Most dictionaries will use several English words or phrases to explain Chinese words, but I'd like to find a dictionary that explains terms by sentences or descriptive words. For example:

创造: To build a thing from scratch


创造: create

  • I think most online dictionaries will do.
    – r13
    Commented Oct 14, 2021 at 11:24
  • Base I awareness ,There seems to be no such dictionary, or you can find a Chinese friend to help you explain
    – Chris
    Commented Oct 16, 2021 at 7:35

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I recommend the Pleco dictionary, available as an Android/iPhone app, as that fits your description.

I think the ABC dictionary (available as a paid add-on to Pleco) is also valuable. As Chinese grammar is different from English grammar, it is useful to have (Chinese) grammatical information in each entry too, and ABC is very good for that.

Here is some general information about the ABC dictionary.

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