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Access iOS dictionary programmatically


There is an API for bringing up the built-in dictionary UI (not the original question but raised in some of the responses), including checking for whether a given word is defined:

if ([UIReferenceLibraryViewController dictionaryHasDefinitionForTerm:@"word"]) {    UIReferenceLibraryViewController* ref =         [[UIReferenceLibraryViewController alloc] initWithTerm:@"word"];    [currentViewController presentViewController:ref animated:YES completion:nil];}


I don't think there is a public API to access the embedded Dictionary. The closest is using UITextChecker but that may not satisfy your needs

As an alternative, you could find and embed a Word Dictionary in the Language you want? It may require some extra work


There is no API, but if all you need is a list of words you can read it from /usr/share/dict/words:

    NSString *allTheWords = [NSString stringWithContentsOfFile: @"/usr/share/dict/words"                                                      encoding: NSUTF8StringEncoding                                                         error: nil];    for (NSString *line in [allTheWords componentsSeparatedByString:@"\n"]) {        NSLog(@"%@",line);    }

If you need an arbitrary list of words you can get it from several online resources, here is one. The README at /usr/share/dict/README says iOS word list uses ftp://ftp.ox.ac.uk/pub/wordlists

For instant search you'll need to load the words on a structure suitable for prefix search, like a trie. Here is a sample project where I did just that.

If you need a dictionary, get one online, then include a pointer to the word entry in the trie node. If loading takes too much time you can experiment loading on the background, or compressing, or serializing the trie.


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