word




A word is a unit of language that native speakers can agree upon as a separate and distinct unit of meaning. Languages are made up of words. You must like words since you are here, on this word site.

If you say “What’s the good word?” you’re not actually asking for a word — you’re asking, “How are you?” or “What’s doing?” But if you ask “What’s the word on that restaurant?” you’re asking for an opinion. You can also “give your word,” but that means that you’re promising something; you’re giving an oath. If your friend asks what you think of his girlfriend, you may want to word your response carefully — to watch your words.

Definitions of word
  1. noun

    a unit of language that native speakers can identify

    words are the blocks from which sentences are made”
    “he hardly said ten
    words all morning”
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    anagram

    a word or phrase spelled by rearranging the letters of another word or phrase
    anaphor

    a word (such as a pronoun) used to avoid repetition; the referent of an anaphor is determined by its antecedent
    antonym, opposite, opposite word

    a word that expresses a meaning opposed to the meaning of another word, in which case the two words are antonyms of each other
    back-formation

    a word invented (usually unwittingly by subtracting an affix) on the assumption that a familiar word derives from it
    charade

    a word acted out in an episode of the game of charades
    cognate, cognate word

    a word is cognate with another if both derive from the same word in an ancestral language
    content word, open-class word

    a word to which an independent meaning can be assigned
    contraction

    a word formed from two or more words by omitting or combining some sounds
    deictic, deictic word

    a word specifying identity or spatial or temporal location from the perspective of a speaker or hearer in the context in which the communication occurs
    derivative

    (linguistics) a word that is derived from another word
    diminutive

    a word that is formed with a suffix (such as -let or -kin) to indicate smallness
    dirty word

    a word that is considered to be unmentionable
    dissyllable, disyllable

    a word having two syllables
    descriptor, form, signifier, word form

    the phonological or orthographic sound or appearance of a word that can be used to describe or identify something
    four-letter Anglo-Saxon word, four-letter word

    any of several short English words (often having 4 letters) generally regarded as obscene or offensive
    closed-class word, function word

    a word that is uninflected and serves a grammatical function but has little identifiable meaning
    catchword, guide word, guideword

    a word printed at the top of the page of a dictionary or other reference book to indicate the first or last item on that page
    head, head word

    (grammar) the word in a grammatical constituent that plays the same grammatical role as the whole constituent
    headword

    a word placed at the beginning of a line or paragraph (as in a dictionary entry)
    heteronym

    two words are heteronyms if they are spelled the same way but differ in pronunciation
    holonym, whole name

    a word that names the whole of which a given word is a part
    homonym

    two words are homonyms if they are pronounced or spelled the same way but have different meanings
    hypernym, superordinate, superordinate word

    a word that is more generic than a given word
    hyponym, subordinate, subordinate word

    a word that is more specific than a given word
    key word

    a significant word used in indexing or cataloging
    hybrid, loan-blend, loanblend

    a word that is composed of parts from different languages (e.g., `monolingual’ has a Greek prefix and a Latin root)
    loan, loanword

    a word borrowed from another language; e.g. `blitz’ is a German word borrowed into modern English
    meronym, part name

    a word that names a part of a larger whole
    metonym

    a word that denotes one thing but refers to a related thing
    monosyllabic word, monosyllable

    a word or utterance of one syllable
    coinage, neologism, neology

    a newly invented word or phrase
    hapax legomenon, nonce word

    a word with a special meaning used for a special occasion
    oxytone

    word having stress or an acute accent on the last syllable
    palindrome

    a word or phrase that reads the same backward as forward
    primitive

    a word serving as the basis for inflected or derived forms
    paroxytone

    word having stress or acute accent on the next to last syllable
    partitive

    word (such a `some’ or `less’) that is used to indicate a part as distinct from a whole
    polysemant, polysemantic word, polysemous word

    a word having more than one meaning
    polysyllabic word, polysyllable

    a word of more than three syllables
    proparoxytone

    word having stress or acute accent on the antepenult
    quantifier

    (grammar) a word that expresses a quantity (as `fifteen’ or `many’)
    logical quantifier, quantifier

    (logic) a word (such as `some’ or `all’ or `no’) that binds the variables in a logical proposition
    reduplication

    a word formed by or containing a repeated syllable or speech sound (usually at the beginning of the word)
    retronym

    a word introduced because an existing term has become inadequate
    substantive

    any word or group of words functioning as a noun
    equivalent word, synonym

    two words that can be interchanged in a context are said to be synonymous relative to that context
    term

    a word or expression used for some particular thing
    language, nomenclature, terminology

    a system of words used to name things in a particular discipline
    trisyllable

    a word having three syllables
    manner name, troponym

    a word that denotes a manner of doing something
    spoken word, vocable

    a word that is spoken aloud
    classifier

    a word or morpheme used in some languages in certain contexts (such as counting) to indicate the semantic class to which the counted item belongs
    written word

    the written form of a word
    syncategorem, syncategoreme

    a syncategorematic expression; a word that cannot be used alone as a term in a logical proposition
    verbal

    a noun or adjective that is formed from a verb
    blend, portmanteau, portmanteau word

    a new word formed by joining two others and combining their meanings
    head word, headword

    a content word that can be qualified by a modifier
    Latinism

    a word or phrase borrowed from Latin
    antigram

    an anagram that means the opposite of the original word or phrase
    plural, plural form

    the form of a word that is used to denote more than one
    singular, singular form

    the form of a word that is used to denote a singleton
    ghost word

    a word form that has entered the language through the perpetuation of an error
    base, radical, root, root word, stem, theme

    (linguistics) the form of a word after all affixes are removed
    etymon, root

    a simple form inferred as the common basis from which related words in several languages can be derived by linguistic processes
    citation form, entry word, main entry word

    the form of a word that heads a lexical entry and is alphabetized in a dictionary
    existential operator, existential quantifier

    a logical quantifier of a proposition that asserts the existence of at least one thing for which the proposition is true
    universal quantifier

    a logical quantifier of a proposition that asserts that the proposition is true for all members of a class of things
    jawbreaker

    a word that is hard to pronounce
    sesquipedalia, sesquipedalian

    a very long word (a foot and a half long)
    direct antonym

    antonyms that are commonly associated (e.g., `wet’ and `dry’)
    indirect antonym

    antonyms whose opposition is mediated (e.g., the antonymy of `wet’ and `parched’ is mediated by the similarity of `parched’ to `dry’)
    noun

    a content word that can be used to refer to a person, place, thing, quality, or action
    verb

    a content word that denotes an action, occurrence, or state of existence
    modifier, qualifier

    a content word that qualifies the meaning of a noun or verb
    determinative, determiner

    one of a limited class of noun modifiers that determine the referents of noun phrases
    preposition

    a function word that combines with a noun or pronoun or noun phrase to form a prepositional phrase that can have an adverbial or adjectival relation to some other word
    pronoun

    a function word that is used in place of a noun or noun phrase
    conjunction, conjunctive, connective, continuative

    an uninflected function word that serves to conjoin words or phrases or clauses or sentences
    particle

    a function word that can be used in English to form phrasal verbs
    bigram

    a word that is written with two letters in an alphabetic writing system
    trigram

    a word that is written with three letters in an alphabetic writing system
    tetragram

    a word that is written with four letters in an alphabetic writing system
    referent

    something that refers; a term that refers to another term
    markup language

    a set of symbols and rules for their use when doing a markup of a document
    toponomy, toponymy

    the nomenclature of regional anatomy
    Gallicism

    a word or phrase borrowed from French
    abbreviation

    a shortened form of a word or phrase
    acronym

    a word formed from the initial letters of the several words in the name
    homograph

    two words are homographs if they are spelled the same way but differ in meaning (e.g. fair)
    homophone

    two words are homophones if they are pronounced the same way but differ in meaning or spelling or both (e.g. bare and bear)
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    language unit, linguistic unit

    one of the natural units into which linguistic messages can be analyzed

  2. noun

    a brief statement

    “he didn’t say a
    word about it”
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    statement

    a message that is stated or declared; a communication (oral or written) setting forth particulars or facts etc

  3. noun

    a verbal command for action

    “when I give the
    word, charge!”
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    order

    (often plural) a command given by a superior (e.g., a military or law enforcement officer) that must be obeyed

  4. noun

    an exchange of views on some topic

    “we had a
    word or two about it”
    synonyms:
    discussion, give-and-take
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    argument, argumentation, debate

    a discussion in which reasons are advanced for and against some proposition or proposal
    deliberation

    (usually plural) discussion of all sides of a question
    conference, group discussion

    a discussion among participants who have an agreed (serious) topic
    panel discussion

    discussion of a subject of public interest by a group of persons forming a panel usually before an audience
    post-mortem, postmortem

    discussion of an event after it has occurred
    public discussion, ventilation

    free and open discussion of (or debate on) some question of public interest
    dialogue, negotiation, talks

    a discussion intended to produce an agreement
    logomachy

    argument about words or the meaning of words
    parley

    a negotiation between enemies
    bull session

    an informal discussion (usually among men)
    colloquy

    a conversation especially a formal one
    consultation

    a conference between two or more people to consider a particular question
    audience, consultation, interview

    a conference (usually with someone important)
    huddle, powwow

    (informal) a quick private conference
    news conference, press conference

    a conference at which press and tv reporters ask questions of a politician or other celebrity
    pretrial, pretrial conference

    (law) a conference held before the trial begins to bring the parties together to outline discovery proceedings and to define the issues to be tried; more useful in civil than in criminal cases
    round table, round-table conference, roundtable

    a meeting of peers for discussion and exchange of views
    session

    a meeting for execution of a group’s functions
    teach-in

    an extended session (as on a college campus) for lectures and discussion on an important and usually controversial issue
    teleconference, teleconferencing

    a conference of people who are in different locations that is made possible by the use of such telecommunications equipment as closed-circuit television
    diplomacy, diplomatic negotiations

    negotiation between nations
    bargaining

    the negotiation of the terms of a transaction or agreement
    collective bargaining

    negotiation between an employer and a trade union
    horse trading

    negotiation accompanied by mutual concessions and shrewd bargaining
    mediation

    a negotiation to resolve differences that is conducted by some impartial party
    type of:

    language, oral communication, speech, speech communication, spoken communication, spoken language, voice communication

    (language) communication by word of mouth

  5. noun

    a promise

    “he gave his
    word
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    parole, word of honor
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    promise

    a verbal commitment by one person to another agreeing to do (or not to do) something in the future

  6. noun

    a secret word or phrase known only to a restricted group

    synonyms:
    countersign, parole, password, watchword
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    arcanum, secret

    information known only to a special group
    positive identification

    evidence proving that you are who you say you are; evidence establishing that you are among the group of people already known to the system; recognition by the system leads to acceptance

  7. noun

    information about recent and important events

    synonyms:
    intelligence, news, tidings
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    good word

    good news
    latest

    the most recent news or development
    update

    news that updates your information
    type of:

    info, information

    a message received and understood

  8. noun

    a word is a string of bits stored in computer memory

    “large computers use
    words up to 64 bits long”
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    computer memory unit

    a unit for measuring computer memory

  9. verb

    put into words or an expression

    synonyms:
    articulate, formulate, give voice, phrase
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    ask

    direct or put; seek an answer to
    lexicalise, lexicalize

    make or coin into a word or accept a new word into the lexicon of a language
    dogmatise, dogmatize

    state as a dogma
    formularise, formularize

    express as a formula
    cast, couch, frame, put, redact

    formulate in a particular style or language
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    evince, express, show

    give expression to

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