used to express agreement or affirmation:Word, that’s a good record, man
1a single distinct meaningful element of speech or writing, used with others (or sometimes alone) to form a sentence and typically shown with a space on either side when written or printed:I don’t like the word ‘unofficial’why so many words for so few ideas?
a single distinct conceptual unit of language, comprising inflected and variant forms.
(usually words) something spoken or written; a remark or statement:his grandfather’s words had been meant kindlya word of warning
[with negative] (a word) even the smallest amount of something spoken or written:don’t believe a word of it
(words) angry talk:her father would have had words with her about that
[mass noun] speech as distinct from action:he conforms in word and deed to the values of a society that he rejects
2a command, password, or signal:someone gave me the word to start playing
[mass noun] communication; news:I was afraid to leave Edinburgh in case there was word from the War Office
3 (one's word) one’s account of the truth, especially when it differs from that of another person:in court it would have been his word against mine
a promise or assurance:everything will be taken care of—you have my word
4 (words) the text or spoken part of a play, opera, or other performed piece; a script:he had to learn his words
5a basic unit of data in a computer, typically 16 or 32 bits long.
[with object] express (something spoken or written) in particular words:he words his request in a particularly ironic way (as adjective, with submodifier worded)a strongly worded letter of protest
at a word
as soon as requested:ready to leave again at a word
be as good as one's word
do what one has promised to do:Philip was as good as his word about turning Richard into an actor
have a word
speak briefly to someone:I’ll just have a word with him
have a word in someone's ear
British speak to someone privately or discreetly, especially to give them a warning:back in those days the referee would have a quiet word in your ear and warn you not to do it again
in other words
expressed in a different way; that is to say:The new cat treat has a 90-plus palatability level. In other words, cats like it
in so many words
[often with negative] precisely in the way mentioned:I haven’t told him in so many words, but he’d understand
in a word
briefly:Are there any real reasons to worry? In a word, plenty
keep one's word
do what one has promised:you know that I always keep my word
a man/woman of his/her word
a person who keeps their promises:she was a woman of her word
(on/upon) my word
an exclamation of surprise or emphasis:my word, you were here quickly!
of few words
taciturn:he’s a man of few words
put something into words
express something in speech or writing:he felt a vague disappointment which he couldn’t put into words
put words into someone's mouth
inaccurately report what someone has said.
prompt someone to say something that they may not otherwise have said.
take someone at their word
interpret a person’s words literally, especially by believing them or doing as they suggest:I take him at his word, for I cannot go to see for myself
take the words out of someone's mouth
say what someone else was about to say.
take someone's word (for it)
believe what someone says or writes without checking for oneself:I’m afraid you’ll just have to take our word for it
too —— for words
informal extremely ——:going around by the road was too tedious for words
1talk in vain:I take it that all my well-chosen words have been entirely wasted
2talk or write at length:he wastes no words, though details are terribly important to him