MacMillan Dictionary The MacMillan Dictionary has an easy to use search menu. When you search for a specific word, the definition and pronunciation are easily visible, though there are some advertisements on the website. You can also easily search the thesaurus for synonyms or antonyms from the original search. Most words you search also use the word in a sentence, but I did notice that when I searched “flabbergasted” there was not an example of the word being used in a sentence.
This website stands out from others with an Open Dictionary area in which you can suggest new words or phrases to be added to the dictionary. The Open Dictionary started in 2009 and has an option where you can view the most recently added words. I found this section interesting and I can see upper grade students finding it interesting as well. Hotspot, gnarly and rage-quit are some of the words in the Open Dictionary that I am familiar with and have heard before. Many of the words in the Open Dictionary are words and phrases that I am unfamiliar with. The site does specify that some of the words could be regional or slang words. The MacMillan Dictionary also has a blog section on their website. The blog has recent entries as well as user comments and is active. Most recently the blog has an article about words used in the news.
This website has sections titled learn English, live English and love English. These are different tags that have been applied to articles for individuals that are both learning English and how to speak English, only use English when they have to at work, or individuals that are English enthusiasts. This is a riveting idea and way to organize articles as well as information for readers.
Buzzword is a tab at the top of the website. This tab give a surplus of information about a current popular word that is coming into the English language. Currently the word in the spotlight of the Buzzword page is “mic drop”. On the Buzzword page it gives examples of how this word has been used in different articles and by various reporters. The page gives further explanation of this gesture and gives a background of how far back it is dated and why it is being used more predominately.
This online dictionary has icons that allow you to share words and definitions on facebook, twitter, and other forms of social media. I’ve seen this same capability on other dictionary websites as well, but find it hard to imagine a time when I would utilize this option. Overall, this site has a lot to offer as a free online dictionary.
flabbergasted definition and synonyms | Macmillan Dictionary. (n.d.). Retrieved September 18, 2016, from http://www.macmillandictionary.com/dictionary/british/flabbergasted
Grades: 3 and up. Subject(s): All. Overall rating: 8.