Improve Your Vocabulary Using an App Merriam-Webster Dictionary vs Advanced English & Thesaurus vs Vocabulary Builder (Magoosh) ... and 13 more

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There are numerous reasons why someone would want to improve their vocabulary. If you're new to the English language, or a native speaker, expanding your vocabulary will only open up more opportunities in your life. Using the best word in the correct situation, will save you from over-explaining things or using too many words to express yourself. If you can use fewer words to describe something or make a point, do it.

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There is nothing worse than being in a conversation with someone who's using words you're unfamiliar with. It can wreak havoc on your confidence and to be perfectly frank, it's unpleasant. The good news is that anyone can improve their vocabulary with continued practice. With the use of a mobile device and an app or two, one can widen their vocabulary in a relatively short period of time. The key to succeeding of course, pretty much like anything in life, is consistent, effort.

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Most of the apps below offer a free version with the option to purchase items inside the app. Please test out as many vocabulary apps as you can. We're confident you'll find something that will complement your learning style.

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Don't give up if you don't like the first few you test. Keep trying different apps until you find one you enjoy. You'll be surprised just how much you can advance your vocabulary in just a few months with steady practice.

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Method 1: Merriam-Webster Dictionary

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Sometimes going with a classic is best.

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Having the Merriam-Webster Dictionary right on your mobile device is an excellent way to improve your vocabulary. With new word games added, learning becomes fun, challenging, and exciting.

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    1. Search words with your voice if you don't know the correct spelling.
    2. Integrated thesaurus that includes antonyms and synonyms.
    3. Words are used in example sentences to help with context.
    4. English speaking audio samples for each word to help with pronunciation.
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    1. Free version.
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    Merriam-Webster Dictionary is available on Android, and iOS.
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Method 2: Advanced English & Thesaurus

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Designed by the Cognitive Science Laboratory at Princeton University, Advanced English & Thesaurus takes a different approach to learning new words.

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Rather than listing words as a traditional dictionary does, this app groups specific types of words (Nouns, verbs, adjectives and adverbs) into sets of cognitive synonyms.

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    1. Shows connection between certain words, synonyms, opposites and similar words, in addition to standard definitions of over 140,000 words.
    2. Advanced search and language tools.
    3. Search by voice command available.
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    1. Free.
    2. In-app purchase at $0.99 per item.
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Method 3: Vocabulary Builder (Magoosh)

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Vocabulary Builder is a free game that helps increase your word power by presenting fun challenges that need to be beaten in order to continue unlocking new words.

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Learn 1200 of the most important words handpicked by GRE (Graduate Record Exam) experts, and track your progress as you go.

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    1. Each word presented audibly for pronunciation help.
    2. Offers basic, intermediate, and advanced vocabulary building sections.
    3. Levels get harder as you progress through.
    4. Example sentences and detailed definitions for each word.
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    1. Free version.
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    Vocabulary Builder is available on Android, and iOS.
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Method 4: Vocabulary.com

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Vocabulary.com is very popular learning app that offers a great deal of vocabulary and educational resources on their website as well their app.

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Although this app is paid (one time), it's track record speaks for itself with thousands of happy users. By combining a highly addictive game with word building, Vocabulary.com has been increasing the word strength of people all over the world.

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    1. Use of specifically designed algorithms to increase learning efficiency.
    2. Personalized learning experience based on millions of answers provided by thousands of users.
    3. 120,000 questions that teach 12,000 words.
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    1. $3.29
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    The Vocabulary.com app is available on Android, and iOS.
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Method 5: Improve English: Word Games (Knudge.me)

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Knudge.me is another app that makes use of scientific algorithms to maximize the user's learning experience.

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With three levels of difficulty, Easy, Intermediate, and Advanced, Knudge.me offers a starting point for any vocabulary level.

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    1. Variety of highly effective learning games to help improve retention.
    2. Personalized progress tracking
    3. Learn English idioms, phrasal verbs, and commonly confused words.
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    1. Free.
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    Knudge.me is available on Android.
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Method 6: 7 Little Words, Daily Puzzles

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The 7 Little Words app provides neat word puzzles on a daily basis to help improve both your vocabulary and writing skills.

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Each puzzle is both a word problem and brain teaser in one. There is no time limit and the order in which the user answers doesn't make a difference.

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    1. Puzzles are for both UK and US English speakers.
    2. Subscribers get access to the entire puzzle catalog.
    3. An entertaining twist on traditional word search and crossword puzzles.
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    1. Free version.
    2. Subscriptions are available: $29.99/year, $3.99/month, and $1.99/week.
    3. In-app purchases ranging from $1.39 - $38.99 per item.
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    7 Little Words is available on Android, and iOS.
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Method 7: Word Games

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Word Games is another app that uses the power of challenging games to improve the learning and overall user experience.

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Word Games has eleven different games to help improve your vocabulary, trivia knowledge, and visual memory.

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    1. Word Flow Game - Helps improve the verbal memory of words.
    2. Vocabulary Power - Untimed multi-choice vocabulary challenges.
    3. Word Memory - Memorize a group of words quickly and see how many you can remember.
    4. Speed Trivia - Helps users test and improve their knowledge of general facts and trivia.
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    1. Free version.
    2. In-app purchases ranging from $1.11 - $4.50 per item.
    3. Some games require an in-app purchase to continue beyond certain levels.
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Method 8: GRE Flashcards (Magoosh)

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Another useful learning app from the Magoosh development team is GRE Flashcards.

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This app includes 1000 important words chosen by a seasoned GRE tutor, to help users prep for any type of graduate record examination.

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    1. Sample sentences and word definitions included.
    2. Easily track your progress.
    3. Utilizes a spaced repetition system that continues to teach the same words over time while reducing exposure as you get better.
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    1. Free version.
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    GRE Flashcards is available on Android, and iOS.
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Method 9: Dictionary.com Flashcards

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Dictionary.com has been around for a long time and has established itself as an authority site on the internet.

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The Flashcards app helps users learn and remember new words by offering customized study programs. You can even make use of this app while offline, no internet connection is required.

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    1. Make your own or choose from 70,000 flashcard decks.
    2. Organize your studies by grade level, standardized test, or subject matter.
    3. Two methods to choose from; definition matching or audio pronunciation.
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    1. Free version.
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    The Dictionary.com Flashcards app is available on Android, and iOS.
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Method 10: VoLT - Vocabulary Learning

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VoLT (vocabulary learning techniques) is a great little app that will help any level of English speaker/writer improve their word strength.

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VoLT bases its teaching approach on the principles of associating new information with current information. We tend to remember things better if there is a logical association to it.

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    1. Can help prepare for exams like CAT, MAT, GMAT, GRE, SAT, SSC, Bank PO, BBA, BBS, BCA, CET, GATE, IAS, IBPS, IELTS, IES, TOEFL, etc.
    2. Synonyms and Antonyms are included along with detailed definitions.
    3. VoLT associates difficult English words with easy-to-remember life events or scenarios.
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    1. Free version.
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    VoLT is available on Android, and iOS.
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Method 11: Word Note - GRE ++

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Word Note - GRE ++ is another good app for prepping for any type of GRE exam.

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Word Note - GRE ++ has a hefty list of GRE words to study. In additoin to that, users can add their own word lists and then quiz themselves.

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    1. Add new words with a single tap.
    2. Built-in multiple choice and by word definition exercises included.
    3. Absolutely no app crashes or bugs.
    4. GRE word list of 3500+ words, definitions, and example sentences.
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    1. Free version.
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    Word Note - GRE ++ is available on android.
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Method 12: ODnVT (English Dictionary)

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ODnVT is an optical dictionary app that gives the user three ways to look up words.

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Use the camera, your voice, or standard text to look up terms you're unfamiliar with from anything in print form.

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    1. The app customizes itself based on the learning habits of the user.
    2. Real time scanning with the device's camera works exceptionally well.
    3. User can choose the words they want to learn.
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    1. Free version.
    2. In-app purchases at $1.69 per item.
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    ODnVT (English Dictionary) is available on Android.
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Method 13: Vocabulary Builder

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Vocabulary builder is another educational app that aims to help users strengthen their vocabularies with a word-of-the-day approach.

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Continuous learning day-by-day has been proven to be a very effective teaching method and can increase retention by quite a bit.

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    1. Dark & light themes to choose from.
    2. Customized quizzes and tests.
    3. Prepare for exams such as SAT, GRE, GMAT, IELTS, TOEFL, CAT, etc, with a database of carefully selected words.
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    1. Free version.
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Method 14: BuZinga - The Vocab App

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Buzinga is an app that's catered more towards writers but can still help anyone who wants to learn more words.

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The app contains 2400 non-technical words that can be used in any situation, selected from trends via Google Alerts.

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    1. Helps users memorize words via subconscious learning and repetition.
    2. Simple and easy-to-read word definitions presented on cards.
    3. Simply swipe through the cards when you have free time and you'll begin to memorize each word's meaning.
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    1. Free version.
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    BuZinga - The Vocab App is available on Android, and iOS.
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Method 15: uVocab - Vocabulary Trainer

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uVocab offers users a comprehensive list of tools to help improve their vocabularies.

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With a database of over 5000 handpicked words, uVocab is an excellent tool to help study for competitive exams or just to increase your word power.

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    1. Multiple ways to browse for words.
    2. Audio samples to help with pronunciation.
    3. Web resources for integrated learning.
    4. Detailed progress tracking.
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Method 16: VocabMagik - Vocabulary Builder

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The VocabMagik app take the fun approach to learning to the next level.

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With the use of visually appealing cartoons and animation, the user is immersed in a fun and entertaining learning environment. As mentioned above, when learning becomes fun, people tend to retain what they've learned for longer.

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    1. Learn over 1200 useful English words.
    2. GRE vocabulary test preparations.
    3. Unlimited testing and evaluation.
    4. Customizable word lists.
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If you're looking to increase your word knowledge and vocabulary, any of the apps discussed above will help to get you on your way. Test out a few at a time until you find an app that's best for you.

Once you find one, stick with it!

Remember, having a large vocabulary is great and can help you in may areas of life, but it's not okay to make others feel beneath you simply because you know more English words than they do. The key to successful communication is to converse with someone on their level. Being able to adapt your conversational and writing tone based on your audience is a big part of any great communicator's skillset.

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