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dict is a built-in type representing an associative mapping or dictionary. A dictionary supports indexing using d[k] and key membership testing using k in d; both operations take constant time. Unfrozen dictionaries are mutable, and may be updated by assigning to d[k] or by calling certain methods. Dictionaries are iterable; iteration yields the sequence of keys in insertion order. Iteration order is unaffected by updating the value associated with an existing key, but is affected by removing then reinserting a key.
d = {0: 0, 2: 2, 1: 1}
[k for k in d]  # [0, 2, 1]
d[0], d[2] = "a", "b"
0 in d, "a" in d  # (True, False)
[(k, v) for k, v in d.items()]  # [(0, "a"), (1, 1), (2, "b")]

There are three ways to construct a dictionary:

  1. A dictionary expression {k: v, ...} yields a new dictionary with the specified key/value entries, inserted in the order they appear in the expression. Evaluation fails if any two key expressions yield the same value.
  2. A dictionary comprehension {k: v for vars in seq} yields a new dictionary into which each key/value pair is inserted in loop iteration order. Duplicates are permitted: the first insertion of a given key determines its position in the sequence, and the last determines its associated value.
    {k: v for k, v in (("a", 0), ("b", 1), ("a", 2))}  # {"a": 2, "b": 1}
    {i: 2*i for i in range(3)}  # {0: 0, 1: 2, 2: 4}
  3. A call to the built-in dict function returns a dictionary containing the specified entries, which are inserted in argument order, positional arguments before named. As with comprehensions, duplicate keys are permitted.


None dict.clear()

Remove all items from the dictionary.


unknown dict.get(key, default=None)

Returns the value for key if key is in the dictionary, else default. If default is not given, it defaults to None, so that this method never throws an error.


Parameter Description
key ; required
The key to look for.
default ; default = None
The default value to use (instead of None) if the key is not found.
May return None.


list dict.items()

Returns the list of key-value tuples:
{2: "a", 4: "b", 1: "c"}.items() == [(2, "a"), (4, "b"), (1, "c")]


list dict.keys()

Returns the list of keys:
{2: "a", 4: "b", 1: "c"}.keys() == [2, 4, 1]


unknown dict.pop(key, default=unbound)

Removes a key from the dict, and returns the associated value. If no entry with that key was found, remove nothing and return the specified default value; if no default value was specified, fail instead.


Parameter Description
key ; required
The key.
default ; default = unbound
a default value if the key is absent.


tuple dict.popitem()

Remove and return an arbitrary (key, value) pair from the dictionary. popitem() is useful to destructively iterate over a dictionary, as often used in set algorithms. If the dictionary is empty, calling popitem() fails. It is deterministic which pair is returned.


unknown dict.setdefault(key, default=None)

If key is in the dictionary, return its value. If not, insert key with a value of default and return default. default defaults to None.


Parameter Description
key ; required
The key.
default ; default = None
a default value if the key is absent.


None dict.update(pairs=[], **kwargs)

Updates the dictionary first with the optional positional argument, pairs, then with the optional keyword arguments If the positional argument is present, it must be a dict, iterable, or None. If it is a dict, then its key/value pairs are inserted into this dict. If it is an iterable, it must provide a sequence of pairs (or other iterables of length 2), each of which is treated as a key/value pair to be inserted. Each keyword argument name=value causes the name/value pair to be inserted into this dict.


Parameter Description
pairs ; default = []
Either a dictionary or a list of entries. Entries must be tuples or lists with exactly two elements: key, value.
kwargs ; required
Dictionary of additional entries.


list dict.values()

Returns the list of values:
{2: "a", 4: "b", 1: "c"}.values() == ["a", "b", "c"]