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Google Dictionary was great tool. Google shut it down. Is there any way I can directly search Google Dictionary, like for this definition of "phew"?

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This is not perfect but here is a workaround: google.com/insidesearch/features.html#dictionary – JMax Jan 4 '12 at 14:28
Please don't use URL-shorteners here. There is no need for them and they unnecessarily hide the destination. Further, some employers block them altogether. – Al E. Jan 4 '12 at 16:10

You can use the search operator define: before the query and click More info under the first result, which will be a brief definition. So your Google query will be define:phew.

Also, if you're using Google Chrome, you can install Google Dictionary extension. In Firefox, a similar extension is called Wiktionary and Google Translate.

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I know that. I wanted to search directly like Google Dictionary when it was alive – user Jan 4 '12 at 16:10
The only way to do it is to decode Google's URL and figure out which params correspond to Google Dictionary, create a custom search engine for your local browser, and then it to every other browser you use. If you want to search Google Dictionary from any computer, there's no way other than through the define: operator. – dnbrv Jan 4 '12 at 16:22

You can Get to the dictonary by using the normal Google search and then clicking "More Search Tools". You should get something like so:

More Search Options

Click on the "Dictionary" Link. You will get a page like below:

Google Dictionary (Direct Image Link)

Once there you can simply use the Search bar and search for words like a dictionary.

Alternatively you can use define: or using your example word define:phew And you can get info about the word in that way.

Whichever way will work though.

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