\ 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)

transitive + intransitive

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 Berenson made the comment in a tweet showing the results of a survey that asked students, parents, teachers, and administrators whether the Scottsdale Unified School District (SUSD) in Arizona should reopen schools in the fall. Fox News, "Alex Berenson to some Arizona teachers hesitant to reopen schools: 'Do your job. Or find another.'," 2 July 2020 FC Cincinnati stepped into that fracas and addressed the tweet directed at Alashe and Joe Gyau, banning the individual from all future FC Cincinnati matches for racially offensive actions. Pat Brennan, The Enquirer, "FC Cincinnati issues lifetime ban to fan for racist tweet," 1 July 2020 But Trump fired off a tweet just before midnight Tuesday night threatening a showdown over the issue. Jamie Mcintyre, Washington Examiner, "House marks up annual defense policy bill with many, but not all, issues settled," 1 July 2020 The Oregon chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Oregon) flagged the tweet. oregonlive, "Civil rights organizations decry Portland TV reporter’s tweet about Palestinian liberation movement," 1 July 2020 But Trump can undo the messaging with one tweet or comment. Yvonne Wingett Sanchez, The Arizona Republic, "Vice President Mike Pence to visit Phoenix Wednesday as Arizona grapples with COVID-19 surge," 30 June 2020 Devin Cow responded to the ruling with a tweet that included a (Photoshopped) image of Nunes covered in, apparently, celebratory milk. Kate Cox, Ars Technica, "Twitter not liable in Devin Nunes’ beef with cow account, judge rules," 25 June 2020 The episode began with Perlman taking issue with a tweet from Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fla., over U.S. Soccer requiring players to stand for the national anthem. Todd J. Gillman, Dallas News, "Cruz engages in flame war with ‘Hellboy,’ in tweetstorm that spotlights peddler of ‘Pizzagate’ hoax," 15 June 2020 The uproar that led to Urankar’s video started with a tweet that Urankar scrolled past without reading at first. Michael Mccleary, The Indianapolis Star, "CrossFit Games competitor Nick Urankar will continue to compete, but in his own way," 15 June 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The two sides eventually agreed to amend the earlier settlement to add specific topics the billionaire can’t tweet about or otherwise communicate in writing without advance approval. Fortune, "Elon Musk taunts the SEC as Tesla stock price soars," 2 July 2020 The actor, who also sings some of the songs on the soundtrack, has gained a massive Instagram following and a legion of fans who tweet unprintable remarks to him on a regular basis. Hannah Giorgis, The Atlantic, "Why People Are Obsessed With a Terrible Polish Erotic Thriller," 26 June 2020 On or about the time indicated above, @EW will tweet a comment related to the movie ‘Irresistible’. Ew Staff,, "EW Irresistible Twitter Watch Party Sweepstakes official rules," 24 June 2020 Rossi said the thought of her 17-year-old sister going through something similar prompted her to tweet her experience. Kathryn Lindsay,, "Comedian Chris D’Elia Accused Of Inappropriate Advances Towards Underage Girls," 17 June 2020 Twitter unveiled on Wednesday a feature that lets people record and tweet up to 140 seconds of audio. NBC News, "Twitter releases new audio feature for short voice recordings," 17 June 2020 More recently, Clark, the media studies professor, has noticed protest-style clickbait appearing on Twitter, where a person will tweet something salacious in order to get someone to click on the thread. NBC News, "Twitter memeified justice for Breonna Taylor. But can a joke make change?," 19 June 2020 Plug Instead of asking friends to essentially re-tweet his post, his asks his community of followers to like and comment on a specific post. Jefferson Graham, USA TODAY, "'You're crazy if you're not using LinkedIn': How to master the business social network," 13 June 2020 Mostly, though, Trump, being Trump, has tried to tweet his way through the interlocking crises. Susan B. Glasser, The New Yorker, "Trump Hates Losers, So Why Is He Refighting the Civil War—on the Losing Side?," 12 June 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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4 Jul 2020

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“Tweet.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Jul. 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


\ ˈtwēt \

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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