Wildcard search

What is wildcard search?

You can look up words or phrases using a wildcard. To do so, use the symbols “?” and “*”:
“?” replaces any letter (including a blank).
“*” replaces any sequence of letters (including blanks).


This wildcard matches the words fellow, follow, fallow, etc.

This wildcard matches the words summer, summator, etc., as well as the phrases summable filter, summing counter, etc.

Why is wildcard search necessary?

Wildcard search allows:

Using wildcard search

  1. Enter your search query in the search field, including the symbols “*” or “?”.
  2. Click Translate→Wildcard Search or press Ctrl+F3.
  3. The Wildcard Search Results window will appear containing a list of matching words. Click the required word to open its entry window.
  4. To view matching phrases, click the Phrases link.

What dictionaries are included in wildcard search?

Wildcard search includes dictionaries on the bookshelf for the given translation direction. If a dictionary is disabled or inaccessible, it is not included in the search.

Note. Unlike the search in dictionaries, wildcard search includes only headwords of entries, and not the text of entry windows. The Wildcard Search Results window displays no more than 1,000 results.

ABBYY Lingvo lamp Wildcard searchUse the search in dictionaries to find usage examples.
Other search capabilities
ABBYY Lingvo lamp Wildcard searchTo close all entry windows, press Shift+F2
Advice on using entry windows

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Wildcard search