Developer: Rajesh Bhargava
Price: $2.99
Version Reviewed: 1.0.3
Device Reviewed On: iPhone 5

iPhone Integration Rating: ★★★★☆
User Interface Rating: ★★★★☆
Re-use Value Rating: ★★★☆☆

Overall Rating: ★★★½☆

I consider myself reasonably wordy but there are still plenty of times where I don’t know the meaning of an obscure word or I’ve simply completely forgotten what the actual definition is. After all, it’s particularly easy to get a definition slightly wrong. LookUp is an app that aims to make all that a thing of the past. It’s pretty handy too if simple.

First up, LookUp offers a word of the day feature. Each day, it’ll provide you with a word along with a definition and whether it’s a noun, verb, or so forth. That’s handy just in terms of discovering new words such as ‘dumb-cake’ (yes, that’s an actual word), but the real depth to LookUp comes from being able to search for words.

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Searching brings up a few different options. LookUp starts out by offering a clear definition and a guide as to how to pronounce the word, but it goes further than that. It also offers synonyms, a brief paragraph on its etymology, as well as the option to go to a Wikipedia page all about the term. It’s convenient stuff. It’s possible to share content with others, as well as add words to your favorite list for quicker reference later on.

The downside to LookUp is that it can only work when there’s an internet connection available. It’s a very small download so presumably that’s where the payoff comes into effect, but it’s something to bear in mind for those with limited signal. Arguably, it’s also the kind of content that could be fairly easily looked up via a web browser, but LookUp is clearly laid out enough that, for those regularly looking up words, it’s worth the price.


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