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Frequently Asked Questions

Why don't I need to enter my username and password anymore?

Macmillan Dictionary Online no longer requires registration. Therefore you do not need a Username or Password, even if you have registered before.

How do I switch the default from British to American English?

At the top of each page there is a link to the site options where you can choose to display the Macmillan Dictionary Online in either British or American English.

Can I set the default view to 'Show Less'?

At the top of each page there is a link to the site options where you can choose to Show More of the Macmillan Dictionary Online entry or Show Less.

How do I use the Thesaurus?

Next to every definition in MacmillanDictionary.com, you will see the thesaurus symbol . Click on this symbol to open the free thesaurus, giving you the most frequent and useful synonyms or related words for the exact meaning of the word you have looked up.

How soon will my submission to the Open Dictionary appear on the website?

Macmillan will look carefully at all words that are submitted. Those words that are accepted will be posted on the Macmillan Open Dictionary within seven days of being submitted.

Can I get the Macmillan Dictionary Online on my browser toolbar?

Click here to add Macmillan Dictionary to your browser search box.

Are there any webmaster tools?

Click here for search box gadgets that can be embedded into your site or iGoogle homepage.

Can I get an RSS Feed?

RSS feeds are currently available for Word of the Day and BuzzWord.

Are there any community site gadgets?

Click here for information about community site gadgets.

How can I go about licensing the Macmillan Dictionary data?

Macmillan Dictionary data is now available via an API. For non-commercial applications, we offer free access up to a limit of 10,000 calls a month. For commercial use, terms and fees are negotiable.

We recommend that anyone wishing to use Macmillan Dictionary should use the API, but in the event that the API is not practicable for your requirements, please contact us to discuss our licensing options, which range from the full product, to specific data sets – all of which can be customized and co-branded on request.

For further details on the API, please click here.

For all licensing inquiries, please email: sales@macmillandictionary.com

How do I contact Macmillan Dictionary?

Editorial queries – editorial@macmillandictionary.com

Support queries – support@macmillandictionary.com

Sales queries – sales@macmillandictionary.com

Why has Macmillan stopped printing dictionaries?

The sales of dictionaries have been in decline for years and at the same time the number of visitors to our online dictionary has grown enormously. The decision to stop printing dictionaries was therefore based on a choice that had been made by our users.

For more information, view this interview with Editor-in-Chief Michael Rundell.

Is Macmillan Dictionary Online available offline?

Using Macmillan Dictionary Online is totally free, but you do need to have access to the Internet. Macmillan Dictionary Online is mobile optimised, which means that the site is easier to navigate on smaller screens like tablets or smartphones.

We understand that not everyone in the world enjoys good connectivity at the moment, but the overall picture is that access to the Internet is becoming increasingly widespread and this will further improve in the future.

What are the benefits of an online dictionary?

There are many advantages to an online dictionary: the multimedia aspect, the ability to hyperlink words to aid the discovery of new ones and the ability to frequently update content instead of once every few years.

Another big advantage of the online dictionary is that it's not platform-specific so both Windows and Mac users can access the content. The online dictionary site is optimised for the most widely used browsers.

We recently launched several language games and downloadable language puzzles that are very good for polishing up your language skills. Such great resources simply aren't possible with paper dictionaries.

Is Macmillan Dictionary Online compatible with Macs?

A big advantage of Macmillan Dictionary Online is that it's not platform-specific so both Windows and Mac users can freely access the content. Macmillan Dictionary Online is mobile optimised, which means that the site is easier to navigate on smaller screens like tablets or smartphones.

How do you keep Macmillan Dictionary up to date?

We have our weekly BuzzWord column, in which the author takes an in-depth look at interesting new language trends. We also have the Open Dictionary, a crowd-sourced dictionary which includes entries submitted by our users. In addition, we make several updates to the dictionary every year to ensure that its content is up to date.

Will learners lose anything by not having the dictionary in book form?

No, we don't think they will. On the contrary, we feel that an online dictionary encourages exploration and offers greater opportunities for discovery. Because every word is hyperlinked, you're never more than a click away from a new definition, increasing the speed and ease with which you can browse and learn new words.

Where do I find more information about Macmillan Dictionary Online?

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