Why do I always see three translation options?

If you search for a word, phrase, sentence, or paragraph that we don't have an original dictionary entry for, you will be routed to our machine (computer) translation page. Since these translations are being made by computers, they are not always 100% accurate. That's why we show three different translation results (Microsoft, SDL, PROMT).

You can compare the three options to either find the best result or to piece together a better result than what the translators offered. If you'd like additional guidance on how to utilize all three translators together, we recommend clicking the "Learn how." link below the translation results.

You will also find a word-by-word breakdown of the original search query below the machine translation results that can be helpful if you want to double check a word choice that the machine translators provided. You can click on the words in the word-by-word translation to view their dictionary entries.

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