Meaning of “word for word” in the English Dictionary

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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 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.

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)