Ever struggle to put the right words on paper? Well, that used to happen to me constantly, so I finally decided that enough was enough. I started searching for ways I could improve my vocabulary and grammar skills to make my life – personal and professional – much easier. In the process, I discovered AppGrooves, a website that lists the top 10 apps in a variety of categories. I discovered the top 10 best dictionary apps (I’ll link the site below so you can check it out too!) and I began to explore.
I discovered some really cool online classic dictionaries as well as unusual dictionaries on dreaming and rhyming. The reach of these apps is really broad, so from primary to graduate school, there are resources to help, including traditional mediums like Merriam Webster Dictionary, Oxford Dictionary, and Cambridge Dictionary, as well as French, Latin, Spanish, ASL, and urban dictionaries. I chose my top three favorites to share with you below in an effort to make looking for that perfect dictionary app an easier feat!
Dictionary – Rating: 4.5, Downloads: 10M
Don’t just take it at face value, Dictionary is much more than its name implies. This app is really helpful because you can expect a fully interactive experience that will drastically improve your learning. There are games, like Idiom-of-the-Day, to help you expand your vocabulary in a way that’s both fun and memorable. The interface is simple to use and accessible in a variety of languages. If you need a translation or want to learn how to pronounce a certain word, you have the resources you need with live results.
It’s good to note that some of Dictionary’s features, such as Word and Idiom-of-the-Day, require internet access to work. However, both the dictionary and thesaurus functionalities are designed for offline use. You can also find interactive videos to further educate yourself on the meanings of particular words and phrases, which is helpful and rather unique.
Pros: Word games to improve learning, video explanations, and accessibility in multiple languages.
Cons: Some additional features are not available offline.
Overall: Great for finding unique ways to learn new words and phrases but some features require internet access.
Oxford Dictionary of English – Rating: 4.1, Downloads: 50M
With Oxford Dictionary of English, you can easily and quickly search for the word you can’t seem to remember and get its definition in a couple of seconds – super helpful and much less tedious than scouring through a dictionary in my opinion! It is great for you if you want to learn new words; especially for students who want a way to spice up your papers. Plus, if you are studying for a vocabulary test or English exam, you can save all the words you’re learning in the form of a list for easy access.
Keep in mind that some users have found that, when using the app, they are occasionally asked to leave a review. If you do not want to leave a review, you have the ability to simply click out of the notification and continue on your search for definitions.
Pros: Quickly find word definitions, save your favorite words to a list for easy access.
Cons: You may be asked to leave a review.
Overall: Access the words you need to memorize quickly, though you may occasionally be asked to rate the app.
Dictionary – Rating: 4.5, Downloads: 100K
The Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary app is really efficient and fun when it comes to searching for definitions and synonyms while also learning new terms every single day. There is a Word of the Day feature along with other quizzes and games that are designed for learning SAT words or just generally broadening your English language skills. What’s really helpful is that the definitions also include audio pronunciations and illustrations for an even more extensive understanding of each term. And, if you find yourself missing the traditional layout of dictionary pages, the tablet app version has a scrolling index feature, so you can see all the words in alphabetical order.
While the Word of the Day feature is great for picking up new vocabulary words and learning the history behind each one, there are no push notifications to remind you to check it each day. On the plus side, the feature is available as a widget, so you can still see a new word each day on your mobile device’s screen.
Pros: Word of the day feature, a scrolling index with words in alphabetical order like a traditional dictionary.
Cons: No push reminders for daily features.
Overall: Great features like word of the day and a scrolling index, but there are no push notifications to remind you to check back each day.
What’s so great about these tools is that you’ll truly have every word imaginable at your fingertips! Whether your goal is to be a total wordsmith or, like me, you just want to be more confident in your ability to speak and write, learning new words can and should be fun. With these three apps, keep things easy and convenient the next time you need to find a word’s definition.