Questions tagged [dictionary]

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 macOS dictionaries.

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Catalina misses dictionary content and can't download

I just bought a new MacBookPro. In Dictionary.app on Catalina 10.15.1, One of my dictionaries(The WISDOM English-Japanese dictionary) won't return any result when I look up a word. I looked into "/...
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How to use dictionary look up on websites that prevent it?

Typically, I triple-tap to search up a word or bring up an apple dictionary. Some websites, however, prevent this. Is there anyway I can override this? I am using Chrome. An example website would be ...
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how to copy and past in built-in dictionary

I know how to look up in the built-in dictionary in my iPhone, but is there some easy way to copy something in the built-in dictionary, or some app can do it?
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Get dictionary definition of words in spotlight in Catalina?

I just updated to macOS Catalina. Looks like I can't type a word I don't know the meaning of into spotlight and get its dictionary definition anymore, even though in System Preferences > Spotlight "...
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Dictionary widget stopped working after installing Security Update

I'm running High Sierra, and I installed Security Update 2019-005 yesterday. Since then, the Dictionary Dashboard widget has stopped working. The menu that lets you switch between Dictionary and ...
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GoldenDict does not see and add .xdxf and .dsl files

Following the suggestions at https://askubuntu.com/questions/616844/how-to-add-bgl-to-goldendict/1174366#1174366 Goldendict, with file file.xdxf F3 Add in the open file window the file does not ...
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How to fix Dictionary look up text color in Dark mode?

In macOS Mojave dark mode, the Dictionary app became unusable because of coloring issues: in application itself some of the text is white on white, and in definition popup that appears if you right ...
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Delete misspelled words from user dictionary in macOS

I have a misspelled word - initiaitializatyion - on my MacBook running macOS Mojave 10.14.5. I have checked all the following files for its existence: /Users/me/Library/Spelling/LocalDictionary /...
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Is there a way to sync macOS and iOS spellchecker dictionaries?

I often write notes on my iPad and MacBook and it is very annoying when iPad is underlining as "misprint" a word I had added to dictionary on my MacBook yesterday. Since both iOS and macOS are ...
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Is it possible to show more preview subtext lines in Alfred search

When I search for something in Alfred, like in the dictionary result in the image below, it only shows one line of the subtext. Is it possible to show more lines? Especially for word definitions, I ...
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Converting macos dictionaries to portable format

The best thing about macos is the dictionaries accessible from dictionary.app. Is there a way to convert them to a format that is usable on other platforms as well (such as the dict format or the ...
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Dictionaries getting deleted on their own from iPhone

I noticed that some of the dictionaries downloaded under Settings app → General → Dictionary get deleted automatically (they do remain for some days after being downloaded, but they get deleted on ...
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Can I make the color of the matched word more vivid on macOS dark-mode?

I use a dark mode and so the matched color using Find functionality on the Dictionary app is very unclear. I changed the color from System Preferences | General but all the colors look useless on ...
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Add Webster Dictionary to my iPad Pro

I am not a big fan of the Oxford dictionary. I am used to using the American Webster dictionary. I have an iPad Pro, and I am using Apple Books app. Under Settings app → General → Dictionary, I am ...
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make dictionary result white text in spotlight in mojave dark theme

I can't read the result. How do I make the text white? I am on macOS Mojave 10.14.4
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Dictionary shows wrong language (British English instead of American English)

Under macOS 10.14.4, I've enabled the following dictionaries: Yet, when I hid ⌃⌘D, I get the results as follows: I would expect the results to show only American English dictionaries, and not ...
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How to avoid the “more” link in mac dictionary context menu?

I have converted a star-dict glossary to the mac dictionary format but the when I use the three-finger functionality to look up a word on macOS using safari or other standard text controls. When I ...
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Chrome OS X: why suggestions for misspelled words are given only for english?

Many attempt to get help from Google but I see only copy-paste answer and limited depth in replies. Does anyone have any idea why in Chrome for mac it's now a long time that suggestions for misspelled ...
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How to log the search history in Mac Dictionary when using the pop-up dictionary mode

how to log the search history in mac dictionary The answer to this post provides an AppleScript to record the words that have been looked up by actually opening the Dictionary app (using an assigned ...
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System dictionary not red-lining all misspellings

I do a lot of editing online (Chrome) using US English. I'm running Mojave 10.14.3. I've set my spelling to US English via the 'keyboard, text' section of System Preferences. However, it's not red-...
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How to prevent iOS and macOS from deleting dictionaries when low on free disk space?

The various built in dictionaries are one of my most used and cherished features on both macOS and iOS. Yet both operating systems delete dictionaries without asking when running out of free disk ...
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Mojave Mac OS dictionary app shows some Hangul characters as blanks

This screenshot shows what happens when I look up the Korean dictionary inside my Mac OS's default Dictionary app. Apparently some characters are missing and are substituted with empty squares. ...
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Dictionary styling (background color)

[OS 10.10.5] I want the content background of the Dictionary app to be black. I know this can be done by editing the DefaultStyle.css file of each dictionary, but the background color is still bright ...
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Built-in dictionary usage on Adobe Acrobat DC

I'm using Adobe Acrobat Pro DC 2019 on my mac. I get used to use built-in dictionary of mac via three-fingers clicking on a word. However, it works on other applications like chrome, pdfguru etc. but ...
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Looking for a pdf reader that show meaning a word in whole document when you highlight

I am looking for a PDF Reader for IOS that when you translate a word in the document then I want to see meaning of word in whole document with same word so when I click same word I want to see the ...
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Mojave spell check keeps flagging correct words and tries to change them to grammatically incorrect words

So this has been driving me crazy - it feels like I have a grammar troll living in my computer. MacOS's spell checker keeps flagging words as misspelled that aren't. I notice it mostly in Mail, ...
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macOS Mojave, Dictionary.app: How to install dictionaries to offline computer?

Until recently (although I'm not sure how recent), macOS shipped Dictionary.app with dictionary definitions built in. As of macOS Mojave, this is no longer the case. The first time you open ...
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Dictionary app. Custom online source [duplicate]

Is it possible to add custom online source to Dictionary app? Like the one for Wikipedia.
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How to automate deleting what's inside the search box in the Dictionary app after 3/5 seconds?

I use the Dictionary app many times when I'm reading a very old novel, and sometimes I write two words side by side without realising it (until I get no result), with that said, I need to tweak the ...
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An apple script for google dictionary pronunciation

The following is the link to Goole dictionary pronunciation files: http://ssl.gstatic.com/dictionary/static/sounds/20160317/pronunciation--_us_1.mp3 If you substitute "pronunciation" with your own ...
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How to develop an an automator for looking up words in Google dictionary

If you type the following address in your browser's address bar, google will give you a dictionary for looking up words: https://www.google.com/search?sa=X&biw=1440&bih=737&q=Dictionary#...
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Enable keyboard shortcut to look up word in dictionary

I have been using the trackpad w/ force touch to look up the defintions of words when browsing (safari/chrome/ff/etc). It looks like this: The problem is my wrist has been bothering me as I use the ...
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MacBook autocorrects “The Bible” to “the Bible”

What I'm trying to do is have the flexibility to write the following sentences: The Bible says in John 3:16, "For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes ...
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How can I restrict predictive text to words in the current language?

I have Apple's QuickType keyboards for English and German installed on my iPhone. I get predictive text in both languages, but sometimes I'll get suggestions for German words when using the English ...
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During Dictionary Attack, how can I Capture the attempted usernames and passwords?

I have several nefarious individuals attempting to gain access to my servers constantly with VNC, presumably using some kind of dictionary attack against the password. Is there a way to get a log of ...
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Save 'Look up & data detectors' history?

A system gesture I use often when reading is to force press on a word which will pull up a definition and/or wikipedia page of the selected word (referred to as 'Look up & data detectors' in ...
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MacOS dictionary look up stopped working

I'm suddenly unable to use the dictionary look up feature in MacOS. When I choose "Look up" on a word I get a dialog saying that "Look Up now shows personalized suggestions... etc" and a button on the ...
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Three-finger lookup order wrong?

When I use three-finger lookup, this is what I got. The order of the results is wrong (i.e., different from my settings shown below), and many dictionaries are missing! However, I open the ...
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Increase font size in pop up dictionary window in OS X Sierra [duplicate]

On my Macbook Air running Sierra 10.12.5, there is no longer a Dictionaries directory under /Library, so the below suggested fix no longer seems to apply: Dictionary lookup wider and taller (pop-up ...
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Restrict “Look Up” feature to dictionary alone in High Sierra

In previous versions of macOS, there was an option to show the dictionary definition of a word by tapping it with three fingers. In High Sierra this was replaced with the Look Up feature, which pulls ...
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Japanese system-wide spellchecker

I am looking for a relatively easy solution for a Japanese spellchecker (not a Japanese dictionary for the Dictionary app) in High Sierra. I would prefer a link to a downloadable spelling dictionary (...
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Dictionary App constantly downloading dictionaries

I've been unable to use my Dictionary App for a few days, as it consistently says that it is downloading the dictionaries. I can't find out why it started downloading them again (it already had them), ...
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If “Reset Keyboard Dictionary” does not reset some words, what supplies them?

There are some previously unanswered questions about "Reset Keyboard Dictionary" (in Settings) not resetting the autocorrect for specific words. (In my case [iOS 11], the letter "i" converts to "A" ...
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Where can I find the autocorrect / user dictionary on the iPhone and how can I have a look into it?

I would like to have a look into my personal user dictionary built on typed words on my iPhone. From eHow's article How to Edit Auto-Correct on the iPhone I found the following location where it ...
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Prioritize exact matched words in Mac dictionary app?

When typing a word in the dictionary app, it shows a list of matched words on the left pane. However, the exact matches are far down the list, the top words are usually not relevant, like terms from ...
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Dictionaries.app only has Wikipedia on High Sierra

I have installed High Sierra 10.13 today over the top of a working 10.12.6 installation. I have previously used the dictionaries app for the thesaurus and other dictionaries. Upon opening the ...
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Lookup the dictionary with wildcards

Since wildcards aren't recognized by the GUI, is there another way?
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Dictionary application needs to download dictionary “Apple Dictionary” before use

I'm repeatedly being asked to download the "Apple Dictionary" when I open the dictionary application. This doesn't happen every time I open it. I haven't pinned down specific usage cases where this ...
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Dictionary on my Mac never adds words, even when I tell it to “learn” when I'm spell-checking

Adding to the dictionary is not working for any app on my computer (word, messages, mail, etc.), and it hasn't through several OS upgrades, since I don't know when (we're on El Capitan now). This has ...
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All dictionaries disappeared from preferences list under macOS 10.12.2 Sierra

For a few days I've been running a pre-installed macOS 10.12.2 on a new, non-networked MacBook Air with language set to "American English". I've used "Dictionary" several times without any problems, ...