Ask buys a dictionary

Search engine has completed its acquisition of, the online language and spelling aid.

The search site, owned by IAC and better known to may users as Ask Jeeves, has bought California-based Lexico Publishing, the owner of both and

Lexico started in 1995, followed by in 1996 and in 2002 began For users who know what they mean but can't recall the term, it also offers a Reverse Dictionary. said the deal will add around 15 million users its overall audience. According to traffic data from comScore, that would make the ninth-largest web property globally based on unique users. is the fifth most-visited reference site among US. Web users, according to data from online audience measurement site Hitwise. is 39th most visited and ranks 47th.

The influence of within e-commerce conglomerate IAC is growing as plans to spin off four of its largest businesses and focus on web media and advertising in coming months.


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