word-for-word

1 of 2

adjective

: being in or following the exact words : verbatim
a word-for-word translation

word for word

2 of 2

adverb

: in the exact words : verbatim

Examples of word-for-word in a Sentence

Adverb you don't have to record the professor's comments word for word in your notes
Recent Examples on the Web
Adjective
But to read the word-for-word transcript without seeing a feeble-looking Biden or hearing his halting, raspy delivery is to appreciate the immense contrast between the decency of the president and the depravity of the one who wants the job back. Sun Sentinel Editorial Board, Sun Sentinel, 28 June 2024 Here’s where things get murky: Haynes went on TNT — the network airing the Knicks’ Thursday night matchup against the Sacramento Kings — and read portions of Randle’s above quote word-for-word off his cellphone. Kristian Winfield, New York Daily News, 5 Apr. 2024
Adverb
Rather than following this word for word, let this serve as a rough road map and jumping-off point to inspire your own journey in this magical corner of the planet. Krista Simmons, Sunset Magazine, 10 June 2024 This, too, is from the novel, almost word for word, and Zaillian uses it as a north star. Mark Harris, Vulture, 16 Apr. 2024 See all Example Sentences for word-for-word 

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Word History

First Known Use

Adjective

circa 1611, in the meaning defined above

Adverb

15th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of word-for-word was in the 15th century

Dictionary Entries Near word-for-word

word for word

word-for-word

word game

Cite this Entry

“Word-for-word.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/word-for-word. Accessed 20 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition

word-for-word

1 of 2 adjective
: being in or following the exact words : verbatim
a word-for-word translation

word for word

2 of 2 adverb
: in the exact words : verbatim
repeated the message word for word
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