ver·​sion | \ ˈvər-zhən How to pronounce version (audio) , -shən How to pronounce version (audio) \

Definition of version

1a : an account or description from a particular point of view especially as contrasted with another account
b : an adaptation of a literary work the movie version of the novel
c : an arrangement of a musical composition
2 : a form or variant of a type or original an experimental version of the airplane
3 : a translation from another language especially : a translation of the Bible or a part of it
4a : a condition in which an organ and especially the uterus is turned from its normal position
b : manual turning of a fetus in the uterus to aid delivery

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Other Words from version

versional \ ˈvərzh-​nəl , ˈvərsh-​ ; ˈvər-​zhə-​nᵊl How to pronounce versional (audio) , -​shə-​ \ adjective

Examples of version in a Sentence

Let me tell you my version of what happened. We heard two different versions of the story. A new version of the word processing program should be available soon. I have an older version of the software. This new design is better than the first version. A film version of the novel is being made. the King James Version of the Bible
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Recent Examples on the Web Rosé all day, the graduate version, with notes of passion fruit on the nose and palate and a lightly bitter finish. Washington Post, "Yes, you can: These 16 cocktails are actually worth popping open," 19 Oct. 2020 Both spots were filmed at least in part at the Porsche Museum in Germany, where a functional, physical version of Silverhand's 911 will be on display, outdoors, for about another week. Sebastian Blanco, Car and Driver, "1977 Porsche 930 Turbo Is Virtually the Only Real Car in 'Cyberpunk 2077'," 18 Oct. 2020 The result, tossed with housemade sour pork and pork skin, maximizes crunchiness instead of the more traditional, sticky-chewy rice ball version. Janelle Bitker,, "Kin Khao alum has a funky new Isaan Thai pop-up in a leafy S.F. patio," 16 Oct. 2020 Peloton also introduced a new version of its treadmill, the Peloton Tread, to further expand its streaming platform for at-home workouts. Christa Sgobba, SELF, "Peloton Recalls Pedals From 27,000 Bikes After Reports of Injuries," 16 Oct. 2020 The Massachusetts version of the system, placed before voters in a ballot question this November, exempts presidential and some local elections from the system. Nicholas Rowan, Washington Examiner, "Massachusetts to decide on ranked-choice voting," 15 Oct. 2020 The ad-free version (recommended) is also on sale for $80 ($30 off). Scott Gilbertson, Wired, "We Found Every Good Prime Day Deal on Amazon Devices," 15 Oct. 2020 Eight years ago that original, decidedly more ribald version, was a surprise hit with gay men. Rod Stafford Hagwood,, "What’s campier than Disney’s 'Hocus Pocus’? A stage version with drag queens," 14 Oct. 2020 An earlier version of this article misquoted Ad Age’s reporting on a statement Stan Richards reportedly made in a meeting with The Richards Group employees. Dallas News, "Motel 6 fires Dallas ad firm The Richards Group over 'too Black’ comment by founder Stan Richards," 14 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of version

1582, in the meaning defined at sense 3

History and Etymology for version

Middle French, from Medieval Latin version-, versio act of turning, change, from Latin vertere to turn — more at worth

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The first known use of version was in 1582

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21 Oct 2020

Cite this Entry

“Version.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Oct. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of version

: a story or description that is different in some way from another person's story or description
: a form of something (such as a product) that is different in some way from other forms
: a particular translation of the Bible


ver·​sion | \ ˈvər-zhən How to pronounce version (audio) \

Kids Definition of version

1 : an account or description from a certain point of view The jury heard several different versions of the incident.
2 : a translation especially of the Bible
3 : a form of a type or original Esperanza's grandmother … was a smaller, older, more wrinkled version of Mama.— Pam Muñoz Ryan, Esperanza Rising


ver·​sion | \ ˈvər-zhən How to pronounce version (audio) , -shən How to pronounce version (audio) \

Medical Definition of version

1 : a condition in which an organ and especially the uterus is turned from its normal position
2 : manual turning of a fetus in the uterus to aid delivery

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