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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Copying iOS autocorrect custom dictionary among devices

Is it possible to create a file of autocorrect entries for iOS devices and deploy it to all my company iPads (8 of them right now)? There are about 150 autocorrect entries that we'd like to setup on ...
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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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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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Menu bar dictionary search

Is there an app that allows me to search the mac dictionary from the menu bar? I thought spotlight was able to do this but it doesn't seem to work (in Lion) (I noticed Dictionary isn't even listed in ...
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Dictionary lookup wider and taller (pop-up dictionary lookup styling) in OS X

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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How can I fix the OS X dictionary lookup feature for StackExchange comments in Google Chrome?

When I use the "Look up word" right-click menu option on a StackExchange comment in OS X, the system selects other text and looks that up instead: Step 1: select a word in a StackExchange comment to ...
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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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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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Translation of words in spotlight

I am looking for an extension for spotlight on Yosemite, which allows an offline translation of english words into german and vice-versa. Similar to the inbuilt dictionary, but rather giving a ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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How do I stop the search helper from popping up in my browser?

I'm trying to select text in chrome, and half the time I get this weird popup while selecting the first word, It's really annoying and I'd like to disable it, at least in chrome. I've never ...
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How can I make my own custom OSX keyboard with autocorrect relying off a personalized dictionary?

I really want to do this to support a minority language (Kouri-vini) that currently has zero input support but an existing digitized dictionary. I also have zero coding experience but I don't care if ...
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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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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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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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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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How can i change StarDict dictionary language?

How can i change StarDict dictionary language? I want to set it to English.
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dictionary/text

I have an iphone 6. It has the 9 update. Suddenly the dictionary has disappeared completely when I text. I had the option of showing the words to select or not. Now, I have no options. It has ...
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Spotlight randomly chose Chinese as dictionary language after El Capitan upgrade

After upgrading to El Capitan, suddenly Spotlight dictionary searches only show results in Chinese (I think). I have absolutely no idea why it chose Chinese, as I am not a user of that language. ...
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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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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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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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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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How do I get programmatic access to the word definition after it pops up when highlighting (three-finger tap) a word in OS X?

I would like to build up a list of words and their definitions of the words that I highlighted (three-finger tapped) so that I can come back to them later. Is there a way to get access to the ...
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How do I use automatic spelling check in OSX with additional spelling dictionary?

I often write documents in languages that are not preinstalled in OSX (vietnamese in this case). I have copied the .dic and .aff files downloaded from https://github.com/titoBouzout/Dictionaries to ...
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Spotlight Dictionary results no longer showing multiple languages in 10.11.3

I recently did a software update on El Capitan, from 10.11.1 to 10.11.3, and now Spotlight will no longer allow look-up of foreign language words. For example, I was able to look up "chaise" and have ...
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Is it possible to modify/update the Wikipedia support in older Dictionary app versions (vers. 2.2.3)?

I have an older Mac that can't be upgraded beyond OS X 10.7.5. As a heavy user of the Dictionary app I'm unhappy with the now messed-up display of Wikipedia content and defunct hyperlinks, the cause ...
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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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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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Teach AutoCorrect short words with umlauts

I use an English keyboard layout on OS X because I program a lot. When I type the occasional German umlaut, I can do alt + u + (a|u|o) or can I press and hold a u o. The latter is really buggy in ...
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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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How can I adjust the phonetic dictionary for dictation?

I'm using a mac, version 10.11.4. Sometimes I have documents that use different spellings or shortforms for the same word. For example: "in." for "inch", but dictation interprets it as the word ...
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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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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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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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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 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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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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“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 ...