a pre-installed list of words makes up the dictionary service. These are typically localized and users can add words and override the iOS and Mac OS X dictionaries.

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Dictionaries on iOS 9 not working

I just updated to iOS 9, and I noticed that the built-in dictionaries, I previously used, aren't working. I had used American English, British English, and Apple Dictionary. Now, when I try to define ...
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`lookupviewservice` eats a lot memory

After a while, lookupviewservice will occurred and use more than 2G memory (even more than this after a few days). I have to end the process manually, but after a while, it comes up again, even though ...
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See definition of a word inside a hyperlink in Safari?

For normal text, three-finger tap on a word is Safari works as "Look Up". From a recent version of Safari, the same three-finger tap on a hyperlink works as "Quick Look". Then, is there any way to ...
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Group dictionaries in Dictionary.app

I've installed extra dictionaries in Dictionary.app. It's over 9Gb. I'd like to group them by language as is shown in the image below. I've tried to rename their labels in the app, tried editing the ...
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Add languages to OSX dictionary

The native OSX dictionary (hover + 3-finger-tap) does not work for the Hebrew language. The example below shows its reluctance to interpret the word פרסומת, a valid Hebrew word. Any ideas how to add ...
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Is there a way to edit the dictionary file for Dictionary.app?

I use Dictionary.app for learning languages quite often. I'd like to take notes in some entries in Dictionary.app so that I could see them when I revisit the same entry in the future, but is there a ...
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“No definition found”

I recently restored my iPhone 5 from backup, and noticed that my dictionary always gives the message "No definition found" (although this could have started earlier and I just didn't notice until ...
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Delete dictionaries in iOS

Is it possible to delete installed dictionaries (some or all of them) in iOS 9.2? There are dictionaries that I need not, but they take place, and some are even duplicated. As you can see from a ...
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set custom iPhone word *definition* dictionary

I would like to change the dictionary my iPhone uses for defining words (not for spell-checking) to a learner's one (e.g. Cambridge). Apple provides several dictionaries for various languages, but not ...
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Dictionary lookup wider and taller

It's possible to change the font and the font-size for 3-finger lookup popup. You just need to edit css file for dictionaries you use, e.g.: sudo vim /Library/Dictionaries/New\ Oxford\ American\ ...
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make a spelling corrector (.aff or .dic ) from a .dictionary?

does someone know if there is a spelling corrector for Pali ? (.aff or .dic ) or if it can be made from a .dictionary ? what i manage so far is to add the PTS dictionary to the Dictionary app (mac os ...
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iOS's Spelling Predictive Analysis - for bilingual writers?

I love my iPhone 6 :) But I'm fully bilingual in Spanish and in English, and about 50% of my emails are in each language. Here's the problem. While my iPhone is in English, every time I write an email ...
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How to enable multiple spellchecker dictionaries in Chrome?

I am new to Mac, and I have my rough time (missing keys, wrong shortcuts and etc). But I don't give up. I am a JS developer and computer user with almost 20 years of Windows and Linux (Debian, Ubuntu) ...
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Spotlight custom dictionary search doesn't work

Since I upgraded to El Capitan, Spotlight has refused to look up for definitions in my custom dictionary (hungairan-english). Instead, it sticks itself with Apple's default English-English dictionary. ...
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Why doesn't El Capitan Spotlight search in custom dictionary?

Since I upgraded to El Capitan, Spotlight has refused to look up for definitions in my custom dictionary (built by me). Instead, it sticks itself with Apple's default English-English dictionary. Note ...
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Is there a way to track my look ups in the OSX dictionary?

I am a non-english native speaker and therefore use the OSX's built-in look up service (three-finger tab and cmd+L in the spotlight search field) quite a lot. I was wondering if there was a way to ...
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Is it possible to bind my Mac OSX Dictionary.app to Google Translate?

The Dictionary App has a very cool experience on MacOSX. But I have to install dictionaries to use. Is it possible to bind it to Google Translate? Thanks!
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Remove iTunes and Mac App store results when looking for a word

I would like to know whether it is possible to remove the Itunes Store and Mac App Store results from the word look-up functionality in El Capitan 10.11.1, illustrated below: and App Store: I ...
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look up a word in Dictionary.app in Terminal

Is there a bash or applescript to look up a word in /Applications/Dictionary.app from a Terminal window ? open -a /Applications/Dictionary.app/ --args word ignores --args, says "type a word to look ...
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How to place Dictionary definitions higher up in spotlight results

I used to use spotlight fairly frequently to quickly look up words in a dictionary. With Lion, I've noticed that my dictionary results have dropped down much lower in the list of results: I'd like ...
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Can I disable auto-correction of a single word on OS X?

I'm running into an annoying issue with OS X's automatic spelling correction where the word nala gets automatically corrected to napa. I've tried adding nala to my custom dictionary under ...
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Spanish-English + English-Spanish .dictionary for Dictionary.app?

I am looking, now for quite some time for a Spanish-English / English-Spanish .dictionary integration/extension in Apples native Dictionary.app So far no fruitful success!! Isn´t there any version ...
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“Reset Keyboard Dictionary” not working

My iPhone is running iOS 7.0.4. I am trying to use the "Reset Keyboard Dictionary" option because certain text like an "i" in the middle of a sentence no longer auto capitalizes. Auto capitalization ...
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“Look Up in Dictionary” stopped working in Chrome on Mac OS X 10.10.2

I upgraded my Mac to OS X Yosemite 10.10.2 recently. Since then the dictionary lookup stopped working in Chrome. Tried both keyboard shortcut and context menu. Know of any workaround for this issue?
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Extract wordlist from system dictionaries?

Is it possible to extract plain text wordlists from the system dictionaries in Yosemite?
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Is it possible to choose language for spell check for each individual mail?

I commonly write mails in different languages and would like to have the spell checker function with that. Previously I have been using Thunderbird on both my macs and linux machines, but recently I ...
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Spotlight dark dictionary results with dark mode in Yosemite 10.10.4

Spotlight gives dark dictionary results with some words when dark mode is on: I've had this problem since day one of Yosemite. iMac (27-inch, Late 2009)
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Spotlight double dictionary results in Yosemite 10.10.4

Some words give double results in Spotlight: I've rebuilt the index and rebooted, no dice. I've had this problem since day one of Yosemite. iMac (27-inch, Late 2009)
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Is it feasible to take database out from within any iOS apps?

I would like to take out datasets stored under an iOS app, which I think is possibly a sql. The app is developed by a third-party company and is not the one I develop. Is it feasible in this case to ...
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What is font used in Apple's Japanese and English dictionaries in Yosemite?

Quick search in Google shows the font used (for English dictionary) is Baskerville, but I'm not sure this is same font used in Yosemite. No idea for the Japanese font used in the dictionary though. ...
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Dictionary App for Iphone and Mac both

Is there a dictionary app, which will work on both iphone and Mac. I would like to save words I learn and would like those words to be accessible from both iPhone and Mac
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Dictionary: Syllable-hyphenation interpuncts (dots) missing

This is regarding the Dictionary app (New Oxford American Dictionary) that comes with Mac OS X. I currently have version 2.2.1 (156) in Mavericks (10.9.1). In previous versions (Mountain Lion, Snow ...
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Dictionary app seems to show Wikipedia articles in random language when I have multiple languages enabled

In Dictionary app you can choose to let Wikipedia have multiple languages. However when using three-finger tap querying, if an article has entries in multiple languages, it seems to show an article in ...
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Dictionary not remembering my selected dictionaries

When I select a word and use Define, I have to readd the same dictionaries that I've previously enabled. At first I thought each app had its own preferences, but it forgets every time, regardless of ...
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How can I install a new dictionary on OS X for use with the “Word of the Day” screensaver?

The reason is trivial: I am a fan of the "Word of the Day" screen saver and I would like to add dictionaries for languages other than English and Japanese (these are the two that I can select now in ...
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How do I fix broken dictionary on iPhone?

Using iPhone 4s. In settings > general > keyboard I have a British keyboard, and no other keyboards. In settings > general > international I have region format set to UK and language set to British ...
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How can i install “Stardict” on my macbook?

I tried to install Stardict on my macbook. but it didn't work What have i tried? I tried to follow this guide https://code.google.com/p/stardict-3/wiki/MacOSX but it didn't work for me or may be i ...
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Any way to do the three finger look-up tap for foreign word translations?

I very much enjoy using the three-fingered look-up tap on my Macbook trackpad, where I use it to find definitions for words that I am not familiar with. From time to time, I read e-mails and visit ...
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Any online magazine reader, similar to flipboard, with an in-app dictionary?

I value the convenience and conciseness of flipboard. However, as a foreign user, it is a pity that flipboard lacks an in-app dictionary. Is there any other online reader with a built-infunction of ...
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Is free offline dictionary platform available?

I am looking for a free offline dictionary platform that runs on Ipad and Emacs. A program that allows importing dictionary data. A program that is similar to GoldenDict program for Windows and Linux ...
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How to change the default dictionary on iPhone & Mac?

I'm using iPhone and MacBook. Both there are a default English-English dictionary, which is convenient. However, I'd prefer a French-English dictionary, while I'm learning French on iPhone or Mac. ...
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Changing autocorrect settings on Macbook Pro, shortcut does not work, cannot access dictionary (easily), can I just reset autocorrect?

I typed in my email address incorrectly once, and autocorrect will not let me forget it. This leads to problems all the time (with autocorrect changing my email address in forms when I hit "enter" to ...
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How can I add an Old English dictionary to Dictionary?

Is there a way to add an Old English dictionary to the Dictionary app? I would like to three-finger-tap a word that's Old English and have it translate it for me. For pure adventure I want to read ...
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Is there a way to dynamically manipulate the spellcheck dictionary?

I would like to have a way to dynamically add and remove words from the system-wide dictionary in Mountain Lion. The use-case is: I'm working on a piece of fiction that has a lot of odd names in it ...
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Is there any way to translate words in Safari on iOS and Mac?

I am currently reading a few websites in European languages (Spanish, Italian, German and French), and I'd like to be able to quickly translate words that I don't know (not the entire articles, which ...
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Wikipedia in the builtin dictionary in hebrew…but only when searching for tech words?

It doesn't do it for all of them, ex. when I search TCP/IP it's in english but a search for BSD yields this Berkeley Software Distribution, או בקיצור BSD, היא מערכת הפעלה נגזרת של מערכת ההפעלה ...
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How can I create Apple Dictionary File?

There is generally a dictionary.app on the Mac-OS. But there isn't any dictionary development kit on the X-Code. Now i use the X-Code (Mavericks and Yosemite). So I downloaded the the auxiliary tools ...
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How can I create a dictionary for Mac OS X?

Dictionary seems to be several versions ahead of the Apple documentation (2007). I found a good blog post about it, but everything seems different now. I installed Xcode (including the command line ...
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Finnish Spell Checker for System of OS X?

I know this discussion about spell checkers for Pages, here. I am searching for the files ending with .aff or .dic. Without them, you cannot use them in system. My current OS X is Yosemite 10.10.2. ...
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How do I add words to the OS X user dictionary?

If someone has a word that they commonly use, but OS X Lion keeps "correcting" to something in it's dictionary, how does the user add the word to Lion's dictionary?