\ 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

An ad for the new live-action Aladdin prompted some thirsty Genie tweets. Vogue, "These Were the Most Viral Moments From the Grammy Awards 2019," 11 Feb. 2019 Earlier in the day, a statement by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Democratic leadership called Ms. Omar’s tweets anti-Semitic. Joshua Jamerson, WSJ, "Rep. Ilhan Omar Apologizes for Remarks About Pro-Israel Group," 11 Feb. 2019 Because in the tweet exchange no one saw coming, apparently the two are HUGE fans. Katherine J. Igoe, Marie Claire, "Ariana Grande Fangirls Over Tyra Banks on Twitter—and Tyra's a Fan," 7 Feb. 2019 The question is then, why was that tweet on Shawn's feed to begin with? Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, "Shawn Mendes Apologizes After Liking Transphobic Tweet," 5 Feb. 2019 Her fans are very excited, but fearful that Lady Gaga's A Star Is Born performance may beat her out (see the below tweet). Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Glenn Close Had the Sweetest Reaction to Her Oscar Nomination for Her Role in The Wife," 22 Jan. 2019 Perhaps Democrats could stand to be more afraid of, for example, climate change than a mean tweet. Mattie Kahn, Glamour, "Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Will Teach Democrats How to Do Twitter," 17 Jan. 2019 Trump’s tweet came shortly after White House spokesman Hogan Gidley was asked about the subject during a live interview on Fox News. John Wagner, The Seattle Times, "Trump says he directed Sarah Sanders ‘not to bother’ with White House news briefings," 22 Jan. 2019 Jacob Went on a Social Media Break Only two days before Joey posted her mystery tweet, Jacob decided to go on a social media break. Tamara Fuentes, Seventeen, "6 Signs Jacob Elordi and Joey King Might Have Broken Up," 8 Jan. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The royal duo met with volunteers, coordinators, and execs from the organization, royal reporter Omid Scobie tweeted. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Meghan Markle Writes Heartwarming Notes to Women on Bananas," 1 Feb. 2019 On Friday morning, both CNBC and Bloomberg deputy white house editor Mike Dorning tweeted that LaGuardia, one of two major airports serving New York City, was halting incoming flights at the FAA's order. Sam Blum, Popular Mechanics, "Major Airports Face Staffing Shortages and Delays Amid Government Shutdown," 25 Jan. 2019 Tesla hit its stock market high for the year as supporters piled on, hoping to help bring Musk’s tweeted vision to life. Sean O'kane, The Verge, "The Verge 2018 tech report card: Tesla," 29 Dec. 2018 Liz Wertz, aka Twitter user @LizWertz4, recently tweeted a video of her epic Suite Life dorm floor theme at Missouri State University. Stacey Grant, Seventeen, "College RA Turns Dorm Floor into a "Suite Life" Paradise to Honor Dylan and Cole Sprouse," 17 Jan. 2019 The president is tweeting like crazy about the Mueller probe. Eric Johnson, Recode, "Full Q&A: NBC journalists Chuck Todd, Andrea Mitchell and Hallie Jackson on Recode Decode," 5 Dec. 2018 Back in 2016, the outlet even tweeted a video of the former president reeling in a catfish from the pond. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "George H.W. Bush To Be Buried at His Presidential Library and Museum in College Station, Texas," 4 Dec. 2018 Above: These two accounts often tweet the same content. Joe Pappalardo, Popular Mechanics, "The Social Media Crime Fighters at FireEye Are Helping Facebook Find Fake Accounts," 12 Oct. 2018 SpaceX and Musk tweeted out some new renderings in its announcement of, well, the announcement. Condé Nast Traveler, "SpaceX Announcement: Yusaku Maezawa Is First Tourist to Fly to the Moon," 17 Sep. 2018

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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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excited commotion or publicity

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