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word

noun uk   /wɜːd/ us    /wɝːd/

word noun (LANGUAGE UNIT)

A1 [C] a single unit of language that has meaning and can be spoken or written: Your essay should be no more than two thousand words long. Some words are more difficult to spell than others. What's the word for bikini in French? It's sometimes difficult to find exactly the right word to express what you want to say.Terminology and vocabulary the F-word, C-word, etc. used to refer to a word, usually a rude or embarrassing one, by saying only the first letter and not the whole word: You're still not allowed to say the F-word on TV in the US. So how's the diet going - or would you rather I didn't mention the d-word?Terminology and vocabulary

word noun (TALKING)

B2 [S] a short discussion or statement: The manager wants a word. Could I have a word (with you) about the sales figures? Perhaps you would have a quiet word with Simon (= gently explain to him) about the problem.Information and messages words [plural] angry words: Both competitors had words (= argued) after the match. Words passed between both competitors (= they argued) after the match.Arguments and disagreements disapproving discussion, rather than action: I'm afraid so far there have been more words than action on the matter of childcare provision.Debate and discussion have/exchange words to talk to each other for a short time: We exchanged a few words as we were coming out of the meeting.Informal talking and conversation a good word a statement of approval and support for someone or something: If you see the captain could you put in a good word for me? The critics didn't have a good word (to say) for/to say about the performance.Backing, supporting and defendingDefending and protecting

word noun (NEWS)

[U] news or a message: Have you had word from Paul since he went to New York? We got word of their plan from a former colleague. Word of the discovery caused a stir among astronomers.Information and messages

word noun (PROMISE)

[S] a promise: I said I'd visit him and I shall keep my word. You have my word - I won't tell a soul.Making and breaking promises and commitments

word noun (ORDER)

[S] an order: We're waiting for the word from head office before making a statement. The troops will go into action as soon as their commander gives the word. At a word from their teacher, the children started to tidy away their books.Instructions and orders

word

verb [T usually + adv/prep] uk   /wɜːd/ us    /wɝːd/
to choose the words you use when you are saying or writing something: He worded the reply in such a way that he did not admit making the original error.
See also
Saying and utteringSaying again
worded
adjective uk   /ˈwɜː.dɪd/ us    /ˈwɝː-/
a carefully/strongly worded statementSaying and utteringSaying again
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