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 8 not working

I just updated from iOS 7 to iOS 8, 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 ...
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Wiktionary in Apple Dictionary app

I have been trying to add wiktionary as one of the sources of Mavericks Dictionary.app but I could not. I have been following the instruction in this StackExchange post but the DictUnifier app get ...
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Spanish to English dictionary on Mac's dictionary app?

Is there a way to add Spanish to English dictionary in mac's dictionary app so I can see the definition of word by tapping on a word?
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How to add wiktionary as a source to the default dictionary.app?

How to add wiktionary to dictionary.app? For older versions of OS X, there is a method available here Dictionary.app: how to change from wikipedia.org to wiktionary.org. But in the latest system, ...
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Changing the default iOS dictionary from New Oxford American Dictionary(NOAD) to Oxford English Dictionary(OED)?

Anywhere in the iPhone when you select a word the Define option pops up from the popup menu. Clicking on it brings up the definition for that word. The default dictionary it uses is the New Oxford ...
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Do iOS devices have a pop-up Japanese-English Dictionary like on the Macintosh?

On the Mac if you three-finger tap a word, a dictionary definition appears. I'd like to know if I would be able to get this on an iPad specifically for the Japanese dictionaries.
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Adding words to Hiragana input's dictionary

I am trying to figure out how to add new words to the Japanese dictionary. Specifically, my problem is, name of one of my friends is Manaka, spelled 愛可 (yes, that's 可愛い in reverse). Problem is, if ...
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Temporary jailbreak of iPhone 4 for purposes of deleting a dictionary

I need to temporarily jailbreak my iPhone 4 to fix Apple's iOS 6 bug making it impossible to access Japanese-to-English dictionary. All I need and want to do is delete Japanese-to-Japanese ...
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Importing WordPress Codex as a dictionary into the Dictionary app

I'm an avid WordPress developer, and I'm constantly referring to the Wordpress Codex to look up various functions. I recently got a new 2013 MBP, and I just found the glorious "three finger tap to ...
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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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Native OSX Dictionary

Is there a native dictionary on OSX? I would like to be able to click on a word (in any open window), and get its meaning in a quick popup windows.
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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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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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How to install .dict.dz/.index files to OSX dictionary.app

I have a dictionary that consists of a dictionary.dict.dz and dictionary.index files. How can I install this dictionary for use with OSX dictionary app (running Mavericks)? It works fine with ...
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No suggestion for misspelled added words

I've added a word to the Mac dictionary. When I spell it correctly, I have no problem. If I misspell it, I don't get suggestion that includes my correct spelling. This happens even when my ...
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Do all editions of OS X use the New Oxford American Dictionary?

I know that my US-based MacBook has NOAD as its dictionary reference. Do other parts of the world have the option of other built-in dictionaries? If so, is NOAD still the default? Does Great Britain ...
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Look up in dictionary

Is there a way to bind the chrome style look up in dictionary to a key binding? In case you don't know what function I'm talking about here's a screenshot:
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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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Adding New Dictionary

I am following the instructions at the bottom of this article article to add the Webster's dictionary to my dictionary.app list. It does not seem to be working (the new dictionary does not show up in ...
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In Chrome, tap to look up in dictionary: Placement not working properly

I have a 2013 MacbookPro running OS X 10.9.2, and up-to-date Chrome (Version 35.0.1916.114). When using three finger tap to look up a word with dictionary in Chrome (when chosen in the trackpad ...
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Can I browse all the words in single list view in the Mavericks dictionary?

So I'm riding the Mavericks to a rodeo - OS X 10.9.2 :) The built-in dictionary is way cool, but is there a way to browse all the words in the dictionary? Like, there will be a list of all words on ...
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Accessing OS X built in dictionary lookup in Firefox

I am really frustrated that Firefox does not provide the three-finger-tap lookup operation is in built in OS X. What is baffling me is that it supports other gestures such as two finger swipes and ...
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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 see a history of “define” words which I used?

I wanted to see the history of define dictionary words which I used in my iPhone but I could not find a way to see it. Is there any option in iPhone to see it?
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How to switch language of OS X dictionary?

In Mountain Lion the OS X internal dictionary that you can fire up by right clicking a word, or by using the dashboard widget, seems to have gained at least one new language: German. Since German is ...
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How do I disable the Command-Control-D word definition keyboard shortcut in OS X Lion?

Mac OS X Lion introduced a new feature where in many applications you can press (Command-Control-D) to produce a popup with the definition for the word under the mouse cursor. A side effect of this ...
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Additional languages in dictionary dashboard widget?

Ok I added more languages to the build-in dictionary application and they are available in the desktop application. Now it would be great if they were also available in the dictionary dashboard ...
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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 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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“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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Can iOS' builtin dictionary be accessed/browsed as an independent app?

If you select some text in whatever application, there's a "define" option that will open a builtin dictionary screen: Can this dictionary be accessed/browsed? As in, an actual application? iOS ...
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How can I get persistent Dictionary popups to go away?

In some applications, such as nvAlt, the Dictionary popup (accessed by double-tapping with three fingers or by using the Look Up command in the context menu) won't go away once called. The only ...
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C++ Dictionary for Dictionary.app

I'm looking for a dictionary plugin for dictionary.app that will allow me to continue learning C++, so I can simply hover over the statement I don't understand while reading code easily, does anyone ...
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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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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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Why is the system dictionary not available from .pdf files containing text within Safari?

How can one use system dictionary ^+⌘+D in .pdf's opened in Safari 6 (using Acrobat Reader)? Is perhaps Adobe Reader at fault (i.e. does the dictionary work with Safari's default .pdf reader)?
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How to delete a word accidentally added to the Pages dictionary?

I told Pages to learn the spelling of a character name I was writing about, without noticing there was a misspelling in the name. Is there anyway to delete or correct the spelling of the name from ...
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iBooks alternate language dictionaries?

Is there any way to change the dictionary used in iBooks? When reading books written in a non-English language I would like to have access to the dictionary function in the book's language (not ...
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How to use several languages with the built-in dictionary without changing the interface language?

I'm frequently reading texts in english and french on my iPad. I really don't mind if the language of the interface is english or french. Is there a way to look up words independently of the interface ...
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What file contains user typed words (user dictionary)?

iOS tracks everything you type and uses those words to suggest spelling corrections. This list of words used to be a clear text list buried in /private or /System (I don't remember where, which is my ...
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How can you sync “learned spellings” between Macs

OSX always tries to autocorrect the the unix commands that I save into my note taking application. To prevent this, I right click and tell OSX to "Learn Spelling". Is there a way to teach this ...
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Removing a Word From the Spellcheck Dictionary

Somehow, the word procede has made its way into my OS X system as a correctly spelled word. If I type it in Text Edit, BBEdit, or Mail, the spell checker will not mark it with red underlines. How ...
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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?
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Dictionaries and spell-checking

My default language is English, but I also sometimes type in Czech. I have added a Czech keyboard to OS X, and can switch between the two easily. The trouble is that OS X has no native Czech ...
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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 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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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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Configuring a Mac to use Oxford spelling

I cannot figure out now to make my Mac (OS X 10.8) use Oxford spelling in its spell checker (note I am being absolutely precise in the use of that term)! For example, I want to be able to write ...
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Is it possible to add other networked sources to the Apple Dictionary program?

The standard Apple Dictionary program in Lion provides access to Wikipedia. This appears to be a direct look-up (i.e., not to a cached local copy of Wikipedia). I'd like to add other sources that ...