Dictionary app Reverso launches desktop app

Language learning company Reverso is launching its desktop app for macOS and Windows. Like on mobile, it lets you access a translation dictionary and get examples in context. The company has attracted 40,000 downloads in two days.

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While Google Translate is massively successful, Reverso has managed to attract 20 million downloads on iOS and Android. Most users come from France, Italy, Russia and the U.S. The company’s websites also attract tens of millions of unique visitors every month who generate over 500 million page views.

Thanks to the new desktop app, you can access Reverso more quickly when you’re using your computer. You can highlight a word or a few words in any app and search for those words in Reverso with a keyboard shortcut. It automatically switches to the app window with your query.

You can also access synonyms from the app and hear the pronunciation of

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WATCH YOUR LANGUAGE! This dictionary keeps step with the times

Regular readers know I love a good dictionary update.

Dictionary.com isn’t my go-to dictionary, but I do consult it at times. The site updated and added a number of entries a couple of weeks ago.

Dictionary.com said its overhaul was intended to be more people-centric. Senior editor John Kelly said in an NPR interview, “Our revisions are putting people, in all their rich humanity, first, and we’re extremely proud of that.”

Interesting. Isn’t it a given that dictionaries are for people? Do any species beyond humans use a dictionary? Pandas? Minnows? Kudzu?

Earlier this year, the dictionary had already added or expanded entries for many words related to covid-19. Of course, the pandemic is a huge world event, but a word’s path to a dictionary is normally a bit slower.

Merriam-Webster made similar changes. Obviously, the online versions of any publications are a thousand times easier to update. (If I

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