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My native language isn't English but Dutch. Besides that I have mostly no problem with English texts. But now and then, especially in technical articles, I come across words I don't immediately get/understand.

In the Kindle app you can download a dictionary after which you can tap a words and then an explanation of the word will show up fast at the bottom. This is awesome!

What I'm looking for is a way or app that can do the same in other apps like Safari, Reeder, etc. Sure, if I need to look up a word I can open the browser, go to translate.google.com and do it that way, but that isn't very convenient.

So the question is: can this be done just like Kindle does?

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Hope is of some use.
This is the superuser apple site, hope they can help if you ask a question, but i have not been able to find anything that fully solves your question.

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This isn't an app, but just a component that can be integrated in an app by a developer. –  user18861 May 8 '11 at 16:22
V.Sorry,below par. hope these work out in some way –  mic84 May 9 '11 at 5:48
The second link brought me the answer, which is that it's not possible without a jailbreak (don't want to do that). So, it's not the answer I wanted to see, but it's an answer to my question ... ;). The link is: apple.stackexchange.com/questions/4444/…. –  user18861 May 9 '11 at 7:29

With the release of iOS 5, this is now very simple. Dictionary functionality is available in any app that allows you to select text. Just highlight the text as if you were going to do a Copy and you will see a "Define" option next to "Copy". Tap "Define" and you get a pop-up window with the definition from the same dictionary built in to iBooks.

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