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word  audio  (wûrd) KEY 

  1. A sound or a combination of sounds, or its representation in writing or printing, that symbolizes and communicates a meaning and may consist of a single morpheme or of a combination of morphemes.
  2. Something said; an utterance, remark, or comment: May I say a word about that?
  3. Computer Science A set of bits constituting the smallest unit of addressable memory.
  4. words Discourse or talk; speech: Actions speak louder than words.
  5. words Music The text of a vocal composition; lyrics.
  6. An assurance or promise; sworn intention: She has kept her word.
    1. A command or direction; an order: gave the word to retreat.
    2. A verbal signal; a password or watchword.
    1. News: Any word on your promotion? See Synonyms at news.
    2. Rumor: Word has it they're divorcing.
  7. words Hostile or angry remarks made back and forth.
  8. Used euphemistically in combination with the initial letter of a term that is considered offensive or taboo or that one does not want to utter: "Although economists here will not call it a recession yet, the dreaded 'R' word is beginning to pop up in the media" (Francine S. Kiefer).
  9. Word
    1. See Logos.
    2. The Scriptures; the Bible.
word·ed, word·ing, words
To express in words: worded the petition carefully.
Slang Used to express approval or an affirmative response to something. Sometimes used with up.

at a word
In immediate response.
good word
  1. A favorable comment: She put in a good word for me.
  2. Favorable news.
have no words for
To be unable to describe or talk about.
in a word
In short; in summary: In a word, the situation is serious.
in so many words
  1. In precisely those words; exactly: hinted at impending indictments but did not say it in so many words.
  2. Speaking candidly and straightforwardly: In so many words, the weather has been beastly.
of few words
Not conversational or loquacious; laconic: a person of few words.
of (one's) word
Displaying personal dependability: a woman of her word.
take at (one's) word
To be convinced of another's sincerity and act in accord with his or her statement: We took them at their word that the job would be done on time.
upon my word
Indeed; really.

Middle English, from Old English; see wer-5 in Indo-European roots

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