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Improving Google Dictionary's Search Success Rate

See original GitHub issue


  1. Neither define:American nor define:american works
  2. define:espionage works but define:Espionage does not


  1. meaning:american works but meaning:American still does not
  2. meaning:espionage works but meaning:Espionage still does not


  1. Uncapitalize the first letter of any input
  2. Use meaning: instead of define: as the default search operator
  3. Try define: when meaning: does not give any results

Issue Analytics

  • State:open
  • Created 3 years ago
  • Comments:5 (3 by maintainers)

github_iconTop GitHub Comments

crimxcommented, Nov 23, 2020

Thanks for the heads-up. I am going use the new method as fallback.

kystericscommented, Nov 23, 2020


Note that define and meaning remain useful as they can correct wrong spellings and thus increase search success rate.

For example, if I search by using define:exisential, google would return results of define:existential.

Whereas if I simply use the link, it would return No definitions found for this word. Try searching the web.

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