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

What's the exact wording of the agreement? it's important to get the wording of this law precisely correct

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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 This time around, if Trump chooses to nominate Barrett to the Supreme Court, Democratic senators may be more cautious in their wording. Michelle Boorstein, Washington Post, "The story behind potential Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett’s little-known Catholic group, People of Praise," 6 July 2018 The law would change the wording on all official documents and laws. Joseph Spector, USA TODAY, "New York may make 'fireman' and 'policeman' terms more gender-neutral in honor of women," 5 May 2018 The decree, published in the Official Gazette, changes the wording in some 5,000 laws, removing references to the prime minister — whose office has been abolished — and transferring some powers to the president. Fox News, "Turkey's election board confirms Erdogan win," 4 July 2018 The British government disputes the wording in the draft Brexit treaty that would effectively keep Northern Ireland in the EU’s customs union and parts of the single market unless the U.K. comes up with a better solution. Bloomberg.com, "Zuckerberg Testifies Before Senate Panel," 10 Apr. 2018 The Kaiser poll's findings largely match results in others surveys on the topic, regardless of question wording or polling organization conducting the research. Hannah Fingerhut, The Christian Science Monitor, "Poll: Americans have relatively high confidence in Supreme Court," 10 July 2018 Mission statement updates The board approved a change in the wording of Visit the Woodlands’ mission statement. Marialuisa Rincon, Houston Chronicle, "Woodlands CVB adopts new mission statement, marketing plan," 23 June 2018

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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 \

Kids Definition of wording

: the way something is put into words

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