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Can't find any FREE decent dictionary/thesaurus app ...
Posted by: kap
Date: January 07, 2009 07:04PM
... for our Windows XP Pro desktop nor Leopard Mac laptops. Any recommendations on a good paying app for both OSes? TiA



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Re: Can't find any FREE decent dictionary/thesaurus app ...
Posted by: mikebw
Date: January 07, 2009 07:15PM
I guess the built in Dictionary in OS X isn't good enough?
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Re: Can't find any FREE decent dictionary/thesaurus app ...
Posted by: Doc
Date: January 07, 2009 07:20PM
Leopard has a very nice Dictionary app. 'Comes with the OS. Find it in the Applications folder.

Spotlight works with it. Check the top of the results list for definitions when you type a word in the search field in the menubar. Click the partial definition and it'll open the Dictionary.app and show you a detailed definition. The Dictionary.app has also got a thesaurus and displays Wikipedia entries.

It's also available from the contextual menu in many Cocoa apps. Just highlight a word and right-click or control-click and select "Look up in Dictionary."
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Re: Can't find any FREE decent dictionary/thesaurus app ...
Posted by: Tofer
Date: January 07, 2009 07:29PM
I use the one in the Dashboard frequently. Or, I just use Dictionary.com (or Urbandictionary.com for the words or phrases I hear the kids saying these days...)
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Re: Can't find any FREE decent dictionary/thesaurus app ...
Posted by: Ted King
Date: January 07, 2009 08:01PM
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Tofer
I use the one in the Dashboard frequently. Or, I just use Dictionary.com (or Urbandictionary.com for the words or phrases I hear the kids saying these days...)

I second Dictionary.com:

[dictionary.reference.com]


You can click on the Thesaurus button at the top of the page or go to this link:

[thesaurus.reference.com]


I have both of those links on my Bookmark Bar at the top of my browser window so it's quick and easy to get to them.
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Re: Can't find any FREE decent dictionary/thesaurus app ...
Posted by: kap
Date: January 07, 2009 08:24PM
Yes, OSX Dictionary suffices. I am looking for more detailed info and especially good examples of various usages of the words. I do use dictionary.com and urbandictionary.com as well. I just dislike to having to scroll through the ads. As English is not my primary language I want to be sure my command of it is proper smiling smiley



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Re: Can't find any FREE decent dictionary/thesaurus app ...
Posted by: Tofer
Date: January 07, 2009 08:45PM
Well, the definitive source is the venerable OED. Of course, you have to have an affiliation (i.e., university) or a subscription, but if you want to find the earliest use of a word, this is the place.

p.s. What is your first language?



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Re: Can't find any FREE decent dictionary/thesaurus app ...
Posted by: kap
Date: January 07, 2009 09:54PM
Vietnaminglish?



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Re: Can't find any FREE decent dictionary/thesaurus app ...
Posted by: RgrF
Date: January 08, 2009 01:43AM
There's also [en.wiktionary.org]



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