Meaning of “word” - Learner’s Dictionary


noun us uk /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.

More examples

not believe/understand/hear, etc a word

B1 to not believe/understand/hear, etc anything:

I don't believe a word he says.
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.
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.
put in a good word for sb

to praise someone, often to someone who might be able to employ them

give sb your word

to promise someone something:

He gave me his word that he wouldn't tell anyone.
take sb's word for it

B2 to believe what someone says without any proof

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.
in sb's words

used when you repeat what someone said:

In the manager's words, the game was 'a total disaster'.
word for word

using the exact words that were originally used:

She repeated word for word what he had told her.

(Definition of “word noun” from the Cambridge Learner’s Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)