What is a Cookie?
A cookie is a small text file that is placed on the hard drive of your device, including your computer, tablet, smartphone or other device when you visit a website. They are widely used by websites for functional (in order to make websites work), non-functional (tailoring messages and other content to a user’s interests) and other purposes.
information about your computer, device, and browser, such as: your IP address; browser type; operating system; device characteristics; language preferences; mobile device or advertising ID; and referring URLs;
actions taken by you on the Services, such as: what content you visited; whether you have used the Services before; dates and times you access the Services; email and advertising views and click-throughs; and frequent definition searches on the Services;
other software or hardware information; and
your unique device identifier ("UDID"), mobile phone number, and details about your mobile carrier, if you access the Services from a mobile or other device.
We may use the information received from Cookies for the following purposes:
Assisting you in navigation;
Assisting in registration, login, and your ability to provide feedback;
Analyzing your use of our products, Services or applications, including: counting visits to our Services; understanding usage and campaign effectiveness; and determining whether an email has been opened and acted upon;
Assisting with statistical analysis to improve the use of our Services and prepare aggregated usage reports; and
Assisting with our promotional and marketing efforts (including behavioral advertising).
We also may receive reports based on the use of these technologies by our third-party service providers on an individual and aggregated basis.
Your Cookie Choices
You have choices about our tracking tools that are not required for our Services to function. The choices you select are browser and device specific.
Some internet browsers or other tools include “Do Not Track” (DNT) features that, when turned on, send a signal to websites you visit indicating you do not wish to be tracked across websites over time. However, since no technology standard for DNT signals has been developed or adopted to date, Merriam-Webster does not currently respond to DNT signals.
You can opt out of this Google Analytics Advertiser feature using the Ads Settings located at https://www.google.com/settings/ads. You also can use the Google Analytics Opt-Out Browser Add-on to disable tracking by Google Analytics. To delete these cookies, please see your browser's privacy settings or follow the above instructions.
Interest-based, behaviorally targeted advertising
To opt out of behavioral advertising, click here. You also can opt out of being behaviorally targeted by Merriam-Webster (and other companies employing online advertising) via the following options:
If you opt out of interest-based, behaviorally targeted advertising you will continue to receive ads on our free, ad-supported Services, but not behaviorally targeted ads. Also, if you opt out of Merriam-Webster’s practices, you may continue to receive interest-based, behaviorally targeted advertising through other companies.
Cookie Categories; Cookie Settings; Opt-Out (Personalization Cookies Only)
Below is a detailed list of the Cookies we use on our Services. Our Services are scanned with our Cookie scanning tool regularly to maintain a list as accurate as possible. We classify Cookies in the following categories:
Strictly Necessary Cookies
How to Opt-Out:
You can learn more about each cookie category (and opt-out of Personalization Cookies) by clicking on the “Cookie Settings” button below: