I used to be able to search define:xyz on Google, where xyz is a term I want defined. It's not working any more or it only shows one result and no link to see the rest. Here's an example:

bad google search

I tried going to Search toolsAll results, but I don't have the option dictionary.

no dictionary option under search tools

I should say that it does return one result but it used to return more than 10 and for words such as "heat" clearly there are going to be more than one definition.

It seems to work from my home computer. Maybe this is a test/problem only affecting US users.

  • Try it without the colon, i.e., define hypervisor.
    – ale
    Aug 22, 2013 at 18:27
  • For what it's worth, define:hypervisor works for me. Are you using a desktop browser? Are you outside of the United States?
    – ale
    Aug 22, 2013 at 18:28
  • @AlEverett it still the same without the colon
    – Celeritas
    Aug 22, 2013 at 18:31
  • Perhaps Google is doing some A/B testing and you're in the "show one result" group.
    – ale
    Aug 22, 2013 at 18:32
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    – Alex
    Aug 23, 2013 at 6:59

2 Answers 2


You can give hypervisor in the Search bar, then select Search Tools.

Normal result page

In that, change All results to Dictionary, then you get a neat list of web definitions. Definitions result

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    There isn't the option Dictionary
    – Celeritas
    Aug 22, 2013 at 18:22
  • That's too bad, I have both a Dictionary option there and a More info link under the Wikipedia definition when I try a define:hypervisor, which also takes me to a Web definitions page. Not sure on what basis they choose to enable it.
    – Sundar R
    Aug 22, 2013 at 18:44
  • Perhaps you could try the search in an incognito browser, without logging in to your Google account, see whether that enables that option?
    – Sundar R
    Aug 22, 2013 at 18:45
  • For what it's worth, I don't have "Dictionary" in the Search Tools either, but unlike Celeritas my searches bring back multiple results.
    – ale
    Aug 22, 2013 at 19:14

You can use define for searching any term in Google by using this syntax: define:abc. Here “abc” is a term.

  • That's exactly what the OP has tried, no? Sep 19, 2014 at 7:23

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