Parents' Guide to

Dictionary.com

By Leslie Crenna, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 9+

Comprehensive tool with voice search, fun daily features.

App Android , Windows app Paid, Free Reference
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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this app.

Community Reviews

age 8+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 10+

Not the place for politics

Dictionary.com posted an offensive tweet today encouraging hatred of women. I don't think a dictionary should take political positions at all, and I found this one especially offensive.
age 6+

Useful

Privacy Rating Warning

  • Personal information is sold or rented to third parties.
  • Personal information is shared for third-party marketing.
  • Personalised advertising is displayed.
  • Data are collected by third-parties for their own purposes.
  • User's information is used to track and target advertisements on other third-party websites or services.
  • Data profiles are created and used for personalised advertisements.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say: (2 ):
Kids say: Not yet rated

Dictionary.com is a pretty darn convenient way to improve spelling, vocabulary, and knowledge with modern bells and whistles not possible in a traditional book format -- voice recognition, daily updates, favorites, and search history. "Hot" words ("How the prefix 'Franken-' took on a life of its own"), Question of the Day ("What is the plural of virus?), and Spanish Word of the Day might hook older kids. Quite good but not perfect voice recognition ("babble" gave "Babel") solves the age-old problem of not knowing how to spell the word you want to look up. Dictionary.com destroys similar apps like Merriam-Webster (Android version) in downloads, ease of use, and overall functionality. Unfortunately, there are no built-in games and no interactivity outside of basic social sharing and relatively engaging and well-done daily updates.

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