If the professor says, “Read the complete works of Shakespeare” and you go for the Cliff Notes, you could say you read a short version of the Bard’s work, but really, you're cheating. A version is a specific edition or form of something.

Version derives from the Latin vertere, "to turn." Think of it as someone taking a turn, as in an adaptation of a work of art or literature. "Can you believe they made an animated version of The Sinking of the Lusitania?" Or someone giving their own account of an event. "Your version of what happened the night we got locked in the storage unit is totally different from mine!"

Primary Meanings of version

something a little different from others of the same type
manual turning of a fetus in the uterus (usually to aid delivery)
Full Definitions of version

n something a little different from others of the same type

“an experimental version of the night fighter”
edition, variant, variation
Type of:
a subdivision of a particular kind of thing

n an interpretation of a matter from a particular viewpoint

“his version of the fight was different from mine”
an imprecise or incomplete account
Type of:
an explanation that results from interpreting something

n a written work (as a novel) that has been recast in a new form

modernisation, modernization
a modernized version (as of a play)
a metrical adaptation of something (e.g., of a prose text)
Type of:
piece of writing, writing, written material
the work of a writer; anything expressed in letters of the alphabet (especially when considered from the point of view of style and effect)

n a written communication in a second language having the same meaning as the written communication in a first language

interlingual rendition, rendering, translation
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an incorrect translation
crib, pony, trot
a literal translation used in studying a foreign language (often used illicitly)
translation back into the original language
caption, subtitle
translation of foreign dialogue of a movie or TV program; usually displayed at the bottom of the screen
supertitle, surtitle
translation of the words of a foreign opera (or choral work) projected on a screen above the stage
Type of:
written account, written record
a written document preserving knowledge of facts or events

n a mental representation of the meaning or significance of something

interpretation, reading
a new or different meaning
a mystical or allegorical interpretation (especially of Scripture)
Type of:
internal representation, mental representation, representation
a presentation to the mind in the form of an idea or image

n manual turning of a fetus in the uterus (usually to aid delivery)

Type of:
turn, turning
the act of changing or reversing the direction of the course

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