I have always owned and used a dictionary as far back as I can remember. If you had parents like mine, getting English and Mathematics

When was the last time you consulted a dictionary?

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I have always owned and used a dictionary as far back as I can remember. If you had parents like mine, getting English and Mathematics right was a priority. There was no room for failure. Of course, getting English right always meant having and consulting a dictionary on a regular basis. All through Primary School, Secondary School and University, I have always had one close by. You know, the big and really extensive ones. My favourite back in school was Oxford Advanced Learner’s.

As an adult, I had paper dictionaries too. As a matter of fact, I am betting that if I rummage through my study hard enough, I can still find a worn out copy. Yes; worn out, and no longer used. You see, with my addiction to smartphones in the last seven years, I shifted completely from paper dictionaries to software dictionaries on mobile. As such, a must-have app on my mobile is a dictionary.

A very versatile one that is available regardless of what mobile you use as long as it has a web browser is the mobile version of Dictionary.com. It is available at m.dictionary.com. I am aware that Dictionary.com also has apps for Android, BlackBerry, and iOS.

Dictionary.com apps

Of course, there are other dictionaries available across the different mobile platforms. Simply launch the mobile app store on your device and search for the term “dictionary”. You will be presented with a number of options, some free, and some commercial.

Merriam-Webster Dictionary

My current favourite is Merriam-Webster Dictionary. I have found it an essential resource, and make sure that I have it on my primary smartphone. It is available for Android, Symbian, iOS, PalmOS, BlackBerry, and even the now dead Windows Mobile. Here are some of the common Merriam-Webster features for all mobile devices:

  • Merriam-Webster dictionaries offer clear and precise explanations and translations
  • No Internet connection required: simply download the dictionary to your phone
  • Hyperlinks between articles and directions
  • Audio to help you get the pronunciation of words right
  • Search History of the last 20-30 words (which is very nifty)
  • Dictionary installation on memory card to save main memory-space

Merriam-Webster is easily my preferred choice, but as already highlighted, there are credible alternatives for your mobile platform and device.

Consult a Dictionary today!
To answer the question, When was the last time you consulted a dictionary? Today. About 30 minutes ago, actually.

Whatever you do, so long as you communicate everyday in the English language, you should have a dictionary handy – and actually use it!


  1. Mobile devices have made it easy to stay efficient, informed and knowledgeable.

    We have our bible, quoran, , dictionary, and any and all information available to and with us permanently. we carry around a whole library and encyclopedia in the form if an internet_connected smartphone. Awesome.

    We have Wolfram alpha, Google, Wikipedia etc at our constant beck and call, day and night.

    When I hear of deteriorating performance by students at schools in Nigeria, I just wonder.

    in my days as a student, we did not have the luxury ofso much information, available and accessible so easily.

    It is truly the knowledge age…

  2. I do, on daily basis too. My favorite is WordWeb for Android. It is truly a web of words because, every word in the definition can be touched to reveal instantly the definition.

    The only thing that is lacking on this dictionary is copying of definitions. Its history is at least 200. Dictionary is also stored on SDCard by default and it is a full offline dictionary even though it still has web references to Wikipedia, Google etc for further information. It also supports wildcat search and a host of other options.

  3. I consult a Dictionary on a daily basis on my mobile.
    My favourite Dictionary Apps that I use daily on my Android Phone are :
    ColorDict – it has about 11 different offline Dictionary databases comprising Merriam Webster, Longman, Cambridge Advance Learners’, Concise Oxford Dictionary, Oxford Advance Learner’s, Collins Cobuild,Collins Thesaurus, American Heritage Dictionary, WordNet, English Thesaurus and so on all in one App that enable me have various meaning/definition of words;
    Antek Dict – It has almost the same list of Offline Dictionary Databases as Colordict with online link Google Dictionary and Wikipedia;
    Fora Dictionary – it has about 4 different offline Dictionary databases comprising English Dictionary and Thesaurus, English Thesaurus, Computing Dictionary and the World FactBook. The most interesting thing about this App is the World FactBook, type a name of any country in the World and heat enter you will be provided every fact about the country you typed.
    The list of other Dictionary Apps can go on…..

  4. ah, my hard copy dictionary is a mess.
    Nowadays its all about google, soft Dico and online dictionary.
    I use the dictionary that came with my PureView and Merriam Webster. I prefer the dico that came with the phone because it gives me suggestions as i type.
    Its amazing how smartphones have taken over everything like dictionary, bible, cameras, games, mp3 players, stopwatch, compass etc.
    Most people dont know how much money smartphone have saved for them.

  5. I have tried wordweb, Merriam Webster and farlex dictionary my preferred is farlex. All of the above dictionaries can be used offline.

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