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An offline dictionary that lets you look up definitions as you're writing

An offline dictionary that lets you look up definitions as you're writing
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The days of looking up words in bulky, heavy dictionaries areĀ long gone. If there was ever a time when you looked up words in a thesaurus, you no longer need to do that anymore, either.

With online dictionaries and spell-checks, you've got all the help you need. However, looking up words online isn't always convenient. What if you're working offline on a Word document, for example? Or, what if you're writing a letter, article or email online that requires concentration?

The last thing you want to do is start searching the Web for the meanings of words, or to find synonyms. One solution is an offline dictionary like WordWeb.

Once you download the free version, you don't need to be online for it to work. Just highlight and click on a word, andĀ  WordWeb shows you its meaning. (See photo next page.) You can customize it to the type of English you write, whether you need a dictionary and thesaurus for American English, British English, or a few others.

Note: You can upgrade to WordWeb Pro (prices start at $19), which includes audio, so you can hear the pronunciation of words. It also includes definitions from additional dictionaries, notably the Oxford Dictionaries.

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