Google translate can be tricked into providing some hilarious results, but for average queries, it generally does a really good job of translating and offering additional information like synonyms and usage types. It looks like Translate on the web is learning a couple of new tricks though - recently, Google flipped the switch allowing Translate to show usage examples and word definitions. Various alternate translations (sorted by frequency) still appear on the right, while the new bits of info appear in a column on the left.


The additional info may seem like a minor addition, but it's a feature that could be very useful to those in the process of learning a language. Seeing a word in its context is always helpful in getting a handle on what it means.

The functionality, as mentioned above, only lives on the web for now. It's easy to imagine that it will come to the already powerful Translate app for Android at some point in the future, though. For now, the app only shows synonyms. To check out the new functionality for yourself, hit the link below.

Google Translate