MacMost Now 693: iOS Dictionary App

Check out this useful Dictionary app for the iPhone and iPad. You can look up words, hear pronunciations, and even look up words by speaking them. There is also a thesaurus.
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Hi, this is Gary with MacMost Now. On today's episode, let's take a look at the Dictionary App for iOS.
So, this dictionary app is actually a third-party app that you can download for the iPhone or iPad and I've found it comes in very handy because of some of the special features it has. Let's take a look. So, you get the app in the App Store and once you've got it installed it looks something like this. It brings up basic picture and definitions. You can use the search field at the top here to search for words. It also shows you synonyms, and for words that are in Thesaurus you can switch to a Thesaurus and back to a dictionary. Then I say about the Thesaurus, of course, is it's clickable. You can click inside to continue to look at different words and find the perfect one.
Now, one feature I particularly like is that you can hear the pronunciation of words. I hate in dictionaries that have the phonetic pronunciations but sometimes you can't quite decipher what it's trying to tell you. So, you can click on the speaker button and it will speak the word for you.
Now, here is my favorite feature of this app. You know how when you want to spell a word and you want to look it up in the dictionary to see how to spell it? But, you can't look it up because you don't know how to spell the word. It's one thing kids complain about a lot about dictionaries. Well, here you can actually click on the microphone button in the upper right-hand corner and you can speak the word and it will find it for you. Pneumonia...and it works really well. Unfortunately, you have to pay if you want to use this feature often.
The Dictionary App actually comes in two different flavors. There's the free version which you could see there has advertising in it and there's also a version that costs something, and right now it's $5.00 and that removes the ads. So you can choose which one you like.
Hope you found this useful. Till next time, this is Gary with MacMost Now.

Comments: 7 Responses to “MacMost Now 693: iOS Dictionary App”

    7 years ago

    great app review. A very common problem and this solves it really well. Bring SIRI to desktop :)

    7 years ago

    Looks like a great app. Is there a similar one for the mac which gives you the microphone functionality?

    7 years ago

    Any version of this for the mac laptop?

      7 years ago

      Not this particular app. But your Mac already comes with a pretty good dictionary app.

    Riley Willcox
    7 years ago

    How does one copy the found word into another app?

      7 years ago

      Copy seems to work fine in the app. Just tap and hold over the word or whatever you want to copy.

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