Wouldn’t it Be Useful to Have Dictionary Functionality From Any App?

    October 6, 2010
    Chris Crum

Dictionary.com has launched a new API Developer Center, which has some pretty interesting implicatons for mobile apps, given that words are pretty universal. Developers can integrate Dictionary.com content and features into their products and services. 

Dictionary.com President Shravan Goli tells WebProNews, "Apps that integrate Dictionary.com features, functionality and content using the API will enable their users to effortlessly discover word meanings. By enabling users to access definitions, synonyms, example sentences, and features like audio pronunciation without having to navigate away from what they’re doing, people will be truly experience what we call ‘word discovery in context.’"

Shravan Goli, President of Dictionary.com Talks Developer Center"This means that they’ll be able to access the information they need in the exact moment and place when it is most relevant, which in turn not only aids tremendously in knowledge retention, but also enriches the experience of using the App – whether it be a game, reading device, digital learning platform, or literally any other application that utilizes words," adds Goli. 

"Dictionary.com’s API Developer Center will also feature a visual gallery showcasing innovative apps created using the API, giving developers the chance to benefit from its enormous base of 50 million worldwide unique users per month," Goli tells us. "Dictionary.com will also regularly feature the best apps on its homepage, offering talented developers an opportunity for a tremendous boost in distribution."

"In our current ‘connected’ environment, companies must adapt to consumers’ mobile and wireless expectations and enhance their offerings, providing access to complimentary content in the moment," a representative for Dictionary.com tells us. "Constantly mobile students in particular require everything from textbooks to interactive games in a flash." 

"As the leading online and mobile dictionary, Dictionary.com is the place you go when you need a definition," she adds. "Many developers and brands are capitalizing on that trusted content by adding Dictionary.com features into their own products and services."

With the developer center, Dictionary.com, owned by IAC (which also owns Ask, Citysearch, UrbanSpoon, Vimeo, the Daily Beast, Match.com and numerous other businesses), aims to set the standard for this kind of access to information. 

The center gives developers tools that could greatly contribute to improving the speed of knowledge consumption. Dictionary.com’s audio pronunciation feature could be quite useful in a variety of apps and scenarios. 

While tools in the API Developer Center are free for non-commercial usage, services are also offered for commercial use via revenue-share and fee-based agreements. The company says this provides a solid business model for developers to monetize. 


Chris Crum
Chris Crum has been a part of the WebProNews team and the iEntry Network of B2B Publications since 2003. Follow Chris on Twitter, on StumbleUpon, on Pinterest and/or on Google: +Chris Crum.