How do I use OneLook's thesaurus / reverse dictionary feature?
This tool lets you describe a concept and get
back a list of words and phrases related to that concept.
Your description can be anything at all: a single word, a few words,
or even a whole sentence. Type in your description and hit
Enter (or select a word that shows up in the autocomplete preview)
to see the related words.
Why would I want to do this?
Here are some ways you might use this tool:
|· Find a word if you only know its definition
before the flood,
search for food,
urge to travel,
being tried twice for the same crime,
when cancer spreads through the body,
|· Explore synonyms and related concepts
|· Generate a list of words in some category
|· Answer basic identification questions
What is the capital of Vietnam
Who is Big Bird's friend on Sesame Street
What is the longest river in the world?
|· Solve crossword puzzle clues, or find words if you only know some of the letters|
(Use pattern:clue syntax)
Has this changed recently?
Yes! Here's a description of what's changed for version 2.0
How does it work?
The reverse dictionary uses the Datamuse API
which in turn uses several lingustic resources described in the "Data sources" section
on that page.
Why are so many of my search results complete nonsense?
For some kinds of searches only the
first result or the first few results are likely to be useful.
Beyond that, they're meant to inspire you to consider related
concepts. Not all of the results will make sense at first, but
we'd rather give you too many options than too few.
We urge you to click on
a word to check its definition before using it in your Oscars
acceptance speech or honors thesis.
Can I use this service from anywhere on OneLook?
Just type a colon (:
) into any OneLook search box, followed by your concept. If you put
a wildcard pattern
before the colon, your results will be filtered by that pattern. (This is particularly useful for crossword puzzle help, as shown in the examples above.)
Is this available in any other language besides English?
The same interface is now available in Spanish at rimar.io
(select the "Palabras relacionadas" button.)
Can I add this to my browser's search bar?
Certainly! Just follow these instructions
Is there an API for retrieving these results programmatically?
Yes! Check out the Datamuse API
You can send feedback here