Merriam-Webster Dictionary Reviews

Merriam-Webster Dictionary Reviews

Published by on 2021-03-25

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Table of Contents:
1. Reviews
2. Is it Safe?
3. Is it Legit?
4. App not working?
5. Report Issue

Merriam-Webster Dictionary Reviews

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    It’s the best for reading/writing!

    I read books that often have unusual, or at least not in the common vernacular, words in them. I used to write them down and at the end of the day look them up in my physical dictionary or Encyclopedia set. Now I have one right in my pocket that is constantly being updated (my physical dictionary was from the early 1990s and encyclopedias given to me by my grandpa before he died when I was ten - I’m 30 now. New things are out there, new ideas, new ELEMENTS. And since I’m a writer, and I hate reusing a word too many times in an essay, paper, or story, the Thesaurus is a great and convenient tool that’s a nice little add on. Plus my family and I try to make up alternative definitions for the ‘Word of the Day’. Funniest or most outrageous wins. Try it! It awesome! Especially if you don’t know what the word means in the first place! Also, like me, if you are writing a story and need someone with the ranking of town mayor but in a tribal setting, the Thesaurus can actually give you the word you are looking for. I typed in ‘lord’ in the thesaurus and it gave me ‘nabob’ and ‘nawab’ two Urdu words for a local Muslim governor in the Mogul Empire (so like a mix between governor, lord, tax collector, and sheriff). If my story develops into neading a Muslim- type country, I can make sure the provinces have ‘nabobs’- cause now I know that word!

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    Great addition to phone!

    This has always been my number one dictionary to pick up first and the one I always referred to when expanding my vocabulary and to aid my understanding of the different meanings of a word based on the context it’s used in. I remember when I was a little kid I would just pick up a dictionary (especially Merriam-Webster), sit down, and start reading through it randomly learning new words. Now with this App on my phone I do like the idea of having a dictionary with me everywhere I go, that I can literally carry around with me in my pocket. Whenever I bring it up to check something I don’t even have to turn a single page to find the word I’m looking up. I guess I just appreciate the multitude of uses that technology brings us, the fact that I already appreciated the physical book itself before smartphones even existed and that I just like everyone else had to remember and or write down everyone’s landline number has something to do with it too. This App is definitely useful to have, and it has come in-handy for me on numerous occasions. So far for me it has been working smoothly, no glitches or anything. I absolutely recommend this app if your looking for a good reputable dictionary to have as a part of your phone’s abilities.

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    Best Word of the Day App + Fun Games

    I used to read constantly in my youth and into my twenties but it’s so difficult to find ample time to physically crack open a book these days and read the amount of content that satisfies me, so I started listening to more audiobooks to keep up with my “reading” while performing menial tasks like washing dishes and cleaning floors/etc. But I have to admit my vocabulary unfortunately seems to be paying the price for this convenience! But the WOTD calendar and word games help to continue the expansion of my vocabulary, and while sometimes they are words I already know they are usually words that can be used in writing and sometimes even every day conversation, and it’s nice to be reminded of those fleeting words that aren’t quite seared into memory. There are so many WOTD calendars/apps that seem to think finding the most useless, nonsensical and out of date words in the English language is some great accomplishment, but it’s a waste of everyone’s time in my opinion. The point is to expand the vocabulary of words still in use, or words that at least have an interesting backstory... and Merriam Webster does just that in my opinion. Check out the games as well, fun and educational for all levels of proficiency!

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    It can challenge me

    I have an excellent vocabulary proven by many tests and games of this type. In one hour (while paying attention to the news) I played all three games and reached the top competency of all three as well as trying to score no mistakes in the least amount of time. I have had smart phones since they have been available and have resisted until now playing any without someone (my sister, usually) trying to talk me into it. The Mirriam Webster app games broke through my resistance. Even the “beyond difficulty” level is not impossibly difficult, but there are words and pictures (What is This?) and the True and False questions that I don’t know. That is where my fun comes from - learning something I hadn’t previously known. I also learned that some of the questions have rather nit-picky answers. Some of the questions require somewhat closer reading than I gave, sacrificing the closer reading for the sake of speedy answers. But, it is only a game played for my own amusement. I am not going to get my knickers in a twist if I am not perfect. Didn’t Watson prove superior to any human competitors? Isn’t that the point of AI? Scary, but true! Lizzibet

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    Simply the best!

    I’m an unusual person who loves to read the dictionary for fun. I blame both my father who was an incredible wordsmith (and who made up games to encourage my sibs and me to expand and then use our new vocabularies) and my 4th grade teacher who taught us to love not only learning new vocabulary words but to look at how a word is put together (prefixes, suffixes, root words) and to become word detectives by looking for certain characteristics that would give away the national origin of the word. I’m also an avid reader who underlines any word I don’t know and then writes the definition in the margin of the page the word is on. Through the years I’ve tried using a variety of different dictionaries, but the one that I trust most is Merriam-Webster. It gives me the most complete information that I need about pronunciation(s), definitions, word origin (one of my favorite bits) plus synonyms, antonyms, and proper usage of the word. The games are great fun and keep me on my toes, so to speak, helping me sharpen my skills and add new words to my vocabulary. No other dictionary does so much and does it so well! Many thanks.

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    Great app!!

    A+ on the app. Easy search for dictionary and/or thesaurus, even offline! Also includes online audio pronunciation. Favorite words and view your recent searches. I especially enjoy the Word of the Day and the quizzes. It even gives a new weekly quiz each week. (Internet access necessary to receive Word of the Day and weekly quizzes, then they are available offline.) I never paid for anything and have never gotten ads. Like most apps it has bugs... particularly a problem with the search bar dropping down from the top of the screen. This is especially annoying when you're trying to play a quiz game and it covers the countdown time and score. It simply does this randomly. Hopefully they will fix this issue soon. Also there are no back arrows. If you're wondering how to go back... just swipe away from the left edge of the screen. The same method can be used for moving forward to a previous screen (after going back). Simply swipe away from the right side. Why are you waiting? Download now and enjoy!!

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    Ads aren’t bad

    This is a great dictionary/thesaurus app that is very easy and quick to use. I’ve seen several reviews complaining about ads, but they really aren’t that bad. There’s usually a little one across the bottom, but it isn’t distracting. Also if you search another word for the second time during when you have the app open, it might pull up a still ad, but you can click the x immediately and get back to the dictionary. That’s all the ads it has. Not bad, especially if you just look up one or two words every once in a while. P.S. when I first got this app I had a little trouble finding the thesaurus, as there’s no obvious button to switch to it. Here’s how you get to it: when you click the search bar, the option pops up to search dictionary or thesaurus right below it. (Obviously you shouldn’t have the same problem if you use the dictionary first, but if you try to look for the thesaurus first, that’s how you do it.)

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    I can finally use a word in MY PERSONAL VOCABULARY

    I love using this app...I always need a dictionary to look up descriptions...a small amount of big words are not used in MY dictionary due to my uncertainty of the correct use or meaning...there are of course many more uses of this app, but what I use it for, is to build my vocabulary...AND LEARN...every time I look up a word in this dictionary, I cant seem to do under 10 to where each word takes me...once the word is opened, you can tap on any number of other words in describing that such doing this, I am learning their description, their origins, their uses and their most amazing history in some cases...I love this app...the only reason I gave 4 stars instead of 5 is because if u misspell the word in the end, you don’t get anymore options for the word your looking for and/or if you use the wrong vowel and can’t figure it out, it’s a bust...if the can find a way to give you options of different ways to spelling what u might be looking for, then you’d get 5 ⭐️!, BUT GREAT APPLICATION AND DICTIONARY...IVE ALWAYS LOVED WEBSTERS DICTIONARIES!...thank you AmyB

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    Sigh... Well, I’m warming to it.

    This is a review of Version 4.3. Used to love it, now I hate it. It’s really pretty, but the print is so small and dim I can’t read it. I never had any problems with the previous version. Now it’s worthless to me. Guess I’ll try to reload the old iPad-only app. Update (and up to three stars from two): Okay, I just discovered you can "pinch" to enlarge the font, but then it doesn’t fit the screen and you have to slide it back and forth to read little bits of the entry at a time. It would be much better if, when resizing, the text would wrap around to fit the visible dimensions of the screen. Update 2 (up to four stars): Okay, I’m warming up to it. Another reviewer mentioned that they wished you could "back-arrow" to return to the home screen. I’ll admit that annoyed me as well, but the developer's response (swipe from the left side of the screen) solved that problem for me. And I like how you can now go back several days in case you missed the "Word of the Day." Still hope they fix the font size issue though.

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    Great App, Been Using it For Years

    Been using this same app since I was in Junior college several years ago and have been using it on a daily/weekly basis ever since; from transitioning to a 4 year college some time later and writing more difficult papers; to my post-school work life and writing emails on the reg. Words are a beautiful and powerful thing to behold and only through the constants learning of a language and it’s plethora of words added to our own lexicon can we truly master it and learn how to communicate with one another on different levels so we may understand one another. Though English is technically my 2nd language, I now consider it my more dominant language in large part thanks to this app as well as conventional dictionaries. I’ve used other dictionary apps as well, but always found myself coming back to this app due to its simple interface with limited ads. Major thanks and kudos to the creators of this app.

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    Being bilingual is a privilege. However being able to speak Spanish and English, the two most frequently used languages in the world today can also be challenging. Especially when you have grown and live in multicultural society. Speaking or writing both languages correctly is very important if you want to have good and clear communication. A decade ago one would need time and plenty of space to accommodate books, notes and a couple of dictionaries on ones desk to read, write and check your spelling. Correct pronunciation was a challenge by itself. Merriam Webster simplified it all with this app. Especially when the iPhone has become my personal desk. I do a lot of reading, research and writing in social media. I also have public speaking engagements where correct and proper grammar is important. This app has helped me accomplish it all, allowing me to express myself clearly to the world.

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    Look. Like everyone I USED to read books. (Books are small, square things that hold paper ((paper is a man-made product of trees)) (((trees are them large stand up things with green things on em, they live outside))) with typing on the pages). But FF 20 years and my vocabulary is like max 10 words. So getting this app makes me see that a) Jesus Christ I need to read a real book again and b) my memory recollection still works. So this app for the vocabulary quiz is fan-bloody-tastic. When my internet is out (I’ve got like adult ADHD so I need to look at reddit or an app or a game) this is my new go-to app. I just keep trying to unlock the vocabulary quiz levels. It kind of makes me miss university and writing thesis papers lol omg that’s sad. But it’s also a mind game to try to use big words and confuse everyone so you can be like yeah I got a vocab wassup lol anyway 10/10

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    A Must-Have App

    First, let’s face it, this is Miriam-Webster. The app is basically the electronic version of their hard cover books. So synonyms, antonyms and the like, are included. I sometimes will use it as a Thesaurus. What’s really cool is the audio pronunciation feature! This is really handy when you come upon a new word and don’t know how to pronounce it. I really like the way this dictionary app helps you quickly find the word you are searching for, especially if you aren’t sure how to spell it! As you type in each letter of the subject word, the auto fill feature starts to list possible words. You can select your word when it comes up on the list, or keep typing until your word comes up. It’s also a quick and easy way to learn how to spell!

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    They broke something

    I have been using this app for years and always had the red title screen when I clicked it. After I looked up a word, I always would tap the back arrow to return to the initial screen. The back arrow is no longer there. I am disappointed and irritated. It changes the whole feel. Yes, there is a bar to go back to previously seen words, but I normally don't need to go back, as I have already seen that definition. Maybe they have a developer with a really poor memory. UPDATE: The developer responded that "You can still go back at anytime by swiping from the left side of the screen." My question is why they think that's good enough. There is no help in the app to tell you that. The FAQ on the m-w website doesn't mention it either. Do you expect your longtime users to read your minds? Just put it back, please. That made it obvious and intuitive, which are two important qualities in an app. MORE: Swiping from the left side worked a couple of times but is not working now.

  • Not the whole dictionary.

    I first bought the Merriam Webster dictionary many years ago when it was a new app, and at that time it was the complete unabridged version with no ads. It cost $65, which was incredibly high compared to other apps at the time. But my wife is a linguistics expert and I majored in English in college, so we deemed it a good purchase because carrying around the actual unabridged Merriam dictionary, which sits now on the dresser in our bedroom for easy access, was not practical. It weighs about ten pounds. We were very satisfied with it. Then one day that version would no longer open, was no longer available, and was no longer supported. We were directed to download the new version, which we did. The new one is free, filled with ads, and abridged. After spending $65, the thought of paying $4.95 more for the ad free version of an inferior product made me slightly nauseous. If you must have a dictionary, and we certainly use it frequently, this one is as good as can now be had. But you will find the ads annoying, they make you sit through them for a while before you can close them, and you will find the entries to be limited. Not that it’s terrible for the majority of the people. We feel cheated however because we paid heavily for the unabridged version and Merriam has made the decision to rescind it’s availability in order to further monetize its product. A sad commentary on what was once a superior company with an unmatched product.

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Is Merriam-Webster Dictionary Safe?

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