There are several English-English dictionaries online; in addition to Wiktionary and Tatoeba (kind of) and no doubt other folk-edited dictionaries, there seem to be some curated ones: Cambridge, Collins, Merriam-Webster, Oxford and presumably others. There are also some like dictionary.com, with which I am less familiar.
My use cases are typically as follows:
- Figure out what a word means.
- Find out the etymology of a word.
- Confirm the spelling of a word.
- Understand an idiom.
- I have a mild preference for British English when it comes to spelling and pronunciation.
My passive vocabulary is pretty good, so I mostly check more obscure words. Significant part of my writing in English is academic, so I would prefer a reliable source with confirmed information.
Which online English dictionary is a good first choice for me?