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word

noun  us   /wɜrd/

word noun (LANGUAGE UNIT)

[C] a single unit of language that has meaning and can be spoken or written: The word "environment" means different things to different people. She spoke so fast I couldn’t understand a word (= anything she said).

word noun (BRIEF STATEMENT)

[C usually sing] a brief discussion or statement: Could I have a word with you? Let me give you a word of advice. Tell us what happened in your own words (= say it in your own way).

word noun (NEWS)

[U] news or a message: We were excited when word of the discovery reached us.

word noun (PROMISE)

[U] a promise: You have my word – I won’t tell a soul. She wouldn't give me her word if she didn't mean to keep it.

word noun (ORDER)

[C usually sing] an order or request: If you want me to leave, just say/give the word.
worded
adjective [not gradable]  us   /ˈwɜrd·əd/
a strongly worded letter

word

verb [T always + adv/prep]  us   /wɜrd/

word verb [T always + adv/prep] (LANGUAGE UNIT)

to choose the words with which to express something: His description was carefully worded to cover various possibilities.
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