How to manage dictionaries and look up word definitions on your iPhone, iPod touch and iPad

By Christian Zibreg on Sep 8, 2015

The App Store’s virtual shelves carry dozens of dictionary apps but did you know that as of iOS 5 Apple’s offered a feature designed to make it easy for iPhone, iPod touch and iPad owners to look up word definitions in a bunch of foreign languages?

Built-in dictionaries are available system-wide and work great as a general quick-reference tool so consider using them whenever possible.

Up until iOS 8, bringing up word definitions was as easy as selecting a piece of text and choosing the Define option. iOS 8, however, requires you to manually download dictionaries before you can define words on an iOS device.

In this tutorial, we will show you how to download and manage specific language dictionaries, use the Define feature and remove dictionaries you might no longer need in order to conserve storage space. Read More


How to define words from anywhere using Activator

By Jeff Benjamin on Apr 14, 2015

Have you ever wanted to quickly learn the definition of a word, but you weren’t actually viewing the word on your iPhone? Sure, you can use Siri, but sometimes even that’s not a option or a possibility.

Define Activator is a new jailbreak tweak that allows you to define text using a preset Activator gesture. Once you invoke the assigned gesture, a pop-up box appears where you can type in the term that you wish to define. Read More


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

By Sébastien Page on Jan 22, 2014

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… Read More


New in iOS 6: custom dictionary in the cloud

By Cody Lee on Jun 12, 2012

While we already know a ton about the major new features in iOS 6,  we are still learning about the update’s lesser-known enhancements. Things that didn’t make it into Apple’s keynote yesterday.

The latest one we’ve come across, as pointed out by Gizmodo, is that your customized (personalized, whatever) dictionary gets the iCloud treatment in iOS 6, syncing it across all devices… Read More


SpotDict: Search iOS’ built in dictionary from Spotlight

By Jeff Benjamin on May 5, 2012

Spotlight search is very useful when you actually need to use it, but how many times do you find yourself needing to do so?

If you’re anything like me, you can probably count on one hand how many times you’ve used Spotlight over the past few months.

Perhaps this recently released jailbreak tweak will coerce you into using Spotlight a bit more often? It’s called SpotDict, and it allows you to look up words in iOS’ built in dictionary directly from the Spotlight search page… Read More


How to Look up Word Definitions in iOS 5

By Cody Lee on Oct 26, 2011

iOS 5 has tons of new features and additions that can make your life a little bit easier. The Lock screen camera icon can help you snap photos quicker, and Shortcuts can make typing long phrases and URLs a breeze.

There’s also a new feature called Dictionary which, as you might have guessed, enables you to look up the definitions of words on the fly. Dictionary is available system-wide, and can be accessed quickly with a single tap… Read More


DictGoogle: Perform Google Searches Directly From iOS 5’s Built in Dictionary

By Jeff Benjamin on Oct 24, 2011

The built in dictionary is probably one of my favorite new features in iOS 5. It’s so incredibly handy, and it can be used across any app at any time.

Wouldn’t it be nice if you could search Google in the same way? Well now you can, thanks to DictGoogle — a new tweak that integrates seamlessly with iOS 5’s built in dictionary… Read More


New in iOS 5: Dictionary

By iDB Staff on Jun 7, 2011

With over 200 new features in iOS 5, we keep bumping into some interesting stuff. The latest one is the Dictionary feature. Anywhere you see text (email, note, Safari, Twitter, etc…), you can tap the word as if you wanted to copy it. It will bring the new “Define” option.

If you select “Define”, it will take you to a definition of the word… Read More