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

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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 That is when the Republican National Committee announced that for the first time since its founding before the Civil War, the party would not draft a new platform but would carry over the 2016 platform, word for word. William A. Galston, WSJ, "Without a Platform, Trump Falls," 27 Oct. 2020 It’s the Leach script, practically word for word, from Washington State. Dan Wolken, USA TODAY, "Opinion: Shocking transformation for defending national champ LSU makes fans wonder how bad it will get," 12 Oct. 2020 On the other end of the spectrum, Murray’s glowing evaluation often copied word for word observations from Runcie’s self-evaluation. Scott Travis, sun-sentinel.com, "Superintendent Runcie gets mixed reviews from divided School Board," 2 Oct. 2020 Our kids can recite word for word what this program is built on: Hardest workers do extra, all our core values. Jim Derry | Staff Writer, NOLA.com, "Larry Favre: 'We just stayed the course and never wavered'," 30 Sep. 2020 Fazio later submitted invoices to the township that repeated Czernek’s notes word for word, according to the charges. Jason Meisner, chicagotribune.com, "West suburban highway boss charged in $280,000 kickback scheme involving excavation company that did little work," 27 Aug. 2020 In at least one case, when a staffer made noise about wanting to leave the morning show, they were reminded that the president consistently tweeted their stories, sometimes word for word. Brian Stelter, CNN, "At Fox News, 'the inmates are running the asylum'," 24 Aug. 2020 Ferriss-Hill does provide an English translation facing the Latin text at the beginning of the book, though one that egregiously disobeys the poem’s own injunction not to translate word for word. Gregory Hays, The New York Review of Books, "Horace’s How-To," 27 May 2020 That response was echoed nearly word for word in a statement from the Chinese government responding to the fallout in Guangzhou last month. Jenni Marsh, CNN, "China says it has a 'zero-tolerance policy' for racism, but discrimination towards Africans goes back decades," 25 May 2020

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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 28 Jan. 2021.

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