\ 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, jargon, peep, pip, pipe, twitter

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Examples of tweet in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

In a series of tweets released on Thursday morning, Kensington Palace revealed that Meghan Markle has been given four new royal patronages—including taking over from the Queen as royal patron of the National Theatre in London. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Meghan Markle Receives Four New Royal Patronages from Queen Elizabeth," 10 Jan. 2019 Below, check out a few, very shook tweets from people who are just now discovering You. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "People Are Just Now Discovering You on Netflix, and They're Flipping Out," 9 Jan. 2019 The Alexis Ren and Alan Bersten saga continues — at least, that's what people think based on the model's recent tweet. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "Alexis Ren's Crypitc Tweet Has Fans Convinced She Wants to Get Back With Alan Bersten," 4 Jan. 2019 When Twitter rolled out longer tweets, a lot of users were furious. Kurt Wagner, Recode, "Instagram got rid of the scrolling feed for some users and people freaked out," 27 Dec. 2018 Last month, YouTube beauty blogger Laura Lee issued an apology video after fans found racist and fat-shaming tweets on her account. Zoe Weiner, Allure, "Laura Lee Is Attempting to Apologize Again for Her Controversial Tweets," 27 Sep. 2018 He was forced to step down as chairman of Tesla for three years, pay a $20 million fine, and submit his public communications about the company — including his tweets — to oversight. Sean O'kane, The Verge, "The Verge 2018 tech report card: Tesla," 29 Dec. 2018 While the ratings seem to indicate that the show is doing okay, some fans — particularly those still upset over ABC firing Barr for her racist tweet – don't seem to think The Conners should go on. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "Here's When We'll Know if 'The Conners' Is Getting Canceled or if There'll Be a Season 2," 27 Nov. 2018 The show's account also posted a tweet on social media that only makes the situation more confusing. Megan Stein, Country Living, "'NCIS' Is About to Reveal Something Very Mysterious About Agent Bishop," 13 Nov. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

A day earlier, Musk tweeted that his company was reshuffling all cars destined to owners who can't take delivery before year's end, and also making test drive and display cars available for discounted sale. Megan Geuss, Ars Technica, "Musk says Tesla will cover tax credit difference on missed 2018 deliveries," 26 Dec. 2018 Right around the time Musk tweeted his first pledge to combat traffic with tunnels, several SpaceX employees were injured in two separate crashes—one of which was a harrowing high-speed hit-and-run. Alissa Walker, Curbed, "We don’t need more dedicated places where cars can go fast," 20 Dec. 2018 In July, the couple’s trip to Bali with two-year-old Luna and then two-month-old Miles made headlines when Teigen live-tweeted the earthquake in Indonesia. Jordi Lippe-mcgraw, Condé Nast Traveler, "Chrissy Teigen on the Reality of Traveling with Kids," 3 Dec. 2018 Hill tweeted with a thumbs-up emoji after the game. Steven Wine, The Seattle Times, "Iowa rallies past No. 18 Mississippi State in Outback Bowl," 2 Jan. 2019 Early last week, Tesla CEO Elon Musk tweeted that the company would cover the full tax credit for customers whose Teslas arrived after the December 31 deadline, if the customer was promised a pre-January 1 delivery date. Megan Geuss, Ars Technica, "Report: Tesla has more than 3,300 Model 3s remaining in US inventory," 31 Dec. 2018 Bed Bath & Beyond also tweeted a blog post specifically targeted at people staying home on New Year’s Eve. E.j. Dickson, Vox, "How brands are capitalizing on your lack of plans.," 26 Dec. 2018 Dorsey tweeted that Square would likely be taxed at disproportionately higher rate of total revenue than software companies like Salesforce. Shirin Ghaffary, Recode, "San Francisco has passed a first-of-its-kind tax on big businesses — like Square and Stripe — to help the homeless," 7 Nov. 2018 President Trump’s immediate reaction, including tweeting about tariffs, addresses larger economic forces and policy debates, not the everyday issues soon to be faced be these communities. Patrick Sisson, Curbed, "When towns lose a factory, what comes next?," 29 Nov. 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


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Kids Definition of tweet

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a chirping sound


tweeted; tweeting

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