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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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 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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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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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 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 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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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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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 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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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 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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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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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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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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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 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 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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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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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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How do I add/adjust words in/to the keyboard dictionary on iOS?

I want to add some common building names for my college campus to my keyboard dictionary, but in the General tab in Settings, I only see an option to reset the dictionary. I tried typing the words, ...
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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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Dictionary definition for hyperlinks

Normal Behavior: When highlighting a word on a webpage, and right clicking on it, a contextual menu pops up; you can get the dictionary definition by choosing, "Look Up 'SelectedWordHere'". However, ...
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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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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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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 ...