When I Try to use Apple's built in dictionary, I only get Wikipedia:

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As you can see, I have enabled English and Français, But I only get Wikipedia. I also don't have the 'Apple Dictionary' in the Reference Sources.

  • What version of Mac OS are you using? If you go to the folder /Library/Dictionaries, what do you see?
    – JWWalker
    Commented Sep 17, 2016 at 17:06
  • I only have a Library/DictionariesDisabled. No dictionaries. I am running macOS Sierra Commented Sep 18, 2016 at 1:21

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This is a bug in the macOS 10.12 Sierra GM (Golden Master).

Apple has released a few more builds since its keynote on September 7. The first build was 16A320.

To update to the current build there are two options:

  1. Wait until macOS Sierra's release date (tomorrow, September 20)
  2. Download the latest macOS Sierra installer from the developer center.

What is your current macOS Sierra build number?

  • I have the same problem with a fresh installation of Catalina. The problem appeared after using the Assistant Migration.
    – Case39
    Commented Jun 10, 2020 at 17:47

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