4 Easy Ways to Find Meaning of Any Word with Google

Ofter while reading online, we need to find simple meaning of some complex word. For example, while reading about unfamiliar topics or in-depth article from McKinsey Quarterly, we may find some unfamiliar words in course and then we leave/misunderstand them due to lack of time. This is not at all advisable as a little misunderstanding with a word can change the complete meaning of the sentence.

Being a Google oriented blog, we will solve with this concern with available Google tools. Here are 4 easiest ways to find meaning of any word:

1. The Easiest Way – Using Google Dictionary

Google Dictionary

For any word, the simplest tool to use Google Dictionary. It is a dedicated site for finding word meanings, definitions, related phrases, synonyms and pronunciations. It also offers word bookmarking for remembering complex words and translations for better understanding.

Note: Dictionary may not work in all countries. In that case try – http://www.google.ca/dictionary

2. Using define Operator in Google Search

Define Keyword in Google

Do you know that you instantaneously find the web meaning of any word by searching it on Google with define prefix. For example, try define:endogamy .
To use this method, just write define: before your search word in Firefox Search Box or Chrome Omnibar (Address bar)and press Enter. You will be surprised to see its simplicity and usefulness.

Related: Google Search Prefixes for better redefined results.

3. Use Browser Addon or Extension

Chrome Dictionary Extension

This method is quite preferable as you don’t have to leave the page to check any word meaning. You can keep on reading and to find any word definition, just double click on it for fancy in-page popup.

For Chrome, here is the official extension available from the Google team which works perfectly.

For Firefox, try “Google Dictionary and Google Translate” addon. Though it is a third party addon, but words equally great.

4. Hack Firefox Address Bar Default Behavior

Firefox about:config Hack

Previously, we have written about turning Firefox address bar into word lookup dictionary. You can use this hack to directly jump to result page of Google Dictionary.

Mostly I use define: prefix in Google. Its easy, convenient and fast. Which method will you use? Tell us in your comments.

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Filed under Google Tricks. Posted by Abhishek on 14th April 2011.

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Hey Abhishek,
cute post, i like it man though the subject matter is so simple, but some times we forgot the easy tools to use.
Thank you man, keep it up

i use greasemonkey+userscript lookitup =)
i also have a bookmarklet for times when can’t use for some reason or another =)

Please tell me the best hacking institue in the india.

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