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

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 How to pronounce versional (audio) , ˈvərsh-​ ; ˈvər-​zhə-​nᵊl , -​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 More specifically, October 15, 2021, when the film version of Hamilton: The Musical is set to be released in theaters nationwide. Marilyn La Jeunesse, Teen Vogue, ""Hamilton: The Musical" Is Coming to Movie Theaters," 3 Feb. 2020 And at least one version of the ransom message displayed by the malware asks victims to email the extortionists at the address Andy Greenberg, Wired, "Mysterious New Ransomware Targets Industrial Control Systems," 3 Feb. 2020 Two versions of the books currently sell on Mr. James’s website for $1,800 and $3,600. New York Times, "‘Angels’ in Hell: The Culture of Misogyny Inside Victoria’s Secret," 1 Feb. 2020 There’s a women’s version, called the Envi, that is nearly identical but uses a slightly different liner. Louis Mazzante, Popular Mechanics, "The Most Exciting New Winter Gear and Apparel from Outdoor Retailer 2020," 31 Jan. 2020 To toggle between Instagram and Twitter in the days after Jan. 26 was to experience the social-media version of a wake: Gigi dangling from her father’s shoulders, or parked above them, her hands resting on his head. Sean Gregory, Time, "'He Was Going to Do Great Things.' Why Many Believed the Best Was Ahead of Kobe Bryant," 30 Jan. 2020 Saturday night was the award season's version of the presidential election season's upcoming Super Tuesday: a storm of results came in all at once, offering — or at least appearing to offer — a bit of clarity about the overall race. Scott Feinberg, The Hollywood Reporter, "Oscars Analysis: What Recent '1917,' 'Ford v Ferrari' and 'Little Women' Wins Mean," 26 Jan. 2020 The traditional version — marinated in achiote paste and Seville orange juice — is slowly cooked for hours in a Mayan pib, an underground oven lined with hot stones. Janelle Bitker,, "Recipe: El Molino Central’s Cochinita Pibil," 17 Jan. 2020 Besides the holy trinity, the main vegetable in gumbo is okra, but there are versions without it, too. Charlyne Mattox, Country Living, "Gumbo vs. Jambalaya: What's the Real Difference?," 17 Jan. 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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6 Feb 2020

Cite this Entry

“Version.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Feb. 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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