Merriam-Webster Dictionary HD Reference App Review (iOS, Free)


Languages: English

Seller: Merriam-Webster, Inc.

Word of the Day update bug fixed

Customer Ratings

Current Version:
58 Ratings
All Versions:
2945 Ratings


America's most useful and respected dictionary – redesigned for iOS 7 to make it even more enjoyable to use.

In addition to all the definitions from Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary, the app offers voice search – to let you look up a word without having to spell it – along with synonyms and antonyms, example sentences, Quick Definitions, Word of the Day, Favorites, and more.

It's a great tool for reference, education, and vocabulary building.

The app is free, and supported by ads.


* Voice Search
* Synonyms & Antonyms
* Example Sentences
* Quick Definitions
* Audio Pronunciations
* Word of the Day
* Favorites
* For iPad: Scrolling Index - lets you browse the entire dictionary
* Recent History - lets you keep track of the words you've looked up

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Customer Reviews

  • Word of the day

    by Sartwell

    Any chance you could add alert/notification functionality to the word of the day. It's my favorite part of the app.

  • Word of the day

    by Sartwell

    Any chance you could add alert/notification functionality to the word of the day. It's my favorite part of the app.

  • Best dictionary ever. ❤

    by srali313

    It is the best dictionary ever.

  • Just about Great!

    by crankbuster

    I use my dictionary quite a bit and find myself going back and forth between my readings and Merriam. Not to be petty, but, it would really be nice if the cursor was to start in the search window upon launch. Absent that, Merriam is nearly my "go to" dictionary.

  • Superb

    by faithfulforever

    Easy, fast, worthy

  • By

    by Lcbh

    This is a major problem: On at least three different occasions, the sentences give to show the use of the word in context are listed under the wrong definition. For example, I was looking up the word 'rape' to find the date it was used to mean 'to kidnap'. The 1st definition is about the rape plant, but the sentence example uses it as 'forcible sexual intercourse'.

  • i like the layout

    by TheBelovedSon

    please include more words. i am reading the great divorce and i can't but notice the book uses words that were only used in the past? i prefer using the webster dictionary so please update.

  • Descent but no back-up and restore feature

    by Climax510

    There's a favorite feature but no back-up and restore feature. Need to get with the times.

  • Review

    by GrandRap

    It is a good app except for the fact you cannot print a word and the definition you receive from it. Please think about making print option available.

  • Great App

    by Sammy!! <3

    Amazing app!!! Very easy to use... voice control makes it much easier

  • It's very usefull.

    by Zernicek

    Please add more entries and allow us to change the font size. The voice recognition doesn't recognize my voice at all!!!

  • Nice

    by Bill in AZ

    I like it, it's just that the voice control is really bad. I use the iPad automatic voice control instead. Otherwise, it's pretty good. I agree with others, I don't like the font size.

  • Needs to adjust font size

    by Azgem4587

    Been a very long time user of this favorite app. Since recent update, the font size has gone too large to read. Please add a setting that allows us to adjust font size.

  • Audio pronunciation

    by G Murali

    I installed iOS 7 on my iPad & the audio pronunciation has since stopped working.

  • Elegant and simple

    by Foams

    This is the by far the best offline dictionary. Precise with its definitions, and has a a few synonyms too, to accompany each word and a sentence or so to explain the word better. The yellow star to "favorite" the word, has been replaced by a blue one at the bottom. Thats fine with me,

  • DS

    by DSHARON007

    Great app. Concise but ample definitions. The yellow start for saving favorites was replaced by the blue star at the bottom. It works. DS

  • Love It

    by CCrider04

    This app is so easy to use. Much better than looking something up in a book. The audio pronunciation feature is very useful. Wouldn't be without it!

  • Quick resource

    by Doreen stumpf

    Love this app. Easy, quick and concise!

  • Nice

    by Page74

    I use it all the time. Very good app.

  • Beautiful

    by nnistaken

    Simple design yet elegant, easy 5 stars

  • Bad

    by Worse than terrible


  • do not like

    by Vernon Olney

    not nearly as useful as iPhone ap which makes suggestions if you misspell your search word.

  • Ugly now.

    by Piano Music Lover

    I don't like the new format at all. It's bare-bones.

  • Confused over which dictionary i have

    by Riptide360

    Word to the wise. pay attention before you in app upgrade. Merriam Webster needs to do a better job identifying their apps. The name, info i version was no help. Finally figured out one had a gold ring in the icon where as the other just had red and white with no gold. Gold means dictionary and thesaurus. Now I can delete the dictionary only one.

  • Don't fix it if it ain't broke, for the sake of "fixing"!

    by Arnold the big guy

    Where is my "star" in the word that I want to save for latter review? Hope you are not just like the government healthcare website

  • Dictionary

    by Ninjastargem

    Really good so use it

  • Best app

    by Meme_alsaqabi

    I love the app so much & it's best app

  • Dictionary

    by Laura Lassiter

    This app for this dictionary is very handy and provides information readily. Thanks!

  • Amazing

    by MichaelLee

    This dictionary is very useful. It gives wonderful info

  • Rating

    by Capt.rose

    I love this app! Very convenient. Sometimes the voice doesn't work which is the problem right now. All in all I like the app!


    by Sonomacat

    The speaking thing doesn't work at all. The adds are just bigger and more annoying from iOS 7. DO NOT GET

  • Very Useful

    by Bethany Mendez

    This app is very helpful and useful. I us this app in school. And it sure does come in handy.

  • I love it

    by Msseraiah

    I love this app. Download it. If you don't you are missing out. BIG TIME.

  • Okay

    by Jessica Kost

    This app is amazing but the voice on it isn't working!

  • Awesome

    by Ev111 8

    Very good app!

  • Good

    by Kool gymnast

    This app is good not much advertising but some definitions are not clear

  • Great

    by Johnny rules 56789076545342

    This is a great app. Way better than using a clunky old dictionary

  • Useful

    by Isaac Killen

    Where a dictionary when you need one? Well, if you download Marian Webster dictionary you will have on.

  • Limited vocabulary

    by GroundHogLeader

    Nice app if you are looking for a word that is in this little dictionary but I was frustrated by lack of words as simple as went or wench.

  • Very Useful!

    by Rickxxxxxxx

    Better than carrying a large dictionary around!

  • Great app! Wouldn't be without it!

    by Nickey000

    I had downloaded another dictionary app of the dot com which I won't name and they just keep bleeding you with in app purchases. This one does the job without constantly asking for purchases.

  • Awesome!

    by Megatinker

    Awesome app that is totally worth getting, especially for students

  • Advertising improved only

    by Eolnshurdlu

    This new version for iOS 7 is only better for showing annoying advertising, is quicker to display and now truly annoying. This app goes into the trash!

  • Thank you..

    by Subhi Saloom

    This is The No.1 Dictionary that I can't dispense with it..Webster is my permanent friend...thanks for this useful app.

  • Writer inspire

    by Jivejoey

    Love this app

  • Allsome

    by Vyvjcgju

    I love this app it helps me with high school

  • Awesome Review

    by Alana Bell

    It's so awesome that there is a lot of words we can look up on it.

  • Abdullahbinahmed

    by ABDO99

    To be honest I haven't found an app as this one. I love it so much. Thanks guys

  • Webster review

    by EssieP-Popper

    I think this app is the best it alway have the words I'm looking for. The definition is very detailed down to the simples form of understanding. It also breaks down the meaning of other words within the definition, I think it great.

  • Love it.

    by TreyNyce3

    Very helpful. Love the mike and pronunciation.

  • Webster dictionary is amazing

    by Crazysal

    The greatest dictionary in the world . Works so fast!! u

  • Love

    by Tay1307

    I loved this app it is a cheat cheat instead of using a dictionary

  • Dictionary's Reviews

    by tms57

    I found this to be easy to use. Simple quick and with audio pronunciation of each variation a great help. The only set back was no medical reference when one would have been nice. Overall excellent!

  • Teacher Loves It

    by Awesomelyblessed

    Love this new app. I use it for grad. school and recommend to my students.

  • Super Handy

    by jonlog0

    Very convenient for my homework.

  • Indispensable

    by Ricardo Colunga

    I use this App all the time.

  • Always liked Webster and this is no exception.

    by Aaron Sinnett

    I use this dictionary almost daily. A great resource.

  • Amazing

    by Starak_

    Works offline. Very useful. Doesn't take up much space. Synonyms and antonyms.

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