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 version (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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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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22 Oct 2021

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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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