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Ask.com acquires Dictionary.com, Thesaurus.com

Ask.com, an internet search company, has acquired Lexico, owner of Dictionary.com, Thesaurus.com and Reference.com, in an all-cash transaction. Ask.com has not disclosed how much it paid for Lexico, but the figure is believed to be around $100 million.

Ask.com, an internet search company, has acquired Lexico, owner of Dictionary.com, Thesaurus.com and Reference.com, in an all-cash transaction. Ask.com has not disclosed how much it paid for Lexico, but the figure is believed to be around $100 million.

“More than 30 per cent of all searches conducted on Ask.com are in the reference category,” Jim Safka, CEO, Ask.com, has said. “In fact, ‘dictionary’ was the second-most searched term on Ask.com in 2007.”

“At the same time, Lexico’s consumers frequently seek out a search engine immediately before and after using one of Lexico’s sites. This acquisition expands Ask.com’s reach and aligns perfectly with our customers’ needs,” Jim Safka has added.

The Lexico acquisition will grow the Ask Network user base to more than 145 million unduplicated monthly unique users worldwide, an increase of 11 per cent, according to March 2008 comScore data.

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