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’
    • ‘There are tentative plans to introduce a PDF version of each event.’
    • ‘They're recording cover versions of hit songs.’
    • ‘First off, there are several companies that publish English language versions of these games.’
    • ‘An edited version of this article recently appeared in The Age.’
    • ‘Actually, I mainly seem to be downloading cover versions and remixes.’
    • ‘Fans of this cult classic will be thrilled to see it in its original widescreen version, wall-to-wall with worms!’
    • ‘The channel is also launching a revised version of its' Music Live ' programme.’
    • ‘Associate Editors access the PDF version of the manuscript and assign potential reviewers.’
    • ‘Click here to download, circulate and distribute a PDF version of this article.’
    • ‘A media frenzy ensued, and now London-based Salt Publishing has produced a print version of the hugely popular anthology.’
    • ‘He has noted that his work would present the layman's version of the historical events.’
    • ‘I hope you enjoy this year's version of the tale.’
    • ‘The case lacks front USB or FireWire ports, though some steel versions do have those front ports.’
    • ‘The truly horrific adaptation, however, remains the 1933 version starring Charles Laughton, titled Island of Lost Souls.’
    • ‘The version given to mourners was small and brightly coloured with child-like illustrations depicting favourite Bible scenes.’
    • ‘Both versions feature distinct and believable characters, erring on the side of naturalism.’
    • ‘Kay Daly was the first person to publish complete versions of the stolen documents.’
    • ‘Translations are regarded by Muslims as new versions of the holy book, rather than as translations in the conventional sense.’
    • ‘An expanded version of this essay will appear as a book chapter.’
    • ‘I note that an earlier version of the website listed Mr Corcoran's qualifications, but they have been removed.’
    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.’
      • ‘Between these two editions, in 1920, he published his version of Book I of the Elements written in Greek.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The Chinese version of the book will be published in September 2005.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Many copies and versions of legal books were produced.’
      • ‘It is interesting to note that forthcoming international versions of the book foreground different generic features.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The movie's translated versions in Hindi and Telugu are to be released all over the State on the same day.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Well, the first version of the book got as far as page proofs.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘There will also be updated versions of already published books.’
      • ‘The latest volume includes details of fragments showing third- and fourth-century versions of the Book of Revelations.’
      • ‘The original Gaelic version is available on request.’
      • ‘Here is the revised version of my manuscript.’
      • ‘The final version of the manuscript benefited from the critical comments of R. Maddocks.’
      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’
      • ‘What is your opinion of Steven Spielberg's film version of your novel?’
      • ‘The latest film version of the novel stars Keira Knightley as Elizabeth Bennet.’
      • ‘In previous film versions of the novel, Robert Newton and Oliver Reed made Sykes a truly fearsome villain.’
      • ‘Faber, who dislikes Hollywood films, has no interest in developing film versions of his novels.’
      • ‘He's a writer applauded by critics worldwide and the film version of his novel The Assault won an Oscar for best foreign film.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Our man will also direct the film version of the novel, which will star Uma Thurman, Daryl Hannah and Lucy Liu.’
      • ‘Similarly, movie versions of novels should be as unfaithful as possible.’
      • ‘All the song-laden Tamil films produced during the initial years were film versions of popular plays staged by the drama companies.’
      • ‘But in the new film version of Graham Greene's novel The Quiet American, his motives are much more ambiguous.’
      • ‘Download the MP3 audio version of this story here.’
      • ‘Parents have similar problems, and firms now produce similarly edited DVD movie versions.’
      • ‘Have them record an audio version at the end of the editing process.’
      • ‘Filming will shortly begin on a screen version starring US actress Renee Zellweger.’
      • ‘He and his colleague Richard have just come out with the book version of his blog, also called ‘Marketing Playbook’.’
      • ‘He has directed television versions of both books and is currently producing a CD-ROM version of the Code Book.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘It's unlikely that the written and printed word will be overcome any time soon by electronic versions of books.’
    3. 1.3A particular release of a piece of computer software.
      • ‘Computers with updated versions of anti-virus software should be protected, according to Sans centre.’
      • ‘It only infected and destroyed computers that had particular versions of this software running.’
      • ‘The TiVo box is actually a computer using a version of the Linux operating system.’
      • ‘Keeping up to date with software and firmware versions is always a task at the forefront of a system administrator's priorities.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘You can also download the latest version of the software from ABIT's website.’
      • ‘It still plans to keep an interest in the operation and will continue to have Linux versions of its software.’
      • ‘The software comes in three versions for homes, cybercafes and schools.’
      • ‘However, users without the latest version of their anti-virus software may be unable to detect the virus.’
      • ‘Some other problems related to buttons were fixed by downloading a new version of the software.’
      • ‘Fujitsu has launched a humanoid robot - based on a real-time version of the Linux operating system.’
      • ‘The company will also distribute its software with the next versions of America Online Inc's services and Microsoft Corp's MSN.’
      • ‘In February an updated version was released on to Swindon's streets.’
      • ‘The appliance uses a modified version of Linux for PowerPC and provides an amazing set of features.’
      • ‘Be sure your browser has the most up-to-date encryption capabilities by using the latest version available from the manufacturer.’
      • ‘Microsoft will release an updated version of this tool on the second Tuesday of each month.’
      • ‘Users have downloaded a beta version of the company's VoIP software.’
      • ‘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.’
  • 2An account of a matter from a particular person's point of view.

    ‘he told her his version of events’
    • ‘Each side views its version of Tibetan history as an essential part of its national identity.’
    • ‘History is a version of events, a story that features a cast of characters much like you and me.’
    • ‘Some of your own stories, your own version of events don't really make sense.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘This he has not done, and that is in our view consistent with the fact that his version of events is not credible.’
    • ‘Which brings up the issues of multiple accounts and versions of a particular royal's last words.’
    • ‘Obviously, that's the edited version of events.’
    • ‘His version given in evidence is that he was not admitting to any improper conduct.’
    • ‘There's only one small problem with Brooks' version of Salvadoran history: It's false.’
    • ‘Since there is no objective version of the problem, there is no definitive solution.’
    • ‘The loopy Loudspeaker of the House has become Washington's version of the crazy uncle your family has to keep up in the attic.’
    • ‘It is a sort of literary version of history from the ground up.’
    • ‘As discussed above, the city is the quintessential home of Auster's version of the post-modern poet.’
    • ‘Now, that's acceptable for a six year old growing up in New England, but we can handle a more accurate version of history.’
    • ‘But as details and a greater understanding emerge, this version remains open to question.’
    • ‘But at least we still have the ability to go back and look at the actual past, not the Fox News simulated version.’
    • ‘And these two youngsters give a very pure factual version of what they saw.’
    • ‘But in Drury's version, the papers not only exist, but are quoted from at length.’
    • ‘Those thinking either version will be a reasonable presentation of straight news should abandon hope right now.’
    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’
    • ‘The Schema framework approach creates a decentralized framework of strictly versioned schemas.’
    • ‘After notice and a period for comments, Creative Commons has versioned the attribution clause in our licenses.’
    • ‘Well, there are only backups and versioning systems (like CVS) that could give you back the file.’
    • ‘The following mount command makes Unionfs behave as a source code versioning system.’
    • ‘However, this was released in 2004, meaning the next version released in 2006 might be versioned 2007 for the fun of it.’
    • ‘Properties are versioned, just like file contents.’
    • ‘Applications can have a consistent interface, allowing them to be versioned, or swapped out wholesale for other applications.’
    • ‘We've versioned, and we're adding new choices - but all subject to the three requirements of simple, machine readable, and reliable.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Not that versioning is culturally insignificant, but the split in accessibility recast lines between editors and readers in important ways.’
    • ‘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.’

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/