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noun American English pronunciation: word /wɜrd/ 
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  1. 1
    [countable] a single unit of written or spoken language

    The Latin word for a table is "mensa."

    The first word that many babies can say is "Mama."

    Can you read the words on this page?

  2. 2
    [singular] a short conversation or discussion, usually without other people listening
    want a word (with someone):

    David wants a word with you.

    have a word (with someone):

    Can I have a word with you?

    1. a.
      [countable] a short speech on a particular subject
      say a few words (=give a short speech):

      I would just like to say a few words about our guest.

      word about/on:

      Let me say a word on the subject of security.

  3. 3
    [singular/uncountable] news or information about someone or something

    We haven't received any word from Brian yet.

    word spreads:

    Word of the incident spread quickly.

    send word (=send a message):

    He sent word that they had arrived safely.

  4. 4
    [countable] [usually singular] if someone gives you a word of something such as advice, praise, or warning, they advise, praise, or warn you

    A word of advice: Don't take anything Gina says too seriously.

  5. 5

    words

    [plural] someone's words are things that they say

    I was remembering the words of my old friend.

    in your own words:

    Tell us in your own words how the accident happened.

    1. a.
      used about the words of a song, rather than the music

      I can hum the tune, but I don't know the words.

    See also  eat, mark2

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