Dictionary

SearchDefine: search for word definitions right from Spotlight

There come times when you need to define words quickly, and because iOS has no dedicated Dictionary app, there is really no convenient way to define a word when you’re stuck.

Rather than downloading a third-party dictionary app from the App Store to clutter your Home screen even further, a new jailbreak tweak called SearchDefine lets you define words via the iOS dictionary right from Spotlight.

iOS 10 tidbit: “Define” has become “Look Up,” now supports Siri-powered web suggestions

As a non-native English speaker, I rely on a Define feature which helps me pull up the definition for any selected word in Safari and other apps, as determined by iOS’s built-in Dictionary.

With iOS 10, Apple has rebranded this feature as Look Up and it’s not just a marketing gimmick: On iOS 10, Look Up’s greatly expanded scope now serves up any piece of Internet content that Siri Suggestions support.

Locktionary: search the iOS dictionary from the Lock screen

Locktionary is a new jailbreak tweak that can be had for free from Cydia’s BigBoss repository that will let you search for the definition of any word right from the Lock screen.

The tweak offers a simple way to quickly figure the meaning of a word without having to be vocal with Siri and without even having to unlock your iPhone. In this piece, we’ll walk you through how the tweak works and let you know what we think about it.

How to manage dictionaries and look up word definitions on iPhone and iPad

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, required 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.