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Meaning of “word” in the English Dictionary

"word" in British English

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wordnoun

uk   /wɜːd/ us   /wɝːd/
  • word noun (LANGUAGE UNIT)

A1 [C] a single unit of language that has meaning and can be spoken or written: Your essay should be no more than two thousand words long. Some words are more difficult to spell than others. What's the word for bikini in French? It's sometimes difficult to find exactly the right word to express what you want to say.
the F-word, C-word, etc.
used to refer to a word, usually a rude or embarrassing one, by saying only the first letter and not the whole word: You're still not allowed to say the F-word on TV in the US So how's the diet going - or would you rather I didn't mention the d-word?

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  • word noun (TALKING)

B2 [S] a short discussion or statement: The manager wants a word. Could I have a word (with you) about the sales figures? Could you have a quiet word with Mike (= gently explain to him) about the problem?
words [plural]
angry words: Both competitors had words (= argued) after the match. Words were exchanged (= people argued) and then someone threw a punch.
disapproving discussion, rather than action: So far there have been more words than action on the matter of childcare provision.
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.
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 about the performance.

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  • Could I have a word with you in private?
  • Incidentally, I wanted to have a word with you about your expenses claim.
  • Can I have a little word with you?
  • When you've got a minute, I'd like a brief word with you.
  • Could I have a quick word ?
  • word noun (NEWS)

[U] news or a message: Has there been any word from Paul since he went to New York? We got word of their plan from a former colleague. Word of the discovery caused a stir among astronomers.
  • word noun (PROMISE)

[S] a promise: I said I'd visit him and I will keep my word. You have my word - I won't tell a soul.
  • word noun (ORDER)

[S] an order: We're waiting for the word from head office before making a statement. The troops will go into action as soon as their commander gives the word. At a word from their teacher, the children started to put away their books.

wordverb [T usually + adv/prep]

uk   /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.
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worded
adjective uk   /ˈwɜː.dɪd/ us   /ˈwɝː.dɪd/
(Definition of word from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"word" in American English

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wordnoun

us   /wɜrd/
  • word noun (LANGUAGE UNIT)

[C] a single unit of language that has meaning and can be spoken or written: The word "environment" means different things to different people. She spoke so fast I couldn’t understand a word (= anything she said).
  • word noun (BRIEF STATEMENT)

[C usually sing] a brief discussion or statement: Could I have a word with you? Let me give you a word of advice. Tell us what happened in your own words (= say it in your own way).
  • word noun (NEWS)

[U] news or a message: We were excited when word of the discovery reached us.
  • word noun (PROMISE)

[U] a promise: You have my word – I won’t tell a soul. She wouldn't give me her word if she didn't mean to keep it.
  • word noun (ORDER)

[C usually sing] an order or request: If you want me to leave, just say/give the word.
worded
adjective [not gradable] us   /ˈwɜrd·əd/
a strongly worded letter

wordverb [T always + adv/prep]

us   /wɜrd/
to choose the words with which to express something: His description was carefully worded to cover various possibilities.
(Definition of word from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"word" in Business English

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wordnoun [C]

uk   /wɜːd/ us  
words and figures differ
also words and figures do not agree BANKING, MONEY →  amounts differ
words per minute
→  wpm
(Definition of word from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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