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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Iran has the technical ability to build and operate advanced versions called the IR-2M, IR-4 and IR-6 at Natanz, but is barred from doing so under the nuclear deal. Washington Post, "AP EXPLAINS: Iran’s nuclear program as 2015 deal unravels," 8 July 2019 The Americans have been a powerhouse since the women’s version of the tournament first began, winning the inaugural competition in 1991, as well as in 1999 and 2015. Hayden Bird,, "Women’s World Cup Final live updates: US vs. Netherlands," 7 July 2019 There were colors, curly ends, and almost knee-length versions of the protective styles. Essence, "Protective Styles Were The Go To For Essence Festival," 7 July 2019 The House version of the funding bill had more restrictions aimed at preventing the administration from using the money to round up more migrants. The Economist, "What caused the shameful scenes at America’s southern border?," 6 July 2019 Automakers have killed off the convertible versions of several models in recent years, including the Chrysler 200 and Volkswagen Beetle. Rebekah Tuchscherer, USA TODAY, "Lexus is extending its LC coupe range, and its convertible," 6 July 2019 The Rockets, who seemed on the verge of splitting at the seams, should have an easier time talking themselves into surviving the current versions of the Lakers and the Clippers in the playoffs rather than knocking off the Big Three Lakers. Ben Golliver, The Denver Post, "Winners and losers from the Kawhi Leonard-Paul George bombshell," 6 July 2019 In 2008, James, Viscount Severn — the queen’s youngest grandchild — became the first royal baby to wear the newer version of the gown. Megan Mccluskey, Time, "It's Almost Time for Royal Baby Archie's Christening. Here's Everything We Know So Far.," 5 July 2019 There should be a couple more versions coming through the end of the year. Maria Halkias, Dallas News, "Retail Therapy: Amazon finds another way, Neiman Marcus' pink window and Macy's has a new Story," 5 July 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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The first known use of version was in 1582

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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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