If you're using OverDrive for Android or iOS (iPhone/iPad/iPod touch) or you've installed OverDrive for Chromebook from the Google Play store, you may install additional dictionaries to use in the app.

Android and Chromebook

You can install one of Livio's offline dictionary apps or the ColorDict dictionary app, then use it with the OverDrive app.

  1. Install one of the dictionary apps (Livio or ColorDict) from Google Play or the Amazon App Store.
    Note: You'll need to use one of Livio's offline dictionaries (English, Spanish, French, Italian, or German). The OverDrive app will not recognize Livio's "Online Dictionary" app.
  2. After installing, launch the dictionary app so it can index (load all the words and definitions). If prompted, tap OK to continue.
  3. Exit the dictionary app.
  4. Launch the OverDrive app and open an eBook from the app bookshelf.
  5. Tap and hold a word.
  6. On Android 4 and 5: Open the dictionary drop-down menu, select the offline dictionary, then tap the magnifying glass.
    Diction pop-up
    For Android 6 and 7: Tap the More icon, then Define (Dictionary name) to define the word in your offline dictionary.

Each time you define a word, you can select the dictionary you'd like to use.

iOS (iPhone/iPad/iPod touch)

Steps for iOS 10

You can download language dictionaries to use while reading an eBook in OverDrive for iOS on an iOS 10 device.

  1. From your home screen, go to Settings > General > Dictionary.
  2. Tap the name of a dictionary to download it. Dictionaries already downloaded will have a check next to them.
  3. Once you've added a dictionary, launch the OverDrive app and open an eBook on your app bookshelf.
  4. Tap and hold a word, then select Look Up.

The app will show relevant results from any installed dictionary in the app.

Steps for iOS 9

Use the steps below to install language dictionaries in the OverDrive app on an iOS 9 device.

  1. Open an eBook on your app bookshelf.
  2. Tap and hold a word, then select Define.
  3. In the bottom-left corner, select Manage.
    Manage button in the dictionary pop-up
  4. Find the dictionary you'd like to download, and select the cloud icon to download it.
  5. Tap the defined word in the top-left corner of the menu, then Done to return to the book.
    Or, on a larger screen, tap outside of the dictionary pop-up window to close it.

The app will show relevant results from any installed dictionary in the app.

Last Updated: Jan 19, 2017 09:44AM EST