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Worldictionary Lite app review



If you've ever traveled to a new country, you would have experienced the frustration of signs, directions, and billboards being in a language you don't understand. Worldictionary Lite - Instant Translation & Search is an iPhone and iPad app that will come in very handy for this purpose.

You'll find this award-winning app in the Reference section of the App Store where it is available completely free of charge. What we have here is an app that allows you to instantly translate and define words by simply pointing your device camera at the words you wish to translate.

Let's take a look at the features of this app.

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Worldictionary Lite - Instant Translation & Search


On-The-Go Translation

Worldictionary Lite - Instant Translation & Search only takes up 35.7 MB of space on your iOS device, and packs in it an in-app camera which you can point straight to the word or phrase you wish to translate. You don't even need to take a real photo of it, so you'll save plenty of space. Alternatively, you can pick out a photo from your Camera Roll in order to receive the translation in an instant.

This app can recognize and translate dozens of languages that include everything from Traditional Chinese and Japanese to French, Czech, Slovak, and Romanian, so whether you are traveling through Europe or backpacking across East Asia, this app will be your indispensable travel tool, which will serve to keep you safe, help you mingle, and get you to the right places at the right time.

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Advanced Search Functions

If you want to have a more thorough translation of a sentence, you can take an image of the words and translate each word individually. Search options in the Advance Search include Google, Wikipedia, and even YouTube.

There is an anti-shake function integrated into the app to ensure the quality of the image is feasible even if you are in a moving vehicle.

Additionally, this app also provides functions to save searches as well as to manually key in the words and phrases you wish to translate, making it a well-rounded app for travelers.

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Perform instant translations
Perform instant translations

Worldictionary Lite - Instant Translation & Search


Pros & Cons


  • No need to take pictures and clog up your iOS device; simply point your device to translate
  • Search through Google, Wikipedia, and YouTube in the advanced search functions
  • Translations as well as pronunciations are provided
  • Snaps of sentences can be taken for individual translation and meaning
  • Available in dozens of languages from Europe as well as East Asian countries
  • Manually enter and translate words if you wish to do so


  • There is nothing negative to say about this app

Gesture-based controls
Gesture-based controls

Final Words

Worldictionary Lite - Instant Translation & Search is the kind of app that is an absolute pleasure to review, because not only does it set out to ambitiously provide a utility for its users, but it also delivers in execution. If you're planning to travel in a country where you don't know the local language, you should definitely grab this app on your iPhone or iPad before you begin your journey!


Worldictionary Lite - Instant Translation & Search

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Neha Sinha

Neha has been writing and editing since 2010 and has been reviewing iOS apps since early 2014. She has lived in four different countries and loves having the world at her fingertips thanks to these awesome apps.