Online Urdu thesaurus, free mobile app launched

By A Mirsab,,

Kitab, a Karachi-based publishing house, has launched the world’s first online Urdu Thesaurus website and mobile application.

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Launched on July 16, Urdu Thesaurus was developed over a period of five years. After the beta release of this service, publisher Kitab is now seeking sponsorship to complete and improve the project.

Through the Urdu Thesaurus website and app, one can search for over 40,000 unique words and phrases, and over 20,000 sets of synonyms. The app also allows users to search and share the data through email and social media. Synonyms can be shared, and any suggestions for corrections or additions can be sent directly from the app through email.

Musharraf Ali Farooqi, editor of the online Urdu Thesaurus said in a press release after the launch that the number of words in the database will grow exponentially in the coming period.

“Vocabulary building tools, bilingual dictionaries and special terminology dictionaries from the fields of arts, sciences, law, business and other disciplines will be introduced to promote the usage among students and educationists”, said Farooq has also authored many critically acclaimed novels.

It currently features only synonyms; its future version is expected to have integrated Urdu-to-Urdu lexicons, bilingual dictionaries, and dictionaries of antonyms, idioms and proverbs. The Urdu Thesaurus features and usage guide could be read at its website.

The web version of this service can be viewed at the above website and Android users can get this application from Google Play Store.