Dictionary Search Help

Here are some tips that will help you find just what you're looking for in the dictionaries.

When searching in English:

  1. If you're looking for a plural word, like "countries", make it singular and look for that (country). When you get your Korean answer (나라), just add "들" to the end of it and that will usually make the Korean word plural (나라들).
  2. Don't enter long phrases. Break the phrase down into component words and look them up individually.
  3. Don't enter past tense words (like "ate"). Enter the present tense (eat).
  4. Make sure you're spelling your word correctly. "Perseverance" is spelled only one way.
  5. These abbreviations will come in handy when you see them next to a definition:


  6. AbbreviationMeaning
    acct.accounting
    adj.adjective
    anat.anatomy
    archit.architecture
    astron.astronomy
    bio.biology
    bus.business
    chem.chemistry
    colloq.colloquial
    comp.computers
    constr.construction
    e.g.for example
    elec.electrical
    etc.etcetera
    gymnast.gymnastics
    Kor.Korea
    lang.language
    leg.legal
    mach.machinery
    math.mathematics
    med.medical
    mil.military
    mus.music
    n.noun
    news.newspapers
    opp.opposite
    phys.physics
    pref.preference
    pron.pronoun
    psych.psychology
    ref.reference
    reprod.reproduction
    smok.smoking
    stat.statistics
    v.verb
    vert.vertical
    weap.weapon
    weath.weather

When searching in Korean:

  1. Don't use Hanme Hangul to enter Korean in the dictionaries (all the dictionary sees is encrypted garbage). Download the Korean IME from Microsoft instead. This will allow you to type in native code.
  2. Don't enter long phrases. Break the phrase down into component words and look them up individually.
  3. Make sure you're spelling your word correctly.
  4. Here's the biggie - word endings. The following table outlines common verb endings and what you can change the ending to in order to find the verb you want. These will work most of the time.


  5. When your Korean word ends with:Change the ending to:
    했다하다
    하다
    하다
    했어요하다
    했습니다하다
    에서nothing
    롭게롭다
    러워럽다
    다워답다
    있어있다
    됐어되다
    세요
    십시오
    겠어요
    겠습니다
    에게nothing
    들께nothing
    nothing
    nothing
    습니다
    nothing
    하다
    해요하다
    고싶다 (want to)
    없어없다
    지다
    나다