Gone are the days when we used to carry that heavy as well as bulky dictionary book. Apart from the weight, even in daily usage, the paperback or hardcover dictionary is not that convenient to use when we want to find out the meaning of a particular word. We have to search minutely on each page to get the meaning. Well, since we carry our smartphone everywhere, wouldn’t it be great if we can have the entire dictionary in our smartphone? That’s exactly what is possible, and the best part is the search function of these dictionary apps. Just enter the word for which you are looking for meaning or synonym and you’ll get search results in a wink. No need to turn any pages in your dictionary book. Let’s take a look at 5 best free Android dictionary apps that work offline, even when you’re not connected to the Internet.
Dictionary – Merriam-Webster
While the online interface of Merriam Webster website works great for many, this app for Android will help you when you’re not connected to the internet. Even when you’re offline, this app will display definitions or thesaurus, but for viewing illustrations, hear audio pronunciations, and voice search, you’ll need to be connected to the internet.
This app offers voice search so that you can look up a word without having to spell it correctly, because many times we don’t know the spelling of a word but we can pronounce it. It also shows synonyms, antonyms, example sentences, Word of the Day, and more. There’s also an option to favorite something, so that you can favorite a list of words that you find interesting.
English Dictionary – Offline
This app is based on the popular Wiktionary – the free dictionary, developed by the same folks behind Wikipedia. One of the most distinguished feature of this app is that it is a free offline English dictionary, which means you don’t need to be connected to the Internet to use this dictionary.
The developers claim that this dictionary contains 159000 words plus 65000 inflected forms. You can bookmark certain words that you find interesting, and also this app keeps a record of all the words that you’ve looked up in the dictionary. This history can be cleared if required.
As the name suggests, this too is an offline dictionary app for Android. When you launch the app for the first time, you can download the dictionaries to the SD card. You have the option to choose which dictionary or dictionaries you want to download.
It supports more than 40 multi-lingual dictionaries to choose from. Definitions can be read by the device using the text to speech module. This app is ad-supported, and if you want ad-free experience then you can get the Offline dictionaries Pro which is a paid app.
This app is powered by TheFreeDictionary.com, and it supports English, Spanish, French, and 11 other languages. It can translate English into more than 40 languages and access dozens of other translation options.
This app features:
- Advanced Search options, including “Starts with,” “Ends with,” and “In definition.”
- Multiple thesauri, featuring synonyms, antonyms, related words and images.
- Multiple encyclopedias, including Britannica, Columbia, Collins, and Wikipedia.
- Multiple specialty dictionaries, including Medical, Legal, Financial, Idioms, Acronyms and Abbreviations, and more.
- Play audio pronunciations of words and view a pronunciation key.
- Create bookmarks.
Dictionary – WordWeb
WordWeb is a free offline English dictionary and thesaurus with synonyms, related words and search feature. The app intelligently suggests possible correct spellings as you type, which means if you’re tying a wrong spelling, you’ll know that even before you finish typing.
You can drill down on any word in a definition, bookmark new interesting words and view history. There’s an option for alphabetically listing the results. The best part is that no internet connection is required to use this app, it’s free with no adverts.
Go ahead, try out these free Dictionary Android apps and say good-bye to your physical dictionary book. Why carry the heavy burden when you can have it all right in your smartphone, isn’t it!