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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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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How to look up by “backward match” in Dictionary.app on macOS

Dictionary.app on macOS can look up words forward match now. Can we look up items by backward match in Dictionary.app? (If I'm allowed to wish so much, I would like to do that by "middle match", too....
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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 can I make the dictionary pop-up expanded as default?

I have installed some external dictionaries into dictionary.app. When I force-click on a word, only the first 3 lines of each dictionary will be shown in the pop-up window. I have to click the more ...
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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, ...
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How to submit an error report to app developer?

I'm developing a custom dictionary add-on to add to Mac's Dictionary.app. I would want my user to report dictionary add-on's errors or his/her comments (if any) to me as the developer. So far, I ...
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How to change the spell-check to British -ize in Mac?

It is possible to change the spelling dictionary to either British (-ise) or American (-ize) as shown in the solution to this post. However, I would like to use British spelling with -ize variant (...
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how to log the search history in mac dictionary

I am trying to improve my vocabularies so am hoping to log all the search I made on mac dictionary. I have found a link which probably a bit outdated so it doesn't work, thought I do get the file on ...
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Extra dictionaries for Dictionary in OSX?

The Dictionary app is neat, but it lacks many words I encounter as a scientist. These more obscure words do appear in more comprehensive dictionaries. The default sources for my locale (USA) are the ...
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Adding a dictionary in different language and enabling spellchecking for that language too?

I always install the system with English and have no idea how to add a Spanish dictionary and spellchecking on my mac, how can it be done?
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Stop opening Dictionary.app when three-finger-tapping non-text in Google Chrome

I have "Look up & data detectors" set to three-finger tap in the Trackpad preference pane. This means that when I three-finger tap on a word, I get a dictionary tooltip/overlay like so: This is ...
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Wrong dictionary in spotlight for macOS

I have a 2016 MacBook Pro with macOS 10.12 Sierra. I can hit cmd+space and type a word that I would like to look up in the dictionary. If the word is Danish (my native language) it shows me the Danish ...
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How to get a specific dictionary to be used to show a word entry in the inital dictionary view that arises from Spotlight?

When I type a word into Spotlight (macOS Sierra 10.12.3) and I click on the dictionary (definition), it always comes up using the German dictionary. I have a German-bought Mac but work almost ...