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

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

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

In Chrome, Opera, Vivaldi and others based on Chromium

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


The extension of Google Translate for Chrome lets you translate words, phrases and complete 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 offering the translation appears.

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 one will show an icon in which you can click to translate each time you select a text. The second one will immediately show the emergent translation of any selected text, and the last one does not do any of this but it lets you translate with a right click and looking for the option in the menu.


To define words within the same page you can use the Chrome extension for the Google Dictionary . Like the extension of the translator 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 selection of the text, especially useful so as not to conflict with the translator.

In Firefox

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

ImTranslator offers results from both Google and the Microsoft translator , although the latter does not have a dictionary. From the options of the extension you can define the languages, change the size of the font, 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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