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word

noun
 
 
/wɜːd/
A1 [C] a group of letters or sounds that mean something, or a single letter or sound that means something: 'Hund' is the German word for 'dog'. He has difficulty spelling long words.Terminology and vocabulary
not believe/understand/hear, etc a word B1 to not believe/understand/hear, etc anything: I don't believe a word he says.Something, anything, nothing, and everything
a word of warning/advice/thanks, etc something that you say to warn someone/give them advice/thank them, etc: Just a word of warning - he doesn't like people being late.Giving advice
have a word with sb B2 to talk to someone for a short time: I'll have a word with Ted and see if he wants to come.Informal talking and conversation
put in a good word for sb to praise someone, often to someone who might be able to employ themPraising and applaudingExaggerating and playing down
give sb your word to promise someone something: He gave me his word that he wouldn't tell anyone.Making and breaking promises and commitments
take sb's word for it B2 to believe what someone says without any proofBelieving
in other words B2 used to explain what something means in a different way: He said he's too busy, in other words, he isn't interested.Meaning and significanceTypifying, illustrating and exemplifying
in sb's words used when you repeat what someone said: In the manager's words, the game was 'a total disaster'.Terminology and vocabulary
word for word using the exact words that were originally used: She repeated word for word what he had told her.Accurate and exactQuoting and making references
→ See also a play on words, swear word, have the last word, not breathe a word, not get a word in edgeways
(Definition of word noun from the Cambridge Learners Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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