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 to define any word, I get a "No definition found" error. The dictionaries I previously used show a blue circle (while all the others show the cloud download icon).

I tried to download a new dictionary, and I was able to use it. However, that was in another language.

How can I enable these dictionaries again?

  • Try the fix in the last posting at discussions.apple.com/thread/6392686 Sep 22, 2014 at 13:03
  • Unfortunately that didn't resolve the problem.
    – Tanner
    Sep 22, 2014 at 23:46
  • Deleting language doesn't resolve the problem
    – atupal
    Sep 23, 2014 at 16:02
  • The circles are download progress indicators. Looks like iOS needs to re-download them after the update, and the somehow the download is stuck at 0%
    – oefe
    Oct 9, 2014 at 19:30

2 Answers 2


You can re-enable the apple dictionary by following this steps:

  1. Tap on the word you want to define to select it and activate the popup.
  2. Tap on Define to call up the dictionary.
  3. Tap on Manage.
  4. Now activate/download the Apple Dictionary or any other dictionaries you want.
  5. Tap the X button beside any extra dictionaries you want to remove.

Now you should have your dictionary enabled again.

  • 1
    The previous dictionaries show blue circles,and you can not manage it.
    – atupal
    Sep 22, 2014 at 8:39
  • In iOS 9, to delete a dictionary left swipe its entry in the list (there is no X button anymore). Nov 25, 2015 at 20:48

After updating to 8.0.2, the bug has been fixed! :)

  • Don't forget to accept your answer (so your question comes off the unanswered list).
    – JRobert
    Sep 27, 2014 at 15:34
  • It this also in Apple's update description? Sep 29, 2014 at 12:57
  • I Have the same problem on two different devices running 8.0.2. (Upgraded directly from 7 to 8.0.2)
    – oefe
    Oct 9, 2014 at 19:31
  • I have he exact problem on an iPad, it first appeared in iOS 8, then with every update up till 8.1, the problem still exists.
    – amyassin
    Nov 11, 2014 at 9:18
  • This appears to be an issue with updating rather than the content of the update, so I don't believe this is a proper answer.
    – Tanner
    Nov 16, 2014 at 6:37

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