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Learn about Dictionary boxes on Google

When you search on Google, you might find dictionary boxes if our systems decide it would be useful and relevant. Dictionary boxes show definitions from third-party expert sources and might include related images, pronunciations, translations, and other information.

Tip: You’re likely to get a Dictionary result when you start your search with “Define” or “What’s the meaning of."

Where info in Dictionary boxes comes from

Important: Dictionary boxes always include definitions but might not include all other features.


Google doesn’t create, write, or modify definitions. Dictionary results don’t reflect the opinions of Google.

We license definitions, which include examples, similar and opposite words, and origins, from third-party experts who compile dictionaries.

Tip: At the top of a Dictionary box, you can usually find the provider of the definition.

How Google handles offensive definitions
For more complete results, we include definitions of offensive terms. Our partners label these terms as vulgar, derogatory, or otherwise offensive to provide proper context about them. We only display an offensive definition by default when it’s the main meaning of the term.
When Google removes a definition

If a definition causes serious concern, partners might make plans to update it and notify us. In these cases, we may temporarily remove the definition until the partner’s revised definition is ready.

When a partner posts an update, there can be a short delay before our systems show that update.

Other content in Dictionary boxes

Some Dictionary boxes have images. These images don't come from the partners who provide the definitions. We license images from other sources and our systems automatically choose which to show.

Some Dictionary boxes have an option to hear pronunciations. These pronunciations:

  • Are automatically generated by Google or come from third-party providers.
  • Can vary by region.
    • For example, an English word can have an American and a British pronunciation.
Some Dictionary boxes let you translate the term into another language. Translations come from Google Translate.

Report a problem with a Dictionary box

If you find a problem with any part of a Dictionary box, like the definition, pronunciation, or image, you can send us feedback.

To send feedback:

  1. Go to and search for the definition of a word.
  2. In the Dictionary result, at the bottom right, select Feedback.

Tip: For issues with definitions, we recommend that you also send feedback directly to the third-party source that provided the definition. To do this, at the top of the Dictionary box, select Definitions from [provider name].

How your feedback helps

When you report a definition, we:

  • May share the issue with the third-party partner that provided the definition.
  • Don’t share your individual feedback.
  • Don't share info that personally identifies you.

Your feedback on other features, like images or pronunciation, help us improve what we include in Dictionary boxes.

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