I recently updated my iPad Pro to iOS 9.3.3 and noticed that my dictionary always gives the message "No definition found".

This might have started earlier and I just didn't notice until now.

I tried selecting Manage from the bottom left of the empty dictionary message, however, I still get the same message and no dictionaries to add.

I already tried to restore my iPad with no success.

Now I updated it to 9.3.4 and the dictionary problem isn't fixed.

  • Have you tried various apps including Notes, Mail, Safari, Pages, etc? Aug 1, 2016 at 19:23
  • Yes, same happens. No definitions and no dictionaries when press manage
    – Gui Wahnon
    Aug 2, 2016 at 22:24
  • I have exact same problem :(
    – Ergwun
    Aug 4, 2016 at 6:08
  • Tried updating, restoring (twice) to no avail. So frustrating and Apple support does not help
    – Gui Wahnon
    Aug 6, 2016 at 4:44
  • I updated your OQ with the information you brought through comments.
    – dan
    Aug 7, 2016 at 15:55

2 Answers 2


I had the same issue, to fix it go to this directory in your device: /var/MobileAsset/Assets.

There is a folder (com_apple_MobileAsset_DictionaryServices_dictionary2). Just replace the content of the folder from another apple device that has a working in-built dictionary. Make sure the other device has the same iOS version as your device. Of course, you need to jailbreak both devices in order to get root access to extract and replace the folder. That, or update to iOS 10 beta.

Hope that helps.

  • Thank you so much for your advice. I will try and let know the result. Best
    – Gui Wahnon
    Aug 6, 2016 at 22:25
  • Will: Are you using ios 9.3.2 on ipad mini 4, can you upload these files in that folder for me please?
    – user196233
    Aug 7, 2016 at 1:20
  • As I had in the meantime updated my iPad Pro to iOS 9.3.4, I was not able to jailbreak it...
    – Gui Wahnon
    Aug 7, 2016 at 3:04
  • Gui: You’re welcome, I don't think upgrading to 9.3.4 would fix the problem, it’s not a jailbreakable firmware, you can downgrade back to 9.3.3 or 9.3.2 as apple is still signing these firmwares and then you can jailbreak either or if you don't want to jailbreak then update to iOS 10 beta, tested the dictionaries are working there.
    – Will
    Aug 8, 2016 at 10:36
  • Dang: Sorry man I’m not using 9.3.2. If I find a device with 9.3.2 I'll post the folder. Otherwise you have to find a device with 9.3.2 but not necessarily an iPad, could be any device.
    – Will
    Aug 8, 2016 at 10:38

The problem was solved by updating of the iOS to 9.3.4 and then changing region or language or both (i change both and get references to download all dictionaries. I think that Apple support team have heard us)

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