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English noun: word

1. word (communication) a unit of language that native speakers can identify


SamplesWords are the blocks from which sentences are made.
He hardly said ten words all morning.


Broader (hypernym)language unit, linguistic unit


Narrower (hyponym)anagram, anaphor, antonym, back-formation, catchword, charade, classifier, closed-class word, cognate, cognate word, coinage, content word, contraction, deictic, deictic word, derivative, descriptor, diminutive, dirty word, dissyllable, disyllable, equivalent word, form, four-letter Anglo-Saxon word, four-letter word, function word, guide word, guideword, hapax legomenon, head, head word, headword, heteronym, holonym, homonym, hybrid, hypernym, hyponym, key word, language, loan, loan-blend, loanblend, loanword, logical quantifier, manner name, meronym, metonym, monosyllabic word, monosyllable, neologism, neology, nomenclature, nonce word, open-class word, opposite, opposite word, oxytone, palindrome, paroxytone, part name, partitive, polysemant, polysemantic word, polysemous word, polysyllabic word, polysyllable, primitive, proparoxytone, quantifier, quantifier, reduplication, retronym, signifier, spoken word, subordinate, subordinate word, substantive, superordinate, superordinate word, syncategorem, syncategoreme, synonym, term, terminology, trisyllable, troponym, vocable, whole name, word form, written word


Part holonymaffix, syllable

2. word (communication) a brief statement


SamplesHe didn't say a word about it.


Broader (hypernym)statement

3. word (communication) information about recent and important events


SamplesThey awaited news of the outcome.


Synonymsintelligence, news, tidings


Broader (hypernym)info, information


Narrower (hyponym)good word, latest, update

4. word (communication) a verbal command for action


SamplesWhen I give the word, charge!.


Broader (hypernym)order

5. word (communication) an exchange of views on some topic


SamplesWe had a good discussion.
We had a word or two about it.


Synonymsdiscussion, give-and-take


Broader (hypernym)language, oral communication, speech, speech communication, spoken communication, spoken language, voice communication


Narrower (hyponym)argument, argumentation, conference, debate, deliberation, dialogue, group discussion, negotiation, panel discussion, post-mortem, postmortem, public discussion, talks, ventilation

6. word (communication) a promise


SamplesHe gave his word.


Synonymsparole, word of honor


Broader (hypernym)promise

7. word (quantity) a word is a string of bits stored in computer memory


SamplesLarge computers use words up to 64 bits long.


Broader (hypernym)computer memory unit


Part holonymbyte


Part meronymK, kB, KiB, kibibyte, kilobyte

8. Word (person) the divine word of God; the second person in the Trinity (incarnate in Jesus)


SynonymsLogos, Son


Instance hypernymhypostasis, hypostasis of Christ


Instance hyponymChrist, Deliverer, Good Shepherd, Jesus, Jesus Christ, Jesus of Nazareth, Messiah, Redeemer, Savior, Saviour, the Nazarene

9. word (communication) a secret word or phrase known only to a restricted group


SamplesHe forgot the password.


Synonymscountersign, parole, password, watchword


Broader (hypernym)arcanum, positive identification, secret

10. Word (communication) the sacred writings of the Christian religions


SamplesHe went to carry the Word to the heathen.


SynonymsBible, Book, Christian Bible, Good Book, Holy Scripture, Holy Writ, Scripture, Word of God


Broader (hypernym)religious text, religious writing, sacred text, sacred writing


Narrower (hyponym)family Bible


Instance hyponymAmerican Revised Version, American Standard Version, Authorized Version, Douay Bible, Douay Version, Douay-Rheims Bible, Douay-Rheims Version, King James Bible, King James Version, New English Bible, Revised Standard Version, Revised Version, Rheims-Douay Bible, Rheims-Douay Version, Vulgate


Part holonymNew Testament, Old Testament, Testament, text


Domain category memberscovenant, demythologise, demythologize, eisegesis, exegesis, Gabriel, Noachian deluge, Noah and the Flood, Noah's flood, the Flood


English verb: word

1. word (communication) put into words or an expression


SamplesHe formulated his concerns to the board of trustees.


Synonymsarticulate, formulate, give voice, phrase


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something


Broader (hypernym)evince, express, show


Narrower (hyponym)ask, cast, couch, dogmatise, dogmatize, formularise, formularize, frame, lexicalise, lexicalize, put, redact









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