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Dictionaries for macOS

Make your Mac better with translation and spelling dictionaries for your language.

How Does It Work?

Dictionaries are deeply integrated into macOS. They work exactly like Apple’s own and are available everywhere. In all your apps. In Look Up and Spotlight. Everywhere you type text.

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Dictionaries also installs a spellchecking dictionary, if it’s not already included with macOS, and makes it available in all apps.


When you don't know a particular word, its translation is only a three-fingers tap or force-click away, right where you are. All dictionaries are bidirectional, so you can translate both from and to English.


Most English definitions include audio pronunciation when opened in Dictionary. Perfect for learning!

Free Updates

All dictionaries receive regular free updates.

Spotlight Integration

You can also search for translations in Spotlight. macOS intelligently detects which dictionaries to search based on your keyboard and language settings.

All 81 Supported Languages:

Definitions Spellchecking
Español Spanish129,434builtin
Afrikaans Afrikaans7,661✔︎
አማርኛ Amharic2,161✔︎
Aragonés Aragonese1,275✔︎
العربية Arabic51,949✔︎
অসমীয়া Assamese✔︎
Asturianu Asturian10,448✔︎
Azərbaycanca Azerbaijani9,029✔︎
Беларуская Belarusian18,163✔︎
Български Bulgarian43,480✔︎
বাংলা Bengali8,558✔︎
Brezhoneg Breton5,485✔︎
Català Catalan43,663✔︎
Čeština Czech65,944✔︎
Cymraeg Welsh15,113✔︎
Dansk Danish37,504builtin
Deutsch German149,623builtin
Ελληνικά Greek62,677✔︎
Esperanto Esperanto38,755✔︎
Eesti Estonian21,560✔︎
Euskara Basque7,960✔︎
فارسی Persian32,085✔︎
Suomi Finnish176,189builtin (10.11+)
Føroyskt Faroese16,099✔︎
Français French152,492builtin
West-frysk Western Frisian4,245✔︎
Gaeilge Irish45,251✔︎
Gàidhlig Scottish Gaelic22,193✔︎
Galego Galician19,252✔︎
ગુજરાતી Gujarati6,032✔︎
Hausa Hausa1,676✔︎
עברית Hebrew36,098✔︎
हिन्दी Hindi23,979✔︎
Magyar Hungarian61,529✔︎
Հայերեն Armenian40,560✔︎
Bahasa indonesia Indonesian14,106✔︎
Íslenska Icelandic38,433✔︎
Italiano Italian227,413builtin
ქართული Georgian45,626✔︎
Қазақ тілі Kazakh7,178✔︎
Kurdî (Beta) Kurdish (Beta)1,184✔︎
한국어 Korean48,223builtin
Latin Latin95,396✔︎
ລາວ Lao7,580✔︎
Lietuvių Lithuanian17,251✔︎
Latviešu Latvian46,931✔︎
Malagasy Malagasy7,342✔︎
Македонски Macedonian40,977✔︎
മലയാളം Malayalam3,633✔︎
Монгол Mongolian10,319✔︎
मराठी Marathi5,093✔︎
Bahasa melayu Malay17,027✔︎
ဗမာ Burmese7,369✔︎
Norsk bokmål Norwegian Bokmål45,329builtin
नेपाली Nepali2,696✔︎
Nederlands Dutch87,419builtin
Nynorsk Norwegian Nynorsk24,767✔︎
ଓଡ଼ିଆ Oriya1,235✔︎
ਪੰਜਾਬੀ Punjabi2,497✔︎
Polski Polish60,841builtin
Português (Brasil) Portuguese (Brazil)98,914builtin
Português (Portugal) Portuguese (Portugal)98,771builtin
Română Romanian49,155✔︎
Русский Russian209,015builtin
Srpskohrvatski (Beta) Serbo-Croatian (Beta)111,517✔︎
සිංහල Sinhala2,639✔︎
Slovenčina Slovak16,364✔︎
Slovenščina Slovenian16,491✔︎
Shqip Albanian16,744✔︎
Svenska Swedish77,462builtin
Kiswahili Swahili10,819✔︎
தமிழ் Tamil6,298✔︎
తెలుగు Telugu30,142✔︎
Тоҷикӣ Tajik6,696✔︎
ไทย Thai25,134✔︎
Türkçe Turkish42,244builtin
Українська Ukrainian22,955✔︎
اردو Urdu10,760✔︎
Ўзбек Uzbek5,932✔︎
Tiếng việt Vietnamese26,863✔︎
ייִדיש Yiddish11,950✔︎
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Frequently Asked Questions

Just launch the Dictionaries app and give it a second or two to check for updates. An update button will appear in the toolbar if updates are available.
macOS apps cannot see new spellchecking dictionaries that appeared in the system after they were launched. You must quit the affected app and relaunch it so that it notices your newly installed dictionaries.
This can sometimes happen if you never used Apple's Dictionary app before. To fix it, launch Dictionary (not Dictionaries!) and open its Preferences window. There, re-enable the appropriate dictionary.
To completely uninstall everything, you need to first uninstall the dictionary data files that you installed with Dictionaries and only then uninstall the app itself:
  1. Launch the Dictionaries app.
  2. Remove all dictionaries using the delete button in the toolbar.
  3. Quit the app.
  4. Uninstall the app as usual, by dragging it to the Trash.