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View Word Definitions in IE 8 with the Define with Bing Accelerator

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Do you need an easy way to view word definitions while browsing with Internet Explorer? The Define with Bing Accelerator will display definitions in the same (or a new) tab and save you time while browsing.

Using Define with Bing

The installation consists of two steps. First, click on Add to Internet Explorer to start the process.


Next you will be asked to confirm the installation. Once you have clicked Add your new accelerator is ready to use (no browser restart required).


Whenever you encounter a word that needs defining highlight it, click on the small blue square, go to All Accelerators, and then Define with Bing. There are two ways to access the definition:

  • Hover your mouse over the Define with Bing text to open a small popup window
  • Click on Define with Bing to open a definition search in a new tab


Being able to access a definition or explanation in the same tab will definitely save you time while browsing.


In the example shown here you can get an idea of what SCORM means but clicking on the links inside the popup window is not recommended (webpage opens in popup and is not resizable).


In the situation shown above it is better to click on Define with Bing and see more information in a new tab.



The Define with Bing Accelerator can be a very useful time saver while browsing with Internet Explorer. Finding those word definitions will be a much more pleasant experience now.

Add the Define with Bing Accelerator to Internet Explorer

Akemi Iwaya is a devoted Mozilla Firefox user who enjoys working with multiple browsers and occasionally dabbling with Linux. She also loves reading fantasy and sci-fi stories as well as playing "old school" role-playing games. You can visit her on Twitter and .

  • Published 05/24/10

Comments (6)

  1. Matthew Lucas

    is there a define with google?

  2. Ignignokt

    This is one of the little reasons I like OS X. Any app that is written in Cocoa (most of them) allow for built in word definitions and a thesaurus. Hold while hovering over any word. If it does not work, it is probably not a Cocoa app/ Microsoft Office is written in Carbon, as is Google Chrome, most Apple and 3rd party apps are Cocoa though.

  3. Ignignokt

    My last comment got clipped.

    … Hold Control-Option-D while hovering over any word for a floating dictionary overlay …

  4. Chris
  5. Asian Angel

    @Matthew Lucas – Here is the link for a Google version of this Accelerator:

    Google Define

  6. Abhilash

    @Asian Angel
    The preview version of the control is available here:…/IE8-Accelerator-Google-Define-with-Preview.aspx

    Hope it helps.

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