Latest iPhone optimization. Button for one-touch switch to Chambers Thesaurus (if installed).
Ratings and Reviews
Simply The Best
My first job was proof reading for a national newspaper and although we all had a dictionary only the head reader had a big Chambers one which we all referred to as the bible. He used to take it out of his draw each morning, nobody was allowed to use it except him, and if ever we found a mistake or reference that our ordinary dictionaries couldn't explain we'd ask him to look it up in his Chambers .... It was like the 'Holy Grail'.
I always promised myself back then that one day I'd buy myself one, even though they were expensive .. I moved on from that office to do other things in publishing and never did own a Chambers, that is until today, 50 years later!
I now have them both, dictionary and thesaurus, at long last 👍
A lovely app
This and the thesaurus are just wonderful things: if you care about English you need these. I am pleased that they are regularly updated as well, although they are very nearly perfect. The single-button toggle between dictionary & thesaurus is great.
A note on z spellings: another app-store review complains bitterly about these, calling them 'US English'. This is not the case, and indeed the Oxford English Dictionary prefers z spellings, as does the paper Chambers dictionary, of course, as well as Fowler. z or s spellings are a stylistic choice, or a matter of house style in UK English. In cases such as 'color' / 'colour' where the US / UK distinction is clearer, the app prefers the UK spelling (in the UK at least). Searching for, for instance, 'recognise' works.
MY FAITHFUL CHAMBERS
As a prolific writer of lengthy “letters to the editor”, I am often dipping into both Chambers Dictionary & Thesaurus to add more literary variety - “colour” - to my pieces.
Occasionally I will refer to the Oxford Dictionary, but Chambers has been my favourite word reference source for many years now.
I also like the access both the apps give (I bought the apps separately a few years ago) to the handy free WordWeb app - which also offers an international audio pronunciation facility.
However, when looking up a word in the dictionary, it would be nice to see the identifying heading “Dictionary” (or its abbreviation) at the top of each page - likewise with the pages of the thesaurus.
When flipping back and forth, via either app, it is not always immediately obvious as to whether one is reading from the dictionary or the thesaurus - especially when researching at speed.
Identifying headings would also look good.
Up to six family members will be able to use this app with Family Sharing enabled.