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Redesigned Dictionary.com and Sister Web Sites Are Now Better Than Ever, Just in Time for the New School Year

Redesigned Dictionary.com and Sister Web Sites Are Now Better Than Ever, Just in Time for the New School Year

LONG BEACH, Calif., Sept. 18 /PRNewswire/ -- Just in time for the back-to-school season, Lexico Publishing Group, LLC announced today that newly enhanced versions of its popular reference web sites Dictionary.com, Thesaurus.com, and Reference.com are now accessible. The enhancements include a refreshed look and feel, additional sources of reference information, and new online learning services.

"Dictionary.com and its sister sites are among the best-known, best-loved, and most-used resources on the Web," says Jeffrey Zeldman, Founder and Executive Creative Director of Happy Cog, the Web design and user-experience agency that worked with Lexico to optimize the sites. "We take great pride in our work on the new design and think that users will find it more user-friendly and helpful than ever before."

A highlight of the redesign is the enhanced version of Dictionary.com that features a new unabridged dictionary presented in a format developed especially for the Web. The definitions and labels are laid out for easier reading on the computer screen, and users can toggle between traditional American pronunciation symbols and standard IPA symbols, so that learners of English around the world can choose the system that best fits their needs.

Also available now is the Dictionary.com Crossword Puzzle Dictionary. The crossword solver, previously available exclusively to paid subscribers, lets puzzle enthusiasts search by clue and by patterns in the answer, to help with those difficult-to-fill squares.

Addressing the unique needs of today's online learners, the new interface for the sites makes it easy to find answers to any reference question in less time by organizing search results under the familiar subject areas of dictionary, thesaurus, and encyclopedia. The sites also integrate CleverKeys and other free software for quick lookups from word processors, email programs, and Web browsers.

The new Thesaurus.com provides more assistance for those seeking the perfect word with notes on selected entries to clarify the meaning of confusing words. Additionally, slang and informal words are clearly marked so that students and business writers can make better judgments on how to use these words appropriately.

All three sites feature a "Cite This Source" tool, a new timesaving service for students and teachers which shows them how to add titles from their search to a bibliography in APA, MLA, and Chicago Manual of Style formats.

The announced enhancements are part of a program of continuous improvement driven by customer needs, according to the company. "Paying close attention to the concerns of our users is one of the keys to our success," says Brian Kariger, CEO of Lexico. The company was recently honored on the 2006 Inc. 500 as one of the fastest-growing private companies in the United States.

About Lexico Publishing Group, LLC

Founded in 1995, Lexico Publishing Group, LLC is a provider of free online reference services, including Dictionary.com, considered as the most popular English-language dictionary online; the Dictionary.com Word of the Day Mailing List, a daily e-mail vocabulary lesson; Thesaurus.com, the award-winning online version of Roget's New Millennium(TM) Thesaurus of English Words and Phrases; Reference.com, an encyclopedia, almanac, and general reference guide; and CleverKeys(R), free software that gives instant access to definitions and synonyms from Windows and Macintosh programs. Dictionary.com, Thesaurus.com, and Reference.com combined to serve more than 21 million unique visitors in March 2006. The Word of the Day Mailing List has more than 875,000 subscribers.

Lexico Publishing Group, LLC

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Lexico Publishing Group, LLC, +1-562-432-4250, or +1-909-262-8196,
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