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Hello, and welcome! Wiktionary is a multilingual (multiple-language), free dictionary and thesaurus, being written collaboratively on this website by people from around the world. Entries may be edited by anyone!

We have created 1,087,862 articles since starting in December, 2002, and we’re growing rapidly.

Editing Wiktionary

People like you are very active in building this project. While you are reading this, it is likely someone is editing one of our entries. Many knowledgeable people are already at work, but everybody is welcome!

Contributing does not require logging in, but we’d prefer that you do, as it facilitates the administration of this site. (Note that logging in also prevents the IP address of your computer from being displayed in the page history.)

You can dive in right now and add or alter a definition, add example sentences, or help us to properly format or categorize entries. You can even create a page for a term we’re missing. Feel free to be bold in editing pages!

How does allowing everyone to edit produce a high-quality product instead of total anarchy? Because most people want to help, and keeping it open to everyone creates the potential for making many good and ever-improving entries. Records are kept of all changes, so even bad edits can easily be reverted by other users. To use a now-famous catchphrase, in essence: “Given enough eyeballs, all errors are shallow.”

To start out, you might want to use the "Recent changes" or "Random page" link (found in the navigation box elsewhere on this page), to get an idea of the kinds of pages you can find here. (You might be surprised how many non-English words we already have!)

Norms and etiquette

One important thing you should know is that we have borrowed from our sister project Wikipedia some cultural norms you should respect:

  1. We try not to argue pointlessly. This isn’t a debate forum. After civilized and reasonable discussion, we try to reach broad consensus in order to present an accurate, neutral summary of all relevant facts for future readers.
  2. We try to make the entries as unbiased as we can, meaning that definitions or descriptions — even of controversial topics — are not meant to be platforms for preaching of any kind.
  3. Bear in mind this is a dictionary, which means there are many things it is not.
  4. At any point, if you are uncomfortable changing someone else’s work, and you want to add a thought (or question or comment) about an entry or other page, the place is its talk page (click on the "discussion" tab at the top or the "Discuss this page" link in the sidebar or elsewhere, depending on your preference skin). Note, though, that we try to keep discussion focused on improving this dictionary.

For more information

More introductory information and descriptions of community norms are on the following pages:

For more policy and style guidelines or guidance, see our Community Portal.

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