Glasgow-based Collins Language, the dictionary arm of the HarperCollins publishing company, a major dictionary publisher is making its content available free online on a dedicated website for the first time.
Visitors to www.collinsdictionary.com will be able to check spellings and definitions from December 31. The site also offers translations of the most frequently used English words in 35 languages.
For those unsure how to pronounce words there are a million audio pronunciations with British and American differences offered where necessary, as well as translations of English words in every major global language. Images from Flickr will appear alongside words to help people grasp their meaning.
Visitors to the site can also check synonyms on the fully integrated thesaurus, while a predictive search function, available in all languages, will help users locate “near misses”.
The Collins English Dictionary print editions, and other reference titles, will continue to be produced from its headquarters in Glasgow, Scotland.
Source: The Press Association (UK)..