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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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

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But the specificity and the exact wording of this question matters. Karn Manhas, Quartz at Work, "What if you posed your company’s mission statement as a question?," 2 July 2019 For Taylor, too, despite the casual wording of the invitation, this must have been a wrenching moment. Joan Acocella, The New Yorker, "Can Modern Dance Be Preserved?," 24 June 2019 But the wording of the invitation sent via an official party email address points to a clear desire for the Reds to prevail in the rivalry. Seth A. Richardson, cleveland.com, "Ohio Republican Party appears to back Reds over Indians in Battle of Ohio," 11 June 2019 The efforts of the U.S. delegation included fighting wording on the resolution and even threatening nations that supported the measure. Colby Itkowitz, Washington Post, "The Health 202: Medicare for all is new Democratic mantra in congressional races," 9 July 2018 DiCamillo worked for the Field Poll before moving to the Berkeley institute and said that, while the polls used differently methodologies, the wording of the death penalty questions on the two polls was identical. Phil Willon, The Mercury News, "California poll: Keep the death penalty, limit executions," 17 June 2019 Lame-duck Councilman Art Hall, who played a crucial role in brokering the new deal, also made a critical last-minute tweak to the wording of the ordinance. Gilbert Garcia, ExpressNews.com, "Hays Street Bridge activists score a bitter victory," 14 June 2019 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

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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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