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

Definition of wording

: the act or manner of expressing in words : phraseology

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That was mostly the result of a boycott from the anti-statehood political groups, who were upset with the wording of the referendum. Alexia Fernández Campbell, Vox, "Puerto Rico’s push for statehood, explained," 24 Sep. 2018 But the wording of the agreement was vague and included no clear timelines. Jane Perlez, BostonGlobe.com, "Kim returns to China, this time with leverage," 19 June 2018 Most of the kerfuffle was not about the money, but rather the wording of the post, which essentially called non-paying users thieves. Scott Gilbertson, Ars Technica, "A tour of elementary OS, perhaps the Linux world’s best hope for the mainstream," 28 Dec. 2018 Such wording is typical of the claims ISIS makes even when slaying suspects have not been linked directly to the terror group. Time, "The Four Killings in Belgium Are Being Treated as 'Terrorist Murder,' Authorities Say," 31 May 2018 In October 2016, for example, the St. Louis Board of Aldermen approved the renaming — more of a wording swap — of Lambert-St. Bill Turque, kansascity, "Panel supports naming new KCI airport for MLK, offers 63rd Street as second option | The Kansas City Star," 20 May 2018 There is no exact wording of your Miranda rights that the police have to say to you. Yosha Gunasekera, Teen Vogue, "Miranda Rights, Explained," 9 Feb. 2018 While this could include a financial disclosure law, Labrador’s wording stops short of calling for the kind of legislation House State Affairs examined this month. Cynthia Sewell, idahostatesman, "2nd GOP candidate now favors term limits, financial scrutiny of elected officials," 30 Jan. 2018 When officials considered minor wording embellishments to their postmeeting statement in October, Mr. Powell resisted. Nick Timiraos, WSJ, "In 2013, Powell Worried Fed’s Bond Buys Were Distorting Markets, Transcripts Show," 11 Jan. 2019

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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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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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