LookUp is an easy to use english dictionary app, with beautiful Word of the Day illustrations, and an award winning design to lookup all you want to know about about a word in a single search. It’s a great reading companion for avid readers, and a visual learning tool for kids, new English speakers, or just about anyone looking to proactively build their vocabulary.
What can you do with LookUp?
Remember new words: Everyday, we carefully curate and design beautiful illustrations for the Word of the Day, making it easier and fun to learn new words!
Organize your favorite words: Group the new word discover by your favorite books, places, authors, or just anything with Collections. You can even create Siri shortcuts for your specific collections to access them easily!
Take Quizzes: You can test your vocabulary by taking quizzes based on the words you save in your Collections. Quizzes are a great way to remember words or to prepare for proficiency exams. Answer the questions correctly to win trophies!
Learn it all: LookUp a word’s meaning, picture, origin, synonyms, antonyms and a wikipedia entry in a single search.
Translations: You can translate the definitions from English to more than 18 different Languages including Chinese, German, Spanish, Greek and many more!
Translations are available in: Chinese, Spanish, German, Portuguese, Romanian, Greek, Tatar, Tok Pisin, Indonesian, Malay, Turkmen, Tajik, isiXhosa, isiZulu, Northern Sotho, Setswana, with support for more Languages such as Hindi coming soon!
Definitions and Translations in LookUp are powered by the Oxford English Dictionary.
LookUp on Apple Watch:
Instant Definitions: Find meanings, example sentences, origin, or wikipedia information right from your wrist. LookUp is the most comprehensive dictionary app for watchOS.
Word of the Day: Access Word of the Day from the Apple Watch app, or just add a complication for it, you can even have it delivered every morning on your Siri Watch Face.
Handoff - Glance on your watch, and take it over to your phone, for detailed information and more!
Praise for LookUp:
Webby Honoree (2017) for Best UX in Mobile Apps
"LookUp is far and away my favorite dictionary app I’ve used." - Macstories
"It doesn't feel like any other dictionary app for iPhone." - Beautiful Pixels
Apple 20 Under 20 (2015)
LookUp Requires Internet Connectivity to search for a word.
New Translation Languages: Users can now translate from English to Italian, Yoruba and Igbo
VoiceControl support: An accessibility feature for iOS, Voice Control helps users to navigate through the app with just their voice, without ever having to tap the screen.
Users can now toggle sound effects for Quizzes in the Settings tab.
This update also fixes a cloud syncing issue where sometimes words wouldn't sync across devices.
Ratings and Reviews
Clever, unique, elegant vocab builder
I love this app! I love words and dictionaries. I own lots of dictionary apps. I teach English to non-English speakers, ESL. Contrary to another reviewer or two, I find this to be a unique, browsable, and helpful vocabulary builder. It's NOT a simple dictionary, a reference, that's not the best purpose - it's something to sit and spend time with. I wouldn't recommend it solely to use as a dictionary for quick look ups. I don't need such interesting distraction, I would stay in the app, get lost in words, and not get back to my work.
Also contrary to another reviewer, they are NOT words common to daily ordinary American English speakers. You may have at least heard many words, studied them for testing, and even gleaned the meanings from context. There will be words you've heard many times and may even use but you never looked them up yourself, those words you can use and describe with examples but cannot cite a definition. So it's very interesting.
You get visual imagery, etymology, grammar and related words. And links to more comprehensive definitions, a wiki. The presentation of each word is colorful and appealing without cartoonish sensibilities. By simply visually browsing you can learn, hone, or refresh your vocabulary without the tedium of drilling, memorizing, or winding thru long repetitious dictionary definitions.
Very much enjoy!
I very much like this app, makes learning words more enjoyable, and I enjoy the colorful illustrations. I wish there was a built-in thesaurus, though, so I can see antonyms in addition to synonyms, which also unfortunately are not included with all words. I contacted the developer to see if he has any plans to add a thesaurus, and he replied back within a day to say that he’s definitely looking into the possibility of adding antonyms to LookUp, although it’s not on the immediate roadmap.
Let me start by saying that I have no problem paying for a dictionary app; new words fascinate me and Lookup looked like a ‘fun’ dictionary. And the reality is that this application is actually very pretty- the night mode is stylish and word of the day drawings actually motivate me to open it frequently, which is something a dictionary app has never compeled me to do. But it’s greatly deterred by the fact that so many of the real, English words I’ve looked up are hit with a ‘no results’ find. In fact, it seemed that any word beyond a high school-level vocabulary could not be found.
The reality is that a dictionary app is primarily used to define words we may find in our day-to-day lives and just aren’t familiar with, and there are plenty of free dictionary apps with things such as built-in thesauruses or far more information/uses behind the word that you are searching than this app can offer. The only true thing that Lookup has going for it are it’s looks, and that unfortunately doesn’t justify its price tag.
With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.