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Definition of wording

: the act or manner of expressing in words : phraseology

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Examples of wording in a Sentence

What's the exact wording of the agreement? it's important to get the wording of this law precisely correct
Recent Examples on the Web While guidance for restaurants providing dine-in services from the governor's office covers many of the same topics as those from the CDC, the wording within specific areas is sometimes softer. Katherine Fitzgerald, azcentral, "7 questions answered about dining at Arizona restaurants during coronavirus," 20 June 2020 And, as America and China squabbled over the wording of a resolution, the Security Council failed to throw its weight behind the initiative. The Economist, "Global firefighting The UN has too much on its plate," 18 June 2020 The wording could still change, diplomats cautioned. BostonGlobe.com, "Lloyd’s of London apologizes for slavery ties; Oxford pressed to remove Cecil Rhodes statue," 18 June 2020 The wording from the March agreement is deliberately murky. Paul Daugherty, Cincinnati.com, "Doc's Morning Line: Take your bats and ball and go home MLB. You blew it.," 16 June 2020 Under the order’s previous wording, open congregate areas in restaurants, bars, and banquet and catering facilities used for billiards, card playing, pinball games, video games, arcade games, dancing and entertainment were closed. Julie Washington, cleveland, "Ohio now allows live music, dancing, mingling at weddings -- but keep your social distance," 12 June 2020 Stacey Wells, a spokeswoman for the Uber/Lyft/DoorDash ballot campaign, reacted to Su’s wording. Carolyn Said, SFChronicle.com, "Gig driver or Uber/Lyft employee? It affects unemployment benefits," 7 June 2020 The careful wording of the public pledges leaves plenty of room for oppressive uses of the technology, which exacerbate human biases and infringe on people's constitutional freedoms, critics say. NBC News, "Big Tech juggles ethical pledges on facial recognition with corporate interests," 18 May 2020 The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention changed the wording on its website earlier this month to emphasize that the coronavirus is not easily spread through contact with contaminated surfaces. NBC News, "Trump to lower flags over Memorial Day weekend to honor coronavirus victims," 23 May 2020

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First Known Use of wording

1649, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of wording was in 1649

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26 Jun 2020

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“Wording.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/wording. Accessed 5 Jul. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of wording

: the way in which something is said or written : the words that are used to say something


word·​ing | \ ˈwər-diŋ How to pronounce wording (audio) \

Kids Definition of wording

: the way something is put into words

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