Surfing the internet comes with many challenges, one of them being words that have no clear meaning. It’s time-wasting to open another tab to find their definition. Google did not retire from providing this service. What it retired was the fronted service on the web. You can still find definitions which can only be displayed in Google Search.

Trying to find word definition directly on Google is hectic especially if you have to look for them regularly. What makes it hard is that you need to switch between tabs in the browser whenever you want to look up a word. The search defines the dictionary, for example, returns the following definition on the search results page. This breaks the workflow and increases the reading time considerably.

Won’t it be easier to just check the definition on the same web page? Well, it is. You can do this using the Google Dictionary Chrome Extension that works by double-clicking on the word to find its meaning. This extension only supports monolingual dictionaries and does not translate. All you have to do is to install the chrome extension and start using it by double-clicking on the word you have difficulty with and a definition will be seen in a small pop-up bubble.
The Google Dictionary extension for the Google Chrome web browser adds on-page definition look-ups to the Chrome web browser, which resolves those usability issues. It has two different look-up modes to the web browser. By left-clicking the extension icon in the Chrome address bar, it opens a small form that is used to check words in the browser. The word or phrase definitions are displayed directly in the same window which expands automatically.

This makes it easier than using Google Search to find word definitions. The extension also offers another option of finding word definition if you are satisfied with the first one. It provides you with the means to find word definition that is not displayed on the screen you are on, for instance, if you are writing a new blog post and are not sure of the meaning of a word or phrase you plan to use.
This extension provides direct definitions of words by double-clicking them on any website. Double-clicking on individual words displays their meaning directly in an overlay. By default, definitions of phrases are not available. You have to go to the extension options to enable the “Display pop-up when I select a word or phrase”. This option is triggered by holding down the CTRL key while highlighted words on a web page.

Chrome extension translates automatically foreign language words or phrases. Non-English speaking users can change the language in the extension options to get definitions in their language if supported by Google. Installation of Google Dictionary extension is done on the Chrome web store.

How to use
Google Dictionary Extension

View definitions easily as you browse the web. Here are some important facts you need to consider:

  • The pop-up bubble will not work in tabs that were open prior to installation. After installing this extension, either reload your open tabs or restart Chrome.
  • Note that all extensions are disabled on Chrome Web Store Note that all extensions are disabled on Chrome Web Store
  • If the extension is not working for you, please make sure it’s up to date.
  1. With this extension, you can: Double-click any word to view its definition in a small pop-up bubble.
  2. View the complete definition of any word or phrase using the toolbar dictionary.
  3. Store a history of words you’ve looked up, so you can practice them later. Foreign words are automatically translated to your language of choice. Supported dictionaries: Brazilian Portuguese Chinese (Simplified) Chinese (Traditional)
  • Czech
  • Dutch
  • English
  • French
  • German
  • Italian
  • Japanese
  • Korean
  • Russian
  • Slovak
  • Spanish

You can download this history as a CSV file at any time. In addition, you can allow other Chrome extensions to access this history. For example, a third-party extension could produce flashcards to help you practice words you’ve looked up before.

Conclusion

Google Dictionary Chrome Extension makes it easy to surf and saves you a lot of time. You don’t have to keep on switching between tabs to get meaning of a single word in website content. It also simplifies the writing process by providing meaning as you continue writing. The Dictionary is helpful for both writers and those reading the content.

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