Mac Dictionary Definitions

FASTEST Ways to Get Mac Dictionary Definitions!

It was always useful to have a Dictionary on hand. Apples built in Mac dictionary is a great feature to check your spellings and grab a quick definition and it is pretty easy to get to as well…

 

How to Find Your Mac Dictionary

Option 1.) Swipe your Mac trackpad with four fingers from left to right (obviously this only works if you are using a Mac laptop).

This will bring you to a secret desktop where you can pick and choose which apps you want on hand. Any apps from your calculator, local weather forecast, time and date calendar, sticky notes etc.

Mac Dictionary Definitions

If you do not already have your dictionary on this desktop simply click on the + button at the boom of the screen. All the eligible apps will appear. Then click on the dictionary icon. It will automatically be called up for duty on your hidden desktop.

Option 2.) You can navigate to your launchpad and filter through your many apps to find the dictionary. The easiest way to pull up your launchpad is by clicking ton the Launchpad icon in your Mac Doc. The icon looks like a space rocked stamped on a metal disk.

Mac Dictionary

Use Mac Spotlight to Get FASTER Mac Dictionary Definitions

What if I told you there was a faster way to get word definitions… interested? The answer is to use your Mac Spotlight!

You will find your built in Mac spotlight nestled at the top right hand side of your tool bar. It is marked by a little spyglass.

Spotlight Dictionary

To get a quick word definition just click on the spyglass to pull up the search field. Type in the word you wish to discover more about. A list of results will drop down. Scroll though until you see a little red book icon. Hover over this icon and the the definition of the word you searched will pop up, like shown in the image above.

To view the dictionary in full either go ahead and click on the result to highlight it or get techy and press your Command (⌘)-L keys.

 

How to See Mac Dictionary Definitions in a Document or Webpage

If you find yourself browsing through an article and stumble across an intriguing word you wish to know the definition too, do the following…

▪ Using your keypad tap Control and click on the word, or gently tap it using two fingers on your Mac trackpad. From the popup menu select “Look Up in Dictionary”.

Mac definition look up

▪ The fasted way is to lightly tap a word using three fingers on your trackpad.

▪ Select a word by highlighting it and then press Command (⌘)-Control-D on you keyboard.

Sophie Tucker

Sophie Tucker

Chef Author at MacNerdy.com
Hi I'm Sophie, Chef Author at Macnerdy.com I'm a self proclaimed Mac Nerd and try and make it my job to know the latest tips and tricks for my readers. So whether you are a budding Mac geek, or a full blown enthusiast, I hope my guides can get you through smoothly 🙂
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Hi I'm Sophie, Chef Author at Macnerdy.com I'm a self proclaimed Mac Nerd and try and make it my job to know the latest tips and tricks for my readers. So whether you are a budding Mac geek, or a full blown enthusiast, I hope my guides can get you through smoothly :)