Dictionary. Reference App Review (iOS, Free)


Languages: Arabic, Chinese, Dutch, English, French, German, Greek, Italian, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Turkish

Seller: Farlex, Inc.

* iOS 7 optimization, including comprehensive bug fixes

* Improved one click look-up: Just highlight any word and tap "Definition" to look it up

Customer Ratings

Current Version:
1392 Ratings
All Versions:
19394 Ratings


Get the full power of TheFreeDictionary.com, the world's most comprehensive dictionary. English, Spanish, French, and 11 other languages, plus Medical, Legal, and other specialty dictionaries, multiple encyclopedias, and thesauri, all from the most trusted sources. Play word games, read daily articles, even share your favorite words via social networks, email, and text. Use advanced searches and even look up words without an Internet connection.

Rated #1 app in the App Store in the free reference category in 86 countries in 2011, 2012, and 2013 (Source: http://www.appannie.com/app/ios/379450383/ranking/#device=ipad&view=ranks)

Content and Features

* Multiple English dictionaries, featuring extensive definitions, pronunciations, usage sentences, etymologies, and more.

* Extensive offline dictionary. Search with or without an Internet connection. NOTE: The offline dictionary must be downloaded separately using an Internet connection before offline mode can be accessed.

* Advanced Search options, including "Starts with," "Ends with," and "In definition."

* Multiple thesauri, featuring synonyms, antonyms, related words, even images.

* Multiple encyclopedias, including Britannica, Columbia, Collins, even Wikipedia.

* Multiple specialty dictionaries, including Medical, Legal, Financial, Idioms, Acronyms and Abbreviations, and more.

* Online dictionaries in 13 other languages: Spanish, French, German, Italian, Chinese, Portuguese, Dutch, Norwegian, Greek, Arabic, Polish, Turkish, and Russian.

* Translate English words into more than 40 languages, ranging from Afrikaans and Arabic to Urdu and Vietnamese.

* Play American and British audio pronunciations in the English dictionary.

* Jump to Definition, Thesaurus, or Translations with one button.

* Look up any word on the page by highlighting it and tapping "Definition."

* Search for words on the page.

* Create unlimited bookmarks of your favorite words and encyclopedia entries.

* Learn something new every day with fresh daily content, including Word of the Day, This Day in History, Quote of the Day, Today's Birthday, News of the Day, and more. Even set notifications for daily delivery.

* Play games, including Spelling Bee, Match Up, Words Within Words, as well as Hangman in a dozen different languages.

* Customize your homepage: add or remove articles, games, even local weather and personalized horoscope.

* Navigate the app in more than a dozen languages with the multilingual interface.

* Share your favorite definitions and encyclopedia entries via Facebook, Twitter, email, and text (with supported operating systems). Even share daily homepage items.

* Adjust font size.

* View Weather temperatures in Fahrenheit or Celsius.

* Full iOS 7 support.

* For app developers: The Free Dictionary app has the ability to be accessed by other apps with API calls (Contact Farlex for instructions on accessing TFD).


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Customer Reviews

  • Great for finding out new things!

    by Houstonv

    Up up down down left right left right a b a b start

  • Love it

    by Rockstarjosh

    I love this app it's way easier to use than a dictionary it saves so much time I use it everyday for homework

  • Great app'

    by MADdiplomacy

    Works well.

  • Love it!

    by Fumiboshi

    Very handy and useful! Thank you for developing such a nice app!

  • Lia

    by Lia 0220


  • Knowledge to wisdom

    by Emily0422

    Wonderful resource. I can turn all these knowledge into wisdom.

  • Great application

    by Short-changed

    The youth of today need to use this application, a lot!

  • Dictionary

    by Maxy2012

    I really like this app at my age ( Menopause) i have short term memory loss So this Dictionary is a god sent Thank u

  • El mejor

    by frinchz

    Este es el mejor diccionario que hé encontrado es excelente se lo recomiendo

  • Dictionary

    by normlbeyer

    I really enjoy; the bios, the word of the day, etc..

  • Farlex Dictionary

    by J.a. Stockton

    This is a first rate dictionary.

  • Guilty Pleasure

    by slopchop31

    I never thought I'd get excited to open this app every single day and play a few games, learn some interesting factoids and words, but I really do! Then again, I'm one of those types who reads about grammar just for fun. Yes, fun!

  • Retired

    by Diggerroo

    Love this app, use it everyday!

  • Useful

    by Dgage55

    This dictionary app is excellent, and very useful.

  • Going pro

    by Vdub dude

    I really like this app

  • This App

    by Loveerbody

    Having a blast with it!!! This is great.

  • Great App

    by jrsdve

    Totally recommended

  • More than a simple dictionary

    by Home/Office stickies

    Wow! I was surprised and very happy to come across this dictionary. You just don't get a simple definition of the word, but a complete description of it and help if you can't spell the word correctly. This is a 'must have' dictionary for everyone. I have three or four dictionaries that I use, not only because I'm a bad speller, but because I want to use words accurately. This is the dictionary that will guide you and give you the answers you need. I love it and am using it as my number one resource.

  • Sailor man

    by Arqe6

    Perfect for me thnx⚓️

  • Early but i like it so far!

    by kawkaw999

    Love that it has a word of the day plus other interesting tidbits... I mean the mystery of devils hoof prints in Devon! Who knew?? Also a quote of the day. Fun.

  • Mel

    by Hno. Mel


  • If you are reading this review...

    by T/E/D>crit

    You are awesome! That is all. Thank you for getting this app and/or reading the reviews to make a smart inform decision.

  • Easy to use

    by Doggie2cat2

    This is my go to app for a dictionary. I like that you can see other languages as well.

  • Great app!

    by J.Plate

    This app makes learning news words a breeze!

  • Stuffed for Medical

    by Makes mad

    Full Nick name I mean knowledge in this App "makes us HAPPY." Recommended to all but especially medical people must Bookmark it.

  • Great App

    by Koucha>u•

    A nice and clean app to learn some words and cultural stuff whenever you have time.

  • Reliable

    by Get Sour

    Must have for medical studs

  • Super

    by USNA67

    Without question the best dictionary app!

  • Fun app

    by Arizala

    Very instructive and entertaining. Sometimes the definitions of the words are somewhat obscure, but that maybe my problem and not the app.

  • Great app!

    by Beatriz Gomez

    Cool app.

  • TEB-Paramedic;

    by ERED1

    I have just started using this app to help me spell words as I am doing my patient's treatment / assessment report. So far it has been adequate.. Still learning how to use it....

  • Useful

    by Twinkle tiptoes

    It's a handy app; I use it more than any other app.

  • Great dictionary

    by Nukihjoihdwsfss

    Very good

  • Conocimiento

    by Puma18

    Que importante es encontrar una herramienta completa , te ayuda en varias funciones y lo más importante aprendes . Gracias por tu tiempo .

  • Liked it!

    by Nicoya21

    The Horoscope is eerily correct, so many times I've read it and wondered to self if there's a drone following me.

  • Excellent

    by Merlui

    Easy to work with

  • Me encanta

    by Ada Martinez

    Buena aplicación.

  • Dictionary

    by Creole Mustard

    Great!! Look forward to the daily word. Love the verbal pronunciation! Very educational. So E-Z, right at my fingertips! Look forward to the daily reminders!! Thank You!!

  • Professor V. Wise

    by Norman Hesnon

    Excellent quick resource. However haven received five (5) review request, complementing each. One must conclude such to be a gross waste of time. I shall answer not another! Victor Wise

  • Dictionary review

    by Newbridger

    Very handy dictionary. Seems complete. Adding pictures would bring it up to a 5.

  • Great!!!!!

    by Treason9

    Wonderful app!! Easy to use very informal!!!

  • It safe my life!

    by Claudis

    Excellent app!

  • Nice App

    by jai19718

    Definitions at your fingertips and a quick reliable tool to use especially when you're trying to get the syntax just write! I use this app at home and when I'm on the go!

  • Totally awesome app!

    by Coo1z

    I spend some time on this every day. One of the best apps I have come across.

  • Good app

    by Dinkycarr

    I was very pleased with this app. I read a lot and often look up words I'm not familiar with so the app is helpful. I also like the word games provided which also improves my vocabulary

  • Great App!



  • Great app

    by Someone else

    Helps looking up word definitions faster and easier

  • Good

    by Uladin

    I love this. Don't have to go all the way onto the web.

  • Fast, efficient and Fun

    by Ipswich M

    Great app!

  • Useful app

    by Ms. <3<3 luv apps

    I like the word of the day. The pronunciation feature is great.

  • Awesome

    by jem-the Great

    Plain Awesome!! Simple to use, nice to have a handy dictionary in the Health field,home EVERYWHERE :))

  • Glitchy

    by Taytay follower

    It always glitches on me. When ever I try to open the app it always shuts down. If you fixed this I would love to increase my vocabulary some more.

  • Yaya

    by Jess7224

    Fun and great info

  • Great for studying

    by Footballdad543215

    This app is great for studying getting ready for school.

  • Great App

    by The Lightkeeper

    I love this app, I have improved my vocabulary by using it.

  • Sherryww

    by Sherrywwv

    This app has everything a dictionary should and more.

  • I love it

    by Babykreekree

    It keeps me learning

  • Dictionary app

    by Needlotsofhelp

    Excellent app for learning not only the meaning of a word or phase but understandings the different context for using the word correctly. It has been extremely useful !!!

  • Sr

    by Dayon1488

    I use this app surprisingly to study biblical words like, "grace" , and " salvation." It does a great job not only explaining the words, but also giving the history of the words origin. Thats why it has become my primary source and study guide for definitions. This app is totally amazing and I highly recommend to everyone whose looking for fast definitions of words, concordances, and excellent accuracy in historical literacy. Get the app!

  • Good app

    by 99Gamer99

    This is one of the better dictionary I had ever used. Thanks.

  • Learning

    by Gelese

    With Dictionary I have fun and learn every day.

  • Nice

    by Cabelas Fan

    Enjoyable app

  • Luv

    by Roastinnnnnn

    Great clear definition. Shows origin country of word, pretty cool.

  • Great app for a proofreader on the move

    by The Compulsive Editor

    I use the web version of TFD all the time. The app is a great help for answering questions and settling "discussions" (aka arguments) when I'm away from the computer.

  • Very nice

    by Mercybelle

    Very nice, quick easy to use and lots of options. Thanks Michelle

  • Favorite dictionary app

    by Dr. Duru

    My favorite go-to app for word definitions. I particularly like the auditory assistance. Experience is much better than the website which is littered with poorly placed ads.

  • Awesome

    by Lord Wakeman

    Very good App. Stable ana really useful

  • Helps tremendously!!

    by Reneejones33t

    I am a current vet tech student and this app helps me tremendously. I love it.

  • Perfección

    by SUPER COOL341

    It has every word!!!

  • Great mobile dictionary.

    by Artimu5

    I am attending college courses and sometimes a word pops up that I have no clue what it means. I can open up the app, look up the word, and get back to work.

  • Cool-o, Entertaining

    by Jjjphotobombs

    Easy to use and straight forward. The words within words is my favorite. The interface could be more phone friendly, and the design could be more aesthetically pleasing. But it gets the job done and I'm enjoying it.

  • Very Good; I wish for all Plus have antonyms for each word.

    by RoomApple

    It works well like the web version works well. I am often after antonym and synonym along their gradiants.

  • Good

    by TheHez12345

    Amazing app

  • I love it

    by Wil_BO

    A good way to kill time

  • Amazing!!

    by Aidwalk

    It's a helpful app.

  • Goodness

    by Certifiedertyuio

    I like it all. It works well too!!

  • My favorite dictionary!

    by dmiddleton

    Getting my MBA and I use this app all the time, love it!

  • Great App!

    by Cool Pride

    Works flawlessly. A must have.

  • Very handy and concise

    by Thejarnigang

    Wonderful app. Very easy to use and thorough.

  • Yes

    by AZ Morena

    Always finds the word I need. Pronunciation is very helpful.

  • Great App

    by Rettyroe

    Contains a lot of interesting information

  • Mrs.

    by Tterrible

    Love it! I am and have been a longtime fan of dictionaries. I also do 3 crossword puzzles a day and find this one invaluable.

  • Great!

    by avoncr

    This is a great app that hepls you ......

  • Rate dictionary

    by Retxab Eisus

    Very informative. Love it

  • Dictionary

    by JackFlat

    Nice well thought app. Ease of use and add ons are interesting..

  • The Best

    by Cathy Vavosa

    By far the best DICTIONARY app on the market!!

  • Best college dictionary

    by Fabigirl90

    I love it

  • Great dictionary

    by Casey Williams-smith

    No nonsense

  • Mom

    by Howesbythebeach

    Love this app. Easy to use.

  • Review

    by Ranazzz

    Excellent. Legal thesaurus is an innovative step.

  • Great App

    by JillsGrace

    I really like this app

  • LOVE IT!!!

    by AP_23

    Use it for everyday use & to expand my vocab. Has been a great tool for school too. I also love that it's a thesaurus, a translator with pronunciation & it also gives u diagrams of the word. Everything u need to know in one search!

  • Love it but where are the games?

    by Hif1135

    I like the dictionary app but I would like to know where are the games? Also I'm disappointed that you can't hear the definitions read aloud! I would use this in my classroom more often if it had audio. Also is there a way you can double click on the word in a definition to see the definition of it?

  • I health science student.... And this aap helps me a lot. Best dictionary

    by Mehak ny


  • It takes just a few minutes to learn a lot

    by Justinkkj

    While driving my kids to school on weekdays, one of the kids opens this app and we all learn a word a day plus much more. Make every waking moment a teachable one.

  • Good App

    by V1ck1H

    The reason I gave FreeDictionary 4 stars because I want to be able to sign in as I do on the website. Overall I'm on this app EVERYDAY !!!

  • Excelente

    by esco6736

    Un buen diccionario español, solo me gustaría que sea disponible sin internet

  • Great

    by ZombiePhan

    Useful & accurate.

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