\ˈtwēt \

Definition of tweet 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a chirping note

2 : a post made on the Twitter online message service


tweeted; tweeting; tweets

Definition of tweet (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : to make a chirping sound Later I'll want to hear the high frequencies again, the birds tweeting in the morning and the raindrops on the roof.— Dee Snider

2 : to make a posting on the Twitter online message service : to post a tweet (see tweet entry 1 sense 2) Madison's job was to verify information being sent in and then relay that to legal observers, street medics, and other organizers who could in turn tweet the information to the masses in the streets.— Matthew Power You can tweet as much as you want or lurk without comment, though consistent tweeting and audience engagement are key to attracting and keeping followers.— Charlotte Abbott

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Synonyms for tweet

Synonyms: Verb

cheep, chirp, chirrup, chitter, peep, pip, pipe, twitter

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Examples of tweet in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

That auto-post policy had been in place for more than five years, the tweet added. Billy Kobin, Indianapolis Star, "Governor's office halts auto-tweet policy after criticism of link to Curtis Hill statement," 13 July 2018 The state gave no ETA for reopening the freeway; check the latest traffic tweets here. Morning Brief, The Seattle Times, "The Thailand cave rescue is complete, and more on the Supreme Court | Tuesday Morning Brief, July 10," 10 July 2018 Here are all the tweets: No one ever knew if James was going to show up or not. Alysha Tsuji, For The Win, "Lakers fans hoping to see LeBron waited at a Blaze Pizza for hours (he didn't show up)," 10 July 2018 In the tweet, the sheriff warned local businesses about accepting fake bills and encouraging people to turn them in. Julia Sclafani, sacbee, "Despite Chinese markings, fake $100 bills cause a scene at El Dorado Hills intersection," 9 July 2018 Privately funded, no taxpayer dollars,’’ the tweet says. Dave Hyde,, "Hyde: MLS plans released by Mas, Beckham are ... interesting," 9 July 2018 But the hyperbolic self-pitying tone of the tweet instantly highlighted the problem of viewing economic news only from the perspective of bosses, as opposed to workers. Jeet Heer, The New Republic, "Rising wages horrifies CNBC but delights everyone else.," 5 July 2018 In a series of tweets of his own, Sen. John McCain, R-Arizona, said the indictments add to the information about Russian interference in the elections and called on Trump to confront Putin about it directly or cancel the summit. Ronald J. Hansen, azcentral, "Arizona servers used by Russian hackers to monitor Democrats, feds say," 13 July 2018 The June 14 incident at Caldwell Woods on the Far Northwest Side came to light Monday and has also attracted the attention of Ricardo Rossello, the governor of Puerto Rico, who released a series of tweets on the incident. Gregory Pratt,, "Toni Preckwinkle apologizes to woman berated by man at forest preserve for wearing Puerto Rican flag shirt," 10 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The Wimbledon Foundation also tweeted several photos of Markle and Middleton meeting with Tia Clarke, the 11-year-old girl who did the coin toss for the match. Julyssa Lopez, Glamour, "Meghan Markle and Kate Middleton Just Made Their First Solo Appearance Together at Wimbledon," 14 July 2018 On Wednesday, Mas tweeted the results of a survey purported to show about 75 percent of the city’s voters supporting the stadium plan. Craig Davis,, "David Beckham, Jorge Mas encounter opposition in latest bid for Miami MLS stadium," 13 July 2018 And then, obviously at some point, Kim [Kardashian West] sees it and tweets it out? Abby Gardner, Glamour, "How a Former Glamour College Woman of the Year Helped Break the Alice Johnson Story," 13 July 2018 The renovated Nickel Plate District Amphitheater will reopen Friday, July 13, the Fishers Parks and Recreation Department tweeted Thursday evening. Sarah Bahr, Indianapolis Star, "Nickel Plate District Amphitheater reopens in Fishers," 12 July 2018 Her Majesty was originally scheduled to appear at a service at St. Paul's Cathedral in London this morning that honored the 200th anniversary of the Most Distinguished Order of St. Michael and St. George, the royal family tweeted. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "The Queen Skipped a Royal Event Because She Was Feeling "Under the Weather"," 28 June 2018 The agency tweeted Monday that an investigation of the officer is ongoing. Fox News, "Illinois cop off beat after dispute over Puerto Rican shirt," 10 July 2018 Four suspects accused of pistol-whipping a victim and firing a gun inside of an apartment during a home invasion robbery in June have been arrested by law enforcement, Precinct 4 tweeted. Mayra Cruz, Houston Chronicle, "Police arrest suspects in alleged violent home invasion, Precinct 4 tweets," 10 July 2018 Also Thursday morning, all lanes except the breakdown lane on the Massachusetts Turnpike near the 82 mile marker in Charlton are now open, State Police tweeted around 8:17 a.m. John R. Ellement,, "Kenmore Square ramp reopened, State Police say," 5 July 2018

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First Known Use of tweet


1768, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1851, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of tweet

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a short, high sound

: a brief message that someone writes on the Internet using a service called Twitter



English Language Learners Definition of tweet (Entry 2 of 2)

: to make a short, high sound

: to write a brief message (called a tweet) on the Internet using a service called Twitter



Kids Definition of tweet

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a chirping sound


tweeted; tweeting

Kids Definition of tweet (Entry 2 of 2)

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playful or foolish behavior

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