Top 10 Services and Dictionaries to Look Up Words Online

Irrespective of whether English is your first language or not, there is certainly no damned way you could con all the words it has. Perhaps, no language can be learnt completely, for the simple fact that languages are always evolving. Munching all the words is the job of a dictionary, and technology makes accessing one super easy.

Why use dictionaries on the internet over physical, hardcopied ones? Well, the answer is simple. Dictionaries online are up-to-date, reflecting the latest inclusions and exclusions from the language. They are not heavy (well, literally). And yes, they can be accessed from something as small as a mobile phone with internet access.

There are several places on the internet where you can find word definitions. We’ll highlight the best ones in this list.


Dictionary.comPerhaps the most widely used dictionary online. The service pulls out all stops to be as feature rich as possible with a clean, easy to navigate layout (although with some ads!). When a word can mean many things, its several meanings are listed separately with definitions, synonyms, antonyms and example sentences. Each word also comes with an audio clip that speaks out the word, so pronunciation is also taken care of. The site includes several other features like a podcast, a word of the day service, cross word puzzles, word games and a sister thesaurus site.

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Keshav Khera

Keshav Khera is a young freelance writer from India. Alongside writing for the web, he also attends school and tries not to bunk classes. He keeps interest in music, table tennis, reading and of course, twitter (@keshav)