Dictionaries have undergone a radical transformation in the last decade, as most people switched away from printed books and started using online reference sites instead. However, the majority of online dictionary and thesaurus apps simply reproduced content without adding anything new to the equation. Term.ly is an improved digital dictionary and thesaurus website designed specifically with writers, students, and educators in mind.
When you use Term.ly, you can cut down on the time you spend manually searching for the definitions to words on basic reference websites. Drag Term.ly’s bookmarklet tool to your browser’s bookmark bar. The next time you stumble across an unknown word in an article, highlight the word and click the bookmarklet. Term.ly will open up a new tab that includes the definition of the word you selected, along with a list of synonyms and related terms. Find terms that are more or less specific than the word you looked up, and share what you’ve learned on Facebook, Twitter, or email using Term.ly’s quick links.
For people who’d prefer searching for words manually, Term.ly has made it incredibly easy. Just type term.ly/word into the address bar of your browser, and the definition will immediately appear. Although most people will use Term.ly without ever officially signing up for the service, the app does offer optional free accounts for people who’d like to track certain terms or keep a log of their browsing histories.
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