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Android Epic App Battle: Dictionary.com V.S. Merriam-Webster Dictionary

January 23, 2015 - Written By Justin Diaz

whether you’re a student or a business professional, we all have a need for words. It’s not always easy to find the right words for every single situation without any help, but with today’s technology and the access to everything we have on our smartphones, it doesn’t have to be too difficult. When we needed help with words ten years ago, we’d consult a dictionary, either physically or online. Now with smartphones we can do everything with an app without even having to touch the browser or a book. That’s where this app battle takes us. Into a battle of words. Which Dictionary app is the best suited for your needs? Who deserves to be the champion of these linguistic masterminds? We’ll gloss over a few features of each app and then let you decide in the G+ poll.

Dictionary.comDictionary.com

Dictionary.com claims to be the number one dictionary app for android, but is it worthy of that title? You be the judge. It features over 2,000,000 definitions and synonyms from dictionary.com and thesaurus.com, and it now works offline so there’s no need for an internet connection when searching for words. The offline feature works for most functions within the app, although you’ll find that there are a few things you’ll need to be connected to access.

The app features daily content including word of the day, blog and slideshows, although some users state that word of the day can’t be turned off, which is kind of a disappointment. Dictionary.com offers a free advanced Learner’s Dictionary with additional context if needed, and it also features audio pronunciations, idioms and phrases, word origin and history, voice search, favorite words, search history and much more. Dictionary.com also gives you access to IPA and phonetic pronunciations, commonly looked up words, medical, legal, and financial content, and if you actually enjoy the word of the day content there’s a widget that can be placed on the homescreen. Dictionary.com is free but there is a paid version of the app which gets rid of ads and we’d assume word of the day might have an option to be turned off in that version.

Merriam-Webster DictionaryMerriam-Webster

Merriam-Webster is the collegiate dictionary, offering up a large library of definitions and synonyms. Just like Dictionary.com, Merriam-Webster lets you search for things using voice search so you don’t have to type words out, and it has offline access for a good portion of the features inside of the application, although you do need an online connection for illustrations, and to hear audio pronunciations or use the voice search functionality. In addition to the large list of definitions of words, the app also features synonyms, antonyms, example sentences, audio pronunciations so you know how to say words correctly, and it also carries a word of the day feature which could be considered useful if you like learning new words.

Merriam-Webster also has a favorites functionality that lets you keep a list of words that you find an interest in so you can go back to them later on without having to search for them or look them up. There’s also a specific feature for tablets called the scrolling index, which lets you browse the entire dictionary. The recent history feature could also come in handy if you want to keep track of the previous words you’ve looked up before.

Each dictionary app seems useful and full of features, but which ones suits you best? Does one offer something the other doesn’t you find particularly engaging?