Here's how to use iOS's built-in Portuguese dictionary

Know when you're reading text in a book on iPhone / iPad or even on a web site, and come across a unknown word? Is it written the right way? What does she mean?

In such cases, the iPhone won't let you down. Not everyone knows, but iOS itself has a feature that allows you to see the meaning of a word not only in Portuguese, but in several languages. And all this with just a touch or two on the screen.



The dictionary function has been around for years in iOS, but not everyone knows or even remembers to use it. But she is there, with quick and easy access.

There is no separate application to access the dictionary, everything is actually built into the system. Here's how to set it up, and find two ways to get the meaning of a word straight to your iPhone or iPad.

Configure the dictionary

First of all, go on General Dictionary Settings and select the languages ​​you want to have access to the dictionary. At first we suggest to activate only the portuguese one, to start to get familiar with the function.

By the search field (spotlight)

Grab your iPhone on the home screen with the app cones, and drag your middle finger down. You will then see the system search field. Enter the word you want to know and, among so many Siri searches on the internet, you will also see the definition of the internal dictionary.

Directly in a text

If you are reading a text in iBooks (now Apple Books), a website, an email message or even a PDF document, you may know more deeply the meaning of a specific word.

To do this, simply touch and select it, until the contextual menu appears with the option “Search“.

Tap this option and you will see the dictionary.


Some details

  • Unable to see meaning of selected sentences, only individual words
  • There is a Portugus-English dictionary that in many cases shows you the translation of that word.
  • In the Settings list is a specific Apple dictionary, which has terms like iCloud, iPad, iPhone, etc.

Check out these and other iPhone and iPad tips on our special page.