version

noun

ver·​sion ˈvər-zhən How to pronounce version (audio) -shən How to pronounce version (audio)
1
a
: 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
4
a
: 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
versional
ˈvərzh-nəl
ˈvərsh-;
ˈvər-zhə-nᵊl How to pronounce version (audio)
-shə-
adjective

Example Sentences

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 See More
Recent Examples on the Web But for the Critics Choice, Fanning and stylist Samantha McMillen were drawn to McQueen’s romantic version of the bustle, a garment from the early-to-mid 1870s consisting of a pad or frame worn underneath a skirt to exaggerate the hips. Christian Allaire, Vogue, 17 Jan. 2023 Officers were also reportedly searching for a third suspect, a mainland man returning from India with 2,000 tablets of antivirals including Primovir and Paxista, another generic version of Paxlovid, and Merck’s Molnupiravir. Time, 16 Jan. 2023 The Perfect collection pants are also available in a corduroy version, which is wildly popular among shoppers (more than 1,600 people have added them to their cart in the past seven days alone). Nicol Natale, Peoplemag, 15 Jan. 2023 Harry went on to become an Apache attack helicopter pilot, piloting the British Army’s version of the Apache, the WAH-64. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, 13 Jan. 2023 This easy meatloaf recipe is a classic version, blending ground beef, pork and veal with simple pantry seasonings. Kay Chun, Chicago Tribune, 13 Jan. 2023 The latest version, DLSS 3, generates and inserts entirely new frames into your gameplay, like how Broadcast generates and adds a new pair of eyes to your face. Mitchell Clark, The Verge, 12 Jan. 2023 Paramount+ will also offer an exclusive, extended version of the interview at the conclusion of the live broadcast, around 9 p.m. ET. Julia Maccary, Variety, 11 Jan. 2023 Escovitch is a Jamaican version of the Spanish style of cooking after which it is named: fried and dressed with spices, in this case scotch bonnet peppers, onions, bell peppers and vinegar. Ruth C. White, Condé Nast Traveler, 10 Jan. 2023 See More

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Word History

Etymology

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

First Known Use

1582, in the meaning defined at sense 3

Time Traveler
The first known use of version was in 1582

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Cite this Entry

“Version.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/version. Accessed 27 Jan. 2023.

Kids Definition

version

noun
ver·​sion ˈvər-zhən How to pronounce version (audio)
1
: a translation especially of the Bible
the Douay version
the King James version
2
: an account or description from one point of view
your version of what happened
3
: a form or variant of a type or original
an experimental version of the car

Medical Definition

version

noun
ver·​sion ˈvər-zhən How to pronounce version (audio) -shən How to pronounce version (audio)
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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