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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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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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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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 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 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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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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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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Importing the 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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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 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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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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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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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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Which iPhone English dictionary gives the best pronunciation?

I tried Merriam-Webster and Google Translate, both are far from satisfactory.
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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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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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Dictionary app for ipod touch

Is there a dictionary app that I can just click on a word anywhere (in any app) and it will automatically define it for me?
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Why is the dictionary shortcut unreliable using Chrome?

When using the dictionary lookup shortcut Ctrl + Cmd + D when using Chrome it works for some websites but not for others. Does this have to do with Chrome itself or is it due to the fact that some ...
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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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Is it possible to change the order of the tabs shown in the Dictionary?

In my Mac Mini running OS X 10.8, the tabs shown from Dictionary are the following: All American English American English Thesaurus Apple British English Thesaurus Wikipedia British English I ...
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Choosing Dictionary.app spelling language

I'm Venezuelan, so my native language is Spanish. But I have my MacMini and my MacBook in English because that's the way I like to work, it's better for my (and my job). Usually, when I access ...
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Mac Dictionary improvements

I tend to use the dictionary a lot on the mac. Its annoying to launch the app everytime i need to lookup a word. Are there any other apps/hacks to avoid this annoyance? Spotlight lookup is awesome, ...
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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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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 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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Where are the dictionaries of Mac OS X's built in password assistant?

Mac OS has a built in password generator. It is a little bit hidden behind the key icon in System Preferences / Accounts / Change password. The memorable option is quite nice as it even conjugates ...
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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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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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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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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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Cannot disable three finger tap look up after migrating to a new computer

I recently moved to a new MacbookPro and migrated my old computer's files/settings over to the new one. For some reason I am unable to disable the ability to look up the definition to a word by using ...
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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 ...