Is Longman English Dictionary as database available for public or should I digitalise it?

I plan to create an app based on Longman English Dictionary, but I need the database somehow. Any idea how?

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    The legal page is not so friendly - uk.pearson.com/legal-notice
    – philshem
    Jan 18, 2015 at 10:37
  • What do you think, if I use only the result of the online dictionary, can I use meaning / example sentence of a word in my quiz app?
    – János
    Jan 18, 2015 at 11:14
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    Doesn't look so good, but I'm no expert... > Users are not entitled to modify the content of this Site or reproduce, republish, distribute, transmit, link, frame or deep-link it on any other website without the express permission of Pearson. > Users may not distribute, transmit, reproduce or publish by electronic or any other means any part of the data without the prior written permission of Pearson. > Users may not create a database in electronic or structured manual form by systematically downloading and storing all or any of the content. > All other rights reserved.
    – philshem
    Jan 18, 2015 at 12:14
  • @philshem You should really post this as an answer instead of a comment :) Jan 20, 2015 at 20:37

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This particular dictionary's legal notice says that:

Users are not entitled to [...] transmit [..] it on any other website without the express permission of Pearson.

You must not use data mining, robots, scraping or similar data gathering or extraction methods on any part of this Site without our express prior written consent (my emphasis)

So either contact them, or use a more open dictionary.
See this list of open English dictionaries.

  • Interesting that google translate has the same monolingual definitions as longman, do you think they have an agreement makes allowed to use longman's database?
    – János
    Feb 11, 2015 at 16:52
  • @János: Yes I am sure they negotiated a special agreement.
    – Nicolas Raoul
    Feb 12, 2015 at 2:26

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