Searching for Information in ABBYY Lingvo

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 search.

Full-text search

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 Tools>Options…>Search.

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:

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.

Type 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 been found.

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 dialog box.

Wildcard search

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 letters.

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.

Suppose 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.

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Wildcard Search