Synonyms of 'word'
the smallest single meaningful unit of speech or writingThe word `ginseng' comes from the Chinese word `Shen-seng'.
What's the medical term for a heart attack?
I don't even know if Sullivan is his real name.
He uses some remarkably coarse expressions.
Level 4 alert is a designation reserved for very serious incidents.
We were known by the appellation of `green coats'.
`Sister boy' - that's an odd locution if ever there was one.
a brief conversationJames, could I have a quick word with you?
She asked me into her office for a chat.
a brief tête-à-tête between the two leaders
I think it's time we had a talk.
There was a discussion about the wording of the report.
Next week she'll be in Florida for consultations with her Mexican counterpart.
colloquy (formal), ,
confab (informal), ,
a brief statementI'd like to say a word of thanks to everyone who helped me.
news or informationThere is no word from the authorities on the reported attack.
Would you like to leave a message?
They still haven't had any news about the survivors.
Press reports vary dramatically.
They refused to give us any information about her.
Unions are requested to give seven days' notice of industrial action.
Most have now left the country on the advice of their governments.
The ambassador has brought a communication from the President.
a senior officer involved in gathering intelligence
the early morning news bulletin
this dispatch from our West Africa correspondent
The call came in a communiqué sent to the Irish Prime Minister.
their first public intimation of how they will spend the budget
heads up (US, Canadian)
a solemn promiseHe simply cannot be trusted to keep his word.
If you make a promise, you should keep it.
We can give no guarantee that their demands will be met.
a pledge to step up cooperation between the states
The new owners gave an undertaking that the factory would remain open.
Most people still take their marriage vows seriously.
an assurance that other forces will not move into the territory
a solemn oath by members to help each other
word of honour,
a command or orderI want nothing said about this until I give the word.
The tanker failed to respond to a command to stop.
He has submitted himself to the will of God.
Mr North had been arrested on the orders of the Spanish government.
He issued a decree ordering all unofficial armed groups to disband.
the bidding of his backbenchers
The union already has a mandate to ballot for a strike.
In 1741 Catherine the Great issued an edict of toleration for Buddhism.
The word is that he's planning to retire.
There's a strange rumour going around.
There has been a lot of talk about my fancy new job.
There has been a lot of gossip about the reasons for his absence.
a magazine packed with celebrity gossip
Much of what was reported to them was hearsay.
the word on the street (informal),
1 (plural noun)
I was devastated when her words came true.
to state in wordsIf I had written the letter, I might have worded it differently.
He expressed grave concern at their attitude.
I hope you didn't say anything about me.
Clearly state your address and telephone number.
To put it bluntly, he just doesn't care.
The speech was carefully phrased.
They departed without uttering a word.
This time the proposal was couched as an ultimatum.
I was impressed by how he formulated his ideas.
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In the beginning was the Word [Bible: St. John]Words are, of course, the most powerful drug used by mankindFor words, like Nature, half reveal
And half conceal the Soul withinI am a bear of Very Little Brain, and long words Bother me – Winnie-the-Pooh]`When I use a word,' Humpty Dumpty said in a rather scornful tone, `it means just what I choose it to mean - neither more nor less.' – Through the Looking-Glass]Words just say what you want them to say; they don't know any better – The Role of Notable Silences in Scottish History]and once sent out, a word takes wing beyond recall – Epistles]Words are the physicians of a mind diseased – Prometheus Bound]Thought flies and words go on foot – Journal]How often misused words generate misleading thoughts – Principles of Ethics]Words are the tokens current and accepted for conceits, as moneys are for values – The Advancement of Learning]Words are wise men's counters, they do but reckon by them – Leviathan]Oaths are but words, and words but wind – Hudibras]
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in the sense of advice
formal notification of factsMost have now left the country on the advice of their governments.
in the sense of appellation
a name or titleWe were known by the appellation of `green coats'.
in the sense of assurance
a statement or assertion intended to inspire confidencean assurance that other forces will not move into the territory
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