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  1. a unit of language, consisting of one or more spoken sounds or their written representation, that functions as a principal carrier of meaning. Words are composed of one or more morphemes and are either the smallest units susceptible of independent use or consist of two or three such units combined under certain linking conditions, as with the loss of primary accent that distinguishes the one-word blackbird (primary stress on “black”, and secondary stress on “bird”) from black bird (primary stress on both words). Words are usually separated by spaces in writing, and are distinguished phonologically, as by accent, in many languages.
  2. (used in combination with the first letter of an offensive or unmentionable word, the first letter being lowercase or uppercase, with or without a following hyphen): C-word, F-word, N-word.

    My mom married at 20, and she mentions the m-word every time I meet someone she thinks is eligible.

  3. words,
    1. speech or talk:

      Can you express your feelings in words?

      Words mean little when action is called for.

    2. the text or lyrics of a song as distinguished from the music.
    3. contentious or angry speech; a quarrel:

      We had words and she walked out on me.

  4. a short talk or conversation:

    Marston, I'd like a word with you.

  5. an expression or utterance:

    Before you do anything rash, let me give you a word of warning.

    Synonyms: declaration, statement

  6. warrant, assurance, or promise:

    I give you my word I'll be there.

    Synonyms: pledge

  7. news; tidings; information:

    We received word of his death.

    Synonyms: account, report, message

  8. a verbal signal, as a password, watchword, or countersign.

    Synonyms: shibboleth, catchword

  9. an authoritative utterance, or command:

    His word was law.

  10. Also called machine word. Computers. a string of bits, characters, or bytes treated as a single entity by a computer, particularly for numeric purposes.
  11. the Word, Christianity.
    1. Also called the Word of God,. the Scriptures; the Bible.
    2. the Logos, identified with Christ.
    3. the message of the gospel of Christ.
  12. a proverb or motto.

verb (used with object)

  1. to express in words, or to select words to express; phrase:

    The way they’ve worded these instructions is confusing.


  1. Slang. what you have just said is true:

    “Raising a kid is the hardest thing you’ll ever do.” “Word.”



combining form

  1. preceded by the and an initial letter a euphemistic way of referring to a word by its first letter because it is considered to be in some way unmentionable by the user

    the C-word, meaning cancer



/ wɜːd /


  1. one of the units of speech or writing that native speakers of a language usually regard as the smallest isolable meaningful element of the language, although linguists would analyse these further into morphemes lexicalverbal
  2. an instance of vocal intercourse; chat, talk, or discussion

    to have a word with someone

  3. an utterance or expression, esp a brief one

    a word of greeting

  4. news or information

    he sent word that he would be late

  5. a verbal signal for action; command

    when I give the word, fire!

  6. an undertaking or promise

    he kept his word

    I give you my word

  7. an autocratic decree or utterance; order

    his word must be obeyed

  8. a watchword or slogan, as of a political party

    the word now is ``freedom''

  9. computing a set of bits used to store, transmit, or operate upon an item of information in a computer, such as a program instruction
  10. as good as one's word
    doing what one has undertaken or promised to do
  11. at a word
    at once
  12. by word of mouth
    orally rather than by written means
  13. in a word
    briefly or in short
  14. my word!
    1. an exclamation of surprise, annoyance, etc
    2. an exclamation of agreement
  15. of one's word
    given to or noted for keeping one's promises

    I am a man of my word

  16. put in a word for or put in a good word for
    to make favourable mention of (someone); recommend
  17. take someone at his word or take someone at her word
    to assume that someone means, or will do, what he or she says

    when he told her to go, she took him at his word and left

  18. take someone's word for it
    to accept or believe what someone says
  19. the last word
    1. the closing remark of a conversation or argument, esp a remark that supposedly settles an issue
    2. the latest or most fashionable design, make, or model

      the last word in bikinis

    3. the finest example (of some quality, condition, etc)

      the last word in luxury

  20. the word
    the proper or most fitting expression

    cold is not the word for it, it's freezing!

  21. upon my word!
    1. on my honour
    2. an exclamation of surprise, annoyance, etc
  22. word for word
    1. (of a report, transcription, etc) using exactly the same words as those employed in the situation being reported; verbatim
    2. translated by substituting each word in the new text for each corresponding word in the original rather than by general sense
  23. word of honour
    a promise; oath
  24. modifier of, relating to, or consisting of words

    a word list


  1. tr to state in words, usually specially selected ones; phrase
  2. informal.
    troften foll byup to inform or advise (a person)



/ wɜːd /


  1. Christianity the 2nd person of the Trinity
  2. Scripture, the Bible, or the Gospels as embodying or representing divine revelation Often calledthe Word of God

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Other Words From

  • in·ter·word adjective
  • out·word verb (used with object)
  • well-word·ed adjective

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Word History and Origins

Origin of word1

First recorded before 900; Middle English, Old English; cognate with Dutch woord, German Wort, Old Norse orth, orð, Gothic waurd, waúrd, all from Germanic wurdam (unattested); akin to Latin verbum “word,” Greek rhḗtōr (dialect wrḗtōr ) “public speaker, orator, rhetorician,” Old Prussian wirds “word,” Lithuanian var̃das “name”

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Word History and Origins

Origin of word1

Old English word; related to Old High German wort, Old Norse orth, Gothic waurd, Latin verbum, Sanskrit vratá command

Origin of word2

translation of Greek logos, as in John 1:1

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Idioms and Phrases

  1. (upon) my word! (used as an exclamation of surprise or astonishment.)
  2. at a word, in immediate response to an order or request; in an instant:

    When I was ill, they came at a word and took the situation in hand.

  3. be as good as one's word, to hold to one's promises.
  4. eat one's words, to retract one's statement, especially with humility:

    They predicted he'd fail, but he made them eat their words.

  5. have a word, to talk briefly:

    Tell your aunt that I would like to have a word with her.

  6. have no words for, to be unable to describe:

    She had no words for the sights she had witnessed.

  7. in a word, in summary; in short: Also in one word.

    In a word, there was no comparison.

  8. in so many words, clearly or bluntly and without hedging; explicitly:

    She told them in so many words to get out.

  9. keep one's word, to fulfill one's promise:

    I said I'd meet the deadline, and I kept my word.

  10. man of his word / woman of her word, a person who can be trusted to keep a promise; a reliable person.
  11. of few words, not talkative; laconic or taciturn:

    a woman of few words but of profound thoughts.

  12. of many words, talkative; loquacious; wordy:

    a person of many words but of little wit.

  13. put in a good word for, to speak favorably of; commend: Also put in a word for.

    He put in a good word for her with the boss.

  14. take someone at their word, to take someone's statement to be literal and true.
  15. take the words (right) out of one's mouth, to say exactly what one was about to say:

    “It’s a long way, so we should leave early.” “You took the words right out of my mouth!”

  16. weigh one's words, to choose one's words carefully in speaking or writing:

    He paused to weigh his words before speaking.

More idioms and phrases containing word

  • actions speak louder than words
  • at a loss (for words)
  • at a word
  • break one's word
  • eat one's words
  • famous last words
  • fighting words
  • four-letter word
  • from the word go
  • get a word in edgewise
  • give the word
  • go back on (one's word)
  • good as one's word
  • hang on someone's words
  • have a word with
  • have words with
  • in brief (a word)
  • in other words
  • in so many words
  • keep one's word
  • last word
  • leave word
  • man of his word
  • mark my words
  • mince matters (words)
  • mum's the word
  • not breathe a word
  • not open one's mouth (utter a word)
  • of few words
  • picture is worth a thousand words
  • play on words
  • put in a good word
  • put into words
  • put words in someone's mouth
  • swallow one's words
  • take someone at his or her word
  • take the words out of someone's mouth
  • true to (one's word)
  • weasel word
  • weigh one's words

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Example Sentences

In other words, the large-scale burning this summer shows that these campaigns have yet to effectively prevent deforestation or the subsequent uncontrolled wildfires in Brazil.

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If you mouse over the word, you’ll see original English word.

This is acting in every sense of the word—bringing an unevolved animal to life and making it utterly believable.

She vowed to repay the money—no official word, however, on whether she ever did that.

But news of the classes is spread mainly by word of mouth, and participants bring along their friends and families.

Still other people have moved away from the word “diet” altogether.

Back in Iran, he once got word that the Iranians were going to raid a village where his men were stationed.

Not a word now,” cried Longcluse harshly, extending his hand quickly towards him; “I may do that which can't be undone.

Every word that now fell from the agitated Empress was balm to the affrighted nerves of her daughter.

When we were mounted Mac leaned over and muttered an admonitory word for Piegan's ear alone.

Now for the tempering of the Gudgeons, I leave it to the judgment of the Workman; but a word or two of the polishing of it.

Huxley quotes with satirical gusto Dr. Wace's declaration as to the word "Infidel."


Definitions and idiom definitions from Unabridged, based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

Idioms from The American Heritage® Idioms Dictionary copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company.




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