\ 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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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

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 Coughlan's original tweet is so spot-on that it's been liked more than 37,000 (!) times. Nick Levine,, "Nicola Coughlan From Derry Girls Made The Best Point About Male Nicknames," 24 Aug. 2019 Musk's tweet was a response to another by comedian and podcaster Joe Rogan, who shared an article reporting that NASA has begun preparations for the 1,100-foot-wide asteroid Apophis, which is scheduled to pass by Earth on April 13, 2029. Leah Asmelash, CNN, "Despite Elon Musk's alarmist tweet about an asteroid hitting Earth, NASA says there is no known threat," 20 Aug. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The National Weather Service's Cleveland Office tweeted radar images on Tuesday that showed the hordes of small creatures. David Williams, CNN, "Weather radar picks up swarming dragonflies in 3 states," 12 Sep. 2019 Former 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick tweeted out a video on Wednesday night of him working out with Beckham. Tim Bielik,, "Colin Kaepernick tweets out video of him working out with Browns receiver Odell Beckham Jr.," 5 Sep. 2019 Watch The Witcher A quick note here, but Netflix tweeted-and-deleted a post this week saying that its adaptation of The Witcher is arriving in 90-ish days, putting it around mid-December. Hayden Dingman, PCWorld, "This week in games: Civilization reproduced in Excel, Control teases an Alan Wake expansion," 13 Sep. 2019 Send your questions to or tweet them to @robertrobillard. Real Estate, "Ask the Carpenter: Mold in the attic and trouble in the garage," 12 Sep. 2019 On Sunday, President Donald Trump tweeted a video showing images of the start of the replacement project in Yuma, asserting that there would be close to 500 miles of new and replacement fencing along the border by the end of 2020. Rafael Carranza, azcentral, "Second border wall replacement project starts in Yuma, uses military funds," 10 Sep. 2019 On Friday afternoon, President Trump tweeted a photo of a charred launch pad at the Imam Khomeini Space Center in Iran, which had just experienced its third launch failure of the year. Wired, "Trump Tweeted a Sensitive Photo. Internet Sleuths Decoded It," 3 Sep. 2019 Sleep tracking was the thing that would have sealed the deal, tweeted @remyperona. Edward C. Baig, USA TODAY, "Sleeping on the job? New Apple Watch, but still no sleep tracking," 11 Sep. 2019 When Chuck Slothower of the the Daily Journal of Commerce tweeted Monday that the Sellwood Dairy Queen might be turning into a bank, a Debate broke out on Twitter about where the best DQ was in the area. oregonlive, "What’s your favorite Portland area Dairy Queen? Vote now!," 10 Sep. 2019

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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


\ ˈtwēt\

Kids Definition of tweet

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a chirping sound


tweeted; tweeting

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