In this day and age, pretty much everything is connected to the internet. We have reached such a phase that life without the internet seems almost impossible. But how foolproof is it? Disconnect the Wi-Fi connection and you'll soon realize that almost all the apps in your Windows 10 PC and your phone are unusable, even the humble dictionary.
In this post today, we have compiled a list of four offline dictionary apps for Windows 10 PCs that would definitely help you during your no-internet days.
Let's take a look.
The first entry in our list is WordWeb. A well-known name in the dictionary world, this app has over 85,000+ meanings of words and phrases. WordWeb not only lets you find the meanings of words, you can also check out synonyms, related words, and parts of speech.
What's more, WordWeb also has an offline and online reference system wherein you can further research on the said word. However, you have to download the reference dictionaries to get a complete, immersive offline experience.
Also, there's a bookmark feature which lets you revisit certain words later. The app just measures 81.89 MB. The only issue that you may have is the slightly dated design.
Next on our list is the Advanced English Dictionary with more than 400,000-word entries. This app has a modern interface, a plus point compared to WordWeb. Along with meanings, it also lets you look up the audio pronunciation and etymology.
Other than that, it displays a long list of word relations. The part where it differs from WordWeb is that it shows the word suggestions automatically as you type.
So, all you need to do is use the Up and Down arrows to browse through the words. The feature which I love the most is the Clipboard Search. It copies the entire contents of your clipboard to the search bar and displays the meaning. Cool, right?
Overall, the design is clever and similar to WordWeb, you can bookmark certain words.
Pro Tip: Did you know that Cortana also doubles up as a dictionary. Just type Define followed by the word and the results will be instantly displayed. The only catch is that you'd need an active internet connection.
3. Perfect Dictionary
Up next is the Perfect Dictionary. It's concise and has a bit different approach from the other apps. You'd need to download the dictionaries first, post which it'll let you search for words offline.
Perfect Dictionary plays between the free and the paid world. While the basic dictionaries like acronyms and idioms are free, you'd have to pay to get the premium dictionaries like Collins, Cambridge or MacMillan.
Another point of difference is that this app has an ad box at the bottom-right corner and it can be quite distracting. Coming to the interface, it's modern and all the sections are kept segregated.
Similar to the above apps, you can mark favorite words and the dictionary also shows word suggestions as you type.
Additional features include checking out the audio pronunciations, copy the searched word to the clipboard, among others. Other than that, you can change the theme and change the default language of the app.
Well, the name pretty much sums it all. English Dictionary is similar to the above apps. Here, you needn't download any extra dictionaries to find the meanings of words. Everything's included in the initial package that you download.
Apart from meanings, audio pronunciations and the auto-suggest feature, English Dictionary also has a clever feature named Today.
It features a couple of new words every day and even sends you notifications of the 'Word of the Day'. So, if you're looking to expand your vocabulary or you are someone who loves learning new words every day, you may find this feature useful.
The app is free to download from the Microsoft store. My only gripe about this handy app is that there's a row of ads at the bottom. However, you can remove them by upgrading it to the Premium version.
Learn as if You Were to Live Forever
Learning is a never-ending activity and a dictionary always makes the process easier. Plus, with features like Word of the Day, it's incredibly easy to expand your language skills.
In a nutshell, they are valuable learning tools. So, it's better to have at least one app as a standby, lest the internet decides to play hide and seek.