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WordWeb is a free offline dictionary app for Windows
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WordWeb is a free offline dictionary app for Windows

by AshwinFebruary 22, 2016

Last week, we told you how you can add a spell check option to Notepad, wordpad, and literally any word processing software.

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Today, we will be discussing WordWeb, a free offline dictionary app for Windows.

Do you notice a pattern here? Yes, we are helping writers work better and more efficiently. These apps will improve your vocabulary and also increase your productivity.

How often have you come across words which you do not understand, or know the proper spelling of? If you’re solving a crossword puzzle, it would be ideal to look up words using an actual hardback dictionary. But such leisure does not bode well, for an office worker. A better idea, is to use a digital dictionary. And normally for this purpose, we use an online service, but what if you were offline or if access to a dictionary website is blocked?

This is where WordWeb helps. The appication works regardless of whether you are connected to a network or not. IT sits on the system tray for quick access. The interface is simplistic and user friendly, as is expected of a dictionary app.

There are three ways to look up words in WordWeb:

1. This is the most common way. All you have to do, is to simply highlight a word and use the mouse and key combination (Control + Right-Click). This will open the WordWeb dictionary and also give you the meaning of the word.

2. You can also use the key combo Ctrl + Alt+ W for the same purpose.

These two methods work in any app, be it Notepad, Wordpad, Microsoft Office Apps, or even your browser.

3. The third option is more obvious, click on the WordWeb tray icon, this will open the app, allowing you to search for any word you won’t. You can also look up for the meaning of words online by right-clicking on the tray icon or from the app’s interface, which will get the meaning of the word from WordWeb online, in your web browser.

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Though WordWeb isn’t a spell checker, it can however display the correct spelling of misspelled words (using any of the methods mentioned above). An added advantage is that WordWeb is more than a dictionary, it is also a Thesaurus, i.e., it shows us the closest word, the synonyms. the antonyms, and type of the word, you searched for.

WordWeb supports 9 English dictionaries:

International
America
Australia
Britain
Canada
Ireland
New Zealand
South Africa
Asia

Download WordWeb for free from the official website. The application runs on Windows XP/Vista/7/8/10 and supports 32-bit and 64-bit computers.

Pros:

  • Free (and ad-free)
  • Thesaurus (Synonyms, Antonyms, Closest Word, and Type of Word)
  • Displays correct words for misspelled words
  • Works offline
  • Portable version available (during installation)
  • Supports Windows XP/Vista/7/8/10

Cons:

  • Pro version is a bit pricey at $20, but it does offer a lot of value including Audio definitions.

Oh, and there are Android and iOS versions of Wordweb available too, which are quite excellent and free.

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