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Definition of word-for-word

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

word for word


Definition of word for word (Entry 2 of 2)

: in the exact words : verbatim

Synonyms & Antonyms for word-for-word

Synonyms: Adverb

Antonyms: Adverb

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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: Adverb Moulton suggested that the consensus about warming had been exaggerated by scientists in pursuit of grant money. Hardy began proposing amendments word for word from Moulton's suggestions. Katie Worth, Scientific American, 20 June 2022 Fazio later submitted invoices to the township that repeated Czernek’s notes word for word, according to his testimony. Jason Meisner, Chicago Tribune, 8 June 2022 In both season one and season two, there's very little that is word for word, or even scene for scene coming from the books. Emily Burack, Town & Country, 31 Mar. 2022 Fazio later submitted invoices to the township that repeated Czernek’s notes word for word, according to the plea agreement. Jason Meisner, chicagotribune.com, 25 Mar. 2022 Eventually, something was cobbled together, and Capote shared credit with Thomas Phipps IV—who claimed to George Plimpton that the entire script, word for word, was his. Mark Peikert, Town & Country, 28 Jan. 2022 This blueberry exemption in the Illinois bill is the exact same provision, word for word, as the one found in the Maine bill. Patrick Gleason, Forbes, 1 Jan. 2022 Shouts of encouragement from the upper row could be heard word for word. John Whisler, San Antonio Express-News, 18 Dec. 2021 Ballard amended her bill, deleting almost all of the original text and replacing it nearly word for word with Finlinson’s version. The Salt Lake Tribune, 16 Dec. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of word-for-word


circa 1611, in the meaning defined above


15th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Word-for-word.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/word-for-word. Accessed 2 Jul. 2022.

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