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verb [T usually + adv/prep]     /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 rewordSaying and utteringSaying again worded     /ˈwɜː.dɪd/ US  /ˈwɝː-/ adjective a carefully/strongly worded statementSaying and utteringSaying again
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