iOS 12: How to turn on and use the thesaurus

Many past iOS releases let you look up definitions with a built-in dictionary with “Look Up,” but with iOS 12, we get access to a built-in thesaurus as well. As a writer, I find this a godsend. My beloved Oxford American Writer’s Thesaurus was one of the casualties of iOS’s transition to 64-bit apps, but now it’s part of the operating system itself.

Even better, the feature works with most iOS word processing apps. The only catch is that you’ll have to turn it on. Here’s how to do it.

How to enable the iOS 12 thesaurus

  1. Open Settings.
  2. Press General.
  3. Scroll down to Dictionary. Press it.
  4. Select “American English: Oxford American Writer’s Thesaurus.”
Thesaurus Leif Johnson/IDG

That’s basically it.

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