Do you remember seeing the huge book in the corner of the library growing up? It was the size of a small TV. It was always open, but nobody was ever reading it. Remember it now? Did you ever go look at it? If so, you may have discovered it was an unabridged dictionary.
Today, dictionaries are available online or as an app on your mobile device. Many different options are available, but the two most commonly used dictionary apps are Merriam-Webster Dictionary and Dictionary.com. The free version of Merriam-Webster contains ads. An ad-free experience is available for $3.99. Dictionary.com has a number of options with the free app, but you can purchase upgrades.
I used both apps to look up the word connected. Here are screenshots of their definitions.
As you can see both provide very similar definitions. They are in a different order at each site, but they are virtually the same definition.
I explored the different apps. I think the pronunciation feature is important because I like to say words correctly. The translate feature was not hard to find on Dictionary.com, but it must be a premium feature on MW because I could not find it. I do not consider translation to be an important feature, but it could be helpful if needed. The voice feature worked well in both apps, despite the fact I purposely mis-pronounced words. However, after five voice searches in the Dictionary.com app, a pop-up told me I could buy 100 more voice searches. If I had to choose a dictionary app, I would probably choose the MW-Dictionary as it is a know and trusted brand. I could not find any differences in the features that would lead me to purchase one over the other.
Which dictionary app would you choose? Why? Please share your experiences and feedback in the comments or email me – firstname.lastname@example.org.