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How To Use API Ninjas Dictionary API to Look Up Definitions for any Word
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Use API Ninjas Dictionary API To Look Up Word Definitions

API Ninjas is a data company that enables you to build real applications using real data. API Ninjas maintains 78 APIs that cover subjects from airlines to vocabulary words. API Ninjas validates the quality and quantity of the APIs, so that you are guaranteed to be returned data that you can trust. In this example, we are going to use Gigasheet’s custom enrichment feature and API Ninjas’ Dictionary API to enrich our sheet with definitions of vocabulary words.

API Ninjas docs for Dictionary API

Provider Website: https://api-ninjas.com/
Provider Enrichment Docs: https://api-ninjas.com/api/dictionary
Endpoint: https://api.api-ninjas.com/v1/dictionary?word=X -H "X-Api-Key: ${API_KEY}" \
Token / Registration Required: Yes

How To Enrich A Spreadsheet With API Ninjas Dictionary API:

For this example, we are using a simple list of 15 words. Let’s use the API Ninjas Dictionary API to retrieve their definitions.

Data to use with api ninjas api for Dictionary Look Up

Step 1. In Gigasheet, head to the Enrichments function and select Custom Enrichment. First we paste in the HTTP request from API Ninjas.

the api ninjas api request for Dictionary API

Step 2. On the next screen we’ll insert the column variable from our Gigasheet sheet for the prompt. In this case, we highlight the word placeholder, “X”, in the input, and then select our Word column and click +Insert Column Reference. We also need to highlight the “${API_KEY}” and paste our real key from API Ninjas. Then click Next.

customizing the request to API Ninjas Dictionary API in Gigasheet
Ready to execute the API Ninjas Dictionary API request

Step 3. In this screen we see a preview of the results. Gigasheet makes requests for the first three rows and shows the API Ninjas Dictionary API response. At this point select the fields you want to be inserted into your sheet. We recommend hitting Select All since you can easily delete columns in Gigasheet.

Preview of the response from API Ninjas Dictionary API

Step 4. Finally, confirm the number of requests is to your liking, and when ready click Run to kickoff the custom enrichment process. It’s ok to leave or close the sheet; the custom enrichment will keep running and you’ll receive an email once the job has been completed. You can monitor the progress of your enrichment, or cancel the job at the top of the sheet. 

Confirm execution of the API ninjas Dictionary API

Step 5. Once completed, Gigasheet will refresh the page and the result will show generation of new columns based on the API Ninjas Dictionary API. API Ninjas has added definitions for each word in my sheet..

Gigasheet sheet enriched using the api ninjas Dictionary API
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