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According to one of our reviewers, Merriam Webster's Collegiate Dictionary "is an aid for the vocabulary impaired and an adventure for the word connoisseur."
To look up a word, the user enters it in a very simple screen, specifies dictionary or thesaurus, and clicks the search button. Search results include the word's pronunciation, function, usage, etymology, and date of first known use. If the user is unsure of the spelling of a word, a click on the "Spell Check" button will cause the program to look for entries that are phoenetically similar and list them in alphabetical order. For example, a search for "filately" quickly produced the correct word for stamp collecting, "philately."
Of the more than 160,000 entries, 100,000 include a feature that allows the user to hear the correct pronunciation of the word. Alternating between male and female speakers, the pronunciations are clear and natural sounding, not mechanical like those we encountered in Microsoft Bookshelf 98. "I often see words in print that I've never heard used in actual speech" commented one adult reviewer. "I'm thrilled to finally know how to pronounce words like 'assuage.' In short, Merriam Webster's Collegiate Dictionary is, for the computer user, a neat replacement for the traditional paper dictionary.
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