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This tool allows you to find the grammatical word type of almost any word.

  • go can be used as a noun in the sense of "A turn at something." or "A turn in a game." or "An attempt." or "An approval to do something or a something that has been approved to do." or "A board game, originally from China, played in East Asia, mostly in China, Japan, and Korea."
  • go can be used as a verb in the sense of "To move from one place to another." or "To leave; to move away." or "To be given, especially to be assigned or allotted." or "To extend (from one point to another)." or "To lead (in a direction)." or "To elapse." or "To start." or "To resort (to)." or "To change from one value to another." or "To end or disappear." or "To be spent or used up." or "To be discarded." or "To be sold." or "To die." or "To collapse." or "To break down or decay." or "To proceed (well or poorly)." or "To work (through or over), especially mentally." or "To search." or "To tend or contribute toward a result." or "To fit." or "To be compatible, especially of colors or food and drink." or "To belong (somewhere)." or "To be expressed or composed (a certain way)." or "To take a turn, especially in a game." or "To attend." or "To take up a profession." or "To be in a state continuously." or "To survive or get by." or "To move or travel in order to do something, or to do something while moving." or "To make an effort." or "To date." or "To fight or attack." or "To be pregnant (with)." or "To work or function." or "To have authority." or "To be valid or accepted." or "To be told; to circulate." or "To be known or considered." or "To sound; to make a noise." or "To urinate or defecate." or "To do, especially to do something foolish." or "To walk." or "To be lost." or "To be out." or "To become. The adjective that follows usually describes a negative state." or "To move for a particular distance or in a particular fashion." or "To take a particular part or share." or "To bet or venture (an amount)." or "To yield or weigh." or "To follow (a course or path)." or "To offer or bid an amount." or "To make (a specified sound)." or "To enjoy." or "To have a certain record." or "To say (something). Often used in present tense." or "To think or say to oneself." or "To attack."

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For those interested in a little info about this site: it's a side project that I developed while working on Describing Words and Related Words. Both of those projects are based around words, but have much grander goals. I had an idea for a website that simply explains the word types of the words that you search for - just like a dictionary, but focussed on the part of speech of the words. And since I already had a lot of the infrastructure in place from the other two sites, I figured it wouldn't be too much more work to get this up and running.

The dictionary is based on the amazing Wiktionary project by wikimedia. I initially started with WordNet, but then realised that it was missing many types of words/lemma (determiners, pronouns, abbreviations, and many more). This caused me to investigate the 1913 edition of Websters Dictionary - which is now in the public domain. However, after a day's work wrangling it into a database I realised that there were far too many errors (especially with the part-of-speech tagging) for it to be viable for Word Type.

Finally, I went back to Wiktionary - which I already knew about, but had been avoiding because it's not properly structured for parsing. That's when I stumbled across the UBY project - an amazing project which needs more recognition. The researchers have parsed the whole of Wiktionary and other sources, and compiled everything into a single unified resource. I simply extracted the Wiktionary entries and threw them into this interface! So it took a little more work than expected, but I'm happy I kept at it after the first couple of blunders.

Special thanks to the contributors of the open-source code that was used in this project: the UBY project (mentioned above), @mongodb and express.js.

Currently, this is based on a version of wiktionary which is a few years old. I plan to update it to a newer version soon and that update should bring in a bunch of new word senses for many words (or more accurately, lemma).

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