Definition of version in English:

version

noun

  • 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 make yachts in both standard and master versions’
    • ‘I note that an earlier version of the website listed Mr Corcoran's qualifications, but they have been removed.’
    • ‘He has noted that his work would present the layman's version of the historical events.’
    • ‘The truly horrific adaptation, however, remains the 1933 version starring Charles Laughton, titled Island of Lost Souls.’
    • ‘A media frenzy ensued, and now London-based Salt Publishing has produced a print version of the hugely popular anthology.’
    • ‘Click here to download, circulate and distribute a PDF version of this article.’
    • ‘The version given to mourners was small and brightly coloured with child-like illustrations depicting favourite Bible scenes.’
    • ‘Translations are regarded by Muslims as new versions of the holy book, rather than as translations in the conventional sense.’
    • ‘The channel is also launching a revised version of its' Music Live ' programme.’
    • ‘I hope you enjoy this year's version of the tale.’
    • ‘First off, there are several companies that publish English language versions of these games.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘An edited version of this article recently appeared in The Age.’
    • ‘The case lacks front USB or FireWire ports, though some steel versions do have those front ports.’
    • ‘They're recording cover versions of hit songs.’
    • ‘Actually, I mainly seem to be downloading cover versions and remixes.’
    • ‘Both versions feature distinct and believable characters, erring on the side of naturalism.’
    • ‘An expanded version of this essay will appear as a book chapter.’
    • ‘Fans of this cult classic will be thrilled to see it in its original widescreen version, wall-to-wall with worms!’
    sort, kind, type, variety, genre, class, category, style, form, brand, make, model, design
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    1. 1.1 A particular edition or translation of a book or other work.
      ‘the English version will be published next year’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The two magazines became translated versions of each other with an editor who only understood one of the languages.’
      • ‘I asked how they knew what Jesus exactly said and meant, since there had been so many translations and versions of the New Testament.’
      • ‘The movie's translated versions in Hindi and Telugu are to be released all over the State on the same day.’
      • ‘The latest volume includes details of fragments showing third- and fourth-century versions of the Book of Revelations.’
      • ‘Well, the first version of the book got as far as page proofs.’
      • ‘The original Gaelic version is available on request.’
      • ‘There will also be updated versions of already published books.’
      • ‘Send me links for translated versions of this website and I'll put them up.’
      • ‘I had originally planned on asking whether there would be a translated version published at the time that you would be coming.’
      • ‘Between these two editions, in 1920, he published his version of Book I of the Elements written in Greek.’
      • ‘Since it was so discredited, I felt sure that Dembski would not use the quote in the published version of his book.’
      • ‘The focus now shifts to the Senate, where supporters hope that an identical version of the bill will soon be passed.’
      • ‘Producing translated versions of foreign-language books is the third type of piracy.’
      • ‘The Chinese version of the book will be published in September 2005.’
      • ‘The final version of the manuscript benefited from the critical comments of R. Maddocks.’
      • ‘Many copies and versions of legal books were produced.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘It is interesting to note that forthcoming international versions of the book foreground different generic features.’
      • ‘Here is the revised version of my manuscript.’
      edition, translation, adaptation, rendering, interpretation, variant, variation, form, copy, reproduction, impression, issue, release, instalment, revision
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    2. 1.2usually 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’
      • ‘The latest film version of the novel stars Keira Knightley as Elizabeth Bennet.’
      • ‘Rosetta is continuing to acquire and publish electronic versions of classic books.’
      • ‘Have them record an audio version at the end of the editing process.’
      • ‘Similarly, movie versions of novels should be as unfaithful as possible.’
      • ‘In the future, I'll be showcasing more obscure Gold Key comic book versions of great TV shows.’
      • ‘He has directed television versions of both books and is currently producing a CD-ROM version of the Code Book.’
      • ‘Filming will shortly begin on a screen version starring US actress Renee Zellweger.’
      • ‘The exhibit also contains the small model version of this piece in a plexi-glass box mounted to the wall.’
      • ‘He and his colleague Richard have just come out with the book version of his blog, also called ‘Marketing Playbook’.’
      • ‘He's a writer applauded by critics worldwide and the film version of his novel The Assault won an Oscar for best foreign film.’
      • ‘Faber, who dislikes Hollywood films, has no interest in developing film versions of his novels.’
      • ‘What is your opinion of Steven Spielberg's film version of your novel?’
      • ‘Parents have similar problems, and firms now produce similarly edited DVD movie versions.’
      • ‘But in the new film version of Graham Greene's novel The Quiet American, his motives are much more ambiguous.’
      • ‘Our man will also direct the film version of the novel, which will star Uma Thurman, Daryl Hannah and Lucy Liu.’
      • ‘In the TV version, eerie music plays as a camera pans over a school playground and then shows a park.’
      • ‘In previous film versions of the novel, Robert Newton and Oliver Reed made Sykes a truly fearsome villain.’
      • ‘All the song-laden Tamil films produced during the initial years were film versions of popular plays staged by the drama companies.’
      • ‘It's unlikely that the written and printed word will be overcome any time soon by electronic versions of books.’
      • ‘Download the MP3 audio version of this story here.’
    3. 1.3 A particular release of a piece of computer software.
      • ‘Fujitsu has launched a humanoid robot - based on a real-time version of the Linux operating system.’
      • ‘It only infected and destroyed computers that had particular versions of this software running.’
      • ‘Be sure your browser has the most up-to-date encryption capabilities by using the latest version available from the manufacturer.’
      • ‘In February an updated version was released on to Swindon's streets.’
      • ‘The company will also distribute its software with the next versions of America Online Inc's services and Microsoft Corp's MSN.’
      • ‘Some other problems related to buttons were fixed by downloading a new version of the software.’
      • ‘Version numbers are, and always have been, meaningless between software providers.’
      • ‘Computers with updated versions of anti-virus software should be protected, according to Sans centre.’
      • ‘However, users without the latest version of their anti-virus software may be unable to detect the virus.’
      • ‘The TiVo box is actually a computer using a version of the Linux operating system.’
      • ‘The software comes in three versions for homes, cybercafes and schools.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘With each new version number come more available games but also more power requirements.’
      • ‘Microsoft will release an updated version of this tool on the second Tuesday of each month.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Users have downloaded a beta version of the company's VoIP software.’
      • ‘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.’
  • 2An account of a matter from a particular person's point of view.

    ‘he told her his version of events’
    • ‘Obviously, that's the edited version of events.’
    • ‘Which brings up the issues of multiple accounts and versions of a particular royal's last words.’
    • ‘And these two youngsters give a very pure factual version of what they saw.’
    • ‘The loopy Loudspeaker of the House has become Washington's version of the crazy uncle your family has to keep up in the attic.’
    • ‘But the truth, it would seem, is far from the version of events some historians would like to portray.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It is a sort of literary version of history from the ground up.’
    • ‘But in Drury's version, the papers not only exist, but are quoted from at length.’
    • ‘Now, that's acceptable for a six year old growing up in New England, but we can handle a more accurate version of history.’
    • ‘History is a version of events, a story that features a cast of characters much like you and me.’
    • ‘There's only one small problem with Brooks' version of Salvadoran history: It's false.’
    • ‘Those thinking either version will be a reasonable presentation of straight news should abandon hope right now.’
    • ‘But at least we still have the ability to go back and look at the actual past, not the Fox News simulated version.’
    • ‘Some of your own stories, your own version of events don't really make sense.’
    • ‘As discussed above, the city is the quintessential home of Auster's version of the post-modern poet.’
    • ‘But as details and a greater understanding emerge, this version remains open to question.’
    • ‘Since there is no objective version of the problem, there is no definitive solution.’
    • ‘Each side views its version of Tibetan history as an essential part of its national identity.’
    • ‘This he has not done, and that is in our view consistent with the fact that his version of events is not credible.’
    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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  • 3Medicine
    mass noun The manual turning of a fetus in the uterus to make delivery easier.

verb

[with object]
  • Create a new version of.

    ‘the English curriculum would then be versioned for Northern Ireland, Scotland, and Wales’
    • ‘Not that versioning is culturally insignificant, but the split in accessibility recast lines between editors and readers in important ways.’
    • ‘We've versioned, and we're adding new choices - but all subject to the three requirements of simple, machine readable, and reliable.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The following mount command makes Unionfs behave as a source code versioning system.’
    • ‘Well, there are only backups and versioning systems (like CVS) that could give you back the file.’
    • ‘Properties are versioned, just like file contents.’
    • ‘That name space is also time versioned, so you could say ‘show me the situation of my archive for yesterday or a week ago.’’
    • ‘But my own versioning within that tradition has created something different from what the person who passed that tradition on to me works with.’
    • ‘With the versioning feature, users can add data and make sure it's correct before adding it to a project.’
    • ‘However, this was released in 2004, meaning the next version released in 2006 might be versioned 2007 for the fun of it.’
    • ‘The Schema framework approach creates a decentralized framework of strictly versioned schemas.’

Origin

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

Pronunciation

version

/ˈvəːʃ(ə)n/