I was wondering there are any dictionaries/a dictionary that if I search for a word, for example: news, the dictionary will provide its word family or any types of usages related to this word, for example: news -> {reading, magazine, politics, amusing, global warming, accident, ..}.

  • Framenet? Feb 15, 2014 at 0:02
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    Because the idea of "types of usages related to this word" is so inexact, it's unlikely that someone would create such a product. It's possible you could find some machine learning/classification to find, say, verbs that occur frequently around your noun, though. In any case, is that an EL&U question?
    – Jeremy
    Feb 15, 2014 at 0:04
  • Thanks. So, are there any dictionaries could give a word list related to a chosen word?
    – ielearner
    Feb 15, 2014 at 0:10
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    This question appears to be off-topic because it is a request for resources Feb 15, 2014 at 2:59
  • @ielearner: Obviously a thesaurus would have some relevance. I also have paper-based "Crossword Solver" books, but I don't know what's available online in that area. Google Instant would also seem relevant. Feb 15, 2014 at 3:03

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The Macmillan Dictionary often provides example usages, along with the meanings, of words.

See this definition of news, for example.


Thanks for all your comments. I found exactly what I need (reverse dictionary): http://www.wordinaire.com/

  • OneLook is another one. However, a reverse dictionary is something entirely different from what you asked for in the question. In fact it does not return any of your example words for "news" (reading, magazine, politics, amusing, global warming, accident). Now, of course it can still be exactly what you need, but then the question stated very poorly what it was that you needed. And it is a duplicate to boot.
    – RegDwigнt
    Feb 16, 2014 at 13:25

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