Merriam-Webster Dictionary

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Monday, July 26, 2021
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Description of App

Get America’s most useful and respected dictionary, optimized for your iPhone, iPad, and Apple Watch. This is the best iOS app for English language reference, education, and vocabulary building.

And now we’ve added new word games! It’s never been more fun to learn new words and test your vocabulary for everyone from English learners to total word nerds. Hundreds of words to test your skills.

Offline access: You’ll have complete access to definitions whether or not you’re connected.


* Universal App
* New Vocabulary-Building Quizzes: fun, fast quizzes to learn new words or test your vocabulary
* Additional resources available with in-app purchases
* Voice Search: look up a word without having to spell it
* Word of the Day: learn a new word every day.
* Integrated Thesaurus: synonyms & antonyms are included with the dictionary
* Example Sentences: understand how a word is used in context
* Quick Definitions: perfect for on-the-go lookups
* Audio Pronunciations: voiced by real English speakers, not text-to-speech robots
* Favorite Words and Search History: Keep track of the words that are most important to you
* Favorite Word syncing through iCloud: Share your favorites between devices
* Apple Watch Extension: See Word of the Day, find watch-sized definitions with voice search, and keep track of your favorites from your watch

Fully featured and absolutely free, this app is supported by ads. You can remove ads for $2.99 per year with an in-app purchase charged to your iTunes account or $5.99 per year with additional resources. Prices vary by location. Your subscription will automatically renew unless cancelled at least 24 hours before the end of the subscription period. You can manage your subscription in your account settings.



Free or Paid

Free With In-App Purchase

Apple Watch Support


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Accessibility Comments

Version 5.5.0 of the app, released few days ago, has implemented many accessibility enhancements, making the dictionary pleasantly usable.

VoiceOver Performance

VoiceOver reads all page elements.

Button Labeling

All buttons are clearly labeled.


The app is fully accessible with VoiceOver and is easy to navigate and use.

Other Comments

This is a free, ad-supported app with various in-app purchase options, but if you want to pay for it once, get extra content and remove the ads, its premium counterpart can be found here:

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2 people have recommended this app

Most recently recommended by Amir 9 months 2 weeks ago



Submitted by Unregistered User (not verified) on Monday, July 26, 2021

As for me, the best dictionary is universal dictionary. smile
My opinion.

Submitted by Amir on Tuesday, July 27, 2021

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In reply to by Unregistered User (not verified)

Greetings. If by that you mean the built-in iOS dictionary, it's also great as it's based on Oxford. But looking up words in that isn't easy -- it's not intended to replace a full-featured dictionary. If you mean a 3rd-party app by this name on the App Store, I'm not sure if its content can replace what we tend to trust from the likes of Oxford, Merriam-Webster, American Heritage Dictionary (which is now defunct BTW), etc.

Here is a link:

Believe me these dictionaries you can add to this app.
Moreover, I have a lot.
All dictionaries you counted you can find in torrent trackers or in the internet.
And I would like to add the main thing.
You can make your own dictionary and add to this app.
There fore, this app is universal dictionary. It is a frontent for real dictionaries.
Though it is your choice what to use.

I'd rather get my dictionaries from venerable sources which keep their content constantly updated -- the likes of Oxford or Merriam-Webster. Most of these dictionaries, while quite useful to many users, haven't been updated for ages. Even the app itself hasn't been updated for more than 17 months. So different strokes for different folks...

Submitted by PaulMartz on Sunday, August 1, 2021

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How accessible is the Merriam-Webster thesaurus feature? In the list of synonyms and antonyms, is each word a link that will take me to the dictionary entry for that word?

I'd love to get a decent electronic thesaurus. I haven't found a good one on the web yet ( is only so-so), and the Roget's Kindle book gets bad reviews even from sighted users.

Greetings. The Thesaurus section is also pleasantly accessible. Each synonym appears as a link which, when selected, will open the relevant dictionary entry. Grouped synonyms are also separated by headings. I have a good number of dictionary apps on my iDevice and currently MW Dictionary and MW Dictionary+ offer the best accessibility experience along with the most up-to-date content.

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