IATE – Quick Reference



Searching the IATE database

Search words, wildcards and special characters

Search preferences

Fine-tuning your Search: Domains and Type of Search

Other Features:

Search Results

Detail View



“Search” screen


Searching the IATE database

You can search for terminology in the IATE database by specifying your search term (i.e. the word or words that you are looking for),  the source language (i.e. the language of the searched term) and a target language.


Enter your search term(s) in this field.




Select one source language here



No specific language selected



Select one or several target languages here



“Any Language” selection for target languages



Click here to deselect all target languages



Load the languages combinations pre-defined via the “My search preferences” screen



The links “My search preferences” and “Remove my search preferences” allow for the creation and management of preferences for source and target languages





Click the “Search” button or the “Enter” key to launch the query.



Additional Search Parameters…

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Search words, wildcards and special characters



E.g. looking for European Commission will retrieve…

European Commission

European Travel Commission

Commission of the European Communities


·         Putting your search term between quotes - “ - will allow you to find it in the way you specified it.


E.g. looking for “European Commission” will retrieve…

European Commission

European Commission on Agriculture


·         You can use the wildcard characters “*” (asterisk) and “_” (underscore), e.g.


  1. The asterisk can be used to replace any number of characters in your search term. E.g. searching for “termino*” will find all IATE entries that contain words starting with “termino”
  2. The underscore can be used to replace exactly one character.


·         Search is not case-sensitive; commission will find Commission and commission.


·         It is not necessary to type vowels with diacritical marks ( ´ ` ^ ¨  ˜ ) and special characters (e.g.: ñ, ç). You can also use plain vowels and n, c instead.



μηλο finds μήλο


accion finds acción


universita finds università


ideeen finds ideeën


czesc finds część


ameijoa finds amêijoa




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Fine-tuning your Search: Domains and Type of Search



Searches in IATE may produce many results. Use subject codes to focus your search, e.g.: a search on the word 'net' will include terms such as 'safety net' or 'net interest', whereas the same search with the subject code 'AGRICULTURE, FORESTRY AND FISHERIES' would produce the word 'net' in a fisheries context.


You can specify a domain to restrict your query.


The IATE domain classification system is based on the Eurovoc thesaurus.


Type of Search

Terms in IATE are classified as “term” and “abbreviation”. You can use this distinction to focus your query. This is especially interesting if you are trying to find a translation for an abbreviation.

Term” has to be considered broadly: it will include terms, group of terms, sentences and formulas.



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Other Features



History of Queries


IATE keeps track of your queries and allows you to load any of your previous ones


Search Preferences


My search preferences” calls the “User Settings” screen and allows you to customize the user’s main working languages.




Tick the desired languages in the corresponding boxes.

Then “Save” or “Clear” your selection.


Your selection will apear in the “Search” screen.

Selected source languages will come at the top of the list Source language.



Selected target languages will automatically be selected in the Search interface:





This on-line help




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« Search results » screen


Search Results

A successful search in IATE produces a hit list that contains the matching term in the requested language(s) and some additional information.





You can use the “Search Screen” link to get back to the initial screen.



If your search criteria (language, domain) do not change, you can type a new search term in this field and launch another query. Please note that this field is available above and below the hit list.



The hit list displays the matching term(s) and the terms in the target languages you have specified. The matching term is highlighted in the hit list.

Note: in this example, the Spanish term carbono was searched in German and French. The last item shows the term ‘C’ in MUL (for multilingual). MUL is used when a term is common to all languages.



Besides the actual terms, the domain information, the name of the institution or agency that created the entry and the IATE entry ID, the hit list also contains icons that indicate the existence of additional information (- term reference,– context,– note,  - definition). Placing the mouse cursor over one of these icons pops-up the content of these fields.



The hit list also contains a “reliability code” that is expressed as a symbol from  (reliability not verified) to  (very reliable).



Clicking on        will display all entry details.

Alternatively you can click on a language code or on a term to see more information.


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« Entry details » screen


Detail view




“Back to results” takes you to the hit list



“Previous” and “Next” entry allow you to navigate through the matching entries on the current  page of results without having to go back to the hit list.



The interface displays the list of all languages contained in the current entry. You can either display a specific language or all languages.



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