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.
- word-for-word, adjective
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How to use word for word in a sentence
Conor has described, all but word-for-word, the position of the evangelical “post-culture warrior.”
"Women and children starboard," came like a near, word-for-word echo.Atlantis | Gerhart Hauptmann
But the chief instrument of her vindication is the word-for-word record of her trial at Rouen in 1431.How France Built Her Cathedrals | Elizabeth Boyle O'Reilly
Second, Avoid word-for-word translations of English sentences in which the word you occurs.A Manual of the Malay language | William Edward Maxwell
All stories should be as nearly word-for-word as is possible.Slave Narratives, Administrative Files (A Folk History of Slavery in the United States From Interviews with Former Slaves) | Work Projects Administration
The impossibility of such a thing as a word-for-word bringing over from one language into another.Defense of the Faith and the Saints (Volume 1 of 2) | B. H. Roberts
Other Idioms and Phrases with 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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