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Look up translations using the built-in dictionary

macOS and iOS include free bilingual English dictionaries for Spanish, French, German, Italian, Dutch, Korean, Japanese, Chinese, and many more languages. These provide easy access to free, high quality, offline dictionaries.

Download and activate the dictionaries

By default, only a few dictionaries are activated, so you might need to first download the dictionary you need.

On the Mac

Your Mac comes with an app called Dictionary, which you find in your Applications folder. The name of the app is localized, however. For example in German systems it's called Lexikon. But you'll find it when searching for "dictionary" using Spotlight.

Screenshot of the macOS Dictionary app and its settings

Go to the Dictionary app settings (Dictionary Menu → Settings ) and activate the foreign language dictionaries that you need.

On the iPhone or iPad

On the mobile iOS devices, there is no dedicated app as on the Mac.

Screenshot of the Dictionary management in iOS System Settings

To activate the integrated dictionaries, go to System Settings → General → Dictionary. There you can activate and download the languages you need.

Looking up words directly from Wokabulary

The Apple dictionaries are directly integrated in macOS and iOS, so you can access them from any native app.

On the Mac, you can look up a word directly from within Wokabulary, by performing a force touch or three-finger-touch on it. (You might need to activate this feature in System Settings → Touchpad)

Screenshot of Wokabulary on the Mac, with the dictionary look up popover active.

On your iPhone or iPad you can look up words by selecting it and then choosing "Look Up" from the action menu.

Screenshot of Wokabulary on the iPhone, highlighting the Look Up command in the selected text context menu