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90% of the time, speakers of English use just 7,500 words in speech and writing. These words appear in red, and are graded with stars. One-star words are frequent, two-star words are more frequent, and three-star words are the most frequent.

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noun word pronunciation in British English /wɜː(r)d/
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  1. 1
    [countable] a single unit of written or spoken language

    The first word that many babies speak is ‘Mama’.

    Can you read the words on this page?

    The Latin word for a table is ‘mensa’.

  2. 2

    words

    [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.

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    See also eat, mark2
  3. 3
    [singular] a short conversation or discussion, usually without other people listening
    want a word (with someone):

    David wants a quiet word with you.

    have a word (with someone):

    Can I have a quick word with you?

    1. a.
      [countable] a short speech on a particular subject
      word about/on:

      Let me say a word on the subject of security.

      say a few words (=give a short speech):

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

  4. 4
    [singular/uncountable] news or information about someone or something

    We’ve had no word from Brian yet.

    send word (=send a message):

    He sent word that they had arrived safely.

    word spreads:

    Word of the incident spread quickly.

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