Instantly Look Up Words with Google Dictionary Extension
Having assimilated words and phrases from other languages across the globe, English famously boasts one of the largest vocabularies on Earth, with the Oxford English dictionary containing over 250,000 entries. As a result, chances are that even after 12+ years of education, you probably have only managed to master a small percentage of the words available to English speakers. In fact, most studies estimate that an average native speaker knows roughly 20,000 words; that’s only 8% of the total number of words in English. So chances are, you need to look a word up from time to time.
That’s where Google Dictionary comes in. An extension for Chrome, Google Dictionary works in a way familiar to users of Kindle e-readers. When double-clicking or highlighting a word in Chrome, a small bubble appears giving a short definition of the word and the ability to hear how the word should pronounced. Not only that, but the bubble also includes a link to a full definition of the word on a separate page. Even better, for those of us who already have entirely too many tabs open at any given time, the extension also adds a toolbar button that will automatically include the full definition of any word that you have double-clicked or highlighted. Additionally, Google Dictionary also supports multiple other languages like Chinese, Spanish, French, German, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, and more.
With more and more students turning to tablets and e-readers for studying rather than conventional printed textbooks, the need for an easy to use dictionary service like this is a great way to cut down on time spent looking new words up is apparent, whether you’re a literature major who is consistently baffled by Melville’s diction or a first-year archaeology student who feels like they should probably figure out what “dendrochronology” means. Plus, it’s always good to improve your vocabulary.
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