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IF you have not already run SuggestedWords, please read the brief information below.

Here is the opening screen. It displays the Main Menu. Note that the first item in the Discover Menu is Suggested Words. Most of the time you will start with this item. Note also that there are Assistance and Help buttons. When you first begin with SuggestedWords, please thoroughly read the Help document before proceeding.

When you select Advanced Search, it opens with the screen below which is a grid of the words in the main dictionary.

Here are some initial things to know:

  • The display is a 'grid'. A grid is a list of words. The grid initially is set to 10 rows/words. At the bottom of the grid is a little arrow that let's you change to view 10, 20, or 50 rows.
  • There are buttons on the grid. When you click the Definition icon which looks like a circle with an 'i' in the middle, an extended definition will display below the grid in a scrollable window. When you click the Graph icon, a graph of the word will display below the grid. You don't need to close these as they close automatically when you make another selection.
  • The display is initially in English. This includes the words in the grid, the buttons, and the search fields (shown later). There is a Select Language drop down on the upper left. This lets you choose any of 30 languages to use in the grid. If you select a language, the fields on the grid will translate into that language. When you do, another selection will display at the very top. It will let you go back to the Original language. Then you can, if you want, select another language using the first drop down.
  • There is another drop down to the right of the Advanced Search button. This drop down lets you select the Search Language. When you change the Search Language, you will enter search terms in that language. Typically you will select the same language for the Grid and Search, but they can be different if you wish.
  • The buttons just above the grid let you add Columns (other fields) to the grid, select Sorting fields (Word is already a sort field) and Advanced Search which lets you enter Search Terms. You're used to searching on the Internet using search terms. However, there are multiple ways to search and you can search using different fields. We'll explain that below.
  • At the bottom of the grid are controls that let you advance the page and set the number of rows/words to display on the grid. There is also a counter showing the number of words that meet your search criteria.

Here is the Advanced Search screen. To view it, you click the Advanced Search button on the grid.

Here we are searching the Topic field to find words about 'philosophy'. We can also search the Word, Length, Lemma , Qualitative Factors and many other fields. A typical Internet search would use the Word field. If you use Word field, you can select words that Equal, Start With, End With, or Contain your search term. This gives you a more powerful search than is typical on the Internet. The Lemma field will find words whose basic form is the term you enter. Forms of big, for example are big, bigger, biggest.  If you use the Contains option, you will get words whose lemma contains your entry.  This is similar to using Contains with the Word field.  So you will get compound words that have your search term in them as well.

Here are a few of the 150 results for our search for words about 'philosophy'. To view all the words you scroll and page through the results. Note that there are many columns with info buttons. Each of the buttons provides deeper exploration of the selected word. For example, Related Words are somewhat like synonyms. Complements, Accents, Emphasis, and Amplify buttons display words that clarify, enhance, and detail a word. These are, for example, adjectives, verbs and adverbs which associated with the selected word. Graphs display BELOW the grid as do Extended Definitions, Wiktionary entries, and Rhymes.

Here we are showing one of the graphs for 'Canon'. Graphs display related words and a word can have many relationships, so we display them in multiple pages to make them easier to view. Graphs are interactive, so clicking a word on a graph displays related words for it. You can back up as well using the breadcrumbs, and limit the graph to particular parts of speech. Hovering on the intersections displays the definition common to that branch.

Now we're going to set the Grid Language to Spanish like below. Note that in the drop down that Spanish is highlighted. That's how we are selecting it.

Here's what the grid looks like now that we've changed the Grid Language to Spanish as discussed above.

We can also set the Search to Spanish (or another language) like below. Here we see the original Search Language was English, but now we've highlighted Espanol as our Search Language.  Now, the terms you enter Spanish terms in the Advanced Search fields.

Here's our Advanced Search now.  We could enter another Spanish word of course.

Other Search Options - Deep Search

Deep Search is just above the left of the grid, below language selection. Deep Search lets you enter a term and looks for the therm as well as words with the term in their definition . The system will look for the word/term and return matches that include the term as both a word and a topic. Associated with Deep Search, is the Columns button. The Columns button lets you add columns to the grid such as Phonetic Sound.

Other Search Options - Key Emotions

There are many other Advanced Search Options as shown on the screen shot below. Here we have selected to view the Key Emotions. Note that Equal Yes has been selected.

We see the first few of over 600 Key Emotions which we can delve into using their info icons.

Other Search Options - Key Implications

In the screen below, we are selecting to view Key Implications.

Here are the first few results. For each result, we can explore deeper to view Related Words, Complements, etc. by clicking the associated info icon.

Below we have clicked to view words related to adoration.


Other Search Options - Narrowing Results

Sometime their are many results and it would be helpful to narrow their scope. Selecting Narrow equals Yes will reduce the scope. To reverse, simply redo the search and don't select the Narrow option.


Complements are words which describe, accent, clarify, and enhance words. Complements for nouns include adjectives and verbs. Adverbs complement adjectives, verbs, and adverbs. When you need complements for a word, just click the Complements icon on its row. Here we are displaying a few of the thousands of complements for girl in SuggestedWords. It is easy to specify criteria to narrow the choices to just what you are looking for. The following screen shows the criteria you can select from.

Here are search criteria to focus your selection of Complements. We are showing the Category selection which lets you focus on attributes such as Ability, Appearance, Attitude, etc. Selecting Perception will let you focus on words with, for example, 'good' or 'bad' perception. Key Descriptions narrows the results further and then allows expanding on any of the results. The Implications selections focus your results even further based on what the words imply. 

And here are the results.