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Microsoft Encarta World English Dictionary

by Microsoft
3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)

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Product Features

  • a dictionary of global english
  • 400,000+ authoritatives references, word histories,usage notes
  • easy to understand pronunciations-with audio recordings
  • the first newly written english dictionary in 30 years

System Requirements

  • Media: CD-ROM

Product Details

  • Shipping Weight: 7.8 ounces
  • ASIN: B00002SSUJ
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: October 24, 1999
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,639 in Software (See Top 100 in Software)

Product Description


A combination of computer and Internet technology was used to compile, edit and research this 400,000 definition dictionary. The result is a powerful, full featured electronic dictionary that is the best we've seen. In addition to the ability to quickly look up a word, you can easily jump to a thesaurus, a book of quotations, a style guide, an almanac and a computer dictionary.

We could easily look up just about anything. Just start typing, and the word list narrows as you get closer to what you're looking for. Many of the definitions have pictures or sound bites to accompany the definition. For example, we found 20 classical musicians, with short biographies and meaty sound clips. All in all, this is a resource that would be handy for anyone who does any writing. Period.

Unlike many Microsoft products, installation is relatively easy. It will run on just about any Pentium computer, with 20 MB of hard disk space, and there's no need to type in any clumsy codes. Note that this dictionary on one of the components of Encarta Reference Suite 2000.
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5.0 out of 5 stars easy to use January 28, 2013
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what more can i say? it's handy. it's accurate. i use it a lot. i'm one of those people that gets caught up and forgets what i was looking up in the first place, too. . . yep, i'm an occasional dictionary reader
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5.0 out of 5 stars just what I wanted March 31, 2013
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It discribed the product, got the product in the predicted time and installed it and useing it !!
sometimes the standard is uneventful..
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2.0 out of 5 stars My review of this product August 17, 2012
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This product was good back in the day, but now with all these things available online for free and much better, this product IMO is obsolete.
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1.0 out of 5 stars you have to carry CD with you September 12, 2011
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You cannot install CD on computer, you have to open it each time you need it. Plus I had trouble installing .exe file for unknown reasons. I expected better product.
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