Shorter Oxford English

Shorter Oxford English

By MobiSystems, Inc.

  • Category: Reference
  • Release Date: 2013-07-31
  • Current Version: 10.0.17
  • Adult Rating: 4+
  • File Size: 138.21 MB
  • Developer: MobiSystems, Inc.
  • Compatibility: Requires iOS 9.0 or later.
Score: 4.5
From 631 Ratings


The dictionary has an incredible one-third of the coverage of the 20-volume Oxford English Dictionary. It also includes all words in current English since 1700 to the present day, plus the vocabulary of Shakespeare, the Bible and other major works in English, written before 1700. With new coverage of global English, as well as slang, dialect, technical, historical, and literary terms, rare and obsolete words, the Sixth Edition of the Shorter Oxford English Dictionary contains more than 600,000 words, phrases and definitions. The entries provide coverage of the language from the entire English-speaking world: from North America and the UK to South Africa, Australia, New Zealand and the Caribbean. It has been fully updated with 2,500 new words and meanings, based on ongoing research at Oxford Dictionaries and the Oxford English Corpus. LATEST APP UPDАТES:  • Learn in style with any of the four colorful new themes – the colorful layout will turn your learning experience into an enjoyable routine. Customize your dictionary and benefit from the cheerful mood your favorite color brings you.  • Dive right into the intricacies of the language - with a new and convenient Home page, sleeker and more intuitive visual layout, as well as innovations in the speed of searches - you can now get to the desired entry faster than ever.  • Translate and learn as you speak with Talk & Translate – use this speech recognition & text-to-speech app by downloading it for Free from the App Store. The great synergy between the two apps will help you optimize your studies. SEARCH TOOLS - quickly find words with the functional, clean and easy-to-use interface. Designed to provide the most comprehensive search experience, the dictionary combines several search tools to match or predict what are you looking for, including:  • Search autocomplete helps you find words quickly by displaying predictions as you type.  • Keyword lookup allows you to search within compound words and phrases.  • Camera search looks up words in the camera viewfinder and displays results in seconds.  • Voice search helps you find an entry using your speech.  • Automatic ‘Fuzzy filter’ that corrects word spelling and a ‘Wild card’ that allows you to replace a letter or entire parts of a word with '*' or '?' when you don’t know how it`s spelled. LEARNING TOOLS - engaging features that help you further enhance your vocabulary. Designed to give you the freedom to structure your studies, this dictionary combines several learning tools to help you be more organized:  • ‘Favorites’ that allow you to create custom folders with lists of words.  • Recent list which helps you to easily review looked-up words.  • Swipe-to-delete functionality in the Recent and Favorites menus.  • Word-of-the-day option to teach you a new word every day. Feel excited by the new word or definition you just learned? Share your discovery with friends on social media, email or any other option available on your device.



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  • Just one improvement desired

    By Fsasya
    I love having access to this much of the OED in my pocket. Easy to use and comprehensive. I deducted a star for one reason only—it’s a multi-step process to switch from the word entry to the pronunciation key. It uses (I believe) the International Phonetic Alphabet and I have to frequently refer to the key. If that were easier I would rate it an unqualified five stars.
  • Pretty great, all in all

    By dalahäst
    Dictionary functionality is pretty great. Three stars because the app pesters you to rate it five stars constantly, even after you rate it.
  • Quit asking me to rate it!

    By James Balentine
    About every other time I use this app, a pushy little box pops up telling me to rate this app 5 stars. Maybe this review will get rid of that stupid pop up. I wouldn’t have expected such an annoying little Millennial-type idea from Oxford University Press. Who’s supervising the developers? Especially considering the price I paid for this app.
  • Pronunciation

    By ????again
    I can’t believe that my other dictionaries which were free have the vocal pronunciation for all words. Why this expensive app of what used to be my favorite hardback dictionary, with magnifying glass included, doesn’t include pronunciation is beyond me!!! I like to use the new words I learn without sounding like a fool. Fix this will you please ?
  • stop spamming for a 5 star rating!!

    By axfbg
    love the dictionary, but despise the shameless requests for a 5 star rating.
  • Great dictionary App!

    By JJG*
    My go to that I use daily.....
  • I love this app

    By LizzieB823
    It's wonderful having a dictionary this detailed and thorough at my fingertips. I work for a company that writes language arts curriculum, and between work used and looking things up on my own as I'm reading for pleasure, I often use it multiple times per day. It is one of my favorite apps. I loved using the Complete 20-volume OED in college and grad school and being able to see how the usage and meaning of words has changed over the centuries, so it’s amazing to be able to now carry access to The Shorter OED - not quite as comprehensive, but still more thorough than most dictionaries and a wealth of information about English words - in my pocket! For me, having a dictionary this reliable and comprehensive, with no ads, with substantial offline offerings, has been well worth the price.
  • Put the Oxford back into English!

    By Wheaton Guy
    I love the language. I love this dictionary!
  • Good dic

    By Benomtad
    Good dictionary! I think the price I paid is well worth it. I use it several days a week and am satisfied almost every time. I do use other dictionaries in conjunction, but with this version of OED I am able to go deeper and even longer (due to the numerous definitions and example sentences that lead to further research). It’s not merely a tool to pull out when I’m at a loss for words or when I’m stuck speechless, bewildered by a colleague’s infernal anachronism. It’s also a thing of joy; I get such pleasure from how it lubricates my tongue and pen and aids my lingual bursts. It’s multifariously stimulating: this dic keeps me perked up, intellectually of course, and I imagine its wiles will keep me coming for many years.