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Definition of word for word

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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SHALL WE PLAY A "SHALL" VS. "SHOULD" CHALLENGE?
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Which form is used to state an obligation or duty someone has?

Origin of word for word

Middle English word dating back to 1350–1400

OTHER WORDS FROM word for word

word-for-word, adjective

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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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