In ABBYY Lingvo, you can search for a word not only in the word
list, but also in other parts of the entries - in translations,
examples or comments.
You can also use the wildcard characters * and ? when performing
searches (note, however, that wildcard search will only search in
the word list, not in the entire text of the dictionaries).
Wildcard searches are useful when you do not know the exact
spelling of a word or if you wish to find all the words with a
particular ending, beginning or root.
Below you will find practical examples for each type of
In ABBYY Lingvo, you can search for a word or phrase in the
entire text of the dictionaries, i.e. in the headwords,
translations, examples, and comments. To perform a full-text
search, type the text to search in the search field and click
Note: You may wish to adjust the full-text
search options in
You can also set up ABBYY Lingvo to perform a full-text search
automatically whenever you click or press
Enter and there are no matches for your search term in the
word list (i.e. when there are no entry headwords corresponding to
your query). To enable this feature, select the option
Automatically search for words not found in the word list in
Tools>Options…>Search. Please note that this auto
search feature has been pre-configured for optimal performance and
its settings cannot be changed. The following factory settings are
used for auto searches:
"Find cards containing all of the words"
"Find all word forms"
"Maximum distance between words is 0"
The "Comments" zone is ignored to produce more relevant search
Note: The search options you select in
Tools>Options…>Search do not affect auto search.
Consequently, the number of search results for the same search term
may differ depending on whether the results have been obtained by
running a full-text search manually or whether ABBYY Lingvo has
initiated an auto search.
nice thing in the search field and click or press
Ctrl+F. The Search Results dialog box will open,
displaying the sections of the entries where your search term has
To try out the auto search feature, make sure Automatically
search for words not found in the word list is selected in
Tools>Options…>Search and click or press
Enter. Since there are no matches for nice thing in
the word list, a full-text search will be initiated automatically
and the results will be displayed in the Search Results
You can use wildcard searches to find words with the same
endings, roots, etc. This type of search is also helpful when you
are not sure how to spell a word. Simple type ? in place of
each one unknown letter or * in place of one or more unknown
Note: The * character stands for any string of
characters, including spaces. For this reason, a wildcard search
involving this character may return not only separate words but
also word combinations.
you need to find all words that end in -ious. In the search
field, type *ious and then press Ctrl+F3 or
select Translate>Wildcard Search. A Wildcard
Search Results dialog box will open listing all the words
ending in -ious.