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word

noun (TALKING)    /wɜːd/ US  /wɝːd/
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
(Definition of word noun (TALKING) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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