\ 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 The network announced the documentary in a tweet Sunday evening—and even went so far as to change its handle on Twitter to ABeyC, which is extremely appropriate. Krystin Arneson, Glamour, "Beyoncé Just Announced a Surprise Behind-the-Scenes Documentary, and It’s Dropping Tomorrow," 15 Sep. 2019 The Waukesha County Sheriff's Department issued a tweet late Thursday night saying Kalin Sunde was back in custody. Christopher Kuhagen, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "The woman involved in the I-94 standoff with police has been caught, authorities say," 29 Aug. 2019 There has been talk in boxing circles for months about whether the relationship between De La Hoya and Alvarez is fractured, but Alvarez’s tweet was the first public sign of discord. Los Angeles Times, "Column: Oscar De La Hoya strikes back at perception his fighters are sparring with him," 16 Sep. 2019 The Twitter Canada rankings reflect the most popular films and actors based on total mentions in tweets during the event's Sept. 5-15 run. Etan Vlessing, The Hollywood Reporter, "Toronto: 'Joker,' 'Knives Out' Star Chris Evans Dominated Twitter During Festival," 16 Sep. 2019 Cain’s tweet was live on the social media platform for more than two hours before it was pulled down from Twitter on Thursday. Wire Service, The Mercury News, "‘My AR is ready for you’: Lawmaker’s ‘threatening’ tweet to Beto O’Rourke is removed," 13 Sep. 2019 Those tweets would be the start of what's probably one of the most romantic stories ever. Jasmine Gomez, Seventeen, "A Complete Timeline of Sarah Hyland and Wells Adams' Relationship," 11 Sep. 2019 More: Poll: Americans don't expect Congress to act on gun laws Trump's tweet is the latest in a long list of complaints about his approval ratings from various surveys. Jeanine Santucci, USA TODAY, "Donald Trump slams 'fixed' poll showing his latest job approval rating is at 38%," 10 Sep. 2019 Macron’s tweet was deeply ill-informed, but indistinguishable from the misleading rants of sundry actors and singers. Rich Lowry, National Review, "The Amazon Scam," 30 Aug. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb But the Arlington County Police Department later tweeted that authorities had completed a preliminary search of the theater at the Ballston Quarter mall in Arlington without finding any evidence that a shooting took place. Washington Post, "Despite panic, no evidence of shooting at movie theater," 16 Sep. 2019 But the Arlington County Police Department later tweeted that authorities had completed a preliminary search of the theater at the Ballston Quarter mall in Arlington without finding any evidence that a shooting took place. Time, "Despite Panic, Authorities Find No Evidence of Shooting at Virginia Movie Theater," 15 Sep. 2019 Less than two hours later, the department tweeted an update saying the person had been identified. Jenna West,, "Johnny Manziel Uniform Stolen From Texas A&M Museum, Person of Interest Identified," 13 Sep. 2019 Analy Otero Diaz, a senior program manager lead at Microsoft, tweeted an image of the new battery feature that Microsoft is making available to Windows Insiders, the participants in its Windows 10 beta program. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "Windows 10's Your Phone app will get a battery indicator soon, and maybe calls, too," 9 Sep. 2019 Trump again brought attention to his claim of Alabama in the storm’s path by tweeting photos of forecasts from last week that estimated a 5 to 10 percent chance of tropical storm force winds for parts of southeast Alabama and the Mobile area . Howard Koplowitz |, al, "James Spann backs up Alabama weather service in Trump’s Dorian feud," 6 Sep. 2019 The singer later tweeted a video of justice being served in a patrol car, where an officer was writing him a ticket for fishing without a license. Ed Masley, azcentral, "Fans narc on Dierks Bentley for fishing in Colorado without a license," 3 Sep. 2019 Months later, when the 2015 State of the Union rolled around, staffers tweeted out a picture of the infamous tan suit and suggested - facetiously - that the president might wear it to deliver his speech. oregonlive, "Five years ago, Obama was blasted for wearing a tan suit. Now, it’s used to contrast him with Trump.," 1 Sep. 2019 The alt-finance ministry, for instance, tweeted about focussing the country’s expenditure on primary education. Manavi Kapur, Quartz India, "A poll on Twitter has birthed an all-spoof alternative Indian government," 28 Aug. 2019

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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

Kids Definition of tweet (Entry 2 of 2)

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