What is the first thing you do when you get stuck on a word in a text document on your PC? Well, you would open your PC browser and search for it. Right? But if you do this frequently, then it makes more sense to use dedicated dictionary apps for PC. They are fast, work offline, and offer many more features besides the definition of the word, such as pronunciation, synonym or antonym, etc. So if you are looking for a dedicated dictionary app. Here are the best offline dictionary apps for Windows PC.
Best Dictionary Apps for PC
1. Search box
Best native dictionary on Windows (need internet)
Unlike macOS, Windows doesn't have a native dictionary app, but you do have access to the online dictionary in the search box. I know it's not offline like I mentioned, but if you have internet access, this option is worth considering. To access the built-in Windows search, simply press the Windows key on your keyboard and type the word for example –meaning fox. The definition is instantly displayed in the results pane on the right. To make it even better, you can type a synonym or antonym followed by the word you want a suggestion for. example – friendly synonyms.
2. The free dictionary
Better switchable online to offline dictionary
If you are looking for an all-in-one package, you can try The Free Dictionary. It is available in theMicrosoft Storeand technically, it needs the internet to work. However, it also gives you the option ofadd offline dictionaries, by downloading packages. The file size is around 11MB and it shows basic word definitions. So don't expect word origins, part of speech, etc.
The app is free, however, if you want to unlock more packs and remove ads (as long as the network is on), you can buy the pro version at $3.99.
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3. Advanced English Dictionary
Best for visual word representation and pronunciation of US and UK within the app
Unlike the previous one, Advance English Dictionary focuses on the dictionary part. It not only shows the definition of the word, but also the pronunciation in both British and American English, figures of speech, etymology, and even a picture for word definitions. It also has an intraword search function, that is, you can click on any word in the app and find a meaning for it.
You can also find word search history along with the option to bookmark multiple words. You don't need to worry about ads in this app and it's completely free.
4. WordWeb Dictionary
Best for enabling system-wide right-click dictionary in any app
We have already talked about WordWeb before for its ability to find the meaning of any word by right-clicking on the PC. So it is a perfect dictionary app to find the meaning of any word without having to open any dictionary app. Also it is offline. For examples if you are using MS Word and want to know the meaning of any word, just ctrl+right click on any word. This will open a popup showing the meaning of that word and the synonyms and the closest word.
The app is free and contains no ads, making it a great first choice.
5. Multilingual and thematic dictionaries
Best for topic- or language-specific dictionary apps
If you are not a native English speaker, an English dictionary may not be enough. For example, if you want to congratulate someone in Hindi or give feedback to a French-speaking user, you must have another dictionary with a foreign language. The same goes for subject-specific dictionaries for certain professions that might come in handy on your office PC. Some of them are listed below.
6. Perfect dictionary
The best multilingual dictionary and translation app
If you don't want to install language-specific dictionaries, Perfect dictionary can help you collect all that information in one place. You can download various language packs like Arabic, German, Greek, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese and many more in the app. Therefore, it works not only as a dictionary app, but also as a translator. I have used it for quite some time and the app gets both the meaning and the translation perfectly.
One unique feature that other apps miss out on is being able to pin the definition tile to the start menu. This can be a good way to add multiple word tiles, to help you remember and review difficult words.
7. The Sage Dictionary & Thesaurus
First of all, this app is not available on the Microsoft Store, so you will need to use the official site. This app is more than just a dictionary and in my opinion it is ideal for artists, poets and scholars. For example you can search for rhyming words, browse the thesaurus section, etymology and also a phonetic search option.
The app is free for the most part, but there is also a professional version that costs $10. It gives you automatic updates, personalized look and feel, and allows commercial use.
Final Comments: What is the best dictionary for Windows PC?
So if you were looking for the best offline dictionaries for PC, I think your search might have come to an end. I have tried all of these dictionary apps and have only listed the most useful ones. Since we're already on the subject, my recommendation would be to use WordWeb to enable instant definition shortcuts. If you don't want that then the free dictionary is great with lots of language learning features like word of the day, idioms etc. I hope you will try them all and find the one that suits you best.
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