One of the things that I like to put on any phone that I own is a dictionary, as it enables me to quickly look up information on the phone.
Dictionaries that do not provide an offline mode on the other hand are not really worth it in my opinion, considering that you can only use them if you are connected to the Internet, which may not always be possible.
And if you have a reliable Internet connection, you can as easily go to Leo.org, Dictionary.com or any of the other dictionary websites out there.
Dictionary.com is without doubt one of the most popular dictionary apps for Android. The app has received an incredible amount of reviews -- more than 368,000 at the time of review -- and is regularly updated by the people responsible for it.
One recent update has introduced offline mode to the app. This means that you can now download the dictionary to your phone instead of relying on Internet connections for the look-up, so that it can be used regardless of the Internet connection's state.
Compatibility: Compatible with all versions of Android from 2.2 on.
When you open the app for the first time, you are informed that the app works offline now and given the choice to download the offline dictionary right away.
I highly suggest you do so when you are connected to a wireless network and not when you are using your phone's mobile connection.
It is possible to postpone the downloading, and when you are ready, you can do so in the settings.
It may take some time to download the dictionary to the Android device, but once it is there, you can use -- most of -- the functionality the app provides without Internet connection.
Just type a word or phrase into the search box at top -- use the suggestions that are displayed to speed things up -- and hit the search button afterwards.
The results are displayed near instantaneous, at least when you are using the offline dictionary.
Information are divided into three tabs at the tab. Definitions displays the available definitions and provides you with information about nouns, verbs and adjectives if available. Synonyms displays both synonyms and antonyms for the various word definitions, while origin at the origin and history of the word or phrase.
Note: The origin information are only available if you are connected to the Internet. As is the option to have a word pronounced for you, and the translator that is integrated into the menu of the application.
The developers have built other interesting features into the application: from voice search over phonetic pronunciations to a word of the day widget.
The Dictionary.com application for Android works really well. While you are somewhat limited in the apps' offline mod, as you can only access definitions and synonyms in this mode, it is providing you with a fast option to look-up words regardless of Internet connection.
The free app displays rather unobtrusive ads in the apps' interface, but only if you are online when you are using it.Advertisement
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