The purpose of the Kids Open Dictionary Builder is to create a completely open dictionary that can be used by anyone for any purpose.

This dictionary will be created through a process of mass collaboration with the help of lots of people like you. There are many ways you can participate. Here are a few tips on getting started.

Sign up

You may want to sign up and log in to use it (this will also allow you to get updates as we add features), but you don’t have to.

Add a definition

There are three ways you can add a definition.

1. Click Instant karma to get a random word. (If you don’t like the word you got, just click it again until you get one you like.
2. Type in a word to the find box.
3. Click a letter and scan through the list to find a word you’d like to work on.

As you work on defining words, here are a few things to remember:

* Whatever work you do doesn’t have to be perfect or comprehensive. Others will build on and edit whatever you do.
* Please make sure anything you enter is your own work (not copied from another source) and that you are willing to share your work with others under a public domain license.
* This is a kids dictionary. Make sure the definitions are simple and accessible.

Edit a definition

Click Recent changes to see words that have recently been defined. Click a word to jump to it. Then click the Definition tab to make additions or changes.

Like other wikis, the History tab will let you view past changes and revert them if desired.

Suggest new words or features

If you find words that you think should be included in this dictionary but are missing, email us at You can also email us any bugs you find or suggestions you have for new features.

We already have lots of idea we're working on adding, including a build-your-own-glossary feature for teachers, pictures to accompany definitions, and pronunciations.

Thanks for being a part of this exciting project!

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