How to Instantly Define Any On-Screen Word in Chrome

Ben Stegner 24-11-2015

You’re bound to come across words you don’t recognize while browsing the Web, and while you can always use Google as a dictionary What’s The Good Word: Here Are 6 Ways To Use Google As An Instant Dictionary We Google for stuff anyway, and perhaps it has almost become a sub-conscious habit to Google for a word meaning as well. Google certainly makes it easy with the different ways it gives us to... Read More , it’s not always the most convenient option. There’s a better way.


Installing the Google Dictionary Chrome Extension lets you double-click on any word to instantly see its definition in a pop-up. You’ll see the most common definition in the bubble, along with a pronunciation icon and a More link, which brings you to a Google search for the definition of that word.

If you frequently read complex papers or are in the process of learning English 8 Grammar Apps That'll Help You Improve Your English Weak in English grammar? Here are the best grammar apps for iPhone and Android to improve your fluency with the language. Read More , this extension will prove invaluable.

The extension includes a few options, too. Click the three-bar menu in Chrome’s top-right corner, then choose More Tools > Extensions and find the Options link under the extension’s name. The default is to display the pop-up when you double-click a word, but you can also add in Ctrl, Alt, or Shift keys for more control.

Another option lets you see definitions just by highlighting words, but this might prove annoying if you’re someone who reads by highlighting, so be sure to add a Ctrl, Alt, or Shift modifier to avoid triggering it constantly.


Firefox doesn’t have an official Google Dictionary extension, but the Add-on serves the same purpose.

Will you add this dictionary to your browser? What words have you looked up so far? Let us know how you use this in the comments!

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