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 make yachts in both standard and master versions’
    • ‘Actually, I mainly seem to be downloading cover versions and remixes.’
    • ‘He has noted that his work would present the layman's version of the historical events.’
    • ‘Kay Daly was the first person to publish complete versions of the stolen documents.’
    • ‘The truly horrific adaptation, however, remains the 1933 version starring Charles Laughton, titled Island of Lost Souls.’
    • ‘The case lacks front USB or FireWire ports, though some steel versions do have those front ports.’
    • ‘An expanded version of this essay will appear as a book chapter.’
    • ‘Associate Editors access the PDF version of the manuscript and assign potential reviewers.’
    • ‘Both versions feature distinct and believable characters, erring on the side of naturalism.’
    • ‘I hope you enjoy this year's version of the tale.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Fans of this cult classic will be thrilled to see it in its original widescreen version, wall-to-wall with worms!’
    • ‘First off, there are several companies that publish English language versions of these games.’
    • ‘I note that an earlier version of the website listed Mr Corcoran's qualifications, but they have been removed.’
    • ‘Translations are regarded by Muslims as new versions of the holy book, rather than as translations in the conventional sense.’
    • ‘They're recording cover versions of hit songs.’
    • ‘A media frenzy ensued, and now London-based Salt Publishing has produced a print version of the hugely popular anthology.’
    • ‘An edited version of this article recently appeared in The Age.’
    • ‘The version given to mourners was small and brightly coloured with child-like illustrations depicting favourite Bible scenes.’
    • ‘The channel is also launching a revised version of its' Music Live ' programme.’
    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’
      • ‘Producing translated versions of foreign-language books is the third type of piracy.’
      • ‘Well, the first version of the book got as far as page proofs.’
      • ‘The original Gaelic version is available on request.’
      • ‘Send me links for translated versions of this website and I'll put them up.’
      • ‘The Chinese version of the book will be published in September 2005.’
      • ‘I had originally planned on asking whether there would be a translated version published at the time that you would be coming.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘There will also be updated versions of already published books.’
      • ‘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 latest volume includes details of fragments showing third- and fourth-century versions of the Book of Revelations.’
      • ‘The two magazines became translated versions of each other with an editor who only understood one of the languages.’
      • ‘The focus now shifts to the Senate, where supporters hope that an identical version of the bill will soon be passed.’
      • ‘Since it was so discredited, I felt sure that Dembski would not use the quote in the published version of his book.’
      • ‘The movie's translated versions in Hindi and Telugu are to be released all over the State on the same day.’
      • ‘It is interesting to note that forthcoming international versions of the book foreground different generic features.’
      • ‘Here is the revised version of my manuscript.’
      • ‘Many copies and versions of legal books were produced.’
      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’
      • ‘It's unlikely that the written and printed word will be overcome any time soon by electronic versions of books.’
      • ‘The latest film version of the novel stars Keira Knightley as Elizabeth Bennet.’
      • ‘All the song-laden Tamil films produced during the initial years were film versions of popular plays staged by the drama companies.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘In previous film versions of the novel, Robert Newton and Oliver Reed made Sykes a truly fearsome villain.’
      • ‘What is your opinion of Steven Spielberg's film version of your novel?’
      • ‘He has directed television versions of both books and is currently producing a CD-ROM version of the Code Book.’
      • ‘He and his colleague Richard have just come out with the book version of his blog, also called ‘Marketing Playbook’.’
      • ‘Download the MP3 audio version of this story here.’
      • ‘He's a writer applauded by critics worldwide and the film version of his novel The Assault won an Oscar for best foreign film.’
      • ‘Similarly, movie versions of novels should be as unfaithful as possible.’
      • ‘Filming will shortly begin on a screen version starring US actress Renee Zellweger.’
      • ‘Our man will also direct the film version of the novel, which will star Uma Thurman, Daryl Hannah and Lucy Liu.’
      • ‘The exhibit also contains the small model version of this piece in a plexi-glass box mounted to the wall.’
      • ‘In the TV version, eerie music plays as a camera pans over a school playground and then shows a park.’
      • ‘Faber, who dislikes Hollywood films, has no interest in developing film versions of his novels.’
      • ‘But in the new film version of Graham Greene's novel The Quiet American, his motives are much more ambiguous.’
    3. 1.3A particular release of a piece of computer software.
      • ‘Symantec plans to develop versions of the software for servers, workstations, laptops and handheld devices.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Some other problems related to buttons were fixed by downloading a new version of the software.’
      • ‘However, users without the latest version of their anti-virus software may be unable to detect the virus.’
      • ‘Users have downloaded a beta version of the company's VoIP software.’
      • ‘Be sure your browser has the most up-to-date encryption capabilities by using the latest version available from the manufacturer.’
      • ‘None of the dealers installed unauthorised versions of software on computers themselves - a practice known as hard-disk loading.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘In February an updated version was released on to Swindon's streets.’
      • ‘You can also download the latest version of the software from ABIT's website.’
      • ‘It only infected and destroyed computers that had particular versions of this software running.’
      • ‘Computers with updated versions of anti-virus software should be protected, according to Sans centre.’
      • ‘The company will also distribute its software with the next versions of America Online Inc's services and Microsoft Corp's MSN.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Version numbers are, and always have been, meaningless between software providers.’
      • ‘With each new version number come more available games but also more power requirements.’
      • ‘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’
    • ‘It is a sort of literary version of history from the ground up.’
    • ‘Some of your own stories, your own version of events don't really make sense.’
    • ‘Obviously, that's the edited version of events.’
    • ‘As discussed above, the city is the quintessential home of Auster's version of the post-modern poet.’
    • ‘Which brings up the issues of multiple accounts and versions of a particular royal's last words.’
    • ‘Each side views its version of Tibetan history as an essential part of its national identity.’
    • ‘And these two youngsters give a very pure factual version of what they saw.’
    • ‘There's only one small problem with Brooks' version of Salvadoran history: It's false.’
    • ‘But at least we still have the ability to go back and look at the actual past, not the Fox News simulated version.’
    • ‘Those thinking either version will be a reasonable presentation of straight news should abandon hope right now.’
    • ‘But as details and a greater understanding emerge, this version remains open to question.’
    • ‘His version given in evidence is that he was not admitting to any improper conduct.’
    • ‘The loopy Loudspeaker of the House has become Washington's version of the crazy uncle your family has to keep up in the attic.’
    • ‘Ahmed and Khan then made police statements declaring their version of events to be true.’
    • ‘Since there is no objective version of the problem, there is no definitive solution.’
    • ‘But in Drury's version, the papers not only exist, but are quoted from at length.’
    • ‘This he has not done, and that is in our view consistent with the fact that his version of events is not credible.’
    • ‘But the truth, it would seem, is far from the version of events some historians would like to portray.’
    • ‘History is a version of events, a story that features a cast of characters much like you and me.’
    • ‘Now, that's acceptable for a six year old growing up in New England, but we can handle a more accurate version of history.’
    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.


  • Create a new version of.

    ‘versioned software’
    • ‘Applications can have a consistent interface, allowing them to be versioned, or swapped out wholesale for other applications.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The Schema framework approach creates a decentralized framework of strictly versioned schemas.’
    • ‘Properties are versioned, just like file contents.’
    • ‘After notice and a period for comments, Creative Commons has versioned the attribution clause in our licenses.’
    • ‘But my own versioning within that tradition has created something different from what the person who passed that tradition on to me works with.’
    • ‘The online versioning of campaign messages is one of those opportunities.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Well, there are only backups and versioning systems (like CVS) that could give you back the file.’
    • ‘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.’


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