Meaning of word for word in English:

word for word


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

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