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How to define and translate words in the browser without having to leave the page you are reading

23 mayo, 2021

If you browse the Internet, the chances that you will come across content that is not in your language are simply enormous, and no matter how well we handle a language, even the native one, there will always be words that raise doubts in terms of its translation, definition, and let’s be honest, especially in terms of its spelling.

There are those out there who say that half of the searches they do on Google are to check how something is written. Personally I also use it a lot to translate some words and look up synonyms. If it’s something you do constantly, having to leave the current page and go to another tab to search and find the best result can be a hassle. So, we offer you the simplest solution below.

In Chrome, Opera, Vivaldi and others based on Chromium

Courtesy of Google itself, in the Chrome Web Store we have two extensions that perfectly cover all the translation and definition needs of words within the browser. All work with pop-up messages, so that you get the result within the current page, without having to open another tab.


The Google Translate extension for Chrome lets you translate words, phrases and entire web pages in one click. You just have to make sure to choose your main language from the extension settings, so that when you select phrases or words on a website, a pop-up appears offering the translation.

Google Translate Extension Options

By default the extension uses English as the main language, but you can change it to Spanish or whatever you want, the list of languages ​​is huge. You have three options to configure the emerging translations. The first will show an icon that you can click to translate every time you select a text. The second one will immediately show the pop-up translation of any selected text, and the last one doesn’t do any of this but lets you translate by right clicking and looking for the option in the menu.


Define Word

In order to define words within the same page you can use the Chrome extension for Google Dictionary. Like the translator extension, you can configure your language and choose how the extension behaves when you select the text. In the case of this extension, you can choose a combination of keys next to the text selection, especially useful so as not to conflict with the translator.

Google Dictionary Extension Options

In firefox

In the Mozilla browser we do not have the two official Google add-ons as in Chrome, but we have ImTranslator, a third-party solution that does both at the same time: translates and defines, and also serves as a clipboard.

Imtranslator Extension For Firefox Version 10 36

ImTranslator offers results from both Google and Microsoft translator, although the latter does not have a dictionary. From the extension options you can define the languages, change the font size, activate or deactivate the dictionary, choose which button will appear in the toolbar, define keyboard shortcuts to invoke the translator and translate, and activate or deactivate the translation history.

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