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Tip of the Day: How to Add More Dictionaries for Define Feature

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One of the great things about using an iPhone or iPad is that you can look up the definition of any word you encounter in Notes, Safari, Mail, and more with the Define feature. (See the tip on how to do that HERE.) But what if you are traveling or you speak more than one language and you want to be able to look up words in those languages as well?

In addition to the English, Apple, and American English dictionaries iPhones and iPads in the U.S. come with by default, you can also download British English, German, Italian, Korean, French, Spanish, Dutch, Korean-English, Japanese-English, Simplified Chinese, Simplified Chinese-English, and Japanese dictionaries to your device from iCloud.

To download a dictionary, press and hold on a word until a menu pops up. 

Tap Define to open the definition and then tap Manage in the bottom left corner.

This will bring up a list of available dictionaries.

Tap on the cloud icon next to the dictionary you want to download.

Tap the 'x' to delete a dictionary from your device.

Note that unless a dictionary has English in the title (ex. Korean-English) the definitions will not be in English.


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Sarah Kingsbury is the web editor of iPhone Life magazine. She has written for savvyvegetarian.com and worked as the associate editor of the Iowa Source for many years.