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noun word pronunciation in American English /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


    [plural] someones 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



a course of study which is much shorter than a university course and focuses on the skills you need for a job, especially computer-related skills

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