Searching for a new word on a search engine is not always optimal. Unlike results for measurements or currency, many times the page is filled with nondescriptive text that forces you to click the link if you want to find out anything about your query. Consequently, a proper fix would be to use a dictionary app. So it happens that Dictionary.com has one that is more than a passive digital dictionary.
On Dictionary.com you can find a wealth of auxiliary information, all about words. The main feed features articles and videos about language trends, etymology as well as opinionated articles with plenty of PC sauce.
But there are other exciting features to consider. With Dictionary.com you can check out a list of word trends, which appears to be matching the current political climate in the Anglosphere. There's also the "Word of the Day" area where you can explore neologisms, jargon, and dusty old words that likely no one uses anymore.
Finally, looking up a word can reveal much more than the definition. You can examine synonyms and antonyms in the Thesaurus, which can also be accessed directly from the lookup field. There is also a Learners tab with enhanced definitions as well as details on Grammar. The quality and quantity of information can vary from word to word though.
- Word of the Day
- Opinion Pieces/blogs
- Thesaurus search
- Word trends
- Save favorite words
- Enhanced word explanations
- IPA spelling
Dictionary.com would be my app of choice if only they would stick to words and not delve into politics. The word of the Day section is interesting and enough reason to check the app daily and maybe learn something new.