Dictionary.com provides new word power for developers

Although undeniably American in its general influence, Dictionary.com is attempting to extend its global reach by launching its new API Development Centre to extend its Application Programming Interface (API) to software developers everywhere.


Text-based applications and, to be honest, any application featuring the option for a user to work with and manipulate text, can now be built using the site’s word definition power which also extends to a thesaurus, quotes, an encyclopedia and a translation tool.

There are also etymologies, pronunciations, slang and word of the day.

“Our robust API enables developers to leverage Dictionary.com’s comprehensive offerings to enhance word games, create learning language applications and other word-related apps for online, mobile, eReaders and other connected environments. The API will empower the developer community to deliver more exciting content and experiences to their users,” says the site.

Dictionary.com sits under the ownership of Ask.com and had previously opened the API to its preferred partners last year. This latest move, should developers wish to adopt the site’s offerings, will allow apps to be built with word definition power baked in – side stepping the need for the user to open a browser at all.

The API is offered in a selection of free options for non-commercial apps and paid options, which can be based on a revenue-sharing deal or a license fee.