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"word for word" in British English

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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 ​translatespeech or writing word for word, you ​change one word at a ​time in the same ​orderrather than in ​phrases or other ​largerunits of ​meaning.

word-for-wordadjective

uk   /ˌwɜːd.fəˈwɜː.d/  us   /ˌwɝːd.fɚˈwɝːd/
(Definition of word for word from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"word for word" in American English

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word for word

exactly as ​spoken or written: She ​copied it word for word from the ​encyclopedia.
(Definition of word for word from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “word for word”
in Chinese (Simplified) 逐字地,一字不差地, 逐字(照译)…
in Chinese (Traditional) 逐字地,一字不差地, 逐字(照譯)…
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