How to View a Dictionary Definition of a Word on Your Mac

Posted in How To, Mac, macOS on 20/06/2017 by Chris Hauk

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If you’ve ever seen a word in an online article or other document that you’re not familiar with, it’s easy to quickly view a Dictionary definition. All it takes is a few clicks of your mouse or trackpad.

How to View a Dictionary Definition of a Word on Your Mac

When you see a word you’d like to view a definition of, simply place your mouse cursor over the word and right-click. (Two finger click on the trackpad.) Then click “Look Up [the word]” in the right-click menu.

How to View a Dictionary Definition of a Word on Your Mac

You’ll see a definition of the word, along with an option to open the word in the Dictionary app.

How to View a Dictionary Definition of a Word on Your Mac

If you have a MacBook Pro with a Force Touch trackpad, or use a Magic Trackpad 2, you can use Force Touch to view the definition.

In addition, you can also view the Wikipedia entry, (if one is available) for the selected word, by clicking the “Wikipedia” button in the definition screen. Depending on the word, you might also see buttons that will show you entries in the App Store, News, Movies, and more.

How to View a Dictionary Definition of a Word on Your Mac

For more tips and tricks that can help you make better use of your Mac, iOS device, Apple Watch, or Apple TV, be sure to visit the “How To” section of our website.


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Chris Hauk

MacTrast Senior Editor, and self-described "magnificent bastard," Chris Hauk owns Phoenix Rising Services and writes for everyone's favorite "bad movie" website, Big Bad Drive-In.

His first Apple product was an iPod Classic 9 years ago, and he has since added a MacBook Pro, a number of iPads, iPhones, and multiple Apple TVs to his collection.

He lives somewhere in the deep Southern part of America. Yes, he has to pump in both sunshine and the Internet.