Dictionary.com has announced a new API Development Center, and opened its Application Programming Interface (API) to the public. Now, developers who make apps and services that work with text have an easier way to let their users understand exactly what they’re reading or writing.
Though the company opened its API to select partners about a year ago, Dictionary.com—which is owned by Ask.com—is now allowing all developers to harness its resources and data, which includes access to related properties like Thesaurus.com and Reference.com. Developers can build in functionality allowing their users to quickly look up word definitions from Dictionary.com while inside an app, instead of requiring them to switch to a browser or even Dictionary.com’s own standalone mobile apps.
Dictionary.com's API is open to all developers, and its API gallery features a range of examples like Facebook games and apps for iOS, BlackBerry, and Android. The API also includes access to more powerful capabilities such as audio pronunciation and the site’s popular “Word of the Day” feature.
Dictionary.com’s API is available in a variety of free and paid options. Developers can access the API free of charge in non-commercial apps, or they can work out a revenue-sharing deal or a license fee with Dictionary.com.