In these times of uncertainty, a world where emoji replace whole sentences and the phone call becomes a thing of the past, it can be difficult to ensure we're all using the right words and phrases in the right way. Unsurprisingly, there are apps for this, and there have been apps for this for years now. In this latest Top 10 apps roundup, we'll be taking a look at 10 of the best Dictionary apps for Android as of January 2016.
Dictionary - WordWeb
WordWeb's Dictionary app is a pretty great Dictionary app for those that want a good-looking experience as well as oodles of words and definitions. This Material-design app features 285,000 words, phrases and derived forms as well as 70,000 usage examples throughout North American, British, Australian and International English standards. This is a modern app, and a great way to start of our list, as it features the ability to search from within any Android app, so long as you're running Android 6.0 Marshmallow or above.
Cambridge Idioms Dictionary
Having the English language at your fingertips in terms of spelling and definition is helpful, but it's not everything. This app from MobiSystems offers users explanations for over 7,000 different idioms used throughout North American, Australian and British vernaculars. It's a simple and easy to use app, and the content found within should be a great help for those looking to brush up their conversational skills, or even just get to grips with different cultures and understand terms or references that you hadn't heard previously.
Law Dictionary / Guide
From TheLaw.com, this app is all about definitions related to legal procedures and paperwork. While not an app that can help you represent yourself in a court of law, this can help those that need to understand something they've been handed or understand a letter and so on. With over 14,000 definitions concerning all types of Law, this is a decent little app to have installed if you run your own business, are currently a tenant or a landlord. Everyone likes to become a little more self-sufficient, and this can give users a little of that.
An absolute classic, Dictionary.com is perhaps the only Dictionary app that a lot of people will end up installing on their devices, but there's a lot more options out there. Regardless, this is an app that's constantly under active development, and sparked classic features such as Word of the Day, which is now available your Android Wear smartwatch, and it's a reliable online service, too. Perhaps not the most precise out there, this will cover the majority of needs for a lot of people.
English to Hindi Dictionary
Hindi is one of the most spoken languages in the world, and as India slowly becomes part of the modern world in terms of eCommerce and online services, we might all need to learn a little more Hindi here and there. Plus, we get a lot of Indian readers here at Android Headlines, so this is a great little app for them. It's simple and to the point, and unlike many apps like this it was updated not too long ago, which is more than we can say for much of the Play Store in this area.
Dictionary Offline Dictionary
This is an offline app that sports a pretty cool user interface, and is primarily designed for those that enjoy popular culture and need to look up a reference or those that don't speak English natively. There are more than 147,000 words available here, as well as wildcards that can be used in search to catch more than one term at a time. Free to download and use, with just some ads to put up with, this is an offline option worth looking into.
Oxford Dictionary of English
Perhaps something more for our British English-speaking readers, the Oxford Dictionary app has undergone some changes recently, including the fact that it's now free to start with. There are over 350,000 words included here, with 70,000 of them having audible pronunciations, which is a great feature. A nice study tool for students the world over, there's a lot of value here, and it's gotten a lot better over the past few years.
Idioms & Phrases Dictionary
More of a lighthearted and down to Earth Idioms app, this has a simple interface to navigate around, as well as sections for people to figure out where their exact saying or phrase might be tucked away. As Idiom apps go, this could be considered a little limited with just 3,500 of them included here, but there is a nice little practice feature available here as well, which non-native speakers will find very handy.
No matter where you are or what language you're learning - be it Spanish, English, Hindi, German or Chinese - you need to know what food you're talking about. Food is a universal language in and of itself, but purchasing the right thing while away from home or settling into a new culture can be difficult, and this is one dictionary that can help International Cooks and Chefs make sure they get their herbs, spices and fruit right.
Dictionary - Merriam-Webster
The Merriam-Webster dictionary for Android has all sorts of great features going for it, as well as some extra niceties. Tablet users can see the entire index when looking for a word at any time using the extra screen space, there's Word of the Day support as well as support for voice search to make finding the right word even easier with little to no hassle. Free to download and use, this is the Dictionary app that a lot of people will find the right one for them.