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 said, the wording of 'a club like' Barça, Liverpool and Madrid would widen the scope for other potential suitors, possibly leaving other clubs to play their hands in the coming windows. SI.com, "Liverpool Listed in Trio of Clubs Timo Werner Would Sign for Despite Penning New RB Leipzig Deal," 28 Aug. 2019 Brands have been attacked, in recent days, over the precise wording of English-language apologies posted on platforms that are banned in China, such as Twitter, Facebook or Instagram. The Economist, "China’s thin-skinned online nationalists want to be both loved and feared by the West," 22 Aug. 2019 Germany made the wording of an apology a subject of the negotiations, and claims reparations are a no-go on account of legal formalities. Quartz Africa, "Even after acknowledging the Namibia genocide of WWI, Germany still hasn’t learned the key lesson," 10 Aug. 2019 The House now has a resolution with similar wording, introduced by U.S. Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick, R-Pa. oregonlive.com, "Portland antifa group criticizes Senate resolution labeling them ‘domestic terrorists’," 30 July 2019 As the best man is no doubt now revising the wording of his toast, Miss Manners will add that the excellent answer must be both polite and satisfactory to the guest — not clever and rude. Judith Martin, The Mercury News, "Miss Manners: My friend left this weird surprise on my porch," 1 Aug. 2019 In a follow-up tweet, IMPD officers clarified that Tuesday’s show would be postponed to a later date and not just completely canceled as some initially began to believe, due to the wording of their first message. Joelle Goldstein, PEOPLE.com, "Cardi B Cancels Concert Minutes Before She Was Scheduled to Perform Due to Security Threat," 30 July 2019 Discussion of the wording of one condition, that of a water table buffer, took several minutes. Denise Coffey, courant.com, "Thompson Approves Another Gravel Mining Operation," 29 July 2019 City Council continued its debate on both proposals Monday (July 22), with some members remaining critical of the wording that voters would see on Nov. 5. Thomas Jewell, cleveland.com, "Competing Cleveland Heights charter issues get contentious -- even before ballot," 23 July 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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