How to add and remove dictionaries on iPhone and iPad
The Define option in the iPhone and iPad text selector popup gives you dictionary definitions for most common words. It's convenient because it can be accessed in only a couple of taps. But what if you're in England and the U.S. dictionary keeps coming up? What if you also speak Italian or Japanese or Chinese and want to access those definitions as well? What if you're traveling and want access to French? To save space Apple keeps additional dictionaries offline but you can easily add and remove additional dictionaries any time you want. That way you can have the languages you want right where you want them!
How to enable multiple dictionaries in the define feature on your iPhone and iPad
- Tap on the word you want to define to select it and activate the popup.
- Tap on Define to call up the dictionary.
- Tap on Manage.
- Tap the iCloud button beside any extra dictionaries you want to download.
- Swipe left beside any extra dictionaries you want to remove.
- Tap Delete.
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