What’s new in ABBYY Lingvo 12?

ABBYY Lingvo 12 is an electronic dictionary for the curious and the ambitious, for the inquisitive and the creative. ABBYY Lingvo 12 will help you find the precise translation or the right word within seconds. In this new version, more than 30 dictionaries are completely new or updated editions with over 1,250,000 new entries. Among them is the Collins English Dictionary, the 8th edition released by HarperCollins Publishers in 2006. Lingvo 12 has become even faster and its interface has been completely overhauled to make it easier for users to find the information they need. Now you can look up a word by simply hovering your mouse cursor over it. Translation has never been easier!

New and Updated Dictionaries

New in ABBYY Lingvo 12: Collins English Dictionary

ABBYY Lingvo 12 includes the 8th edition of the famous Collins English Dictionary.

The dictionary is a treasure-trove of information about the English language, with 120,000 clear and informative entries. A large number of illustrative examples will always help you find the right word and appreciate the fine shades of meaning.

Collins English Dictionary will help you speak and think English

ABBYY Lingvo Universal on the Lingvo 12 bookshelf is the most up-to-date general English-Russian dictionary


ABBYY Lingvo Universal is a general English-Russian dictionary created and constantly revised by ABBYY’s lexicographers in the course of the last sixteen years.

In our constantly changing world, where borders are becoming more and more ephemeral and advances in technology are giving rise to new concepts and terms, we need dictionaries that are constantly updated so as not to fall behind.

ABBYY Lingvo Universal is constantly updated to include the latest new terms and concepts.

In the years 2004-2006, the dictionary has been completely revised in collaboration with Russkiy Yazyk Publishers. 10,000 entries have been updated to include new word senses and examples.

Now you can find this revised and updated edition of ABBYY Lingvo Universal on the Lingvo 12 bookshelf.

Examples of new entries: prequel, poi (sense II)

19 new dictionaries, 1,263,000 new entries

 Engish: 4 new dictionaries


Deutsch: 5 new dictionaries


Français: 1 new dictionary


Italiano: 1 new dictionary


Español: 1 new dictionary


Lingua latina:1 new dictionary


Український: 5 new dictionaries


Русский: 1 новый словарь для русского языка


The New Edition of the Comprehensive Dictionary of the Contemporary Russian Language by T.F. Yefremova

ABBYY Lingvo 12 includes a completely revised and updated version of the dictionary due to be released as a print volume at the end of 2006 or at the beginning of 2007. The dictionary contains over 180,000 entries 10,000 of which are new words or word senses. The dictionary includes such new additions to the language as ребрендинг, хостес, арте повера, to name but a few.

New Features

Point to Translate

This fast and easy way of looking up unfamiliar words is particularly convenient when browsing the Web, reading books on-screen, reviewing documents, or chatting with friends online. You no longer need to open the dictionary to see what a particular word means. Simply rest your mouse on an unfamiliar word and a translation appears in a pop-up window. You can still open the full dictionary entry by following a link in the pop-up widow.



Wildcard Search for Word Which You Are not Sure How to Spell

If you are not sure how to spell a word, you can use the new wildcard search facility. Type in the letters you know and use the "?" character for any one unknown letter or the "*" character for any number of unknown letters.

For example, typing "so*ted" in the search field will produce:


If you are not sure whether you should write receive or receive, you can type "rec??ve":


Lingvo Tutor for Pocket PC Devices

PDA versions of ABBYY Lingvo 12 come in one package with the desktop version. ABBYY Lingvo 12 for Pocket PC now includes ABBYY Lingvo Tutor. You can take ABBYY Lingvo Tutor wherever you go to be able to learn new words at your convenience.

Several types of exercises are used to facilitate memorizing new words:    

Overhauled Interface and Search

In ABBYY Lingvo 12, search results are displayed in one window as a list of dictionary entries where the search term has been found. A navigation panel to the right makes switching among dictionaries easier.

If your search term has not been found among the entry headwords, ABBYY Lingvo 12 will automatically launch a full-text search to look for the word in the entire text of its dictionaries.