Google kills Google Dictionary

By Emil · 25 replies
Aug 5, 2011
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  1. Google has closed down its Dictionary service at A message on the webpage reads: "Google Dictionary is no longer available. You can use Google web search to find definitions…

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  2. TomSEA

    TomSEA TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,715   +856

    I don't know why Google even bothered trying to go down that road. has had a lock on that service for years and years and does a great job which includes a Thesaurus, Quotes, References, Translator, etc.
  3. mario

    mario Ex-TS Developer Posts: 399   +17

    Yep just like you I was never aware it existed, I've always used 'define:{word}' for finding definitions on Google.
  4. LNCPapa

    LNCPapa TS Special Forces Posts: 4,276   +461

    Daily - I used define: at least every day. I've even taught my 6 year old daughter to do it. I thought it looked a little different but I chalked it up to my decaying memory.
  5. gwailo247

    gwailo247 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,010   +18

    That sucks, I like the Google Dictionary plug in for Chrome. At least the double click functionality works, but when you try to follow the link it's broken. Hopefully they'll update it.
  6. I love google dictionary. I used it everyday, since it has different language options. I don't know whey they shut it done.
  7. I know using define:{} helps you get the definition for many words, but I still want Google dictionary to be back because it has many great features which Google search does not. :(
    Google dictionary does a really good job for English-as-a-second-language learners. When you enter a word, Google dictionary will automatically recognize its language and provide detailed dictionary explanations and example sentences using BOTH languages. You only need one click and get everything you want.
    Now when you search a word you can only get English to English explanations. English to other language dictionary functionality has been removed. Google suggest you use Google translate instead, but Google translate sucks, and it is definitely not a dictionary.
  8. Billylie

    Billylie TS Rookie

    Google dictionary is essential for me.
    Please come back!
  9. You know, after you search for "define:<word>", you can always just hit the "More »" link to get to a more extensive, more familiar page. And you don't even need to mess with the search options on the left.

    And, by the way, I use Google more than aka because while Google has ads, they're mostly text-based, while's stuff is a busy mess of pictures and bright colors. If I'm looking stuff up like a word definition, I'm focusing on finding a very specific bit of information.

    (Of course, I also use an offline thesaurus/dictionary for when I'm writing something extensive and clear focus is essential.)
  10. I'm a non native user of google dictionary. While English people find there's no difference between this and "difine ...", I DO! Please bring it back, FOR THE SAKE OF THE WHOLE WORLD!
  11. Google Dictionary quit us, I quit Google Search. No point standing beside it...
  12. Send an email to and let Google hear our voice!
  13. As foreigner, we found that the Google Dictionary is the best dictionary for us. It helps us English study every day. Please bring it back!!! We really need it!!!
  14. ..if I do market it ( Blue) I get definition for that word immidiately...that was before..
    Now they say :.." you can always just hit the "More »" ...?

    Please, I don't have the "More »" ...
    so who I should take it???

    Google this was not a good think what you did..!

    you can always just hit the "More »" where???????????????????
  15. PinothyJ

    PinothyJ TS Guru Posts: 460   +22

    Why would you bother with any of those services when search all dictionaries for you in one go?

    Silly humans…
  16. Dictionary was very helpful tool. Google made this stupid move for force the people install the chrome. Personally never in my life will not install the chrome because that.
  17. I disagree with this article says that "few people aware of it". How do you know only "few people" aware of it???? Can please give me a statistic number?
    If you never use "Google Dictionary" before, please dont make comments on that, and compare with how you search for a word's definition.
  18. learninmypc

    learninmypc TS Evangelist Posts: 7,671   +413

  19. i want google dictionary come back~

    i think google dictionary is one of best online dictionary, i used it every day, currently, i'm writing my dissertation, but they killed this service ~ is very bad news for me~

    i hope google dictionary can come back~~ welcome everybody join "I want google dictionary come back": Facebook page, sharing your experience of using google dictionary~

    just key in " I want google dictionary come back" on Facebook
  20. what about the words that we have bookmarked in Google Dictionary?
  21. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 12,996   +2,528

    "Thinking outside the (browser) box"...........
    You could probably just try and learn to spell.
  22. good alternatives:
  23. I love google dictionary.this solution by googe is a damn.nothing can replace goolge dictionary.
  24. learninmypc

    learninmypc TS Evangelist Posts: 7,671   +413

  25. LinkedKube

    LinkedKube TechSpot Project Baby Posts: 3,485   +45

    I use a webster's dictionary like a good red blooded american!

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