a platform for a colossal word bank and also provides the user with the option to mark certain definitions as “favorite” and also provides phonetics and audio playback of the word.
The app also gives the users with sample sentences in order to make the definition more clear to the user and make the definition make more sense.
Just as with the Dictionary.com app, Merriam-Webster Dictionary app also gives the user with a “Daily Word” and a voice search feature to search for words easily by just saying the word.
4. WordWeb Dictionary
The WordWeb Dictionary is an easy, fast and portable dictionary that every iPhone user can take advantage of with over 280,000 words, phrases, 70,000 usage samples, and 85,000-text pronunciation at the users’ advantage – the user can handle any difficult word easily.
The app also gives the users the feature to filter search by nouns, verb, adjective and adverbs. Apart from this, the app also works perfectly offline.
An interesting feature is the ability to cross-reference definitions to both Chambers and old Oxford dictionary apps from WordWeb.
These four dictionary apps for the iPhone make it easy for any user to carry a portable and extensive dictionary with them easily – no need to carry out hard-copy dictionaries. Choose which ever suits your needs best and share with us any other app you think should be in the list.
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