Meaning of “(the) word is” in the English Dictionary

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"(the) word is" in British English

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(the) word is

used to refer to something that has been reported but not officially stated:

The word is (that) more hostages will be released over the next few weeks.

(Definition of “(the) word is” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"the word is" in American English

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the word is

it has been reported but is not certain:

The word is that the boss is retiring soon.

(Definition of “the word is” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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