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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To celebrate National Ice Cream Sandwich Day on Aug. 2, a number of CREAM locations will sell mini versions of their ice cream sandwiches for a penny — while supplies last. Linda Zavoral, The Mercury News, "Deals: Ice cream sandwiches for a penny (Friday only)," 2 Aug. 2019 One whose golden medium-brown shade didn’t exist in the old line immediately found a perfect match; the other hadn’t been a fan of the OG — the formula didn’t blend well over her very dry skin — but warmed off the bat to this more hydrating version. Elizabeth Siegel, Allure, "Laura Mercier Reformulated Its Beloved Tinted Moisturizer, and I'm Not Mad," 2 Aug. 2019 There's plenty of intrigue surrounding this version of the Wolverines, as U-M strives to establish itself in the post-Urban Meyer era of the Big Ten. Orion Sang, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan football opens preseason camp: Storylines to watch," 2 Aug. 2019 Now, there are technically two versions available from Marks & Spencer: the classic, and a more modern style. Katherine J. Igoe, Marie Claire, "A Replica of Kate Middleton's Engagement Ring Is Now Available for Less Than $35," 2 Aug. 2019 But then, a record executive from another label, Jason Flom, heard Ford's original version and saw her potential. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "Willa Ford: From 'I Wanna Be Bad' to Scott Disick's Interior Designer," 2 Aug. 2019 One of the world’s largest hotel companies is doing away with a tiny perk: miniature versions of shampoo, conditioner and other bathroom products. Hannah Sampson | The Washington Post,, "Major hotel chain will stop stocking mini-shampoos and other single-use toiletries to reduce plastic waste," 2 Aug. 2019 Merrell Work Moab 2 Based on Merrell’s popular hiking boot, this version has a waterproof upper and composite toe protection that meets ASTM F2413-11 I/75 C/75 standards. Popular Mechanics Editors, Popular Mechanics, "The 10 Best Work Boots for Any Type of Job," 2 Aug. 2019 While target share should dip year-over-year, the upgrade to Drew Brees and the Saints from last year's version of Oakland's offense could offset some of that dip. Kevin Hanson,, "Fantasy Football 2019: Tight End Rankings and Auction Prices," 1 Aug. 2019

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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 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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