How to use Spotlight Search to look up the definition of words

By , Jan 22, 2014

SpotDefine

I like to say that the best tweaks are often the most simple ones. I also like to say that there are tweaks for just about everybody, and something that works great for me might be completely useless to you.

This is the case of SpotDefine, a new tweak by Tyler Hoffman that lets you use Spotlight Search on iOS 7 to look up the definition of words…

The idea behind SpotDefine isn’t anything new. Veteran jailbreakers might remember a tweak by the name of SpotDict, which pretty much did the same thing. SpotDict hasn’t been updated in a while though, and SportDefine is the new tweak in town to bring word definitions from a quick Spotlight search.

After downloading the tweak from Cydia, go to the Home screen and pull down to bring up Spotlight Search. Type the word you want to get the definition for and tap “Search for Definition.” SpotDefine will then grab the definition of the word from the built-in iOS 7 dictionary.

SpotDefine doesn’t come with any settings or options, which I think is too bad. If I had my ways to improve this tweak, I would like the ability to rearrange the “Search for Definition” option in Settings > General > Spotlight Search. In the same way I can rearrange what kind of content shows up first when I type in Spotlight (ie. Apps, Contacts, Music, etc), I would like to be able to drag “Search for Definition” on top so that this option becomes readily available when I start typing.

But this is me being nitpicky. SpotDefine works great, and best of all, it is free in the BigBoss repo.

Is SpotDefine something you would use? Or would you rather use Siri or a quick Google search to get the definition you’re looking for?

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  • Jhonny Lennon

    Has anyone had it working in Spanish?

    • elisa hidalgo

      Yes, you just have to make sure youve downloaded the Spanish dictionary; click on “Manage” bottom left corner and verify! If not just download it and youll be good to go in 5 secs

      • Jhonny Lennon

        Muchas gracias, señorita. Funcionó perfectamente después de un respring. Saludos!

  • Ali

    iOS6′s SpotDict for iOS7. Glad to see it in spotlight again!

  • Christian Mejía

    Why haven’t they updated the look of definition menu on iPad to iOS 7 style…

  • Franklin Richards

    It amazes me that this is still not in iOS. It’s been in SpotLight on OSX for years.

  • 123bob

    this should come with iOS 7! Nice

  • marcus1324

    Or just type “define splendid” and click Google Search…
    Or just use Siri

    • Nelson

      The point of jailbreaking is to make things easier for the user, it’s all about being lazy.

      • http://sciencedem.blogspot.com editor

        Not lazy; but efficient. Lets you move at lightspeed.

    • http://www.idownloadblog.com Sebastien

      Hey, you stole my last paragraph ;)

      • marcus1324

        Whoops didn’t see that lol

  • Prasoon Singh

    This should have been in iOS 7 by default.

  • GzyOnline

    awesome!

  • http://sciencedem.blogspot.com editor

    Great little tweak; again, you wonder why Apple forgot to include this

  • Sean Cua

    Bug on ipad on landscape mode.

  • Sam

    Does anyone know the name of the font used in the screenshot on the apps cydia page? I love it. Kinda looks like a windows font?

  • Bongky Alexander

    It was fine at first released, after today update its starting act funny, unistalled now :(