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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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Are there tools/ a 'simple' process for converting a .dict file into something the macOS Dictionary app can install? [duplicate]

I have a bunch of different versions of the same specialist English language dictionary (basically, .dict, .dict.dz/ stardict.) I want to convert this into something I can install on the macOS ...
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How to assign a keyboard shortcut to lookup in dictionary in the books app?

I already assigned a keyboard shortcut for Look Up in Dictionary: However this shortcut only works if I use it on apps like the Safari. It does not work if I try to use it on the Books app. Why is ...
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How to edit locked css files on Mac?

I'm trying to change the font size of the popup dictionary by following instructions in this link: Dictionary lookup wider and taller (pop-up dictionary lookup styling) in OS X I need to edit ...
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How to increase font size of dictionary in lookup?

I'm connecting my macbook to a 24inch monitor. When reading in Apple Books, I often use the lookup dictionary. However the font in the popup window is too small for me see. How can I increase it? For ...
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How to add a correction to the personal dictionary

In macOS I can Right click -> Learn Spelling on a word for which the system thinks it is wrongly spelled, but (for me) it is spelled correctly. The word then gets added to my personal dictionary. ...
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Services: make pop-up containing selected text as part of URI

I’d like to create a lookup for words/phrases not available in "Look-up" or "Translate" (Greek, for example). This requires making the selected text part of the URI.  But it seems ...
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Pyglossary, unable to display dictionary in "All" Pages when multiple dictionary selected. macOS Dictionary

Recently, I have using pyglossary to convert CSV and database files into macOS Dictionary apps. It's usable and works fine until I search in "All" Pages in Apps and multiple dictionaries are ...
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Add Wiktionary as optional dictionary in Preview similar to how Moon+ Reader for Android has

I have found a few similar questions, but mostly revolving around wiktionary as part of the Dictionary app, which is not what I would like to do (besides the fact that this seems impossible, with the ...
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Dictionary app stuck on 'Downloading Dictionaries' & lookup not working

For several days now, the Dictionary app is stuck on Downloading Dictionaries. I am connected to high-speed Internet and restarted the machine several times. Even tried the suggestions here (related ...
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How can I change the Han character font in the search list of Dictionary.app?

I’ve created a custom dictionary with the Dictionary Development Kit and added it to Dictionary.app on my Mac. It’s working fine but there is one stylistic issue I would like to fix. The dictionary is ...
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How to Implement a Dictionary Look Up Script on Mac and Save to History Log: Need Help with Syntax Errors

After several times of having my MacBook shutdown and losing the several tabs I had opened of the words I looked up, I've started to look for a solution. I'm currently trying to implement a script ...
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Is it possible to add Merriam-Webster to Mac's Dictionary app? [duplicate]

I searched for "misclassify" in Dictionary.app and it couldn't find anything. I Googled it, and Google gave the a nice definition in the first result, from Merriam-Webster. Is it possible to ...
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Dictionary app: New Oxford American Dictionary broken

The built-in dictionary "New Oxford American Dictionary (English (US))" does not work anymore. Whatever word I type in, "No entries found." is always shown in the Dictionary app. I ...
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How can I configure what sites are used by Safari for dictionary definitions?

I wanted to verify my understanding of the Greek phrase "hoi poloi", which has been borrowed by English, so I typed it into Safari's search bar and was prompted with a suggested dictionary ...
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Bizarrely, Pages does not share a custom dictionary with a document. Is there a way to fix this?

Say I create a Pages document, Example.pages. In the document, I include the word "Fattie", Fattie is a, for example, product or character name. I right-click, and have Pages "learn ...
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Mac won't autocorrect 'hte'

This has been going on for way too long and I'm hoping someone can help me. For whatever reason, the last two Macs I've had have stopped autocorrecting the word 'hte'. I could of course just learn how ...
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Why are my Spotlight results so awful?

I use spotlight extremely frequently for looking up word definitions. Sometimes I have noticed that I don't get the word's definition back at all. For example, just now I looked up "express"....
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Emulate three finger tap with the keyboard?

I work with a MacBook and an external keyboard and would like to have the useful word lookup (three finger tap on the trackpad) by using a keyboard hotkey. Anyone know if this is possible?
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Where is the IPA pronunciation option in Dictionary?

In macOS, the Dictionary app used to have an option to show IPA pronunciation. I found that useful, since I use multiple languages. Now I can't find the option. I'm using macOS 12.3.1 Monterey. Did ...
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Firefox: Is there a way to add a "look up" option to right-click 'context' menu?

I use my laptop with an external keyboard, mouse and monitor when I am at home. In order to look up a word when in Firefox I have to select it and then lean forward and do a 3-finger tap on the ...
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How can I easily add programming syntax to the iPhone keyboard?

I want to dump a list of syntax from python, Cpp, bash, etc into my iPhones dictionary so it doesn’t auto correct away. I don’t want to do this manually for each word. How can I do this?
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How to add word to iOS text correction dictionary? Learn Spelling / Hide Red Squiggly Line

I will often type a brand name or other word that the iOS text correction dictionary thinks is a typo or misspelled. This adds a red squiggly line under the offending word. Screenshot from Apple iOS ...
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My iPad keep automatically adding a dictionary even when I delete them repeatedly

I am using my iPad Mini (6th generation: iOS 15.0.2) to read articles online. I like the look up function very much. However, I realized that somehow my iPad keeps randomly adding a Spanish dictionary....
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Any way to permanently fix a reoccuring iOS Dictation error?

On iOS (15.1, iPhone 13 Pro Max) voice dictation, whenever I say my son's name Andrew, it always transcribes it as Andrew) with the end parenthesis attached. It's not even like its picking the wrong ...
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The IPA in Oxford Dictionary of English is wrong

Rope should be ɹəʊp but the built-in Oxford Dictionary of English displays it as rəʊp How can I fix this?
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Dictionary.app forgetting custom labels

Long story short when Apple moved from Leopard to Snow Leopard they changed their Japanese dictionary provider and along the way lost access to some very useful tools (e.g. a Japanese thesaurus), so I'...
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The word "box" isn't in /usr/share/dict/words

I was testing some code that I wrote to solve the New York Times' "Letter Boxed" game. The other day, it was giving results that included compound words containing "box" (e.g., &...
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Why iPhone Dictionary never translate to other languages?

When i read a book and long press a word on iPhone, then choose "look up" from the menu, i get English to English translation, and not English to my language. I already chose and download my ...
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Where are the Dictionary.app dictionary files located in MacOS Big Sur?

Where in the filesystem are the dictionary files used in the native Mac Dictionary app located? In previous OSes, they were in Library/Dictionary. I don't see that directory in MacOS Big Sur. More ...
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How to access macOS dictionaries without Dictionary.app

In Mac-OS Catilina, how can I convert the included dictionaries (Shorter Oxford English Dictionary etc.) into a format readable without requiring Dictionary.app?
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"Wikipedia" dictionary does not work even when proxy is set [duplicate]

I'm in China, so wikipedia is blocked. However, before the English wikipedia is blocked, using wikipedia dictionary already gives "wikipedia server is currently unavailable". The wikipedia ...
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How can I refresh the macOS dictionary?

Consider the following workflow: Open TextEdit. Type a word that's not in the dictionary. Right-click on that word and select 'Learn Spelling'. Observe the squiggly underline disappears, as the word ...
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Find source of Spotlight Dictionary result

When we look up the meaning of any word through Spotlight: There is no 'source' information. Even the Dictionary.app, which Spotlight uses, does not show the source. The best I can find so far is to ...
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open dict://“$word” stopped working for Chinese after upgrading to Big Sur

Not sure if this question is appropriate for this forum. If not, please let me know, and I will remove it (if I can). I have a shell script open dict://"$word" that worked well in Catalina ...
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iPadOS Add entry to text replacement (user dictionary) from shortcuts

I’m using the apple pencil on Ipad and work with a lot of abbreviations. So every-time I write one, it will be replaced with whatever is the closest match in the English dictionary. I can work around ...
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Stop Dictionary Pop-Up Window

< 3.5 GHz, 6-Core Mac Pro (2013 MacPro6,1) with 16GB RAM and D700 GPUs, running macOS 10.14.6 > Greetings, folks! After reinstalling MacOS 10.14.6, whenever I type cmd-control-d, a window pops ...
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How to trigger pronounciation when using word look up?

When I do a deep track pad press on an English word, a pop up box will be displayed to show me the word's definition. But I also want to hear the word's pronunciation. How can I do that? Here's a ...
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macOS Big Sur Dictionary.app doesn't use system proxy

When using Wikipedia in Dictionary.app on macOS Big Sur 11.0.1, Dictionary.app sends HTTPS requests to *.b.akamaiedge.net and is not utilizing system proxy (HTTP or socks5). How do I fix this?
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Where are dictionaries stored in MacOS?

I’m studying the Dutch language, and the built-in dictionary has plenty of example sentences that are superior to the ones in the materials I’ve been working with from Loecsen.  I'd like to put many ...
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Locating the file in which a dictionary word is stored

I misspelt the word "analogous", and I found that the system spellchecker offered "anbalagous" as a possible correction. As far as I can tell, "anbalagous" isn't a real ...
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How can I disable the dictionary for Google Chrome?

Is there a way to disable the below shown dictionary integration inside Google Chrome?
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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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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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