WordWeb is a one-click English Thesaurus and Dictionary for Windows that can be used to instantly find definitions, synonyms, and pronunciations for words in virtually any Windows program.
It works off-line, but it can connect to the Internet enabling you to look up words in any web reference encyclopedia. The data base in WordWeb includes over 120,000 root words and 120,000 synonym sets.
Features of the free version include:
Definitions and synonyms
150,000 root words
120,000 synonym sets
Look up words in almost any program
There are tools within the program for changing the database to one of several English variations, including nine different variations of English, including British English, Irish English, and American English.
I have used this neat little application for many years, and I find it invaluable. If you’re serious about improving your writing skills, installing this free application will be a positive step in that direction.
Note: The author is a concerned environmentalist, so this free version of WordWeb comes with some very interesting ecological restrictions; read the license agreement for details.
System requirements: Windows 98/2000/Me/XP/Vista
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