Dictionaries: look up words and learn
Dictionarieslook up words and learn
First-rate dictionaries offer more than just translations!
Look up words and find sample sentences, synonyms and
instructions for pronunciation!
Many dictionaries even let you add words directly to a vocabulary trainer. These comprehensive reference tools are free!
Poke through our selection and find the right dictionary for you!
The best German ↔ English
The best free online learning resources:
LEO Dictionary - Clear and Comprehensive
This established dictionary with over 794,000 entries is well-organized and easy to use. Every word includes audio playback of the pronunciation and example sentences.
If you'd like to translate multiple words from a text, click "Search in a text" and copy your text into the field. By clicking on individual words in your text, you can quickly find many different translations
By registering for my LEO (also entirely free) you can save vocabulary words to practice later. You can find more information about the vocabulary trainer in the
PONS - Appealing Layout
This popular dictionary features a clear and simple design. When looking up words, translations as well as phrases containing the search phrase are shown. Together with the free
(German only) you can learn even more effectively!
Bab.la dictionary - More than Just Translations
Bab.la is more than just a simple dictionary. Aside from the translation of German words, you can listen to pronunciation, view synonyms and remember the meaning of words by reading example sentences.
Linguee - Understand Words in Context
Look up words and view definitions along with translations containing the search term. Linguee contains more than a million translated texts that are referenced when you search, which allows you to view how the word is used in context.
DWDS - Comprehensive Reference Work
This German dictionary provides you with synonyms, sample sentences, descriptions and more. With over 410,000 verified entries from five different dictionary sources. The website is only available in German.
Logos - Dictionary with Pictures
More than just a dictionary: illustrative pictures will help you learn and remember the meaning of words you look up. What's more, you can change the language settings to translate words from English or other languages into German.
OpenThesaurus - Synonyms and Examples
A useful reference work that provides you with synonyms and associated words to your search term along with other useful information.
Dict.cc - Precise Results
A clearly structured dictionary that provides precise definitions as well as synonyms and expressions related to the search term.
Ultralingua - Simple and Helpful
A simple but useful dictionary that displays word definitions and translations along with common phrases and expressions.
Freeware dictionaries for download
Lingoes - Translations in Multiple Programs
Use this program to find definitions and translations of words in 80 different languages. Lingoes can also be used to translate words in other programs with a simple keyboard shortcut, which you can read about in the
The German dictionary can be added to the program after the initial installation.
LingoPad - Convenient Learning Offline (Windows)
LingoPad is a multi-lingual freeware dictionary for Windows. After installation, choose your preferred dictionary for German via the dictionary symbol in the menu on the left. The dictionary contains over 230,000 search terms. With the keyboard shortcut Alt + F12, you can search for the content of your clipboard. This allows you to easily use the dictionary in combination with other programs.
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