How to get a dictionary definition of a word in Mac OS X

Let’s say your writing a paper for college on your Mac, and you stumble upon an unfamiliar word. Not a problem!

Whether you’re in Safari, Pages or you’re reading a PDF file – there is a very simple way to get the definition of the unknown word.

1)   Hover with your cursor over the word and right-click.dictionary-definition-mac

2)   Click on the “Look Up” option.

3)   Mac OS X will open up the Dictionary and find the meaning of the unknown word for you.


If you’re using a MacBook, there’s even a simpler way. Just put your cursor over the word, perform a three-finger tap on your trackpad, and the definition window should pop up right away.