How to Use the Look Up Feature in Safari

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Sometimes, while browsing the internet, you'll come across words you don't understand or subjects you want to learn more about. The Look Up menu provides links to several options; Apple's dictionary, Siri suggested websites, Wikipedia, the App Store, Twitter, and more. You can even use Look Up as a free thesaurus app for Safari, or use the Look Up feature in Safari to find additional references to a word or phrase on the internet. Here’s how to use the Look Up feature in Safari.

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How to Use Look Up Feature in Safari

  1. On a webpage, tap and hold to highlight the text.
  2. You can drag the ends of the highlight to select a single word or group of words. 
  3. Above the word or phrase, a horizantal menu will appear. Tap Look Up. 
  4. The results will appear in a pop-up. Depending on what you select, you’ll see various results from different websites and apps.​

From there, you can select what you’re looking for and continue. When you’re finished using the Look Up feature, tap Done in the upper right corner to return to the webpage.

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