Updated: 11/13/2018 by Computer Hope

Thesaurus and DictionaryA dictionary is an alphabetical listing of words and their meanings. Dictionaries help users lookup definitions to get a better understanding of the word and an overall better understanding of a language or field. Many computers do not include an electronic dictionary, however, with access to the Internet, there are hundreds of free online dictionaries.

What's the difference between a dictionary and a thesaurus?

A dictionary is used to describe the meaning of a word. A thesaurus is used to group different words with the same meaning (synonyms) and similar words. For example, looking up the word "computer" in a dictionary would define the word like what is found on our computer definition. Looking up the word "computer" in a thesaurus may give words like PC, CPU, calculator, abacus, and laptop that could be used in place of the word computer.

Why would someone need a dictionary on a computer?

A dictionary is used on a computer most often to find the meaning words and as a way to find the correct spelling of a word.

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