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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Recent Examples on the Web The new version will create routes more quickly and will use contextual information to better plan how drivers will get to their destinations. Roberto Baldwin, Car and Driver, "BMW's Big Software Update Adds Android Auto, Smarter Map, Voice Features," 1 July 2020 The new version will also use Google's A.I.-driven real-time captioning technology to add captions on video conference sessions. Aaron Pressman, Fortune, "Microsoft Teams, Google Meet add more features to catch up to Zoom," 29 June 2020 The new version of Reddit's content policies makes Reddit's opposition to hate speech more overt. Timothy B. Lee, Ars Technica, "Reddit bans pro-Trump /r/The_Donald for “rule-breaking content”," 29 June 2020 Director Nia DaCosta's new version of Candyman (set for release Sept. 25) always promised to be more than just your average horror movie. Clark Collis,, "Candyman teaser stresses tragic timeliness of Nia DaCosta's spiritual sequel," 29 June 2020 Solo Stove is retiring its stainless-steel, 30-inch-wide Yukon fire pit to make way for a new 27-inch version. oregonlive, "Create summer camp at home, with or without a waterslide," 27 June 2020 The new version adds emphasis to middle managers’ role in enforcing that tone. Dylan Tokar, WSJ, "DOJ Compliance Guidance Places New Emphasis on Middle Management, Use of Data," 26 June 2020 Millions of pickup lovers got their first look at the new version of America’s best-selling vehicle, the F-150, when Ford revealed it online Thursday night. Mark Phelan, Detroit Free Press, "2021 Ford F-150 features and tech aim to delight owners and stump the competition," 26 June 2020 Six years ago, Ford made a Texas-size wager on the top-selling vehicle in America, rolling out a radical new version of the F-Series pickup with a lighter aluminum body instead of the customary steel. CBS News, "Ford unveils revamped F-150 with new interior," 26 June 2020

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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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5 Jul 2020

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“Version.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Jul. 2020.

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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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