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Dictionary
Dictionary

Dictionary review

Even the most talented speaker, with enormously flexible memory, can’t memorize all the words provided by the experience of millions and millions before them, coined as a language. English is especially well-known for recompensing its lack of flexibility with the extremely rich lexicon. So power users of language will once need a dictionary, a guide through unlearned depths of rare, specific, or just new words. Design and Usability 10/10 If you like the general Windows Phone style (and once you’re still on it, you must like it), you’ll see the same design in Dictionary. From font to colors, it’s a true Windows Phone app. And (just like Windows Phone itself) it’s very limited in functions, but it’s great at its core. The interface includes just a search field and a tag cloud on the home screen, and that’s all. Simplicity is the key, they think (though this definition of simplicity will hardly be found in the dictionary). So the app looks very simple, despite all the tricks with wildcards and regular expressions you can apply to narrower your selection. Enter the word or its fragment, look at the matches, find the one you need and see the definition. Then you can share it through any other app that supports it. If you prefer to use your voice for commands, then the good news is Cortana integration. But don’t rely on it too much when it takes exact spelling of some exotic word. Key Functions 9/10 So, you enter the word, the app shows its definition (or all definitions, if there are multiple). All you need to know what the word means is type it in the search line. There is a Favorites section, so you can provide quick access to the words you might often address to (for example, they are hard to remember for some...

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Cons:

  • Regular expressions take time to learn

Pros:

  • 150.000-word database available offline
  • Easy interface
  • Voice input with Cortana
  • Wildcards and expressions enhancing word search
  • Favorites and history
10.00
Interface
10.00
Features
9.00
Usability
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Dictionary Review

Even the most talented speaker, with enormously flexible memory, can’t memorize all the words provided by the experience of millions and millions before them, coined as a language. English is especially well-known for recompensing its lack of flexibility with the extremely rich lexicon. So power users of language will once need a dictionary, a guide through unlearned depths of rare, specific, or just new words.

Design and Usability 10/10

If you like the general Windows Phone style (and once you’re still on it, you must like it), you’ll see the same design in Dictionary. From font to colors, it’s a true Windows Phone app. And (just like Windows Phone itself) it’s very limited in functions, but it’s great at its core. The interface includes just a search field and a tag cloud on the home screen, and that’s all.

Simplicity is the key, they think (though this definition of simplicity will hardly be found in the dictionary). So the app looks very simple, despite all the tricks with wildcards and regular expressions you can apply to narrower your selection. Enter the word or its fragment, look at the matches, find the one you need and see the definition. Then you can share it through any other app that supports it.

If you prefer to use your voice for commands, then the good news is Cortana integration. But don’t rely on it too much when it takes exact spelling of some exotic word.

Key Functions 9/10

So, you enter the word, the app shows its definition (or all definitions, if there are multiple). All you need to know what the word means is type it in the search line. There is a Favorites section, so you can provide quick access to the words you might often address to (for example, they are hard to remember for some reason). The app also keeps track of your searches and stores them in History.

If you’re not sure about how some word is spelled, you can use wildcards or regular expressions to widen your search or to avoid mistakes due to wrong spelling. With regular expressions you can even get Dictionary to help you with crosswords or Scrabble, replacing the letters you don’t know with periods and only leaving the known ones in their positions. Then you see the words that fit and check their definitions. For any word, you can also look its synonyms or antonyms, spelling, and pronunciation, what part of speech it is, and so on.

Security And In-App Purchases 9/10

The app is completely free; though the developer may introduce or remove ads at any time, so we can’t be sure whether it shows ads at any given moment. Anyway, as it’s available offline, that shouldn’t bother you much.

Dictionary does not need any confidential personal data, so it is completely safe to use.

Conclusion

No matter if you’re a native speaker, or someone speaking English as a foreign language. Anyway, you’ll encounter unfamiliar words from time to time, and a dictionary in your pocket is the best way to learn them quickly.

If you need an English dictionary with no ads, no need to get connected, and no unnecessary complications, that’s it.

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