American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adv. In exactly the same words; verbatim.
- adj. idiomatic In exactly the same words (as were originally used).
- adv. In exactly the same words (as were originally used).
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. in the exact words; verbatim; literally; exactly.
- adv. using exactly the same words
“Messengers were specially trained to give messages word for word to prevent written orders from being intercepted.”
“The answer of Lainez so pleased the Fathers of Trent that they honored it by incorporating it word for word in the Acts of the council, a unique honor.”
“How can you teaze me so much about it? my uncle Toby would reply — I have told it you twenty times, word for word as Trim told it me. —”
“But the friend who penned the document testified that she wrote it word for word while Mr. Stoker dictated and that he looked at it and signed it.”
“Fie, that you'll say so! he plays o 'the viol-de-gamboys, and speaks three or four languages word for word without book, and hath all the good gifts of nature.”
“I know not what he may have had to do with a book entitled 'Dictionaire des Beaux Arts' (Dictionary of the Fine Arts) but I found in it articles transcribed word for word from mine, and this long before the same articles were printed in the”
“In Esther 3: 4 kath 'hekasten hemeran is correctly used as the Greek equivalent for the phrase day and day, which St. Paul (2 Cor. 4: 16) has reproduced word for word in the form hemera kai hemera.”
“Still, I must tell you, Lyoff Nikolaievich, that I and my wife have been thinking it over, and we have come to the conclusion," and so on, word for word the same.”
“Almost word for word with Hardanger's reports that have already been filed with me through official channels," he commented.”
“The story of the voyage of Nearchus is one of the best-preserved travel accounts from ancient times, largely because the log of the expedition was copied almost word for word by the historian Arrian.”
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