ver·​sion | \ˈvər-zhən, -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 , 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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The accompanying gore is similarly contained, at least in the beginning and midsection of the film: Where Argento’s Suspiria exults in blood early and exorbitantly, Guadagnino’s version is relatively bloodless until the very end. Aja Romano, Vox, "How Suspiria turns the color red into a plot point," 9 Nov. 2018 The first version of the YB1 costs around $280,000, taking one month to build and one day to install on site. Liz Stinson, Curbed, "Yves Béhar debuts a line of prefab homes," 2 Nov. 2018 But fans soon noticed that Meghan’s version of the shirt dress featured slight but important changes to that shown on the designer’s website. Lucy Wood, Marie Claire, "How Meghan Markle Altered Her Veronica Beard Shirt Dress so it Would Adhere to Royal Protocol," 26 Oct. 2018 There's always a chance to have your voice heard on the original version, which airs at 8 p.m. ET on Monday nights (and, yes, is actually live). Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "'Dancing With the Stars Juniors' Fans Have Strong Feelings About the Fact That You Can't Vote," 21 Oct. 2018 The 1961 film version co-directed by Robert Wise and Jerome Robbins starred Natalie Wood, Richard Beymer, Russ Tambyln, Rita Moreno, and George Chakiris, and won ten Academy Awards. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "West Side Story," 1 Oct. 2018 Zara’s version is a classic combination of fall brights, with hunter green, periwinkle blue, deep coral red, and bright gold. Avery Matera, Teen Vogue, "Zara's Belt Print Tunic Is Already a Fall Favorite," 24 Aug. 2018 Lamey has not yet commented on Daly’s version of events. Gary Gastelu, Fox News, "Retired Indy 500 driver Derek Daly fired from TV job for use of N-word 35 years ago," 24 Aug. 2018 Khan’s 1984 version, which included a groundbreaking rap vocal by Grandmaster Melle Mel that presaged the hybrid rap-R&B wave of the 2000s, became a hit and refueled her career. Greg Kot,, "Chaka Khan still pointing ahead despite decades of hits," 12 July 2018

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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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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 \

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, -shən \

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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