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One World Dictionary by Ascendo is a leading multilingual reference tool for Apple desktops.

The free version is a good starting point for beginners. It includes over 100,000 translations from English to Spanish, French, German and Italian.

Paid versions are offered as in-app purchases (requires Mac OSX Lion). Each language pair is comprised of over 250,000 translations. Translations include multiple meanings, part of speech, noun gender and verb tenses. One World Dictionaries integrate with Lion applications such as Safari so you can lookup words using control-click.


What's New

  • Added Phrase Books for English to Spanish, French, Italian and German.
  • Free version includes over 200 phrases in English, Spanish, French, Italian and German.
  • In-app purchase of Extended Phrase Books increases number to 528 phrases per language pair.
  • Added search on keyword for Phrase Books.
  • Implemented ability to Add, Edit and Delete sentences to Phrase Book. more...


  • Mac OS X 10.6 or later
  • 64-bit processor

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Mig4444 Member IconReview+5

MacUpdate shows this as a "free" app, but it is really just an extremely crippled version of the paid version (this tactic is too much like CNET/Download.com). About 99% of the words you would want to look up are locked out of the free version of the app. It may be worth the 10 bucks, but I was so turned off by the 99% uselessness of the free version to consider paying for it.

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Version 1.0

And, of course, being where it unfortunately is, no chance to properly try the thing out before purchasing.

Shame. Could be great but we'll never know. Uh-uh.


Using Japanese, English, Thai, and Spanish daily, I checked the developer's page and found there is no mention of any other languages nor plans for other languages. The description of pay-for add-ons for the only languages mentioned also suggests that we must pay for each set of new phrases, and shows it is just a work-in-progress.

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Current Version (2.x)


Downloads 1,146
Version Downloads 751
License Free
Date 04 May 2012
Platform OS X
Price Free