word-for-word

adjective

Definition of word-for-word

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

First Known Use of word-for-word

circa 1611


word for word

adverb

Definition of word for word

: in the exact words : verbatim

Examples of word for word in a Sentence

  1. you don't have to record the professor's comments word for word in your notes

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First Known Use of word for word

15th century


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