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

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n 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”
Types:
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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
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)
Type of:
language unit, linguistic unit
one of the natural units into which linguistic messages can be analyzed

n a brief statement

“he didn't say a word about it”
Type of:
statement
a message that is stated or declared; a communication (oral or written) setting forth particulars or facts etc

n a verbal command for action

“when I give the word, charge!”
Type of:
order
(often plural) a command given by a superior (e.g., a military or law enforcement officer) that must be obeyed

n an exchange of views on some topic

“we had a word or two about it”
Synonyms:
discussion, give-and-take
Examples:
Strategic Arms Limitation Talks
negotiations between the United States and the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics opened in 1969 in Helsinki designed to limit both countries' stock of nuclear weapons
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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 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

n a promise

“he gave his word
Synonyms:
parole, word of honor
Type of:
promise
a verbal commitment by one person to another agreeing to do (or not to do) something in the future

n a secret word or phrase known only to a restricted group

Synonyms:
countersign, parole, password, watchword
Type of:
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

n information about recent and important events

Synonyms:
intelligence, news, tidings
Types:
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

n a word is a string of bits stored in computer memory

“large computers use words up to 64 bits long”
Type of:
computer memory unit
a unit for measuring computer memory

v 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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