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1. The renowned American Heritage® Usage Panel, a group of more than 200 distinguished writers, scholars, and scientists, offers advice on problems of grammar and style; engaging notes explain word histories and clarify differences among synonyms; thousands of quotations and example sentences show words in context; and elegant definitions are enhanced by numerous full-color photographs, drawings, and maps, making this one of the most complete reference tool available on any mobile platform.
Latest Version: 14.1
Rated 4.7/5 By 132 People
- Today, the best dictionary reigns again.
- Thanks for keep updating this classic.
- If you need a dictionary, this app is a great choice.
- I do not want to update to the new version but the #4 sends me to your web page and no longer works.
- Back then this was the most expensive thing i bought on the iPhone.
- It now won’t let me into the app, popping me right back to the menu.
- Not working on iPad Pro 11” (2020).
What does American Heritage® Dictionary do? *NOTE: there is a newer version of American Heritage® Dictionary available on the AppStore. Tap on the "Enfour, Inc." link for AHD5.
The entire 2,074 page, 7.5 pound dictionary with its nearly 300,000 terms –plus 64 thousand recorded sound files by native speakers -all available instantly at your fingertips.
"In the battle of the Big Three dictionaries, American Heritage® stands out on iPhone" (4 mice)
More than 33,000 written examples, totaling 4,222,000 words, makes this largest mobile dictionary on ANY platform
The indexes alone are larger than most brand-name dictionaries. Even without the sound files, AHD would still be the largest dictionary in the AppStore.
● the entire text of this best selling book
● complete front matter and appendices
● three-way cross-referencing search
● real-time progressive look-up
● wildcard pattern searches (with * ?)
● spelling suggestion dictionary included
● internal hyperlinking & supports copy/paste
● pop-up pronunciation symbols chart
● IPA pronunciation symbol conversion
● etymology (word history) with root links
● professionally recorded sound files
● zoomable graphics
● fallback online search for esoteric or archaic words and the latest slang
● unique two-way external application interaction
— first iPhone dictionary with external linking and now most advanced!
● bookmarks with editable notations
● automatic search history
● 3D Touch support
● DarkMode support
● iPad multi-screen and Drag & Drop
● iPhone 14 & iOS16 support
● iPhone, iPod, iPad and PC support
● complete offline use - no Internet connection
The renowned American Heritage® Usage Panel, a group of more than 200 distinguished writers, scholars, and scientists, offers advice on problems of grammar and style; engaging notes explain word histories and clarify differences among synonyms; thousands of quotations and example sentences show words in context; and elegant definitions are enhanced by numerous full-color photographs, drawings, and maps, making this one of the most complete reference tool available on any mobile platform.
Reviews for the application:
"As apps go, only Enfour’s American Heritage® Dictionary stands out for its graphic appeal and functionality. Although I was pleased to have so much lexical firepower in such a compact form, I was annoyed at how poorly the other dictionaries present on the platform." (4 mice)
Editor's Choice. ranking = "Great"
Reviews of the print version:
"The Best Dictionary...Designed to appeal to the eye as well as the mind, it is notable for its imaginative illustrations....This is a great family dictionary, and ideal for schoolrooms."
— The Courier Journal
"This dictionary, now in its fourth edition, makes it fun to look up definitions of words....This up-to-date and eminently useful dictionary features a fabulous full-color design that quickly and effectively guides users to the information they seek."
— Library Journal
The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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—thesaurus links work with these products:
"Roget's II: New Thesaurus"
and many more
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Intel, 64-bit processor, OS X 10.7 or later.
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I am very grateful this is still supported.
Bought this app a decade ago. Still works. Perhaps a better interface and faster then newer dictionary apps. Very impressed.
-- The dictionary itself is incredibly comprehensive. The definitions are clear, concise, and to the point. There's simply no comparison between this dictionary and the free dictionaries based on WordNet.
-- All words have recorded pronounciation. Written pronounciation is of course also available, with the latest update including a pronounciation key.
-- Search is very fast, loading full and partial matches as you type
-- The History feature is great, letting you view all the words you previously looked up. You can also delete unwanted words from the history.
-- In Search mode, the 'X' button for clearing the search field didn't work very well. This seems to have been fixed in the latest update.
-- Also starting with the latest update, all words are hyperlinked, so you can click on any word in a definition to jump to that word's definition
-- In Search mode, the 'Info' button is near the 'X' button (including in the latest update). Sometimes the 'Info' button gets pressed by mistake.
-- Sometimes the selected definition doesn't get loaded, instead getting a blank screen. You then have to go back and choose the word again. This may have been fixed in the latest update; I haven't used it long enough to find out.
Apart from that, it's really all I could wish for in a dictionary. Well worth the price in my opinion.
American Heritage Dictionary
I bought this dictionary in 2010 and used it almost daily until I updated it a few days ago. It now won’t let me into the app, popping me right back to the menu.
But every time I try to use it, it puts up a pop up box to get me to rate it five stars.
Updated review: I decided I had to update my old review (below) because the newer edition of this app fixed all my old complaints. This app is fast, and has tap-through (so you can tap on a word in a definition to take you to that word's definition). If you like dictionaries, this incredible. And you can "bookmark" words: I use this feature to save words I like but predict I will forget. I can quiz myself on them later by brining up the list of bookmarked words and trying to recall their definitions. This app looks nice, is easy to use, has great content--hands down, it beats having a print edition.
The content is good, obviously, and its got audio. Not sure who needs audio, but it's a neat feature I guess. That said, there are flaws:
* Every dang time you open the app, you see a splash screen. It stays up for too long. It should be gotten rid of. You should just be able to go straight to a word lookup.
* Overall the dictionary is a bit slow. It's not crazy slow. But word lookups should be zippier.
* You can't click on any word to take you to its definition, which would be a very nice feature if it could be implemented w/out sacrificing load time
So overall this is a good dictionary but I was hoping for a bit more. Hopefully they'll update it fixing at least the speed and splash screen issues.