How to 3D Touch a Word for the Definition on iPhone

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If you come across an unfamiliar word while using your iPhone, it's easy to quickly get the definition. If you have an iPhone with 3D Touch you can look up a definition with ease. Of course, you can also look up a word if you don’t have 3D Touch by tapping and holding to highlight a word, then tapping Look Up. For those with iPhone 6s (Plus) or later, however, use this tip to 3D Touch a word for the definition.

Related: How to Quickly Preview an Email on iPhone with 3D Touch

How to 3D Touch a Word for the Definition

  • When using an app such as Safari, firmly press (3D Touch) the word you want to define.
  • It will automatically highlight the word and present options to Copy, Look Up, or Share.
  • Tap Look Up.

That’s all there is to it! It’s a simply trick that will help you expand your vocabulary anytime.

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