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EN[wɜː(ɹ)d] [wɝd] [-ɜː(ɹ)d]
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WWord
  • In linguistics a word is the smallest element that may be uttered in isolation with semantic or pragmatic content (with literal or practical meaning).
  • The term word may refer to a spoken word or to a written word, or sometimes to the abstract concept behind either.
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    Definition of word in English Dictionary

  • NounPLwords
    1. The smallest unit of language which has a particular meaning and can be expressed by itself; the smallest discrete, meaningful unit of language. (contrast morpheme.).
      1. Then all was silent save the voice of the high priest, whose words grew louder and louder, [ …]
      2. Polonius: What do you read, my lord?
      3. Hamlet: Words, words, words.
      4. “Ain’t! How often am I to tell you ain’t ain’t a word?”
      5. In still another variation, the nonsense word is presented and the teacher asks, "What sound was in the beginning of the word?" "In the middle?" and so on. The child should always respond with the phoneme; he should not use letter labels.
    2. Something which is like such a unit of language.
      1. The fact or act of speaking, as opposed to taking action.
        1. (now rare outside certain phrases) Something which has been said; a comment, utterance; speech.
          1. (obsolete outside certain phrases) A watchword or rallying cry, a verbal signal (even when consisting of multiple words).
            1. OBS A proverb or motto.
              1. News; tidings (used without an article).
                1. An order; a request or instruction; an expression of will.
                  1. He sent word that we should strike camp before winter. ‎
                  2. Don't fire till I give the word
                  3. Their mother's word was law.
                2. A promise; an oath or guarantee.
                  1. I give you my word that I will be there on time. ‎
                3. A brief discussion or conversation.
                  1. Can I have a word with you? ‎
                4. (in the plural) Angry debate or conversation; argument.
                  1. There had been words between him and the secretary about the outcome of the meeting. ‎
                5. (theology, sometimes Word) Communication from God; the message of the Christian gospel; the Bible, Scripture.
                  1. Her parents had lived in Botswana, spreading the word among the tribespeople. ‎
                6. (theology, sometimes Word) Logos, Christ.
                7. VerbSGwordsPRwordingPT, PPworded
                  1. VT To say or write (something) using particular words; to phrase (something).
                    1. I’m not sure how to word this letter to the council.
                  2. VT OBS To flatter with words, to cajole.
                    1. VT To ply or overpower with words.
                      1. VT (rare) To conjure with a word.
                        1. VI (archaic) To speak, to use words; to converse, to discourse.
                          1. Alternative form of worth (to become).
                          2. Interjection
                            1. SLA (African American Vernacular) Truth, indeed, that is the truth! The shortened form of the statement "My word is my bond.".
                              1. SLA (emphatic, stereotypically, African American Vernacular) An abbreviated form of word up; a statement of the acknowledgment of fact with a hint of nonchalant approval.
                              2. More Examples
                                1. Used in the Middle of Sentence
                                  • My FedEx driver is of the female persuasion. I don't posess[sic] a working dykedar, so I can't say a thing about her; other than she is quite, well, I guess handsome would be the best word for it.
                                  • My custom word processor? Yeah, I could have just installed Word or OpenOffice, but I always prefer to roll my own.
                                  • The new word has received a number of godspeeds, some of which we quote.
                                2. Used in the Beginning of Sentence
                                  • Words indenizened, and commonly used as English. — Ben Jonson.
                                  • Words have a longer life than deeds. — Pindar (translated)
                                3. Used in the Ending of Sentence
                                  • His policies may be ineffective, but he is never at a loss for words.
                                  • The wrinkly recursiveness of her language seems lodged at the layer of consciousness itself, where Moore demands readers’ attention to the innate thingliness of words.
                                  • My grandfather mentioned the problem to Lord Fermoy, whom he knew through the British Legion. and Lord Fermoy said he would put in a good word.
                              • Part-of-Speech Hierarchy
                                1. Interjections
                                  • Nouns
                                    • Countable nouns
                                    • Verbs
                                      • Intransitive verbs
                                        • Transitive verbs
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                                      Source: Wiktionary

                                      Meaning of word for the defined word.

                                      Grammatically, this word "word" is an interjection. It's also a noun, more specifically, a countable noun. It's also a verb, more specifically, an intransitive verb and a transitive verb.
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