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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Pope Francis has reportedly approved changes to the wording of the Lord's Prayer, also known as the Our Father. Ryan W. Miller, USA TODAY, "Our Father: Pope Francis approves changes to words of Lord's Prayer, reports say," 6 June 2019 In one instance, a sentence on carbon capture from Biden's climate plan is nearly identical to wording used by a group called the Carbon Capture Coalition. Author: Neena Satija, Anchorage Daily News, "Echoes of Biden’s 1987 plagiarism scandal continue to reverberate," 5 June 2019 Legal expects say a key element of the case will be the wording in Leonard’s contract with Nike and Jordan Brand, which is not yet part of court documents. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Kawhi sues Nike over rights to hand logo he claims he created," 5 June 2019 Naturally, that wording caused some speculation regarding whether or not Meghan had given birth at home. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Meghan Markle Reportedly Gave Birth to Her Son Archie in a Hospital, Despite Rumors of a Home Birth," 8 May 2019 While the text of the two bills will be released at a later date, advocates expect similar wording to previous versions of bills that were introduced in the last congress. Teen Vogue, "Sex Education Bills Fight Back Against Trump's Abstinence-Only Plans," 1 May 2019 But the anti-statehood party still didn’t like the wording, and boycotted the referendum. Alexia Fernández Campbell, Vox, "Puerto Rico’s push for statehood, explained," 24 Sep. 2018 Should Tumin have anticipated that his two students were black and therefore likely to take offense at his wording? James Panero, WSJ, "Where’s the Mercy in ‘Social Justice’?," 23 Jan. 2019 Photo: Bloomberg News Technical questions and arcane debates about the wording of some emergency-checklist items are coming under the spotlight. Andrew Tangel, WSJ, "Pilots Take Aim at Instructions for Boeing 737 MAX," 3 Apr. 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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