I know how to look up words in the built-in dictionary in my iPhone, but is there some easy way to copy something from the dictionary or is there some 3rd party App that can do it?

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There doesn’t seem to be a way to copy from the built in dictionary, but there are workarounds.

As of recent versions of iOS, I simply take a screenshot and copy the text. Use the icon in the lower right and select text.

a screenshot of my screenshot defining "screenshot"

This works most of the time, but will not properly copy IPA.

You can also find most of the definitions (at least from NOAD and ODE) online by typing define word into Google/Bing. You can switch between them with these bookmarklets I made.

Switch to British English (ODE):


Switch to American English (NOAD):


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