How to Update the Kindle Dictionary

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How to Update the Kindle Dictionary
The Kindle is an e-book reading device. (Books image by JenJen from

The Kindle is an e-reader manufactured for and sold by Amazon. One feature of the Kindle is a built-in dictionary, which allows the user to look up a word in the viewed text and get its meaning right on the Kindle screen. From time to time Amazon releases software updates to fix bugs, increase refresh speeds and update features like its dictionary. While not every update contains a dictionary update, downloading and installing the latest Kindle software ensures that all features are up to date.

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  1. 1

    Visit the Amazon Kindle Updates website and download the latest Kindle update for your specific Kindle version. You can access the download website in the References section of this article.

  2. 2

    Wait for the download to complete. Connect the Kindle to the Kindle USB cable. Connect the other end of the USB cable to a USB port on your computer. Turn on the Kindle.

  3. 3

    Navigate to the "Kindle update" file you just downloaded on your computer. On most computers the file is downloaded to the "Download" folder or directly to the desktop. Right click on the file and select "Copy."

  4. 4

    Double click on the "Kindle USB" icon on your computer's desktop. Navigate to the "root directory" folder on the Kindle.

  5. 5

    Right click inside the "root directory" and select "Paste." Wait for the file transfer to complete. Right click on the "Kindle USB" icon on your desktop and select "Eject." Wait a few seconds then disconnect the USB cable from the computer.

  6. 6

    Go to the "Home" screen on the Kindle and press the "Menu" button. Select "Settings" from the available options. Select "Update Your Kindle" followed by "OK." Wait for the Kindle to automatically restart before using the device.

Tips and warnings

  • If you do not like the built-in Kindle dictionary you can purchase and download a digital version of a full dictionary for viewing on the Kindle. The eversions of texts are available on the "Store" section. Note that purchased dictionaries may not allow for highlighting of words to show definitions in the text as you are viewing the page.

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