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English definition of “word for word”

word for word

C2 using exactly the same words: She listened to everything I said and repeated it word for word to her mum.
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If you translate speech or writing word for word, you change one word at a time in the same order rather than in phrases or other larger units of meaning.
(Definition of word for word from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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