word

word [wʉrd]
n.
[ME < OE, akin to Ger wort < IE * werdh- (extension of base * wer-, to speak, say) > Gr eirein, to speak, L verbum, word]
1.
a) a speech sound, or series of them, serving to communicate meaning and consisting of at least one base morpheme with or without prefixes or suffixes; unit of language between the morpheme and the sentence
b) a letter or group of letters representing such a unit of language, written or printed usually in solid or hyphenated form
2. a brief expression, statement, remark, etc. [a word of advice]
3. a promise, affirmation, or assurance [to give a person one's word]
4. news; information; tidings [no word from home; what's the good word?]
5.
a) a password or signal
b) a command, order, or authorization [waiting for the word to go ahead]
6.
a) [usually pl.] talk; speech
b) [pl.] the lyrics, text, libretto, etc. of a musical composition that is sung
7. [pl.] a quarrel; dispute; argument
8. Archaic a saying; proverb
9. Comput. a basic unit of storage in a memory, consisting of a certain number of bits
vt.
to express in words; phrase
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a good word
a favorable comment, or commendation
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at a word
in quick response to a request or command; immediately
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be as good as one's word
to live up to one's promises
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break one's word
to fail to keep one's promise
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hang on someone's words
to listen to someone eagerly
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have a word with
to have a brief conversation with
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have no words for
to be incapable of describing
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have words with
to argue angrily with
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in a word
in short; briefly
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in so many words
exactly and plainly
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man of his word or woman of her word
a person who keeps his (or her) promises
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of many (or few) words
talkative (or not talkative)take someone at his ( or her) word
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take someone at his word or take someone at her word
to take someone's words literally or seriously and, often, act accordingly
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take the words right out of someone's mouth or take the words out of someone's mouth
to say just what someone (else) was about to say
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the Word
1. LOGOS
2. GOSPEL (sense 1)
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upon my word! or my word!
indeed! really!: an exclamation of surprise, irritation, etc.
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word for word
in precisely the same words; exactly; verbatim

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