in every sense of the word

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Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of in every sense of the word

: in every possible way
  • The book is a classic in every sense of the word.

Word by Word Definitions

every play
  1. : being each individual or part of a group without exception

  2. : being each in a series or succession

  3. : being all taken severally

sense play
  1. : a meaning conveyed or intended : import, signification

  2. : the faculty of perceiving by means of sense organs

  3. : a specialized function or mechanism (such as sight, hearing, smell, taste, or touch) by which an animal receives and responds to external or internal stimuli

  1. : to perceive by the senses (see 1sense 2)

  2. : to be or become conscious of

  3. : grasp, comprehend

word play
  1. : a speech sound or series of speech sounds that symbolizes and communicates a meaning usually without being divisible into smaller units capable of independent use

  2. : the entire set of linguistic forms produced by combining a single base with various inflectional elements without change in the part of speech elements

  3. : a written or printed character or combination of characters representing a spoken word

  1. : to express in words : phrase

  2. : speak


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