Definition of version in English:



  • 1A particular form of something differing in certain respects from an earlier form or other forms of the same type of thing.

    ‘a revised version of the paper was produced for a later meeting’
    ‘they produce yachts in both standard and master versions’
    • ‘Fans of this cult classic will be thrilled to see it in its original widescreen version, wall-to-wall with worms!’
    • ‘They're recording cover versions of hit songs.’
    • ‘Both versions feature distinct and believable characters, erring on the side of naturalism.’
    • ‘The truly horrific adaptation, however, remains the 1933 version starring Charles Laughton, titled Island of Lost Souls.’
    • ‘Translations are regarded by Muslims as new versions of the holy book, rather than as translations in the conventional sense.’
    • ‘I note that an earlier version of the website listed Mr Corcoran's qualifications, but they have been removed.’
    • ‘A media frenzy ensued, and now London-based Salt Publishing has produced a print version of the hugely popular anthology.’
    • ‘An expanded version of this essay will appear as a book chapter.’
    • ‘The case lacks front USB or FireWire ports, though some steel versions do have those front ports.’
    • ‘The channel is also launching a revised version of its' Music Live ' programme.’
    • ‘He has noted that his work would present the layman's version of the historical events.’
    • ‘The version given to mourners was small and brightly coloured with child-like illustrations depicting favourite Bible scenes.’
    • ‘I hope you enjoy this year's version of the tale.’
    • ‘Associate Editors access the PDF version of the manuscript and assign potential reviewers.’
    • ‘Kay Daly was the first person to publish complete versions of the stolen documents.’
    • ‘There are tentative plans to introduce a PDF version of each event.’
    • ‘Click here to download, circulate and distribute a PDF version of this article.’
    • ‘An edited version of this article recently appeared in The Age.’
    • ‘First off, there are several companies that publish English language versions of these games.’
    • ‘Actually, I mainly seem to be downloading cover versions and remixes.’
    sort, kind, type, variety, genre, class, category, style, form, brand, make, model, design
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    1. 1.1A particular edition or translation of a book or other work.
      ‘the English version will be published next year’
      • ‘Well, the first version of the book got as far as page proofs.’
      • ‘I asked how they knew what Jesus exactly said and meant, since there had been so many translations and versions of the New Testament.’
      • ‘Here is the revised version of my manuscript.’
      • ‘Many copies and versions of legal books were produced.’
      • ‘Send me links for translated versions of this website and I'll put them up.’
      • ‘The latest volume includes details of fragments showing third- and fourth-century versions of the Book of Revelations.’
      • ‘The focus now shifts to the Senate, where supporters hope that an identical version of the bill will soon be passed.’
      • ‘Angie will be pleased to learn that the American version of the book comes with a cover that will not threaten her or us with exposure.’
      • ‘There will also be updated versions of already published books.’
      • ‘Since it was so discredited, I felt sure that Dembski would not use the quote in the published version of his book.’
      • ‘I have seen a copy of this letter but believe that the translated version does not make the Government's reasons behind such an order clear.’
      • ‘The movie's translated versions in Hindi and Telugu are to be released all over the State on the same day.’
      • ‘Between these two editions, in 1920, he published his version of Book I of the Elements written in Greek.’
      • ‘The final version of the manuscript benefited from the critical comments of R. Maddocks.’
      • ‘It is interesting to note that forthcoming international versions of the book foreground different generic features.’
      • ‘The Chinese version of the book will be published in September 2005.’
      • ‘The two magazines became translated versions of each other with an editor who only understood one of the languages.’
      • ‘Producing translated versions of foreign-language books is the third type of piracy.’
      • ‘The original Gaelic version is available on request.’
      • ‘I had originally planned on asking whether there would be a translated version published at the time that you would be coming.’
      edition, translation, adaptation, rendering, interpretation, variant, variation, form, copy, reproduction, impression, issue, release, instalment, revision
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    2. 1.2[usually with modifier]An adaptation of a novel, piece of music, etc., into another medium or style.
      ‘a film version of a wonderfully funny cult novel’
      • ‘Rosetta is continuing to acquire and publish electronic versions of classic books.’
      • ‘Our man will also direct the film version of the novel, which will star Uma Thurman, Daryl Hannah and Lucy Liu.’
      • ‘But in the new film version of Graham Greene's novel The Quiet American, his motives are much more ambiguous.’
      • ‘All the song-laden Tamil films produced during the initial years were film versions of popular plays staged by the drama companies.’
      • ‘What is your opinion of Steven Spielberg's film version of your novel?’
      • ‘He's a writer applauded by critics worldwide and the film version of his novel The Assault won an Oscar for best foreign film.’
      • ‘He has directed television versions of both books and is currently producing a CD-ROM version of the Code Book.’
      • ‘Faber, who dislikes Hollywood films, has no interest in developing film versions of his novels.’
      • ‘Similarly, movie versions of novels should be as unfaithful as possible.’
      • ‘In previous film versions of the novel, Robert Newton and Oliver Reed made Sykes a truly fearsome villain.’
      • ‘He and his colleague Richard have just come out with the book version of his blog, also called ‘Marketing Playbook’.’
      • ‘It's unlikely that the written and printed word will be overcome any time soon by electronic versions of books.’
      • ‘Parents have similar problems, and firms now produce similarly edited DVD movie versions.’
      • ‘In the future, I'll be showcasing more obscure Gold Key comic book versions of great TV shows.’
      • ‘In the TV version, eerie music plays as a camera pans over a school playground and then shows a park.’
      • ‘Have them record an audio version at the end of the editing process.’
      • ‘The exhibit also contains the small model version of this piece in a plexi-glass box mounted to the wall.’
      • ‘Filming will shortly begin on a screen version starring US actress Renee Zellweger.’
      • ‘The latest film version of the novel stars Keira Knightley as Elizabeth Bennet.’
      • ‘Download the MP3 audio version of this story here.’
    3. 1.3A particular release of a piece of computer software.
      • ‘It only infected and destroyed computers that had particular versions of this software running.’
      • ‘Users have downloaded a beta version of the company's VoIP software.’
      • ‘Computers with updated versions of anti-virus software should be protected, according to Sans centre.’
      • ‘None of the dealers installed unauthorised versions of software on computers themselves - a practice known as hard-disk loading.’
      • ‘Symantec plans to develop versions of the software for servers, workstations, laptops and handheld devices.’
      • ‘The company will also distribute its software with the next versions of America Online Inc's services and Microsoft Corp's MSN.’
      • ‘With each new version number come more available games but also more power requirements.’
      • ‘However, users without the latest version of their anti-virus software may be unable to detect the virus.’
      • ‘You can also download the latest version of the software from ABIT's website.’
      • ‘Keeping up to date with software and firmware versions is always a task at the forefront of a system administrator's priorities.’
      • ‘Version numbers are, and always have been, meaningless between software providers.’
      • ‘Fujitsu has launched a humanoid robot - based on a real-time version of the Linux operating system.’
      • ‘It still plans to keep an interest in the operation and will continue to have Linux versions of its software.’
      • ‘The appliance uses a modified version of Linux for PowerPC and provides an amazing set of features.’
      • ‘The TiVo box is actually a computer using a version of the Linux operating system.’
      • ‘In February an updated version was released on to Swindon's streets.’
      • ‘Microsoft will release an updated version of this tool on the second Tuesday of each month.’
      • ‘The software comes in three versions for homes, cybercafes and schools.’
      • ‘Some other problems related to buttons were fixed by downloading a new version of the software.’
      • ‘Be sure your browser has the most up-to-date encryption capabilities by using the latest version available from the manufacturer.’
    4. 1.4An account of a matter from a particular person's point of view.
      ‘he told her his version of events’
      • ‘This he has not done, and that is in our view consistent with the fact that his version of events is not credible.’
      • ‘Obviously, that's the edited version of events.’
      • ‘But at least we still have the ability to go back and look at the actual past, not the Fox News simulated version.’
      • ‘Which brings up the issues of multiple accounts and versions of a particular royal's last words.’
      • ‘But the truth, it would seem, is far from the version of events some historians would like to portray.’
      • ‘There's only one small problem with Brooks' version of Salvadoran history: It's false.’
      • ‘As discussed above, the city is the quintessential home of Auster's version of the post-modern poet.’
      • ‘Each side views its version of Tibetan history as an essential part of its national identity.’
      • ‘But as details and a greater understanding emerge, this version remains open to question.’
      • ‘Ahmed and Khan then made police statements declaring their version of events to be true.’
      • ‘His version given in evidence is that he was not admitting to any improper conduct.’
      • ‘And these two youngsters give a very pure factual version of what they saw.’
      • ‘Since there is no objective version of the problem, there is no definitive solution.’
      • ‘Some of your own stories, your own version of events don't really make sense.’
      • ‘Now, that's acceptable for a six year old growing up in New England, but we can handle a more accurate version of history.’
      • ‘Those thinking either version will be a reasonable presentation of straight news should abandon hope right now.’
      • ‘But in Drury's version, the papers not only exist, but are quoted from at length.’
      • ‘It is a sort of literary version of history from the ground up.’
      • ‘History is a version of events, a story that features a cast of characters much like you and me.’
      • ‘The loopy Loudspeaker of the House has become Washington's version of the crazy uncle your family has to keep up in the attic.’
      report, statement, description, record, account, story, tale, history, chronicle, narrative, narration, rendition, rendering, interpretation, explanation, construction, construal, analysis, understanding, reading, impression, side, view
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  • 2Medicine
    The manual turning of a fetus in the uterus to make delivery easier.

    1. 2.1An abnormal displacement of the uterus.


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    ‘it's the software for you if you need versioning and group editing’
    • ‘Well, there are only backups and versioning systems (like CVS) that could give you back the file.’
    • ‘With the versioning feature, users can add data and make sure it's correct before adding it to a project.’
    • ‘The following mount command makes Unionfs behave as a source code versioning system.’
    • ‘That name space is also time versioned, so you could say ‘show me the situation of my archive for yesterday or a week ago.’’
    • ‘We've versioned, and we're adding new choices - but all subject to the three requirements of simple, machine readable, and reliable.’
    • ‘Properties are versioned, just like file contents.’
    • ‘Applications can have a consistent interface, allowing them to be versioned, or swapped out wholesale for other applications.’
    • ‘After notice and a period for comments, Creative Commons has versioned the attribution clause in our licenses.’
    • ‘The online versioning of campaign messages is one of those opportunities.’
    • ‘But my own versioning within that tradition has created something different from what the person who passed that tradition on to me works with.’
    • ‘However, this was released in 2004, meaning the next version released in 2006 might be versioned 2007 for the fun of it.’
    • ‘Not that versioning is culturally insignificant, but the split in accessibility recast lines between editors and readers in important ways.’
    • ‘The Schema framework approach creates a decentralized framework of strictly versioned schemas.’


Late Middle English (in the sense translation): from French, or from medieval Latin versio(n-), from Latin vertere to turn.