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    Hello, I was looking to possibly purchase an English-language dictionary for my computer.

    I found:

    WordWeb Free Version
    The WordWeb free version has 150,000 root words and 120 000 synonym sets along with fixed web reference tabs.
    $0

    WordWeb Pro 5
    In addition to all the free version features, the full Pro version includes 6,000 more definitions (I think this means 156,000 words) and numerous extra features.
    $19

    Merriam-Webster (for Babylon)
    With the Merriam-Webster's Collegiate® Dictionary and Thesaurus on Babylon you gain simple and intuitive access to over 225,000 definitions and 340,000 synonyms and antonyms.
    $34

    Oxford Dictionary and Thesaurus (for Babylon)
    With the Concise Oxford English Dictionary and Thesaurus on Babylon you gain simple and intuitive access to over 240,000 definitions and 365,000 synonyms and antonyms.
    $49

    As you can see, there are lot of programs on the market, and before I go spending money, I would like ot know if I am going to get any substantial improvements on Word's built-in English dictionary.
    Does anyone know how many words come integrated in the built-in dictionary of Microsoft Office Word 2003?

    Regards,

    JMT

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    [quote name='jmt356' post='770729' date='15-Apr-2009 17:59']Does anyone know how many words come integrated in the built-in dictionary of Microsoft Office Word 2003?[/quote]
    I never noticed this feature before... wow, translation even. According to More effective legal research with Office 2003 at Microsoft Office Online, the Encarta dictionary bundled with Office 2003 includes 400,000 [s]words[/s] entries. (I'm not sure of the difference between words and entries.)

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    Another option is to use an internet lookup on your favorite dictionary site.

    I have the following Macro tied to a right click menu in Word.
    Code:
     Sub Dictionary()
     
     Const strStem As String = "http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/"
     
    	 If Selection.Words.Count = 1 Then
    		 ActiveDocument.FollowHyperlink Address:=strStem & Selection.Words(1).Text, NewWindow:=True
    	 End If
     
     End Sub

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    [quote name='jmt356' post='770729' date='16-Apr-2009 01:59']before I go spending money, I would like to know if I am going to get any substantial improvements on Word's built-in English dictionary.

    Regards,

    JMT[/quote]
    Do you often find that Word doesn't know how to spell words that you regularly use? If so, and they are specialist words, they are not very likely to be in a dictionary you buy either. You could just save money by adding such words to the dictionary the first time you come across them and Word will deal with them after that.

    Ian

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    [quote name='IanWilson' post='770786' date='16-Apr-2009 14:11']Do you often find that Word doesn't know how to spell words that you regularly use? If so, and they are specialist words, they are not very likely to be in a dictionary you buy either. You could just save money by adding such words to the dictionary the first time you come across them and Word will deal with them after that.

    Ian[/quote]

    The truth is, no. I find Word’s dictionary quite extensive, but it is only really useful if I am working in a Word document. IF I am in another program or browsing the internet, I find it somewhat annoying to have to open up Word, open up the research tab, and type in a Word. That is why I like programs like Wordweb and Babylon that allow for instant lookups by pressing shift or control + right click.

    The free Internet dictionaries obviously have their benefits (e.g., free), but they have their drawbacks, as they are only available when I am online and even when I am online, can be delayed in bringing back answers from the server. In addition, the advertizements can be distracting.

    Best regards,

    JMT

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