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Esoteric - Personal Thesaurus

By Patricia Monticello Kievlan, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Tons of words, not enough features in bare-bones vocab tool.

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Though the features are pretty limited, this is a neat tool for accessing and exploring new words and their definitions. The way Esoteric - Personal Thesaurus organizes information on the screen is especially good. The app presents each word with its definitions, synonyms, and several examples of how to use the word correctly in a sentence. This is a thoughtful way of presenting a ton of information, and it may make encountering new words a little more approachable and structured.

Beyond that, this app isn't likely to become a go-to study tool. Adding words one by one is a little time-consuming, and there's no way to organize your saved words beyond alphabetical order. And, since you can only use the app with an internet connection, it may not be a superior alternative to finding definitions from Google or from Merriam-Webster itself. Also, this app was developed by a third party, not by Merriam-Webster itself, and it's not exactly clear if this is an acceptable use of Merriam-Webster's content. Overall, this app is worth a look as a quick way to collect interesting words, but look elsewhere for a tool to help build and hone vocabulary.

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