The Chambers Thesaurus is the perfect reference for writers and word game enthusiasts, while all lovers of language will find it a pleasure to browse through. There are nearly 40 000 distinct indexed words, and a total of about 400 000 synonyms and antonyms.
The intelligent word entry suggests possible correct spellings as you type, as well as listing words that sound the same or are often confused. Search features include:
- Alphabetical listing
- Spelling suggestions
- Sounds-like and often-confused
- Fast pattern-matching search
- Cross-reference to offline and online dictionaries
There are also standard bookmark, recent word and random word features. On new iPads it supports Split View and Slide Over for easily viewing with other apps. No Internet connection is required.
The Chambers Dictionary is also available as a separate app, and can easily be cross-referenced using the X-Ref button.
Our WordWeb, Chambers and Oxford dictionaries are also available separately for Windows and Mac desktop (Collins coming soon).
Minor fixes including iCloud bookmark sync.
Ratings and Reviews
Extremely good value
I bought this app, with the dictionary, a few years ago. Since that time there have been several free updates to newer editions of the underlying dictionary & thesaurus: this is stupidly good value.
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.
Best iPad thesaurus I found so far, but...
I’m using an iPad Pro with a Smart Keyboard for writing. When I switch from my writing app to the Chambers Thesaurus, I would like to be able to focus the search field from the keyboard, instead of having to touch the screen. It would be nice if the developers implemented keyboard shortcuts, or, as a stopgap measure, added an option to have the search field focused automatically when the app is started/switched to.
Thanks for such a useful piece of software!
Lost for words
Never again. This and the related dictionary are perfect. Gone are the large heavy tomes that need £35+ updates every year or so. No longer the scrabble player's bible, but who cares, they are great.
Up to six family members will be able to use this app with Family Sharing enabled.