Definition of word for word in US English:

word for word


  • In exactly the same or, when translated, exactly equivalent words.

    • ‘It is the same thing you put in your complaint, word for word almost.’
    • ‘The following is a transcript, nearly word for word, of a tape recording I made earlier tonight.’
    • ‘We watch episodes over and over again… We know them word for word.’
    • ‘I wish I could translate the song for you guys word for word, but it would take too much time.’
    • ‘Sign language is visual, and isn't always translated word for word into English.’
    • ‘Anyway here is the URL for the article: and this is where he stole it from, word for word.’
    • ‘Its editor apologised profusely and told us it is not their policy to lift stories word for word and it wouldn't happen again.’
    • ‘Students, at their examinations, had to reproduce their teachers' lessons word for word.’
    • ‘Every child in the land knew it word for word by the following Monday.’
    • ‘This is a text message I received the other day from him - word for word.’
    verbatim, line for line, letter for letter, to the letter
    verbatim, literal, exact, direct, precise, accurate, faithful, strict, undeviating
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word for word

/ˌwərd fôr ˈwərd//ˌwərd fɔr ˈwərd/