For those who constantly encounter new words, an online language dictionary is a very useful instrument to boost linguistic comprehension (and linguistic skill, when the new words are utilized in speaking and writing). You may wonder, "Why use an online language dictionary, if there are dictionaries available in the libraries and bookstores?" Online language dictionaries, unlike printed versions, are comprehensive and constantly evolving, and are accessible anywhere in the world with an Internet connection and are used for free. Here is how to find an online language dictionary right now.
- Browse with your search engine. Your Internet browser is a powerful tool in finding you the things you want to see, may they be dictionary words and dictionary definitions. To find an online dictionary, type "online dictionary," take a look at any of the websites which function as a dictionary, and find the meaning of any word, as long as it is a real word and is listed in a dictionary.
- Do a Google define. Google.com has a "define" function that searches for dictionary definitions of words that are found in the Internet. To use this, type "define:" in the search box, add the dictionary word in question, and press enter. The dictionary definitions to the words are then shown, along with the links to the websites where these definitions are posted.
- Use a Thesaurus. If you dislike the long definitions that an online language dictionary gives you, use a thesaurus instead. An online thesaurus makes you understand dictionary words better by matching the words you type in the search box with similar words. Find a thesaurus using your browser.
- Find a slang dictionary. Slang may not be formal dictionary words for some, but slang are widely used, and widely misunderstood as well. Phrases that are used by certain groups of people need not be understood only by a limited few. Find an online phrases dictionary by typing the phrases in your Internet search engine plus the word "definition" or "meaning" and similar terms. Try typing "phrases dictionary" in your online browser as well, to find compilations of these phrases and their meanings.
- Translate as well. Want to read a Finnish website but don't speak and understand the language? No need to use a Finnish dictionary; it takes up to an hour if you translate a webpage manually. Use an online translate dictionary. Type "translate" in the search box of your browser to find websites which translate foreign words, sentences, paragraphs and even whole websites to the language you understand.
- Download a dictionary. Want the old-fashioned dictionary? Download it! Find them in online bookstores or download them for free at language websites. If you really want to translate that Finnish website by yourself (and hone your translating skills), find a Finnish dictionary on the Internet.
An online language dictionary helps people know the meaning to complicated, complex, technical, novel, improvised, exclusive and sophisticated words. If not for the invention of the online language dictionary, people would still be dependent on outdated, limited and heavy dictionaries. Find an online language dictionary and use it; it is good for your mind.