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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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Restore Dictionary.app sessions from a Time Machine backup?

By mistake I closed all tabs on Dictionary.app on Mac and now it doesn't restore the session on its own. After a bit of searching around, I've found that the Saved Application State is stored under ...
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How to stop auto spelling suggestions when looking up a word in the dictionary via force-click

For example, I saw the word "boujee", force-clicked to see what it meant, and got a dictionary definition of "bout", which doesn't help at all. If the dictionary has nothing, I'd ...
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How to stop Look up from changing spelling/fuzzy matching

I'm learning new languages, so I often force-click a word to see if it comes up in the dictionary. Lately my dear computer thinks I just misspelled an English word, and searches for that instead. The ...
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How do I change the Japanese input tooltip dictionary?

How do I change the Japanese input tooltip dictionary from Jpn-Jpn to Jpn-Eng?
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Can MacOS Dictionary be invoked by a URI?

I've seen links in web pages on MacOS and IOS that invoke other apps, notably App Store and iBooks. If I recall correctly, they usually have a protocol¹ that in some way identifies the app. I am ...
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Are macOS dictionary definitions accessible via the Web?

What is the data source for definitions in Dictionary.app on macOS? Is it a first-party or a third-party source? Are the definitions available online?
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Spanish to German dictionary on English OS [duplicate]

is it somehow possible to add a dictionary for two different foreign languages to the Dictionary app? I am using macOS 10.15 "Catalina" in English and I would like to add a Spanish to German ...
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iOS/iPadOS e-book reading app with *multiple* *custom* dictionaries

I have lots of e-books. I read them both on my iPhone and on my Linux laptop. So far, on my iPhone, I just use the built-in Books app. The problem is that it has a very limited selection of ...
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App for macOS to add words to personal vocabulary list?

I search for a way to add unknown words in a personal dictionary or vocabulary list only by right-clicking the word and choosing the add option (in macOS). It would be very helpful for me to add the ...
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Install external dictionaries to use with Word for Mac's Spelling and Grammar

I am trying to use Spelling and Grammar in Word for Mac with a language that is not supported by default (Slovenian). The standard way to do this for other applications is to put the dictionary files ...
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“No Local Dictionary Available” error from dictionary after upgrading from Sierra to Catalina

I have a late 2013 13-inch Retina MacBook Pro, which I just upgraded from Sierra to Catalina. Overall, everything still seems to work, but the dictionary popup that shows when I triple-tap on a word ...
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Dictionary doesn't work after upgrade to Catalina - why there is no reference sources here

There are not reference sources under "Drag reference sources into the order you prefer", how can I drag them? and how to add these reference sources(dictionaries)?
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key command > look up highlighted word?

Is there a keycommand for looking up a highlighted word on macos? Without the mouse, no hovering. I am using vimium when browsing the web and would like to be able to look up highlighted words without ...
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How to delete a word, which was typed mistakenly, from Safari autocomplete recommendations?

I just typed a word mistakenly, and this typo is being listed for the autocomplete words. How can I remove this word from Safari recommendations, in order words, how can I command Safari to unlearn it?...
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Why are old contacts names constantly popping up in my keyboard dictionary? [duplicate]

For example, I'll try to type "because" using Swipe and it will change to "Durant." I tried deleting the contact and also resetting the dictionary to no avail.
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Using the three finger tap Dictionary.app, is there a way to add an English to Chinese dictionary? [duplicate]

As the topic states: Using the three finger tap word lookup, is there a way to add an English to Chinese dictionary? Or is there any available?
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Dictionary has to download again every time I log out or restart [duplicate]

Every time I restart my macbook or I log out of my account, I have to open the Dictionary app and download my dictionaries again to have it working (the three-fingers-tap for word definitions.) Why ...
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How to reset the built-in Dictionary app for Look Up function?

After I downloaded some custom dictionaries, copy-paste them into ~/Library/Dictionaries folder, and reordered them in Dictionary app's Preferences, some options in the Preferences cannot be selected ...
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How do I use the right click look up feature everywhere on my Mac including Firefox?

I want to be able to double click on a word in my Firefox Browser and right click it and select look up to translate it. (or even better, double click and it shows the English dictionary explanation) ...
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Can't enable Thesaurus in Dictionary app

I'm setting up a new MacBook. On my previous MacBook, I had two reference sources ticked in the Dictionary app preferences - 'Oxford Dictionary of English (British English)' and 'Oxford Thesaurus of ...
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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 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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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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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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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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