Word meaning

wûrd
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The definition of a word is a letter or group of letters that has meaning when spoken or written.

An example of a word is dog.

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The definition of a word is a letter or group of letters that has meaning when spoken or written.

An example of a word is dog.

An example of words are the seventeen sets of letters that are written to form this sentence.

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A sound or a combination of sounds, or its representation in writing or printing, that symbolizes and communicates a meaning and may consist of a single morpheme or of a combination of morphemes.
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To express in words.

Worded the petition carefully.

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A promise; an oath or guarantee. [from 10th c.]

I give you my word that I will be there on time.

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A basic unit of storage in memory, consisting of a certain number of bits.
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Any sequence of letters or characters considered as a discrete entity. [from 19th c.]
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To express in particular words.

To carefully word a toast.

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The creative word of God; logos.
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Used to express approval or an affirmative response to something. Sometimes used with up.
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Different symbols, written or spoken, arranged together in a unique sequence that approximates a thought in a person's mind.
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News; information; tidings.

No word from home; what's the good word?

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A quarrel; dispute; argument.
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A distinct unit of language which is approved by some authority.
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News; tidings. [from 10th c.]
  • 1945, George Orwell, Animal Farm, chapter 1.
    Word had gone round during the day that old Major, the prize Middle White boar, had had a strange dream on the previous night and wished to communicate it to the other animals.

Have you had any word from John yet?

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An order; a request or instruction. [from 10th c.]

He sent word that we should strike camp before winter.

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(theology, sometimes Word) Christ. [from 8th c.]
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(theology, sometimes Word) Communication from god; the message of the Christian gospel; the Bible. [from 10th c.]

Her parents had lived in Botswana, spreading the word among the tribespeople.

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A brief discussion or conversation. [from 15th c.]

Can I have a word with you?

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(slang, African American Vernacular) Truth, to tell or speak the truth; the shortened form of the statement, "My word is my bond," an expression eventually shortened to "Word is bond," before it finally got cut to just "Word," which is its most commonly used form.
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A set of bits that is of a fixed size and is typically operated on by a computer's processor.
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A saying; proverb.
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A promise, affirmation, or assurance.

To give a person one's word.

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(archaic) To use words, as in discussion; to argue; to dispute.
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(slang, emphatic, stereotypically, African American Vernacular) An abbreviated form of word up; a statement of the acknowledgment of fact with a hint of nonchalant approval.
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Used euphemistically in combination with the initial letter of a term that is considered offensive or taboo or that one does not want to utter.
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A brief expression, statement, remark, etc.

A word of advice.

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The fact or action of speaking, as opposed to writing or to action. [from 9th c.]
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(now rare, except in phrases) Something which has been said; a comment, utterance; speech. [from 10th c.]
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A distinct unit of language (sounds in speech or written letters) with a particular meaning, composed of one or more morphemes, and also of one or more phonemes that determine its sound pattern. [from 10th c.]
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(in the plural) Angry debate or conversation; argument. [from 15th c.]

There had been words between him and the secretary about the outcome of the meeting.

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(telegraphy) A unit of text equivalent to five characters and one space. [from 19th c.]
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(computing) A fixed-size group of bits handled as a unit by a machine. On many 16-bit machines a word is 16 bits or two bytes. [from 20th c.]
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(computer science) A finite string which is not a command or operator.
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(group theory) A group element, expressed as a product of group elements.
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To say or write (something) using particular words.

I'm not sure how to word this letter to the council.

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at a word
  • In immediate response.
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good word
  • A favorable comment:.
    She put in a good word for me.
  • Favorable news.
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have a word with
  • To have a brief conversation with (someone); speak to.
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have no words for
  • To be unable to describe or talk about.
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in a word
  • In short; in summary:.
    In a word, the situation is serious.
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in so many words
  • In precisely those words; exactly:.
    Hinted at impending indictments but did not say it in so many words.
  • Speaking candidly and straightforwardly:.
    In so many words, the weather has been beastly.
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of few words
  • Not conversational or loquacious; laconic:.
    A person of few words.
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of (one's) word
  • Displaying personal dependability:.
    A woman of her word.
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take at (someone's) word
  • To be convinced of another's sincerity and act in accord with his or her statement:.
    We took them at their word that the job would be done on time.
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take (someone's) word for it
  • To believe what someone says without investigating further.
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upon my word
  • Indeed; really.
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a good word
  • A favorable comment, or commendation.
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at a word
  • In quick response to a request or command; immediately.
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be as good as one's word
  • To live up to one's promises.
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break one's word
  • To fail to keep one's promise.
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hang on someone's words
  • To listen to someone eagerly.
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have a word with
  • To have a brief conversation with.
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have no words for
  • To be incapable of describing.
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have words with
  • To argue angrily with.
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in a word
  • In short; briefly.
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in so many words
  • Exactly and plainly.
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man (or woman) of his (or her) word
  • A person who keeps his (or her) promises.
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of many (or few) words
  • Talkative (or not talkative).
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put words in someone's mouth
  • To ascribe words or opinions to someone that he or she did not say or does not hold.
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take someone at his (or her) word
  • To take someone's words literally or seriously and, often, act accordingly.
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take someone's word for it
  • To have trust in what someone says without needing proof or evidence.
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take the words right out of someone's mouth
  • To say just what someone (else) was about to say.
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the Word
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upon my word!
  • Indeed! really!.
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word for word
  • In precisely the same words; exactly; verbatim.
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Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

at a word
have a word with
have no words for
of few words
take at (someone's) word
a good word
at a word
be as good as one's word
hang on someone's words
have a word with
have no words for
have words with
man (<i>or</i> woman) of his (<i>or</i> her) word
of many (<i>or</i> few) words
take someone at his (<i>or</i> her) word
take the words right out of someone's mouth
the Word

Origin of word

  • Middle English from Old English wer-5 in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Middle English word, from Old English word (“word, speech, sentence, statement, command, order, subject of talk, story, news, report, fame, promise, verb"), from Proto-Germanic *wurdÄ… (“word"), from Proto-Indo-European *werdÊ°o- (“word"). Cognate with Scots wird (“word"), West Frisian wurd (“word"), Dutch woord (“word"), German Wort (“word"), Danish, Norwegian and Swedish ord (“word"), Icelandic orð (“word"), Latin verbum (“word"), Lithuanian vardas (“name"), Albanian urtë (“sage, wise, silent"). Etymological twin of verb.

    From Wiktionary