wording

noun
word·​ing | \ˈwər-diŋ \

Definition of wording 

: the act or manner of expressing in words : phraseology

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Examples of wording in a Sentence

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The wording on the census questionnaire has been changed to help clear up confusion for caregivers who are looking after young children who aren’t immediately their own. Melissa Etehad, latimes.com, "The 2020 census could undercount 1 million kids — which means less money for California schools," 9 July 2018 The wording of the report implies that the new machine will merge the MacBook Air and MacBook product lines, borrowing the industrial design of the MacBook Air and the high-resolution display of the MacBook. Samuel Axon, Ars Technica, "A new Mac mini and a Retina MacBook Air are imminent, report says," 21 Aug. 2018 And Meghan Markle followed suit earlier this year at her wedding to Prince Harry, perhaps indicating the wording has officially fallen out of fashion. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Princess Eugenie Will Follow in Princess Diana's Footsteps With Her Wedding Vows," 12 Oct. 2018 The wording and restrictive nature of this policy appears to align with a number of controversial policies implemented by some schools that seem to overwhelmingly restrict the freedoms of black female students. Amira Rasool, Allure, "A Black Student’s Elementary School Reportedly Sent Her Home for Wearing Box Braids," 22 Aug. 2018 The wording and restrictive nature of this policy appears to align with a number of controversial policies implemented by some schools that seem to overwhelmingly restrict the freedoms of black female students. Amira Rasool, Teen Vogue, "A Black Student Was Reportedly Sent Home from Christ the King Elementary School for Wearing Box Braids," 21 Aug. 2018 The payment appears to have been approved on the basis of some delicate wording on agreements submitted to the Office of Fossil Energy by Summit. Megan Geuss, Ars Technica, "Audit reveals Office of Fossil Energy approved millions for lobbying, spas," 14 Feb. 2018 May’s officials will begin work Wednesday on the wording of a new clause in her key piece of legislation preparing for the divorce from the European Union. Tim Ross, Bloomberg.com, "U.K.'s May Scrambles for Brexit Compromise as Tory Tensions Rise," 13 June 2018 Because the wording of the executive order isn't clear enough as to what's going to happen in the future and also what's going to happen with the kids who are still separated from their parents. Andrea Mandell, USA TODAY, "John Legend on Trump's border policy, baby Miles and his new summer rosé," 22 June 2018

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1649, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of wording was in 1649

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wording

noun

English Language Learners Definition of wording

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

wording

noun
word·​ing | \ˈwər-diŋ \

Kids Definition of wording

: the way something is put into words

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