\ ˈtwēt How to pronounce tweet (audio) \

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)

transitive + intransitive

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: Verb

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Examples of tweet in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Adams later revised his stance but defended his reasoning behind the February 2020 tweet, again to Brennan in July. Miriam Fauzia, USA TODAY, "Fact check: Trump surgeon general initially dismissed mask-wearing, but then endorsed," 18 Feb. 2021 The tweet from Kerr's account came in response to a question posed by the host of a podcast called Race Through Education, Madison Payton, who is also coordinator of curriculum and instruction at a New York City high school. Scott Bauer, Star Tribune, "Wisconsin candidate apologizes for tweet about racial slur," 17 Feb. 2021 Please be warned that the tweet following this one may be a trigger. Rebecca Alter, Vulture, "Drag Race’s Sherry Pie Apologies (Again) on Tamron Hall," 16 Feb. 2021 The tweet was later deleted and the agency released a statement saying that it had been posted by mistake. New York Times, "An Overnight Refuge for Homeless New Yorkers, Lost to the Pandemic," 8 Feb. 2021 The tweet that was issued Sunday afternoon was deleted but not before the Washington Examiner viewed its contents. Naomi Lim, Washington Examiner, "Obama ethics chief torches Biden over Hunter memoir in disappearing tweets," 7 Feb. 2021 The tweet has since received more than 82,000 likes. Globe Staff,, "He turned in footage of the Capitol riot to the FBI. Then he was charged with taking part," 5 Feb. 2021 Parker accompied the tweet with emojis of a black heart, a dove and what appeared to be a falling star, along with the hashtag #MambaForever. Tom Orsborn,, "Spurs’ DeMar DeRozan still struggling to come to grips with Kobe Bryant’s death," 26 Jan. 2021 Unlike the Pence tweet, Taylor’s wasn’t an ironic joke and was therefore much worse. Kyle Smith, National Review, "Cancel the Cancel-Culture Craziness," 25 Jan. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Among the personalities who took time Saturday to tweet memories and photos of themselves with King was filmmaker Kevin Smith. David Bauder, Star Tribune, "From presidents to faded stars, all welcomed by Larry King," 23 Jan. 2021 Despite the large Twitter following on the official accounts, Trump preferred to tweet from his personal @realDonaldTrump account until Twitter permanently suspended his account for violating its policies on glorifying violence. Tyler Van Dyke, Washington Examiner, "Twitter to reset presidential account to zero ahead of Biden transition," 15 Jan. 2021 Mills is rarely hesitant to tweet her views on politics, from her activism protesting for racial justice to her disapproval of some actions by Bowser. Washington Post, "D.C. contact tracer says she was fired for a tweet that raised questions about overtime pay," 22 Dec. 2020 The hackers managed to tweet from 45 accounts, access the direct message inboxes of 36 and download the Twitter data from seven. CBS News, "Twitter says high-profile hack was the result of phishing," 31 July 2020 But Twitter, which had locked Mr. Trump’s account on Wednesday for posts that violated its rules, lifted the suspension, allowing the president to tweet. New York Times, "Facebook Bars Trump Through End of His Term," 7 Jan. 2021 Musk has regularly used Tesla owners who tweet ideas at him to help him determine what should be added to Tesla vehicles. Roberto Baldwin, Car and Driver, "Teslas May Soon Be Able to Call 911," 30 Dec. 2020 Kim Kardashian is reacting to the scheduled execution of Brandon Bernard, urging her followers to tweet at President Donald Trump to halt the execution. Johnny Magdaleno, USA TODAY, "'I literally lost it': Kim Kardashian reacts to Brandon Bernard's scheduled execution, details last phone call," 11 Dec. 2020 Trump, having apparently decided that the best way to deal with the pandemic, as chief executive, is to occasionally tweet about it, focuses his efforts on getting reelected. Dave Barry, Washington Post, "Dave Barry’s Year in Review 2020," 27 Dec. 2020

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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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23 Feb 2021

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“Tweet.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Mar. 2021.

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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


\ ˈtwēt \

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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