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Oxford Dictionary of English

Oxford Dictionary of English

MobiSystems, Inc.

Leading language reference

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  • Product great, pricing deceptive Apr 25, 2018

    By moseallisonforever
    The dictionary is superior. However, the distributor, Mobisystems, seem to expect payment for the “premium” version on each iOS device on which it’s installed by the same account holder. That’s a non-starter. Until they change this deceptive practice (they mention it nowhere, and “restore purchase” functionality only works on the “original” device) and end their extortionate price levels, I’ll use it on the one device and not deal with it further. Caveat emptor. You cannot pay once and use the app on both an iPad and an iPhone. .... I have changed the rating to 4 stars, because there is still some trouble getting the app to restore purchases on additional devices. It required deleting the unresponsive download and a new download and installation. Also, to be fair, the developer did respond to my original derogatory review by email, which sat unread on an unused server for six weeks. Their instructions for restoration, clearly well-intended, were not helpful. I had to fiddle further on my own. On the basis of the app itself and the product, this deserves a 5-star rating. An app that carries the brand “Oxford” however should not be flawed in terms of fulfillment in this way, I believe. I misjudged initially. There is no deception.
  • OED’ Word of the Day Needs Complexity Mar 15, 2019

    By donasrd2
    Might you consider upgrading this “word of the day” automatic feature? Granted, I acknowledge the disclaimer that the word on every given day is randomly generated. That, however, is why the user can’t adjust it, not a fact that makes it impervious to the developer modifying the software. The problem as I see it is simply, if you will, that the words are too simple. My experience with such novelties is that they highlight words not usually found in common usage, in order to expand one’s vocabulary. Your app, on the other hand, serves up a daily dose of hopelessly commonplace nouns and verbs; for example, “rodeo” and “nibble”, respectively, as two recent offerings. As such, the feature is uninformative at best and, unless one shuts down the notifications entirely, a nuisance. The distinguished OED should expand the mind and the vocabulary of the educated user, not cater to popularity in pursuing the least common denominator among the crowd. Please consider this sensible upgrade to your software. Thank you for your attention to my concern, meant constructively of course as a longtime faithful adherent to the OED.
  • OED Sep 11, 2020

    By igmo fudpucker
    In my junior year of high school we read many short stories in our English prep class. As you read and came across a word that wasn’t clear you were to write it down. Those were accumulated and researched by three fellow students that were given one free point toward their grade. They were to define the word using only the OED paying close attention to the context, date included since word meanings can change in time, of the word in question. This averaged 625 words every two weeks. We would then have either “33”s or “25”s where three 33s would make up a test grade or four 25s. We were excited to have the 33s as that meant we were given a free point. The test was administered when she felt it was time so you would walk in to see either 33 or 25 words written on the chalk board. Misspelling a word within your answer’s definition would cost you seven points and misspelling the word to be defined cost you nine points. Yes, you could get a negative test grade number. The OED was Beulah B. Harper’s “bible” and we came to use it in all of our subjects’ research text lists complete with footnotes to the point that we had memorized all the footnote basics of the OED because it was used so many times. To this day I still use it as the definitive answer to settle definition disputes. - JJBJr
  • Perfect reading companion Mar 6, 2019

    By DanielWFisher
    I love to discover words previously unfamiliar to me and the origin of those words. I’ve not yet found a better companion on this journey than the Oxford Dictionary app. It’s so much lighter to carry about than the hard copy version! I love how the app keeps track of the words I look up so I can review them, say, at the end of the day to help cement my expanded vocabulary. It’s so easy to use I’ll find myself exploring the network of related words and their origins just for fun. My only criticism of the app is I do wish the quality of some of the spoken word examples was less muddy. Some samples sound like they were recorded decades ago. They do work, though, and it doesn’t dampen my enthusiasm for using the app.
  • Missing 2 key features Apr 9, 2019

    By camohunter19014
    These two missing features are equally egregious in my mind. Firstly, this dictionary does not have definitions (in its app) that would be helpful while reading. I know not every word needed can be anticipated. But too often I look up a word while I am reading for class and there is no definition for it. If there were a “student version” with more definitions and was priced reasonably (about $5) I would immediately download it, even at the cost of space. Additionally, a “request definition” button could help solve this issue in the long run. If enough people request a definition, it could help the analytics side see that the definition is needed and promptly add it in the next update. Secondly, when I tap the search bar, I do not want the word I just looked up to be remembered. Most search bars actually have a feature where the previous search is cleared when you tap on the search bar. This is a feature that makes sense. Usually, when I am tapping on a search bar, I want to make a new search. Not here, though. This app assumes I want to look up the same word over and over again. I operate with the former assumption, so often my searches end up looking like such: “shewantipathy,” when it should just be “antipathy.” Fixing these two issues would raise my rating to a 5 for sure.
  • Okay Oct 24, 2018

    By LeeliWingfeather
    The definitions are fine but the actual format is very distracting. Useful, but lacking in organization. It gets the job done, but not as well as it could. Also, the fact that you must have premium to hear the pronunciations is frustrating. Instead of adding a button which makes it look like you can hear the pronunciation, don’t put the button in at all, please. A tab coming up advertising “Get More With Premium” is more annoying than not having the sound button at all. If the website/app is harassing me to buy the full version I’m more likely to delete the obnoxious app than to buy their application. Developers, rather, could just place a banner on certain areas of the app which says something to the effect of, “See What Else You Can Get With Premium” or even the original “Get More With Premium” would suffice. Nevertheless, the free app *is* nice.
  • Better Than Most Sep 2, 2019

    By oktechgiant
    Oxford Dictionary is better than most online/app based dictionaries for having one key feature that most available dictionaries seem to lack. And that feature is the ability to search/scroll through the entire entry list A-Z. Recently I've made it a personal goal of mine to expand my vocabulary and one way to achieve that goal was by using apps that give you a "word of the day" until I realized I could learn a lot more and reach my target faster by using an atoz dictionary ensuring I learn all there is to learn of the English language. Although the interface of Oxford's app isn't the most use friendly and it's riddled with more ads. It does offer a complete list of all of its entries which will always separate it from other dictionaries on the market in my opinion.
  • Somewhat disappointed Aug 21, 2020

    By Shopdoc
    I am a lifelong fan of the Oxford Dictionaries, and have several in-print versions in my home. Although I searched the app store for "offline dictionaries" and this app cameup in the search, be aware that offline mode requires purchase of the premium version. I have read in other reviews that the premium version still has ads. The developer seems to think it is OK to advertise ITS OWN products even in the "ad-free" premium version. That is unacceptable, so I will not be "upgrading" to the premium version. The free version works fine, and the definitions and reference materials are terrific, as you would expect from the OED. However, the screen is definitely junky and distracting. Oxford should clean up its act and user interface, and give prospective users the same professional clarity about features and pricing that they do in their definitions.
  • Dictionary app Feb 8, 2019

    By Eric Wordsmith
    This dictionary app, the Oxford app, has helped me build my vocabulary, more so than another dictionary app that I have used. This one seems to use a broader range of information for any given word. For example, I believe this app has more contemporary, technical and slang references. This app tends to retrieve a word that I am looking for. It surprises me sometimes, but I frequently fail to find ordinary, commonly-used words in some dictionaries. This app takes longer to start and is slow pulling up the word, which is unexpected; the other dictionary app was faster by about 5 seconds. But usually I am not in a big hurry; I use this app once or twice a week.
  • The English language. Sep 5, 2019

    By Tejedor.
    I do not subscribe to the contention that there are several versions of the English language, (American, Australian etc). English is English, and it is either correct English, or incorrect English. Americans consistently corrupt the language, both written and spoken, contending that “American” English is an established and legitimate version of the English language. I contend that the OED is the only complete source of correct English. I further contend that Merriam Wester is a source of corrupt written and spoken English, which has been erroneously adopted by the American people as a separate and legitimate version of the English language.
  • Product great, pricing deceptive Apr 25, 2018

    By moseallisonforever
    The dictionary is superior. However, the distributor, Mobisystems, seem to expect payment for the “premium” version on each iOS device on which it’s installed by the same account holder. That’s a non-starter. Until they change this deceptive practice (they mention it nowhere, and “restore purchase” functionality only works on the “original” device) and end their extortionate price levels, I’ll use it on the one device and not deal with it further. Caveat emptor. You cannot pay once and use the app on both an iPad and an iPhone. .... I have changed the rating to 4 stars, because there is still some trouble getting the app to restore purchases on additional devices. It required deleting the unresponsive download and a new download and installation. Also, to be fair, the developer did respond to my original derogatory review by email, which sat unread on an unused server for six weeks. Their instructions for restoration, clearly well-intended, were not helpful. I had to fiddle further on my own. On the basis of the app itself and the product, this deserves a 5-star rating. An app that carries the brand “Oxford” however should not be flawed in terms of fulfillment in this way, I believe. I misjudged initially. There is no deception.
  • OED’ Word of the Day Needs Complexity Mar 15, 2019

    By donasrd2
    Might you consider upgrading this “word of the day” automatic feature? Granted, I acknowledge the disclaimer that the word on every given day is randomly generated. That, however, is why the user can’t adjust it, not a fact that makes it impervious to the developer modifying the software. The problem as I see it is simply, if you will, that the words are too simple. My experience with such novelties is that they highlight words not usually found in common usage, in order to expand one’s vocabulary. Your app, on the other hand, serves up a daily dose of hopelessly commonplace nouns and verbs; for example, “rodeo” and “nibble”, respectively, as two recent offerings. As such, the feature is uninformative at best and, unless one shuts down the notifications entirely, a nuisance. The distinguished OED should expand the mind and the vocabulary of the educated user, not cater to popularity in pursuing the least common denominator among the crowd. Please consider this sensible upgrade to your software. Thank you for your attention to my concern, meant constructively of course as a longtime faithful adherent to the OED.
  • OED Sep 11, 2020

    By igmo fudpucker
    In my junior year of high school we read many short stories in our English prep class. As you read and came across a word that wasn’t clear you were to write it down. Those were accumulated and researched by three fellow students that were given one free point toward their grade. They were to define the word using only the OED paying close attention to the context, date included since word meanings can change in time, of the word in question. This averaged 625 words every two weeks. We would then have either “33”s or “25”s where three 33s would make up a test grade or four 25s. We were excited to have the 33s as that meant we were given a free point. The test was administered when she felt it was time so you would walk in to see either 33 or 25 words written on the chalk board. Misspelling a word within your answer’s definition would cost you seven points and misspelling the word to be defined cost you nine points. Yes, you could get a negative test grade number. The OED was Beulah B. Harper’s “bible” and we came to use it in all of our subjects’ research text lists complete with footnotes to the point that we had memorized all the footnote basics of the OED because it was used so many times. To this day I still use it as the definitive answer to settle definition disputes. - JJBJr
  • Perfect reading companion Mar 6, 2019

    By DanielWFisher
    I love to discover words previously unfamiliar to me and the origin of those words. I’ve not yet found a better companion on this journey than the Oxford Dictionary app. It’s so much lighter to carry about than the hard copy version! I love how the app keeps track of the words I look up so I can review them, say, at the end of the day to help cement my expanded vocabulary. It’s so easy to use I’ll find myself exploring the network of related words and their origins just for fun. My only criticism of the app is I do wish the quality of some of the spoken word examples was less muddy. Some samples sound like they were recorded decades ago. They do work, though, and it doesn’t dampen my enthusiasm for using the app.
  • Missing 2 key features Apr 9, 2019

    By camohunter19014
    These two missing features are equally egregious in my mind. Firstly, this dictionary does not have definitions (in its app) that would be helpful while reading. I know not every word needed can be anticipated. But too often I look up a word while I am reading for class and there is no definition for it. If there were a “student version” with more definitions and was priced reasonably (about $5) I would immediately download it, even at the cost of space. Additionally, a “request definition” button could help solve this issue in the long run. If enough people request a definition, it could help the analytics side see that the definition is needed and promptly add it in the next update. Secondly, when I tap the search bar, I do not want the word I just looked up to be remembered. Most search bars actually have a feature where the previous search is cleared when you tap on the search bar. This is a feature that makes sense. Usually, when I am tapping on a search bar, I want to make a new search. Not here, though. This app assumes I want to look up the same word over and over again. I operate with the former assumption, so often my searches end up looking like such: “shewantipathy,” when it should just be “antipathy.” Fixing these two issues would raise my rating to a 5 for sure.
  • Okay Oct 24, 2018

    By LeeliWingfeather
    The definitions are fine but the actual format is very distracting. Useful, but lacking in organization. It gets the job done, but not as well as it could. Also, the fact that you must have premium to hear the pronunciations is frustrating. Instead of adding a button which makes it look like you can hear the pronunciation, don’t put the button in at all, please. A tab coming up advertising “Get More With Premium” is more annoying than not having the sound button at all. If the website/app is harassing me to buy the full version I’m more likely to delete the obnoxious app than to buy their application. Developers, rather, could just place a banner on certain areas of the app which says something to the effect of, “See What Else You Can Get With Premium” or even the original “Get More With Premium” would suffice. Nevertheless, the free app *is* nice.
  • Better Than Most Sep 2, 2019

    By oktechgiant
    Oxford Dictionary is better than most online/app based dictionaries for having one key feature that most available dictionaries seem to lack. And that feature is the ability to search/scroll through the entire entry list A-Z. Recently I've made it a personal goal of mine to expand my vocabulary and one way to achieve that goal was by using apps that give you a "word of the day" until I realized I could learn a lot more and reach my target faster by using an atoz dictionary ensuring I learn all there is to learn of the English language. Although the interface of Oxford's app isn't the most use friendly and it's riddled with more ads. It does offer a complete list of all of its entries which will always separate it from other dictionaries on the market in my opinion.
  • Somewhat disappointed Aug 21, 2020

    By Shopdoc
    I am a lifelong fan of the Oxford Dictionaries, and have several in-print versions in my home. Although I searched the app store for "offline dictionaries" and this app cameup in the search, be aware that offline mode requires purchase of the premium version. I have read in other reviews that the premium version still has ads. The developer seems to think it is OK to advertise ITS OWN products even in the "ad-free" premium version. That is unacceptable, so I will not be "upgrading" to the premium version. The free version works fine, and the definitions and reference materials are terrific, as you would expect from the OED. However, the screen is definitely junky and distracting. Oxford should clean up its act and user interface, and give prospective users the same professional clarity about features and pricing that they do in their definitions.
  • Dictionary app Feb 8, 2019

    By Eric Wordsmith
    This dictionary app, the Oxford app, has helped me build my vocabulary, more so than another dictionary app that I have used. This one seems to use a broader range of information for any given word. For example, I believe this app has more contemporary, technical and slang references. This app tends to retrieve a word that I am looking for. It surprises me sometimes, but I frequently fail to find ordinary, commonly-used words in some dictionaries. This app takes longer to start and is slow pulling up the word, which is unexpected; the other dictionary app was faster by about 5 seconds. But usually I am not in a big hurry; I use this app once or twice a week.
  • The English language. Sep 5, 2019

    By Tejedor.
    I do not subscribe to the contention that there are several versions of the English language, (American, Australian etc). English is English, and it is either correct English, or incorrect English. Americans consistently corrupt the language, both written and spoken, contending that “American” English is an established and legitimate version of the English language. I contend that the OED is the only complete source of correct English. I further contend that Merriam Wester is a source of corrupt written and spoken English, which has been erroneously adopted by the American people as a separate and legitimate version of the English language.
  • Oxford gets 5stars, Mobi 2 Apr 14, 2019

    By CathedralRocks
    Before providing the excellent definition, a Buy premium screen interrupts. “Buy premium” ads are one place where advertisers are rewarded for being obnoxious. I resist the upselling so as not to reward them. In addition the app sometimes—no, often—has very annoying glitches such as when the definition vanishes before I have finished reading it. Or, before I can type in the entire entry, an unrelated screen appears. Of course the content is top of the line, it’s the OED. But the implementation by Mobi isn’t worthy of the greatest English language dictionary. Hold your nose and buy it. Maybe Mobi will raise its standards to match what it is selling. ~~~~~ A couple of months later, still annoying as heck. Each time I use it I think about ditching it. The OED should have selected a competent partner. I am lowering my rating from 3 to 2. Weighting the implementation more heavily than the content, which after all, represents over a century of work by competent conscientious people.
  • Irritating Apr 21, 2019

    By Cleopatra peanut
    The word of the day is the same everyday if I don’t open it and look. I finally open the word pine snake today. It had popped up every single day since Jan 24. If I don’t open a word of the day, I’m NOT interested in that word and tomorrow I’d like to see a new word option. Don’t harass me with the same word until I open it. It’s in the history of I ever want it, or it should be. I find I avoid the app and use google simply because I’m irritated by the app. I don’t seek it out. Then within the app I can only rate it five stars. It doesn’t allow me to do a real and honest rating. Too bad I paid for the upgrade. Going to go see if Collins Cobuild has done a dictionary app yet. They have much better definitions and derivations. They never use the word in its own definition. Note the Colin’s. Cobuild app is bybthe same app developer so I don’t expect it to work any better.
  • If I could give this zero stars, I would Oct 6, 2020

    By formerbagel
    WARNING: this app is unusable without paying for premium. You can only look up ONE WORD per day, then a pop up blocks the screen. Awful. Once you look up your SINGLE word, you can’t do anything else in the app. Anything. Word of the day? BLOCKED. Recent words? BLOCKED. Special Topics? BLOCKED. If you’re not going to pay for a subscription, don’t even bother downloading this. Maybe go for Merriam-Webster, at least that works. I was hoping this would be a good quick-reference tool by a reputable company, but it’s only taking up space on my phone. The description for this app is misleading, it is shown as “free” in the App Store. They should tell you upfront in the description that you can’t do anything without a subscription. It’s conveniently left out. It lets you believe that the app is functional without a subscription.
  • Disappointed with the most recent update Nov 10, 2018

    By Male User 27
    Not a fan of all the updates changing the layout of the app. Personally, I like the original much better. However, the app still served its purpose. The reason I am giving this two stars is because with the most recent update, all of my favorited words were deleted, ALL OF THEM. This is extremely frustrating as I have invested a lot of time adding and developing that extensive list and with one update, it all gets deleted. Seems like whoever manages and administers these updates is more concerned with the superficial aesthetics of the product instead of the functionality and maintaining certain features that kept the consumers using the app. Probably going to transition to Merriam Webster’s app following this update. PLEASE STOP DELETING SAVED DATA WITH EACH UPDATE.
  • WAS Better than googling-updated (from 5 stars to 1) Jul 9, 2018

    By I'm Bri
    Used to be great app! That’s why I PAID FULL PRICE FOR IT 6 MONTHS AGO. Imagine my frustration when all of the sudden it glitches with an only fix being uninstalling and reinstalling...which COMES WITH SUPER ANNOYING CONSTANT ADDS!!!, the fix? PAY FOR IT AGAIN!!! SAME PRICE! Ripping customers off gets you downgraded in your reviews. That’s not rocket science. When you pay for something you don’t expect to be BILLED FOR IT AGAIN IN A FEW MONTHS! I pay for something (say, a printer) and it conveniently breaks in 2 1/2 years, after the 2 year warranty expires, I do buy another whatever (printer)...but NOT from the same brand. Same principle applies. Dishonesty doesn’t pay in the long run. Sooo...MobiSystems on my “don’t support again” list...along with Brother printers. Ain’t word of mouth enlightening? Rocket science.
  • Not highly recommended Dec 29, 2018

    By chulinjun22222199202
    I downloaded 2 dictionaries ( OXFORD&WEBSTER) at one time and compared a bit. 1. START: It takes slightly over 6 seconds to open the OXFORD dictionary, and slightly less than 3 seconds to open the WEBSTER dictionary. (3 seconds makes a huge difference when you eagerly wanna understand a new word you encounter. For this, I minus 3 ⭐️ .) 2. SEARCH:Tapping the search bar to look for the vocabulary, OXFORD freezes another second or longer. I thought something went wrong with my iPhone. The problem doesn’t exist in WEBSTER though. 3. PRICE:Premium of OXFORD:$9.99; premium of WEBSTER:$4.99. ($1.99 to remove the ads). I paid $9.99 for the OXFORD dictionary and $1.99 for WEBSTER, respectively, because I find ads annoying. 4. INTERPRETATION: I find OXFORD interpretation is easier to understand. 5. INTERFACE:WEBSTER has better and simpler interface designs. 2 things I like the most about WEBSTER’s interface: 1) letters are bigger. 2)the like button ♥️ is shown right below the word you look for. (in OXFORD, you have to click extra through a “...” button to reach the like ⭐️ button. In conclusion, I think I wasted $ 9.99 on OXFORD premium dictionary.
  • Non-Existent Support Apr 11, 2019

    By Cearly
    The free app is decent, but I decided to splurge and upgrade to the premium version during a one-day sale. What a waste of my hard-earned money! The features that I was supposed to get with the premium upgrade don’t work. I contacted support through the app and got an auto-email advising it would take 24 hours for a specific response. That was over a week ago, and still nothing. All I really wanted was the ability to hear word pronunciations (something other apps include free), but this doesn’t work for me. The only real difference in the “premium” app is the ability to choose a Theme Color. Well, whoopty-do - that’s not worth paying for an upgrade to get.
  • I bought this app many years ago.... Jan 22, 2019

    By Furrawn
    The app now spams a LOGIN message and then a YOU HAVE TO LOGIN IN AT SOME POINT message. Despite the fact that I should never have to login to use something I paid for, I have tried logging into iTunes. It changes nothing. There was an update available months ago, but when I attempted to update it around the holidays (Thanksgiving and Christmas), I would get a message saying the update was no longer available. The login message appears repeatedly the instant I open the app. It’s literally nearly impossible to use and actually stressful. Look. I purchased this app long long ago for for life. It’s complete utter awfulness to experience this kind of greedy deception in a freaking dictionary from OXFORD.
  • Charging for pronunciation...🤔 Aug 22, 2020

    By Manny OgK
    Great dictionary good app with good features and functions(if you pay). But you lost me by charging a subscription to a dictionary app. Not a one time fee which would be justifiable. On top of that you can’t select the text so that the phone itself can dictate the words. It’s price gouging and it’s has me furious 🤬🤬. For you guys to charge $3 a month or $20 a year for something you can go to google and search up or your phone built in dictionary is ludicrous. I understand we live in a capitalist society, but this type of up charging and micro transactions scamming needs to cease and be written into law to stop this behavior from these tech companies.
  • This app is garbage and you shouldn't buy it Sep 14, 2017

    By tml_mpls
    The original version was great. I actually spent the full $20+ to get the full version believing I was making a good investment and - embarrassingly - spent that again when I inexplicably lost access to the original purchase because I'd gotten such great use from the original. Probably should have seen that as the ominous sign it was and cut my losses, but so it goes. The new version feels like something designed by a child. I do NOT need to see a pop-up asking me to rate the app every time I need to look up a word. So now this is being deleted after 5+ years on the main screen of my phone. Posting this review in the hopes that someone learns from my mistakes. Stay away!

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  • OED Sep 11, 2020

    By igmo fudpucker
    In my junior year of high school we read many short stories in our English prep class. As you read and came across a word that wasn’t clear you were to write it down. Those were accumulated and researched by three fellow students that were given one free point toward their grade. They were to define the word using only the OED paying close attention to the context, date included since word meanings can change in time, of the word in question. This averaged 625 words every two weeks. We would then have either “33”s or “25”s where three 33s would make up a test grade or four 25s. We were excited to have the 33s as that meant we were given a free point. The test was administered when she felt it was time so you would walk in to see either 33 or 25 words written on the chalk board. Misspelling a word within your answer’s definition would cost you seven points and misspelling the word to be defined cost you nine points. Yes, you could get a negative test grade number. The OED was Beulah B. Harper’s “bible” and we came to use it in all of our subjects’ research text lists complete with footnotes to the point that we had memorized all the footnote basics of the OED because it was used so many times. To this day I still use it as the definitive answer to settle definition disputes. - JJBJr
  • Perfect reading companion Mar 6, 2019

    By DanielWFisher
    I love to discover words previously unfamiliar to me and the origin of those words. I’ve not yet found a better companion on this journey than the Oxford Dictionary app. It’s so much lighter to carry about than the hard copy version! I love how the app keeps track of the words I look up so I can review them, say, at the end of the day to help cement my expanded vocabulary. It’s so easy to use I’ll find myself exploring the network of related words and their origins just for fun. My only criticism of the app is I do wish the quality of some of the spoken word examples was less muddy. Some samples sound like they were recorded decades ago. They do work, though, and it doesn’t dampen my enthusiasm for using the app.
  • Dictionary app Feb 8, 2019

    By Eric Wordsmith
    This dictionary app, the Oxford app, has helped me build my vocabulary, more so than another dictionary app that I have used. This one seems to use a broader range of information for any given word. For example, I believe this app has more contemporary, technical and slang references. This app tends to retrieve a word that I am looking for. It surprises me sometimes, but I frequently fail to find ordinary, commonly-used words in some dictionaries. This app takes longer to start and is slow pulling up the word, which is unexpected; the other dictionary app was faster by about 5 seconds. But usually I am not in a big hurry; I use this app once or twice a week.
  • The English language. Sep 5, 2019

    By Tejedor.
    I do not subscribe to the contention that there are several versions of the English language, (American, Australian etc). English is English, and it is either correct English, or incorrect English. Americans consistently corrupt the language, both written and spoken, contending that “American” English is an established and legitimate version of the English language. I contend that the OED is the only complete source of correct English. I further contend that Merriam Wester is a source of corrupt written and spoken English, which has been erroneously adopted by the American people as a separate and legitimate version of the English language.
  • THE OED Jul 2, 2021

    By TLP3.1415
    I have found this edition of the OED online/offline app to be extremely helpful as well as being very useful. To date I have found every word that I have been looking for, as well as some I was not looking for. It is extremely useful that on occasion when I cannot spell a word that all I need do is to say it and there it is. Having been educated in England, my spelling is British. But once in a while I forget the precise spelling. Overall I find the OED to be better than any American dictionary. I also own several hardback editions as well.
  • Dictionary is a Necessity Oct 27, 2019

    By all are taken it seems
    Whenever I am writing, I always find myself having to go to the dictionary to confirm, check spelling, find alternative words which ensure the quality of my writing. Unsure of using the word ensure; I turned to the dictionary and found it was appropriate. In writing, we use words that we seldom use in our daily conversation. Without constant use, our vocabulary becomes limited, not forgotten, but rusty! The Dictionary helps one polish up one’s writing skills😬 Editing this review required using the dictionary☺️ need I say more😂🤣😅
  • Wear your words like well chosen clothes Oct 24, 2020

    By C-Suite-User
    Knowing the source, historical use and origin of a word makes each word not just bland black and white text, but the conveyance of colorful meaning and history. Words matter. Choose them carefully. Understand them before you use them. Look them up in the OED! Words are like the clothes you choose to wear - they are a comment on your style, your origin, your beliefs and how you relate to others. I would like to see more historical references in the digital OED but its a great start to your word choices.
  • Love it! Jun 5, 2019

    By Spazyone
    UPDATED UPDATE: I updated to a new phone and the app works just fine. I just needed to restore the purchase within the app. All the reviewers who said it had to be repurchased were not correct. UPDATE: Bought the upgrade and still love it! Highly recommend! Best dictionary ever, and you CAN take it with you. This is a wonderful app. I am sorely tempted to overuse adjectives and exclamation marks in describing it. I do recommend it. It is very useful, takes up no shelf space, gathers no dust, and you can take it with you everywhere you go.
  • Very good dictionary Feb 2, 2019

    By FitEnglishLearner
    Very clear explanation, and you can also learn something from the explain. I spend about 30 dollar for the Advanced Learner’s Dictionary, and found the explanation are almost same. So that dictionary doesn’t worth 30 dollar. I also spend 30 dollar to buy the collocation dictionary, there are very limited number of words, meanwhile there is no basic explanation of the word. That give you a lot of words combinations, but without telling you he word itself means.
  • Best paid dictionary app Jul 11, 2019

    By ForgedinFire
    This dictionary app as far more words and newer words than any of the other dictionary apps. It also has more scientific terms and philosophical terms as well. Many of the other dictionary apps out there that I have paid for are seriously lacking and would not be adequate for a university student or a professional scientist. If you are going to pay for a dictionary app look no further and don’t waist your money buy buying multiple apps.
  • Product great, pricing deceptive Apr 25, 2018

    By moseallisonforever
    The dictionary is superior. However, the distributor, Mobisystems, seem to expect payment for the “premium” version on each iOS device on which it’s installed by the same account holder. That’s a non-starter. Until they change this deceptive practice (they mention it nowhere, and “restore purchase” functionality only works on the “original” device) and end their extortionate price levels, I’ll use it on the one device and not deal with it further. Caveat emptor. You cannot pay once and use the app on both an iPad and an iPhone. .... I have changed the rating to 4 stars, because there is still some trouble getting the app to restore purchases on additional devices. It required deleting the unresponsive download and a new download and installation. Also, to be fair, the developer did respond to my original derogatory review by email, which sat unread on an unused server for six weeks. Their instructions for restoration, clearly well-intended, were not helpful. I had to fiddle further on my own. On the basis of the app itself and the product, this deserves a 5-star rating. An app that carries the brand “Oxford” however should not be flawed in terms of fulfillment in this way, I believe. I misjudged initially. There is no deception.
  • OED’ Word of the Day Needs Complexity Mar 15, 2019

    By donasrd2
    Might you consider upgrading this “word of the day” automatic feature? Granted, I acknowledge the disclaimer that the word on every given day is randomly generated. That, however, is why the user can’t adjust it, not a fact that makes it impervious to the developer modifying the software. The problem as I see it is simply, if you will, that the words are too simple. My experience with such novelties is that they highlight words not usually found in common usage, in order to expand one’s vocabulary. Your app, on the other hand, serves up a daily dose of hopelessly commonplace nouns and verbs; for example, “rodeo” and “nibble”, respectively, as two recent offerings. As such, the feature is uninformative at best and, unless one shuts down the notifications entirely, a nuisance. The distinguished OED should expand the mind and the vocabulary of the educated user, not cater to popularity in pursuing the least common denominator among the crowd. Please consider this sensible upgrade to your software. Thank you for your attention to my concern, meant constructively of course as a longtime faithful adherent to the OED.
  • Better Than Most Sep 2, 2019

    By oktechgiant
    Oxford Dictionary is better than most online/app based dictionaries for having one key feature that most available dictionaries seem to lack. And that feature is the ability to search/scroll through the entire entry list A-Z. Recently I've made it a personal goal of mine to expand my vocabulary and one way to achieve that goal was by using apps that give you a "word of the day" until I realized I could learn a lot more and reach my target faster by using an atoz dictionary ensuring I learn all there is to learn of the English language. Although the interface of Oxford's app isn't the most use friendly and it's riddled with more ads. It does offer a complete list of all of its entries which will always separate it from other dictionaries on the market in my opinion.
  • Excellent reference Jun 6, 2021

    By Lettermanswo
    I use this app about twice per day since I read a lot of books. It always gives me great I sight into the etymology and usage of the words I do not know. For $20 a year I think the creators of this app need to pay more close attention to the list of US Presidents (out of date listing Obama as the most recent) the countries and their capitals (Kazakhstan’s capital has changed names to Nur-Sultan) and does not have the most up to date name of Swaziland (Eswatini). These items are important to keep current. Current information is one of the reasons I am willing to pay. Please update.
  • Great app lacks great typography Mar 4, 2019

    By KanyeIsTroubled
    While I enjoy the many features of the app such as: audio pronunciations, favorites, and others, I wish they would hire a proper typographer to help them set the text for screens. The definitions are not as easy to read as they are on other apps. The text is very condensed and it prevents the information from being easily digested. This matters in mobile use because we are usually in a hurry to find information and move on to the next thing. The camera lookup feature definitely has advantages for wanting to lookup multiple words, just be careful how many you scan at once.
  • Oxford English Dictionary Aug 2, 2018

    By D. Hill
    The Oxford English Dictionary application is a solid resource for those who want to look up the definition of a word. Along with the meaning users will also receive derivatives of the word such as an adverb or some other example further illustrating the intent of the definition. Users can also save words they like as favorites and access word of the day which can be helpful to broadening one’s vocabulary. The app offers additional features in the premium version such as audio pronunciation but the the standard model does a good enough job for those who just want a mobile dictionary in hand.
  • I put 4 stars, because app asks for 5 stars Mar 5, 2019

    By AsetKeyZet
    This is a good free dictionary & thesaurus and i love using when I’m watching some tasks in quiz shows involving words in Oxford Dictionary, so I decide to buy full version without ads and with iCloud sync, but after buying the full version it still asking to “rate 5 stars” as “an ad” every time when I open the app or look for definition, so I put because it is still annoying. Again, it is good dictionary app even in free mode, but I hope that you will fix that detail in next updates, and of course add new words in ODE.
  • Exceptional clarity Jan 11, 2019

    By Logofile
    Oxford is the most reliable source for the correct definition of a word with intricate yet concise explanations of a words meaning that enables you to understand how to use the word in the appropriate context in order to improve the magnitude and range of your vocabulary. I think the only flaw on the app is The-Word-of-the-Day feature, which could offer better selections for the word. I am familiar with the definition and appropriate use of the words that the app picks for the word-of-the-day and I’d like it to choose words I do not know.
  • Font size is too small, etc. Feb 6, 2019

    By Michelucci
    Font size is too small. Why not go the extra mile and make it easier to read? Also, an alert keeps popping up (the number one in the red circle) and there is no message nor anything is flagged. Every day, you offer a new word. But it’s almost always the name of an object that is, in my opinion, fairly well known. How about offering words that would enrich a reader’s capacity to express his thoughts and feelings?
  • TOO MANY ADS!!!! 😩😩😩😩 Feb 8, 2020

    By 😋😋👍👍😀😀😄😄
    Great dictionary. Gives you a great definition. The reason I have it four stars instead of five is cuz there are way too many ads!!! The moment the opened it, it said “go premium”. Literally 10 seconds later it popped up again saying “go premium”. SO ANNOYING!!!!! But again, great dictionary overall but please get rid of ads. You can’t force people to get premium. If they want to get it they can but you can’t force it on them.
  • Missing 2 key features Apr 9, 2019

    By camohunter19014
    These two missing features are equally egregious in my mind. Firstly, this dictionary does not have definitions (in its app) that would be helpful while reading. I know not every word needed can be anticipated. But too often I look up a word while I am reading for class and there is no definition for it. If there were a “student version” with more definitions and was priced reasonably (about $5) I would immediately download it, even at the cost of space. Additionally, a “request definition” button could help solve this issue in the long run. If enough people request a definition, it could help the analytics side see that the definition is needed and promptly add it in the next update. Secondly, when I tap the search bar, I do not want the word I just looked up to be remembered. Most search bars actually have a feature where the previous search is cleared when you tap on the search bar. This is a feature that makes sense. Usually, when I am tapping on a search bar, I want to make a new search. Not here, though. This app assumes I want to look up the same word over and over again. I operate with the former assumption, so often my searches end up looking like such: “shewantipathy,” when it should just be “antipathy.” Fixing these two issues would raise my rating to a 5 for sure.
  • Okay Oct 24, 2018

    By LeeliWingfeather
    The definitions are fine but the actual format is very distracting. Useful, but lacking in organization. It gets the job done, but not as well as it could. Also, the fact that you must have premium to hear the pronunciations is frustrating. Instead of adding a button which makes it look like you can hear the pronunciation, don’t put the button in at all, please. A tab coming up advertising “Get More With Premium” is more annoying than not having the sound button at all. If the website/app is harassing me to buy the full version I’m more likely to delete the obnoxious app than to buy their application. Developers, rather, could just place a banner on certain areas of the app which says something to the effect of, “See What Else You Can Get With Premium” or even the original “Get More With Premium” would suffice. Nevertheless, the free app *is* nice.
  • Somewhat disappointed Aug 21, 2020

    By Shopdoc
    I am a lifelong fan of the Oxford Dictionaries, and have several in-print versions in my home. Although I searched the app store for "offline dictionaries" and this app cameup in the search, be aware that offline mode requires purchase of the premium version. I have read in other reviews that the premium version still has ads. The developer seems to think it is OK to advertise ITS OWN products even in the "ad-free" premium version. That is unacceptable, so I will not be "upgrading" to the premium version. The free version works fine, and the definitions and reference materials are terrific, as you would expect from the OED. However, the screen is definitely junky and distracting. Oxford should clean up its act and user interface, and give prospective users the same professional clarity about features and pricing that they do in their definitions.
  • Some poor app design issues Jan 6, 2019

    By AppStore Review 1983
    I purchased the full app. For the most part, it’s what you’d expect...I wanted a convenient dictionary without adds, and available offline...and so Oxford received my money. My two gripes are: 1) The Oxford splash screen at startup is too long. Seriously, their logo sits there while opening much longer than any other game or app I’ve ever seen. I already purchased your app, so please do away with the needless marketing - I almost purchased another dictionary over Oxford because of this, but that would just be silly. 2) I prefer to use this app in offline mode (quicker, who knows what apps are trying to download in the background, etc). However, I’ve found that a number of words I come across to look up, are not in the offline dictionary; only available once online - and then are not maintained offline after being looked up. Just a bit perplexing that the app doesn’t have a more robust offline dictionary - or at a minimum adds in new content/searches...it’s just text and phones/tablets have plenty of storage...c’mon Oxford, this really shouldn’t be an issue.
  • Another app bites the dust Jan 2, 2021

    By bGuiles
    1/2/21: After my below review, I received a very kind response from a developer. I want to thank the developer for taking the time to respond and explain the need for the new cost. While it’s unfortunately unwise for low income high debt folks like myself to purchase nonessential apps with monthly subscriptions, I do understand the need sometimes to generate income for projects that I can imagine may be time consuming to maintain, perhaps including this excellent English dictionary. So I raised my score from 1 to 3 stars. Ideally there’s a win win solution for people like me, yet understand. Peace. ———— (Earlier reviews): My below review is no longer true since I now must pay to look up more than just one word. Pathetic. After several satisfying years, I feel disgusted and deleted it at once. I feel very grateful for this excellent dictionary app. It far surpasses the others I’ve used, mainly by including words not included in others. And to have such a resource literally at my fingertips for free is an amazing blessing. Thank you!
  • A rating because the app bugs for a rating Jan 23, 2018

    By A TechLaw attorney
    A coerced review is always less favorable than a voluntary review. The only thing I don’t like about this app is that every time I open it, it flashes a screen asking for a review. It’s a stupid and annoying practice of the insecurity and lack of professionalism of the otherwise most excellent app. I bought the full version without ads. I think the content is accurate and helpful. I use it as a dictionary, and not much for the word games it offers, which are also fun and helpful. But bugging people for a review is annoying and unprofessional. Stop it Oxford!
  • Premium Membership is all the Developer wants Jan 17, 2021

    By Soupdelicious Scientist
    Seriously the developer just wants you to buy the premium membership.😒 Can’t it just be a normal dictionary?? I still like it because the vast amount of words you can search up and the good definitions, but you can only listen to the pronunciation 5 times in total then you have to buy the membership to have unlimited times to listen to the word. That is not very helpful. But I’m still gonna give this 3 stars for the good definition it gives for a word.🙃
  • Yes and No Jan 20, 2018

    By desiringm
    While the design of the app and its features are 5 star, even after trying the app, then going away for 6 months, and returning: I find the daily word choice so low brow that I lose respect for the app—and the dictionary. With between 175k and 250k words in the language, could you choose dailies that respect your role as a preeminent reference? When I want to hear language in the mud, I sign onto Facebook. When I turn to the OED, I hope for enlightenment. Please do not appear ashamed of the dictionary’s pedigree or afraid of teaching the (possibly) unknown!
  • User Interface is not intuitive and audio quality is okay Feb 9, 2020

    By 1239561946
    I bought both the Merriam Webster Dictionary App and this app. Compared to the Merriam app, this user interface is less intuitive and the audio quality of the pronunciation feature is not nearly as good. That being said, the definitions here are better than the Merriam app. Overall, the Merriam app is a better experience but this is a better dictionary. Despite being less polished, I continue to use this app on a regular basis.
  • Too many ads... Dec 1, 2018

    By Lyterus
    Every few words I look at, another ad pops up. Yes, I understand that a perk of getting the premium version is that there aren’t any ads, but they pop up every few words. Plus, the app keeps showing me the option for premium after every time I close an ad. I might as well go look at the paperback version of the dictionary if I’m going to get all of these ads. The formatting is also a little weird, but it doesn’t bother me too much.
  • Oxford gets 5stars, Mobi 2 Apr 14, 2019

    By CathedralRocks
    Before providing the excellent definition, a Buy premium screen interrupts. “Buy premium” ads are one place where advertisers are rewarded for being obnoxious. I resist the upselling so as not to reward them. In addition the app sometimes—no, often—has very annoying glitches such as when the definition vanishes before I have finished reading it. Or, before I can type in the entire entry, an unrelated screen appears. Of course the content is top of the line, it’s the OED. But the implementation by Mobi isn’t worthy of the greatest English language dictionary. Hold your nose and buy it. Maybe Mobi will raise its standards to match what it is selling. ~~~~~ A couple of months later, still annoying as heck. Each time I use it I think about ditching it. The OED should have selected a competent partner. I am lowering my rating from 3 to 2. Weighting the implementation more heavily than the content, which after all, represents over a century of work by competent conscientious people.
  • Non-Existent Support Apr 11, 2019

    By Cearly
    The free app is decent, but I decided to splurge and upgrade to the premium version during a one-day sale. What a waste of my hard-earned money! The features that I was supposed to get with the premium upgrade don’t work. I contacted support through the app and got an auto-email advising it would take 24 hours for a specific response. That was over a week ago, and still nothing. All I really wanted was the ability to hear word pronunciations (something other apps include free), but this doesn’t work for me. The only real difference in the “premium” app is the ability to choose a Theme Color. Well, whoopty-do - that’s not worth paying for an upgrade to get.
  • Charging for pronunciation...🤔 Aug 22, 2020

    By Manny OgK
    Great dictionary good app with good features and functions(if you pay). But you lost me by charging a subscription to a dictionary app. Not a one time fee which would be justifiable. On top of that you can’t select the text so that the phone itself can dictate the words. It’s price gouging and it’s has me furious 🤬🤬. For you guys to charge $3 a month or $20 a year for something you can go to google and search up or your phone built in dictionary is ludicrous. I understand we live in a capitalist society, but this type of up charging and micro transactions scamming needs to cease and be written into law to stop this behavior from these tech companies.
  • No Vast Improvement Jan 27, 2018

    By Squawble23
    After using the app happily for several years, I paid for the new version, to support the product Ive been using. But! The layout and graphic feel of the new version, is underwhelming and not as appealing as the old product. Worst of all is the feature for the app to pronounce a word. It is garbled and unclear, actually nonsensical sounding for some word. Chromosome for example. The pronunciation is awful. I’m still going to keep running the $10 app, since I bought it. But your next showing needs to be waaaay better than this...
  • Delayed opening page Jan 1, 2019

    By igzoysiysits
    Every time I open the app, I get a single screen that PAUSES before the app goes to its home page. What’s that about? It’s so annoying. I use the app to look up words while reading a news article or book. As such, I have already interrupted my reading to get a word definition from the app. To have to stare at a screen waiting for the app to truly open is ridiculous. It didn’t have used to be like that - before it started charging fir the pronunciation which I did pay for... most apps get better with time.
  • So so Dec 30, 2019

    By bri.gui
    So. On one hand, I love the print Oxford dictionaries, and the app brings that goodness along for the ride. But. As an iOS app, there’s a lot to be desired. Load times are quite long. Navigation is more laborious than it ought to be. Search in particular is annoying, as the search bar hangs on to previous search strings, forcing manual clears every time. And frequent “reminders” to give the app an automatic 5 star review are disruptive and continue even after I’ve rated the app. In short, imho, this isn’t an app worthy of the excellent Oxford print version.
  • Irritating Apr 21, 2019

    By Cleopatra peanut
    The word of the day is the same everyday if I don’t open it and look. I finally open the word pine snake today. It had popped up every single day since Jan 24. If I don’t open a word of the day, I’m NOT interested in that word and tomorrow I’d like to see a new word option. Don’t harass me with the same word until I open it. It’s in the history of I ever want it, or it should be. I find I avoid the app and use google simply because I’m irritated by the app. I don’t seek it out. Then within the app I can only rate it five stars. It doesn’t allow me to do a real and honest rating. Too bad I paid for the upgrade. Going to go see if Collins Cobuild has done a dictionary app yet. They have much better definitions and derivations. They never use the word in its own definition. Note the Colin’s. Cobuild app is bybthe same app developer so I don’t expect it to work any better.
  • If I could give this zero stars, I would Oct 6, 2020

    By formerbagel
    WARNING: this app is unusable without paying for premium. You can only look up ONE WORD per day, then a pop up blocks the screen. Awful. Once you look up your SINGLE word, you can’t do anything else in the app. Anything. Word of the day? BLOCKED. Recent words? BLOCKED. Special Topics? BLOCKED. If you’re not going to pay for a subscription, don’t even bother downloading this. Maybe go for Merriam-Webster, at least that works. I was hoping this would be a good quick-reference tool by a reputable company, but it’s only taking up space on my phone. The description for this app is misleading, it is shown as “free” in the App Store. They should tell you upfront in the description that you can’t do anything without a subscription. It’s conveniently left out. It lets you believe that the app is functional without a subscription.
  • Disappointed with the most recent update Nov 10, 2018

    By Male User 27
    Not a fan of all the updates changing the layout of the app. Personally, I like the original much better. However, the app still served its purpose. The reason I am giving this two stars is because with the most recent update, all of my favorited words were deleted, ALL OF THEM. This is extremely frustrating as I have invested a lot of time adding and developing that extensive list and with one update, it all gets deleted. Seems like whoever manages and administers these updates is more concerned with the superficial aesthetics of the product instead of the functionality and maintaining certain features that kept the consumers using the app. Probably going to transition to Merriam Webster’s app following this update. PLEASE STOP DELETING SAVED DATA WITH EACH UPDATE.
  • WAS Better than googling-updated (from 5 stars to 1) Jul 9, 2018

    By I'm Bri
    Used to be great app! That’s why I PAID FULL PRICE FOR IT 6 MONTHS AGO. Imagine my frustration when all of the sudden it glitches with an only fix being uninstalling and reinstalling...which COMES WITH SUPER ANNOYING CONSTANT ADDS!!!, the fix? PAY FOR IT AGAIN!!! SAME PRICE! Ripping customers off gets you downgraded in your reviews. That’s not rocket science. When you pay for something you don’t expect to be BILLED FOR IT AGAIN IN A FEW MONTHS! I pay for something (say, a printer) and it conveniently breaks in 2 1/2 years, after the 2 year warranty expires, I do buy another whatever (printer)...but NOT from the same brand. Same principle applies. Dishonesty doesn’t pay in the long run. Sooo...MobiSystems on my “don’t support again” list...along with Brother printers. Ain’t word of mouth enlightening? Rocket science.
  • Not highly recommended Dec 29, 2018

    By chulinjun22222199202
    I downloaded 2 dictionaries ( OXFORD&WEBSTER) at one time and compared a bit. 1. START: It takes slightly over 6 seconds to open the OXFORD dictionary, and slightly less than 3 seconds to open the WEBSTER dictionary. (3 seconds makes a huge difference when you eagerly wanna understand a new word you encounter. For this, I minus 3 ⭐️ .) 2. SEARCH:Tapping the search bar to look for the vocabulary, OXFORD freezes another second or longer. I thought something went wrong with my iPhone. The problem doesn’t exist in WEBSTER though. 3. PRICE:Premium of OXFORD:$9.99; premium of WEBSTER:$4.99. ($1.99 to remove the ads). I paid $9.99 for the OXFORD dictionary and $1.99 for WEBSTER, respectively, because I find ads annoying. 4. INTERPRETATION: I find OXFORD interpretation is easier to understand. 5. INTERFACE:WEBSTER has better and simpler interface designs. 2 things I like the most about WEBSTER’s interface: 1) letters are bigger. 2)the like button ♥️ is shown right below the word you look for. (in OXFORD, you have to click extra through a “...” button to reach the like ⭐️ button. In conclusion, I think I wasted $ 9.99 on OXFORD premium dictionary.
  • I bought this app many years ago.... Jan 22, 2019

    By Furrawn
    The app now spams a LOGIN message and then a YOU HAVE TO LOGIN IN AT SOME POINT message. Despite the fact that I should never have to login to use something I paid for, I have tried logging into iTunes. It changes nothing. There was an update available months ago, but when I attempted to update it around the holidays (Thanksgiving and Christmas), I would get a message saying the update was no longer available. The login message appears repeatedly the instant I open the app. It’s literally nearly impossible to use and actually stressful. Look. I purchased this app long long ago for for life. It’s complete utter awfulness to experience this kind of greedy deception in a freaking dictionary from OXFORD.
  • This app is garbage and you shouldn't buy it Sep 14, 2017

    By tml_mpls
    The original version was great. I actually spent the full $20+ to get the full version believing I was making a good investment and - embarrassingly - spent that again when I inexplicably lost access to the original purchase because I'd gotten such great use from the original. Probably should have seen that as the ominous sign it was and cut my losses, but so it goes. The new version feels like something designed by a child. I do NOT need to see a pop-up asking me to rate the app every time I need to look up a word. So now this is being deleted after 5+ years on the main screen of my phone. Posting this review in the hopes that someone learns from my mistakes. Stay away!
  • Shady business practices with focus on greed Mar 7, 2019

    By Solanir44
    I bought the full price versions of this dictionary and thesaurus (both american and british) for over $30 before they changed the software to this new version because I wanted to support Oxford brand dictionaries. After an update, my old premium versions of the dictionary and thesaurus were deleted and downgraded to this new free version. They expect their customers to pay for this app again if they do not want constant advertising. At some point the consumer has to make a stand. We should not support companies who force users to pay for products twice by invalidating old purchases through updates. 1 star stuff dude
  • Free version is painfully ad-ridden Dec 9, 2018

    By drum747
    The quality of the dictionary is superb, but there are so many ads when trying to search word definitions that become obstacles and sometimes even force you to wait 5 seconds before being able to close the ad, which makes the app almost not worth it. And out of principle it seems wrong to succumb to buying the full version because it is simply forced upon you through frustration rather than offering something more. Very disappointing, and will probably have to stick with Webster’s free app which is lighter on the ads and offers some of the premium features of Oxford like audible pronunciation.
  • Mobi Systems Failure Jan 25, 2020

    By CarlMcK
    The overall product does its job satisfactorily. However, when opening the app you get a pop up that keeps reoccurring saying give us a five star rating. You cannot lower the rating from five stars, which is completely obnoxious. When I wrote to complain I received a rather sarcastic response that they would look at my request and see if making a change was viable. Viable? To stop manipulating reviews isn’t a matter of doing the right thing for Mobi Systems, it’s a matter of “viability”. The one star rating is for the company’s lack of ethics, and to bring a little balance for all of the forged 5 stars.

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