\ 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)

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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Examples of tweet in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Chen Qiushi's Youtube channel Update: A tweet from Chen’s Twitter account sent on Feb. 7 said Chen’s friends and mother have been unable to reach him since around 7pm local time on Feb. 6. Jane Li, Quartz, "“I have seen bodies”: A Chinese citizen journalist reports on the coronavirus from Wuhan," 6 Feb. 2020 The Looming Tower‘s Peter Sarsgaard was also previously thought to play villain Two-Face, given a cryptic tweet from Reeves that featured, well, two faces. Nick Romano,, "Everything we know about The Batman so far," 29 Jan. 2020 When the White House sent a tweet accusing Mr. Crow of lying about the president’s record, his campaign was quick to send a fundraising email. Andrew Duehren, WSJ, "Colorado Voters Stay in Party Corners in Impeachment Manager’s District," 27 Jan. 2020 The fire broke out before 5:30 a.m. at a house near the intersection of West 47th Street and Oakley Avenue in Cleveland’s Stockyards neighborhood, a tweet from the Cleveland fire department’s account says. Jane Morice |, cleveland, "Woman dies in early morning house fire in Cleveland’s Stockyards neighborhood," 26 Jan. 2020 Great Blasket Island, located off the coast of Kerry in Ireland, posted a tweet about a new position. Kelly Corbett, House Beautiful, "Great Blasket Island in Ireland Is Hiring Two People for a Super Unique Role— Room and Board Included," 15 Jan. 2020 Most of us weren’t terribly obsessed by a man in a large white house spinning the world into chaos one tweet at a time, though the actual planet already was waist-deep in the quicksand of our worst decisions, environmentally speaking. Tod Goldberg, USA TODAY, "Review: Jenny Offill's brilliant, satirical 'Weather' takes temperature of current political moment," 11 Feb. 2020 President Donald Trump also weighed in on the shooting with a tweet. Jon Haworth, ABC News, "NYPD cops shot in the Bronx in 2 separate 'assassination' incidents, 1 suspect in custody," 9 Feb. 2020 One tweet also superimposed government slogans over images of Lawrence Limburger, another cartoon character that looks like Xi. Zachary Halaschak, Washington Examiner, "University of Minnesota student imprisoned in China for mocking Xi Jinping," 22 Jan. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Trump reacted by tweeting out a meme of his Presidency going on forever. John Cassidy, The New Yorker, "The Challenge Facing Democrats Now," 7 Feb. 2020 Ben Halle, Michael’s brother, is Buttigieg’s Iowa communications director, who made waves tweeting out caucus result sheets that had an as-yet unexplained pin number written on them. Alexis C. Madrigal, The Atlantic, "Iowa’s Caucus Debacle Is More Than a Tech Problem," 4 Feb. 2020 Times reporter Amy Qin tweeted on Tuesday that a makeshift hospital had also been set up in the city’s exhibition center for less-severely affected 2019-nCoV patients. Popular Science, "Wuhan’s new hospitals are sorely needed, but they won’t stop the spread of disease," 4 Feb. 2020 The reason Elon Musk is tweeting out a dancing guy emoji. Aarian Marshall, Wired, "Uber in Vancouver, a Vehicle Ban in SF, and Other Car News," 2 Feb. 2020 By comparison, Reading and Taylor are schools that have closed due to illness but are continuing to play games. Reading Superintendent Chuck LaFata tweeted out Thursday that Reading schools would be closed due to a sharp increase in absences. Scott Springer,, "Deer Park asks out of CHL basketball game vs. Wyoming due to illnesses," 31 Jan. 2020 By Sunday afternoon, Fox’s stepdaughter singer Jillian Hervey (known as Lion Babe in her music career) tweeted out that Fox wasn’t a passenger on the fateful helicopter. Taiia Smart Young, Essence, "Rick Fox Says False Reports About His Death in Kobe Bryant’s Crash 'Shook A Lot of People In My Life'," 30 Jan. 2020 Hundreds of Post staffers signed a letter protesting her punishment for merely tweeting out a news story. Peggy Noonan, WSJ, "Legacies: Kobe Bryant and Impeachment," 30 Jan. 2020 Update: LeoLabs tweeted Tuesday that the two satellites' collision probability has dropped to 1 in 1,000. Jennifer Leman, Popular Mechanics, "Two Satellites Could Collide Tonight," 28 Jan. 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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15 Feb 2020

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“Tweet.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Feb. 2020.

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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

Kids Definition of tweet (Entry 2 of 2)

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