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 House had already passed its own version of the legislation without the sales ban, and the two chambers would have to reconcile their differences and avoid a veto by the president in order for the measure to become law. Kate O’keeffe, WSJ, "Commerce Lifts Ban on U.S. Suppliers Selling to Chinese Firm ZTE," 13 July 2018 House Republicans recently voted to include stricter work requirements for SNAP recipients in their version of the farm bill making its way through Capitol Hill. Jane Black And Leah Douglas,, "Some food stamp recipients may soon lose access to farmers market benefits," 12 July 2018 Sadly, the same cannot be said of the 2,000+ migrant children and babies currently languishing in their own version of remote caves. Rhonda Garelick, The Cut, "The Thai Cave Rescue Cannot Save Us From National Shame," 11 July 2018 As the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities has started an investigation, Ms. Daniels’s family and the utility company have offered conflicting versions of the events leading to her death. New York Times, "‘Totally Preventable’: How a Sick Woman Lost Electricity, and Her Life," 13 July 2018 Walmart operates in all 50 states and 12 states have versions of those laws. Jason Silverstein, CBS News, "Walmart patents audio surveillance technology to record customers and employees," 13 July 2018 But surely anyone hip enough to subscribe to this newsletter (or read this website version) doesn’t feel that way. Jonathan Jones,, "Cam, AB and Opponents Who Team Up for Summer Workouts," 13 July 2018 Gathered from Greenbaum's studies, this version aims for authenticity, with a handful of actors, a shoestring budget and fragmented rehearsal time. Anchorage Daily News, "Coming up: a new brewery debut, Spectrum music festival and Bear Paw," 13 July 2018 Neither the original document nor any of its three amended versions includes language that would allow the university to unilaterally change the name. Tim Sullivan, The Courier-Journal, "Cardinal Stadium is Papa John's to name, but pressure mounts to change it," 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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