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word

[wɜ͟ː(r)d]

words, wording, worded

  1. N-COUNT A word is a single unit of language that can be represented in writing or speech. In English, a word has a space on either side of it when it is written.

  2. N-PLURAL: oft with poss Someone's words are what they say or write.

  3. N-PLURAL: usu the N The words of a song consist of the text that is sung, in contrast to the music that is played.

  4. N-SING: a N If you have a word with someone, you have a short conversation with them. [SPOKEN]

  5. N-COUNT: N of n If you offer someone a word of something such as warning, advice, or praise, you warn, advise, or praise them.

  6. N-SING: a N, with brd-neg (emphasis) If you say that someone does not hear, understand, or say a word, you are emphasizing that they hear, understand, or say nothing at all.

  7. N-UNCOUNT: also the N If there is word of something, people receive news or information about it.

  8. N-SING: poss N If you give your word, you make a sincere promise to someone.

  9. N-SING: the N If someone gives the word to do something, they give an order to do it.

  10. VERB To word something in a particular way means to choose or use particular words to express it.

  11. See also wording, code word, four-letter word, play on words, printed word, spoken word, written word

  12. PHRASE: usu v-link PHR If you say that people consider something to be a dirty word, you mean that they disapprove of it.

  13. PHRASE: V inflects If you say that someone has to eat their words, you mean that they have to admit that they were wrong about something they said in the past, especially when this makes them look foolish.

  14. PHRASE: n PHR A person of few words says very little, especially about their opinions or feelings.

  15. PHRASE: PHR with cl If you do something from the word go, you do it from the very beginning of a period of time or situation.

  16. PHRASE: V inflects If you hang on someone's every word, you listen very carefully to what they are saying, because you admire or respect them.

  17. PHRASE: V inflects, usu PHR prep (emphasis) You can use expressions such as never have a good word to say or never have a bad word to say to emphasize that a person always criticizes someone or something, or that they never criticize them.

  18. PHR-RECIP: V inflects, pl-n PHR, PHR with n If one person has words with another, or if two or more people have words, they have a serious discussion or argument, especially because one has complained about the other's behaviour.

  19. PHRASE: PHR with cl You can use in their words or in their own words to indicate that you are reporting what someone said using the exact words that they used.

  20. PHRASE: PHR with cl You use in a word to indicate that you are giving a summary of what you have just been saying, or are giving a reply, in as brief a way as possible.

  21. PHRASE If someone has the last word or the final word in a discussion, argument, or disagreement, they are the one who wins it or who makes the final decision.

  22. PHRASE: PHR n, usu v-link PHR (emphasis) If you say that something is the last word in luxury, comfort, or some other quality, you are emphasizing that it has a great deal of this quality.

  23. PHRASE: usu v-link PHR If someone is lost for words, they cannot think of anything to say, especially because they are very surprised by something.

  24. PHRASE: usu with brd-neg, usu PHR after v, PHR with cl If you say that someone has said something, but not in so many words, you mean that they said it or expressed it, but in a very indirect way.

  25. PHRASE: usu PHR with cl (emphasis) If you say `mark my words' to someone, you are emphasizing that something you have just warned them about is very likely to happen, especially when you think they should change their attitude or behaviour to prevent it. [SPOKEN]

  26. PHRASE: oft by/through PHR If news or information passes by word of mouth, people tell it to each other rather than it being printed in written form.

  27. PHRASE: V inflects If you say that someone is putting words into your mouth or is putting words in your mouth, you mean that they are suggesting that you mean one thing when you really mean something different.

  28. PHRASE If you refer to someone as a man of his word or a woman of her word, you mean that they always keep their promises and can be relied on.

  29. PHRASE: PHR with cl You say in other words in order to introduce a different, and usually simpler, explanation or interpretation of something that has just been said.

  30. PHRASE: PHR after v, PHR with cl If you say something in your own words, you express it in your own way, without copying or repeating someone else's description.

  31. PHRASE: V inflects, oft PHR that If you pass the word, you tell someone something that another person has told you.

  32. PHRASE: V inflects If someone says the word, they give their approval as a sign that something should start to happen.

  33. PHRASE: V inflects, oft PHR about n, PHR that If you spread the word, you tell people about something.

  34. PHRASE: V inflects If you take someone at their word, you believe what they say, when they did not really mean it or when they meant something slightly different.

  35. PHRASE: V inflects If you say to someone `take my word for it', you mean that they should believe you because you are telling the truth.

  36. PHRASE: v-link PHR (emphasis) You can use expressions such as too silly for words and too ridiculous for words to emphasize that someone or something is extremely silly or ridiculous.

  37. PHRASE: v-link PHR, PHR with cl If you are true to your word or as good as your word, you do what you say you will do.

  38. PHRASE: PHR after v If you repeat something word for word, you repeat it exactly as it was originally said or written.

  39. not get a word in edgeways see edgeways

    not mince your words see mince

    the operative word see operative

    actions speak louder than words see speak

    war of words see war

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wɜ͟ː(r)dA word is a single unit of language that can be represented in writing or speech. In English, a word has a space on either side of it when it is written.Examples

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The word `ginseng' comes from the Chinese word `Shen-seng'.
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Word forms

word

noun
SingularPlural
Common casewordwords
Possessive caseword'swords'

word

verb
Basic forms
Pastworded
Imperativeword
Present Participle (Participle I)wording
Past Participle (Participle II)worded
Present Indefinite, Active Voice
I wordwe word
you wordyou word
he/she/it wordsthey word
Present Continuous, Active Voice
I am wordingwe are wording
you are wordingyou are wording
he/she/it is wordingthey are wording
Present Perfect, Active Voice
I have wordedwe have worded
you have wordedyou have worded
he/she/it has wordedthey have worded
Present Perfect Continuous, Active Voice
I have been wordingwe have been wording
you have been wordingyou have been wording
he/she/it has been wordingthey have been wording
Past Indefinite, Active Voice
I wordedwe worded
you wordedyou worded
he/she/it wordedthey worded
Past Continuous, Active Voice
I was wordingwe were wording
you were wordingyou were wording
he/she/it was wordingthey were wording
Past Perfect, Active Voice
I had wordedwe had worded
you had wordedyou had worded
he/she/it had wordedthey had worded
Past Perfect Continuous, Active Voice
I had been wordingwe had been wording
you had been wordingyou had been wording
he/she/it had been wordingthey had been wording
Future Indefinite, Active Voice
I shall/will wordwe shall/will word
you will wordyou will word
he/she/it will wordthey will word
Future Continuous, Active Voice
I shall/will be wordingwe shall/will be wording
you will be wordingyou will be wording
he/she/it will be wordingthey will be wording
Future Perfect, Active Voice
I shall/will have wordedwe shall/will have worded
you will have wordedyou will have worded
he/she/it will have wordedthey will have worded
Future Perfect Continuous, Active Voice
I shall/will have been wordingwe shall/will have been wording
you will have been wordingyou will have been wording
he/she/it will have been wordingthey will have been wording
Future in the Past Indefinite, Active Voice
I should/would wordwe should/would word
you would wordyou would word
he/she/it would wordthey would word
Future in the Past Continuous, Active Voice
I should/would be wordingwe should/would be wording
you would be wordingyou would be wording
he/she/it would be wordingthey would be wording
Future in the Past Perfect, Active Voice
I should/would have wordedwe should/would have worded
you would have wordedyou would have worded
he/she/it would have wordedthey would have worded
Future in the Past Perfect Continuous, Active Voice
I should/would have been wordingwe should/would have been wording
you would have been wordingyou would have been wording
he/she/it would have been wordingthey would have been wording
Present Indefinite, Passive Voice
I am wordedwe are worded
you are wordedyou are worded
he/she/it is wordedthey are worded
Present Continuous, Passive Voice
I am being wordedwe are being worded
you are being wordedyou are being worded
he/she/it is being wordedthey are being worded
Present Perfect, Passive Voice
I have been wordedwe have been worded
you have been wordedyou have been worded
he/she/it has been wordedthey have been worded
Past Indefinite, Passive Voice
I was wordedwe were worded
you were wordedyou were worded
he/she/it was wordedthey were worded
Past Continuous, Passive Voice
I was being wordedwe were being worded
you were being wordedyou were being worded
he/she/it was being wordedthey were being worded
Past Perfect, Passive Voice
I had been wordedwe had been worded
you had been wordedyou had been worded
he/she/it had been wordedthey had been worded
Future Indefinite, Passive Voice
I shall/will be wordedwe shall/will be worded
you will be wordedyou will be worded
he/she/it will be wordedthey will be worded
Future Perfect, Passive Voice
I shall/will have been wordedwe shall/will have been worded
you will have been wordedyou will have been worded
he/she/it will have been wordedthey will have been worded