macOS Sierra: Look up words

Look up words

You can quickly look up the definition of a word or phrase while working in apps or browsing webpages. If Spotlight Suggestions are enabled in Spotlight preferences, you may see information about related locations, music, or movies, and you can click links to get directions or watch a movie trailer, for example.

Look Up showing definitions for the word hike and various links. To see a full definition, click more. To see the word in the Dictionary app, click Open in Dictionary. To see related information, click Maps, for example, or swipe left or right on the trackpad
  • Look up a word: Control-click the word or phrase (in some apps you may need to select it first), then choose Look Up from the shortcut menu. Or tap the word or phrase with three fingers (if the gesture is selected in Trackpad preferences).

    If your trackpad supports force click, you can set the Look Up gesture to use that instead of a tap. (To force click, press firmly until you feel a deeper click.)

The dictionary definitions shown vary, based on the sources available in Dictionary preferences. You can open the Dictionary app using Launchpad in the Dock.

Published Date: Mar 28, 2017
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