What is your favorite online dictionaries and why?

My current 3 favorites dictionaries are:

1. Dictionary.com:  fast and easy looking up with a huuuuuuge result coming from a diversity of resources: Dictionary.com Unabridge, American Herritage Dictionary, Online Etymology Dictionary, Wordnet, Online Medical Dictionary and Merriam Webster’s Medical Dictionary. Moreover, from the right upper corner links of the page, we can easily change to Thesaurus for synonyms and antonyms (from Roget’s New Millennium™ Thesaurus, ), Encyclopedia for anything related to the word, All References for the combination of all the 3 above, and finally, The Web for … well… I don’t know😀 . Previously it also cited results from The Merriam Webster Dictionary and Thesaurus, and offered sound pronunciation for each word. Now as it have just begun its commercial version where we have to pay to be able to listen to the pronunciation, the Merriam Webster results are taken off. The free version is still valuable for us when looking for a word.

2.  Merriam Webster’s Dictionary: There is 2 ways to use it.

One way is, simply use its features on the front page for a fast result. We can hear the pronunciation by clicking on the small red speaker next to the word.

Second way is, using its Unabridged Dictionary. If we look at the lower left corner of the front page, there is a small add say “FREE Premium Access”, click on it, then click on the blue button saying “Click Here To Enter Free …”, view a short commercial add. When the add is over, there will be a link to the Unabridged Dictionary at the lower right corner of the page, click on it and enjoy its premium features.

Personally I prefer Dictionary.com over Merriam Webster, and just go to Merriam Webster to listen to the word.

3. Vdict.com: mostly for a fast English – Vietnamese translation. This dictionary is sometimes not accurate and not so informative. But in general it is OK to use.

2 Responses

  1. For the usage of English words, I recommend the Cambridge dictionaries
    http://dictionary.cambridge.org/

  2. Thanks. From now, I can hear the pronunciation by the Merriam Webster’s Dictionary. So interesting!

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