Definition of word-for-word

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

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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

ad verbum, directly, exactly, verbatim

Antonyms: Adverb


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Examples of word-for-word in a Sentence


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

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And a section at the bottom lists, word for word, Article 76 of the Migration Act, which forbids immigration inspections at migrant shelters. Rafael Carranza, azcentral, "Migrant shelters in Mexico clash with National Guard over immigration enforcement," 30 Aug. 2019 How many of us can recite those memes about never having friends to travel with word for word? Danielle Pointdujour, Essence, "What About Your Friends! The #WadeWorldTour Is Now An Epic Group Trip, And We Want In," 17 July 2019 Young Thug’s manager first spotted Steven, who is sick and uses a wheelchair, in the general admission section of the crowd singing along to every one of the rapper’s songs word for word, his rep tells PEOPLE. Brianne Tracy, PEOPLE.com, "Young Thug Brings Sick 14-Year-Old Fan Onstage at Concert — See the Sweet Meet and Greet Photos," 1 July 2019 The same assessment, almost word for word, comes from Muhammad Dahlan, a former Palestinian security chief exiled to the United Arab Emirates. The Economist, "The leader of Hamas in Gaza is the most influential man in Palestine," 26 May 2018 The young actor’s sister shared a video of Karras re-enacting, word for word, a scene from the beloved ogre movie during a road trip — and the video rapidly took off on Twitter, going viral over the weekend for Karras’s pitch-perfect voice acting. Raisa Bruner, Time, "People Are Really, Really Obsessed With This Guy's Shrek Impression," 10 July 2018 The idea is to let non-English-speaking audience members follow a show, word for word, on their phones, much as moviegoers or even operagoers have done with subtitles for decades. Charles Passy, WSJ, "In Hopes of Attracting Foreign Audiences, Broadway Tries a Translation App," 4 June 2018 The memo repeats almost word for word one the OMB issued in 2013, in advance of the last partial government shutdown. Eric Yoder, Washington Post, "OMB tells federal agencies to prepare for shutdown," 19 Jan. 2018 Ginsburg writes, quoting word for word from Kennedy’s opinion. Cristian Farias, Daily Intelligencer, "Justice Kennedy Has His Cake and Eats It Too in Gay Wedding Case," 1 June 2018

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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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