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
That article appears to be a word-for-word copy of the one clearly labeled as satire on the SpaceX Mania website. Joedy McCreary, USA TODAY, 31 Jan. 2024 But rest easy knowing that the maze's note from Ish is a word-for-word replica of a note Joel finds in the game. Joey Nolfi, EW.com, 6 Sep. 2023 The publisher presented extensive evidence of products from OpenAI and Microsoft displaying near word-for-word excerpts of articles when prompted, which allegedly go far beyond the snippets of texts typically shown with ordinary search results. Winston Cho, The Hollywood Reporter, 8 Jan. 2024 Jennifer Lopez Honors America Ferrera at Celebratory Barbie Screening: 'Your Role in This Film Is Truly Authentic' Then, Costner, 68, surprised Ferrera — and the audience — with a word-for-word recreation of that Barbie moment. Kelly Wynne, Peoplemag, 8 Jan. 2024 An exhibit shows 100 other situations in which OpenAI’s GPT was trained on and memorized articles from The Times, with word-for-word copying in red and differences in black. Winston Cho, The Hollywood Reporter, 28 Dec. 2023 Language from that document appeared nearly word-for-word in a briefing sheet given to Brownwood City Council before the BolaWrap purchase. Aneri Pattani, Fortune, 18 Dec. 2023 Milch arrived, told someone to take dictation, and delivered a stream-of-consciousness speech that, legend has it, Franz(*) performed word-for-word only minutes later. Alan Sepinwall, Rolling Stone, 21 Sep. 2023 In May 2021, strange messages appeared on Korotkov’s YouTube page: word-for-word transcripts of private phone conversations between him and his closest friend and fellow trainspotter, Vladimir, about a hiking trip the two were planning, about Vladimir’s daughter, and other revealing chatter. Robyn Dixon, Washington Post, 15 Mar. 2023
Adverb
Note that all of these caveats can be applied, word for word, to Putin’s current effort in Ukraine. Andrew L. Stigler, Twin Cities, 7 Jan. 2024 The world desperately needs to phase out fossil fuels as quickly as possible, but this obsequious draft reads as if OPEC dictated it word for word. Christiaan Hetzner, Fortune, 12 Dec. 2023 Anderson pays homage by sticking to the script word for word. David Fear, Rolling Stone, 28 Sep. 2023 The tenth point quoted the first portion of the Declaration of Independence word for word. Jennie Rothenberg Gritz, Smithsonian Magazine, 22 Aug. 2023 The group followed her cues, often repeating her attacks word for word publicly. Tori Otten, The New Republic, 7 Aug. 2023 Eagles players danced and rapped the song word for word before blowing out the Vikings in the N.F.C. championship game. Kris Rhim, New York Times, 11 Feb. 2023 The voter then scrolls down and reads the candidate promising exactly what the voter wants to see, word for word, in a tailored tone. David E. Clementson, The Conversation, 21 July 2023 The movie is adapted from Tina Satter's Broadway play, Is This A Room, which itself is scripted word for word from the FBI transcript of Reality Winner's interrogation and arrest. Taylor Wilson, USA TODAY, 30 May 2023 See More

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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

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Cite this Entry

“Word-for-word.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/word-for-word. Accessed 27 Feb. 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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