We have sorted out the best dictionary apps for iPhone so that you don’t have to carry a world of words wrapped in paperback wherever you go. You can leave those precious dictionaries at home and carry one in your smart Apple handset. These lexicon software options will keep you ready to learn a new word or know an old one better, whenever you want, without having to depend on friends and their guesstimations about it. Plus, the manual effort of sifting through pages and checking spellings are reduced to a certain extent by these apps. As you start typing in your query, there will be ample predictions popping up about it. And if you’re absolutely unsure about the spelling, try speaking it out to the iPhone. Take a look at seven contenders from our list to know what suits your needs.
1. Dictionary.com –
If you belong to the category of internet citizens who frequent the vast expanses of the world wide web for everything old and new, we might not need to tell you more about Dictionary.com. Equipped with quotes, translations, thesaurus and the freshly introduced Word Dynamo beta, the original website looks like a good place to be for literature and language lovers. The iPhone app comes loaded with up to 2,000,000 definitions and synonyms as well as antonyms. Users can also access daily content such as Word of the Day, Hot Word and more. You can keep up with the latest trends by checking out the popular and local searches or learning more about a random word by simply shaking the handset.
2. New Oxford American Dictionary –
Most of us are familiar with this name in the world of dictionaries. We have seen numerous formats of paperbacks and their various editions being contributed by Oxford. But if you ever wished this dictionary to don a more lightweight and compact while maintaining its vastness, here is one version you would like. The New Oxford American Dictionary holds its place in our dictionary apps for iPhone compilation as a software counterpart of its original lexicon. In addition to all the original attributes, it is designed with a Words Trends feature that tracks changing words and phrases. Although all this sounds impressive, you might want to take a look at its price tag before you head to iTunes. If that sounds too much to shell out, try the Pocket variant.
3. WordBook English Dictionary & Thesaurus –
This is one of the several ways to dive deep into the world of words without having to equip yourself with a notepad, dictionary and other stationary items. Apparently, it features over 150,000 entries with more than 220,000 definitions, 70,000 usage samples plus 23,000 root word origins or etymologies. The creators of this app also claim that audio files for each word pronunciation have been professionally recorded. The word guide is ready to record your bookmarks and manage your notes as well. The Words of the Day screen shows off up to six words per view, which can be shuffled with the shake motion.
4. Merriam-Webster Learner’s Dictionary –
The Merriam-Webster Learner’s Dictionary is supposed to be a compact app version of the original website which offers to be a bit more than a mere online dictionary for word aficionados. The primary tabs for the website include dictionary, thesaurus and encyclopedia as well as Spanish to English and medical lexicons. This is accompanied by categories like word games, word of the day plus new word and slang. While the app may not provide you with such vast options to engage in, the dictionary functions are at your disposal. By using Facebook login, you can keep records of your favorite words for future use. After you notice its price, the ‘no advertisements’ status of this one from our dictionary apps for iPhone compilation might seem pretty enticing.
5. Advanced English Dictionary and Thesaurus –
Designed by Mobile Systems, the Advanced English Dictionary and Thesaurus is said to comprise of 140,000 entries and more than 1.4 million words. The database has been developed by the Cognitive Science Laboratory at Princeton University. Also known as the WordNet Dictionary and Thesaurus, the app offers synonyms, antonyms, similar and related words as well. Users can learn more about hypernyms, hyponyms plus meronyms as well, thus expanding their web of word knowledge.
6. Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English –
Updated early this month, the Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English is another option from our dictionary apps for iPhone which would require you to empty your wallet a bit. But when we checked out the iTunes page, a small line of text suggested that it is being offered at discounted price throughout the week. However, there is no word on when the offer ends. Students and learner folks can employ The Academic Word List to enhance their presentations, reports and essays. The app also includes over 80,000 collocations.
7. Ninjawords Dictionary –
Although the name might sound otherwise, the app is not really about learning the tricks or techniques used by Ninjas. The name is meant to sum up the qualities that form the basis of this app. Just like the shinobis or covert agents found in ancient Japanese lore, the developers describe the application to be smart, quick and very accurate. One of the highlighted features of this software includes the ability to look up multiple words without leaving the current page. All words show up on the same screen. Furthermore, you won’t have to draw on your data usage or go hunting for a Wi-Fi connection when you want to enhance your language database as it works offline too.
Here we conclude our selection of best dictionary apps for iPhone, leaving all aspiring wordsmiths to explore the vast sphere of words and language, with a single Apple smartphone. After you grab them through the App Store, do tell us about your experience with them.