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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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 ...
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Spell Correction using only the keyboard

I am a long time OS X user and as such, I often enjoy the built-in dictionary available system-wide. It’s a small detail that, if you come from Windows (or Linux) turns out to be of great help ...
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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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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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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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Edit System Dictionary on Mac OS 10.8

So, I think I've found a misspelled word in the Mac OS 10.8 dictionary. This is not a word that I've added. I double checked in \Library\Spelling and don't have it added to any user dictionaries. ...
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Is there an alternative dictionary for OS X?

Is there any better English dictionary software available to replace the simple default dictionary app in mac? I need some features like one-click word lookup, hotkey to open the program, hotkey ...
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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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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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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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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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Any way to edit and/or add autocorrect entries?

Perhaps a silly question: But let's say I have a word that I love to misspell. Okay, maybe not exactly. But maybe Lion has a problem with ReiserFS and keeps: Suggesting something else (autocorrect). ...
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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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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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How can I add an autocorrect mapping to the iOS dictionary?

My iPhone, running iOS 6, used to autocorrect ill -> I'll for me and I liked that. It has, very recently, stopped doing this. I suppose it makes sense given than ill is actually a word, but it is a ...
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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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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 do I use spell check in OSX with several languages?

I often need to write emails in French that contain English technical words and it seems that the spell check in OSX can't understand that a document can contain both languages. The result is either ...
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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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How do you switch dictionaries used for the “Tap with three fingers” lookup?

Using Mountain Lion, I want to add or change the dictionary used when I tap with three fingers to define a word. The goal is to use a spanish-english dictionary in place of the english dictionary.
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Can I add an entry to Dictionary?

Is it possible to add an entry to the bundled Japanese-English dictionary? I'm using Dictionary version 2.2 (155) on OS X Lion.
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3 finger tap on word to show spanish-english translation of word

3 finger tap triggers the English dictionary, but it only works to explain English words in English. Is there any way to change a 3 finger tap to show the translation of an English word into Spanish, ...
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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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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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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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How can I tell OS X to flag a name as being misspelled?

I have a co-worked whose name is Jennett. In Pages, I added her to my local dictionary (located at ~/Library/Spelling/LocalDictionary) by right-clicking on her name and choosing Learn Spelling. ...
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Where is the New Oxford American Dictionary stored?

I'm trying to build a command line tool to look up definitions of words, it's only a dummy app for me to practise my C++ skills. I know there is a list of words stored at /usr/share/dict - but what ...
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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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Look Up in Dictionary with “All” filter

I like the fact that I can launch the dictionary app by highlighting a word in any any application and then going to (Application Name) > Services > Look Up in Dictionary. However, this selects the ...
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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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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 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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SophosAV slows the dictionary pop-up

I've got the virus scanner from Sophos installed on my Mac with on-access-scan enabled. The on-access-scan delays the dictionary pop-up for several seconds for every first prompt after boot up. You ...
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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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Where are the system spellchecking dictionaries?

I would like to use the spellchecking dictionaries bundled with OS X from the command line (hunspell), but can't seem to find them. In /System/Library/Spelling there are only 2 files pl_PL.{aff,dic}, ...
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Is it possible to make “Look Up” appear higher in Spotlight? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How to place Dictionary definitions higher up in spotlight results If so, how? I happen to use Spotlight a lot for looking up definitions. Basically, I'll be reading or ...
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Which iPhone English dictionary gives the best pronunciation?

I tried Merriam-Webster and Google Translate, both are far from satisfactory.
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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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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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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 ...