If you're the kind of person who immediately looks up words you're unfamiliar with in an effort to expand your vocabulary, Concise English Dictionary & Thesaurus is an iPhone and iPad app that will make your life easier.
This app will enable you to stow away your hefty dictionary on the bookshelf, as it enables you to quickly and easily look up words quickly and easily, whether you are looking for meaning or alternatives.
Concise English Dictionary & Thesaurus makes a great addition to the Reference category of the App Store. It can be downloaded for 99 cents, taking up a mere 41.2 MB of space on your iPhone or iPad. The lightweight nature of this app is reflected in its responsiveness to user commands, as it swiftly moves from function to function.
There are close to five million words contained in this dictionary which are presented in up to 591,700 entries. The database includes not just words one might use in their day to day, but also specific scientific terms, technical terms, idioms, determiners, abbreviations, common misspellings, and even Old English words!
The entries have word links which serve as a Thesaurus, providing users with alternative words when they need it. Sample sentences are also included with each entry to help users understand the context in which the word in question can be used.
This app will help you not only use new words in writing, but through its pronunciation guide, it will also help you start using new words in day to day conversation. There are 134,000 pronunciation guides in IPA symbols, and high-quality audio pronunciations are also provided. American English, British English, and Australian English options are available along with the choice to listen to pronunciations in a male or female voice.
Other functions and features include a history function, bookmarking options, and a "Word Shake," which presents you with a new word each time you shake your iDevice while this app is open.
Aside from the audio pronunciation guide, this is a completely self-contained app, letting you access the content within regardless of Internet availability.
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.