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adverb

in exactly the same words; verbatim.
one word at a time, without regard for the sense of the whole: She translated the book word for word.

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The rainy weather could not ________ my elated spirits on my graduation day.

Origin of word for word

Middle English word dating back to 1350–1400
word-for-word, adjective
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Idioms and Phrases with word for word

word for word

Exactly as written or spoken, as in That was the forecast, word for word. Chaucer used this idiom in the late 1300s.

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