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- in our German - English/Spanish/Portuguese Dictionary
- De<>En De<>Es De<>Pt Dict = search your input in both languages
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- in English explanations, synonyms and examples
- in German synonyms to find alternative words
- in sayings, aphorisms and quotations in German or English
- in example sentences (De-En)
- exact: search exactly for your word(s) without spelling corrections
- 1 error: One spelling mistake will be tolerated.
- tolerant: We try to find your exact word. If there is no result we search for a similar word.
- approximate: Here you'll get always a result. Sometimes this may show strange results ...
Pronunciation - Phonetic transcription
Whenever you find the speaker icon
in the results you may listen to the
pronunciation of the corresponding word (Macromedia Flash required).
If you're interested in the phonetic transcription of the (North American) pronunciation to the English words select the
w/ phonetic transcr,
option, or add a hash sign
# to the search word.
The phonetic transcription for the US-American pronunciation of the words will be given in square brackets if available.
See also: Help for phonetic transscription
The pronunciation rules are based on the CMU Pronouncing Dictionary.
Sorting of the results
We try to sort the results to show you the "best" translations on top.
We use some heuristics as well as frequency lists containing the mosts used
German and English words in written language.
If you enable the option "results with hints for frequency" you'll
get a "frequency value" in square brackets with the words in the result.
This is a value from 1 to 10 with 10 as the highest frequency in the appropriate written
Of course, this sorting will not always be optimal, as we don't know the context of the
You can affect the sorting by choosing the right search direction "search in:".
Search further within the results
In the translation result you may click on many words.
You can justify what will be happening then:
- Translation: The word you've click will be translated using our BEOLINGUS dictionary (default).
- Monolingual dictionary: Definitions and synonym will be shown.
- Wikipedia: The word will be looked up in the Free Encyclopedia (external)
- Monolingual: The word will be looked up in the German Thesaurus
(Uni Leipzig) or in the Merriam Webster (external).
- You may search the word in sayings, proverbs, quotations ...
- Or you may switch off all links in the result.
To search for words containing umlauts use the "Umlaut buttons", or
use the mappings according to the table below.
Of course, if your keyboard has umlaut keys you could use them as well.
| ä ->
|| Ä ->
|| ö ->
|| Ö ->
|| ü ->
|| Ü ->
|| ß ->
A simple wildcard search is supported by inserting or appending an asterisk
Search for multiple words
- One of many words (boolean OR):
- All words (boolean AND):
- Word phrase:
Spell check and suggestions
If you are uncertain about the spelling of a word you may request a spell check
by adding a question mark
after the search word.
Alternate words will be suggested if available.
The spell check is made by ispell.
finds: immediate, imitate, immoderate, ...
No guarantee of accuracy or completeness!
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