word1 W1S1 [wə:d US wə:rd] n
1¦(unit of language)¦
2 somebody's words
3 have a word
4 want a word
5 not hear/understand/believe a word
6 without (saying) a word
7 say a word/say a few words
8 a word of warning/caution/advice/thanks etc
9 not say a word
10 put your feelings/thoughts etc into words
11 have/exchange words (with somebody)
12 a harsh/a cross/an angry etc word
14 the last/final word
15 my/his/your etc word
16 word for word
17 in a word
18 in words of one syllable
19 in so many words
20 take the words (right) out of somebody's mouth
21 put words into somebody's mouth
22¦(an order)¦
23 (right) from the word go
24 too silly/complicated/ridiculous etc for words
25 (have/drop) a word in somebody's ear
26 get a word in (edgeways)
27 put in a (good) word for somebody
28 words fail me
29 word!
30 (Upon) my word!
31 surprised/angry/pleased etc isn't the word for it
32 a man/woman etc of few words
33 the Word (of God)
[: Old English;]
the smallest unit of language that people can understand if it is said or written on its own
Write an essay of about five hundred words.
I know the tune, but not the words.
'Vater' is the German word for (=word that means) 'father'.
Perhaps 'lucky' is not exactly the right word .
search for/find etc a word
(=try to choose words that express what you want to say)
She was having difficulty finding the right words to tell him.
2.) sb's words
the things that someone says or writes
Those are his words, not mine.
in sb's words
Jones was, in the judge's words, 'an evil man'.
In your own words , explain the term 'personal service'.
3.) have a word
especially spoken to talk to someone quickly, especially because you need their advice about something or you want to tell them to do something
Could I have a word?
have a word with
I'll have a word with him and see if he'll help.
have a quick/brief word
I was hoping to have a quick word with you.
have/exchange a few words
Could I have a few words with you?
4.) want a word
spoken to want to talk to someone, especially in order to criticize them
want a word with
Wait a minute! I want a word with you!
5.) not hear/understand/believe a word
used to emphasize that you cannot hear, understand etc what someone says or writes
No one could hear a word because someone had cut the amplifier cable.
not hear/understand/believe a word of
I can't understand a word of Russian.
6.) without (saying) a word
if you do something without a word, you do not say anything while you do it
He left without a word.
7.) say a word/say a few words
to make a short speech about something
I'd like to say a few words about the plans.
8.) a word of warning/caution/advice/thanks etc
something you say that warns someone, thanks them etc
It's a beautiful city, but a word of warning: street robberies are very common.
He left without a word of apology.
9.) not say a word
a) also not breathe a word
to not say anything about something because it is a secret
Promise you won't say a word to anyone?
b) to not say anything
What's wrong? You haven't said more than two words since you got here.
10.) put your feelings/thoughts etc into words
to express what you want to say clearly
He found it difficult to put ideas into words.
11.) have/exchange words (with sb)
to argue - use this when you do not want to make the argument seem serious
I was in a bad mood and he kept pestering me, so we had words.
12.) a harsh/a cross/an angry etc word
something you say that shows you are angry or want to criticize someone
Mountain rescue teams have harsh words to say to people who climb without proper equipment.
They were married for 50 years and she says there was never an angry word between them.
13.) ¦(NEWS/INFORMATION)¦ [singular, U]
a piece of news or a message
Word came that our duties would be changed.
'Have you heard from Ann?' 'No, not a word.'
There was still no word from John.
word gets out/around
(=people hear about something)
It's a very small town and if you do something bad, word gets around.
the word is (that)/word has it (that)
(=people are saying that)
The word is that the two companies are planning a merger.
spread/pass the word
(=tell other people some information or news)
Health officials are encouraging people to spread the word about the benefits of exercise.
send/bring word
old-fashioned formal (=send or bring a message)
The mayor sent word he'd be late.
Word of mouth (=information you get by someone telling you) is one of the best ways of getting business.
by word of mouth
Much of this information is picked up by word of mouth from previous students.
14.) the last/final word
a) the power to decide whether or how to do something
the last/final word on
The final word on policy determination belongs to the committee.
She has the final word on whether policies are put into action or not.
b) the last statement or speech in a discussion or argument
The last word must go to Nick, who has organized the whole project.
Why must you always have the last word in any argument?
c) in sports, the last hit or kick in a game, especially when it is successful
Adams had the final word with a last-minute goal.
15.) my/his/your etc word
a sincere promise to do something, or a promise that what you say is true
I trust him to keep his word .
I give you my word (=I promise) that it won't happen again.
We only have his word for it that he has already paid.
Delors claimed that Johnson had gone back on his word (=not done what he had promised to do) .
The business is doing very well. You can take my word for it (=accept that what I say is true) .
I never know whether to take him at his word (=believe what he says) .
His word is his bond (=he always does what he promises to do) .
be true to your word/be as good as your word
(=do what you promise to do)
a man of his word/a woman of her word
(=a man or woman who does what they have promised to do)
16.) word for word
a) in exactly the same words
The newspaper printed his speech more or less word for word.
b) also word by word
if you translate a piece of writing word for word, you translate the meaning of each single word rather than the meaning of a whole phrase or sentence
17.) in a word
used before giving a very simple answer or explanation
We are, in a word, busy. Ridiculously busy.
18.) in words of one syllable
saying something in a way that is very easy to understand, especially because the person you are talking to is stupid
You have to put everything in words of one syllable for her.
19.) in so many words also in as many words [usually negative]
in a direct way, or in a way that makes it very clear what you mean
Aunt Fay was angry and said so in as many words.
20.) take the words (right) out of sb's mouth
spoken if someone takes the words out of your mouth, they have just said what you were going to say
21.) put words into sb's mouth
spoken to tell someone what you think they are trying to say, in a way that annoys them
Will you stop putting words into my mouth - I never said I disliked the job.
22.) ¦(AN ORDER)¦ [singular]
an order to do something
On the word 'go' everyone has to run to the end of the room and back.
When I give the word, grab him.
23.) (right) from the word go
spoken from the beginning of something
The marriage was a disaster from the word go.
24.) too silly/complicated/ridiculous etc for words
spoken extremely silly, complicated etc
His behaviour has been too pathetic for words.
25.) (have/drop) a word in sb's ear
to say something to someone privately, especially to give them advice or a warning
If I were you, I'd have a word in his ear before it's too late.
26.) get a word in (edgeways)
to get a chance to say something
Once George starts talking it's difficult to get a word in edgeways.
27.) put in a (good) word for sb
to try to help someone get or achieve something by saying good things about them to someone else
I got the job because Paul put in a good word for me.
28.) words fail me
spoken used to say that you are so surprised, angry, or shocked that you do not know what to say
I ... words fail me.
29.) word!
AmE informal used to say that you understand or agree with what someone has just said
30.) (Upon) my word!
spoken old-fashioned used when you are very surprised
My word! Hasn't she grown?
31.) surprised/angry/pleased etc isn't the word for it
spoken used to say you are extremely surprised, angry etc
32.) a man/woman etc of few words
someone who does not say very much
My father was a man of few words.
33.) the Word (of God)
the religious ideas and messages in the Bible
eat your words ateat, ↑four-letter word,a good word for sb/sth atgood1 (31), in other words atother, be the last word in sth atlast1 (10), be lost for words atlost2 (10), mark my words atmark2 (12), not mince your words atmince1 (3), play on words atplay2 (6), say the word atsay1 (26), the spoken word atspoken2 (2), the written word atwritten2 (3)
word 2
word2 v [T]
to use words that are carefully chosen in order to express something
= ↑phrase
How can we word the letter so as not to offend the parents?
carefully/strongly/vaguely etc worded
a carefully worded statement
a strongly worded letter

Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.