Synonyms of word in English:


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1‘the Italian word for ‘ham’’

term, name, expression, designation, locution
turn of phrase, idiom
formal appellation
rare vocable

2usually words‘his grandfather's words had been meant kindly’

remark, comment, statement, utterance, observation, pronouncement, declaration

3words‘I've only got three weeks to learn the words’

script, text
lyrics, libretto

4‘everything will be taken care of—I give you my word’

promise, word of honour, assurance, guarantee, undertaking
pledge, vow, oath, bond
archaic troth, parole

5‘I want a word with you in private’

talk, conversation, chat, tête-à-tête, heart-to-heart, one-on-one, one-to-one, head-to-head
discussion, consultation, exchange of views, colloquy
informal confab
formal confabulation

6‘apparently there's no word from the hospital yet’

news, information, communication, intelligence, notice
message, report, communiqué, dispatch, bulletin, account
data, facts
informal info, the low-down
British informal the gen
North American informal the dope, the poop
literary tidings
archaic advices

7‘word has it he's turned over a new leaf’

rumour, hearsay, talk, gossip
informal the grapevine, the word on the street
North American informal the scuttlebutt

8‘I'm waiting for the word from the Department of Justice’

instruction, order, command
signal, prompt, cue, tip-off
informal go-ahead, thumbs up, green light
North American informal high sign

9‘he was a strict disciplinarian whose word was law’

command, order, decree, edict, mandate
bidding, will

10‘our word now must be success’

motto, slogan, watchword, password, catchword
buzz word


1‘the question had been carefully worded’

phrase, express, put, couch, frame, set forth, formulate, style
say, utter, state


    word for word

    1‘reporters took down the speeches word for word’

    verbatim, line for line, letter for letter, to the letter
    exactly, precisely, faithfully
    rare literatim

    2‘a word-for-word translation’

    verbatim, literal, exact, direct, precise, accurate, faithful, strict, undeviating
    unadulterated, unabridged, unvarnished, unembellished


    have words

    ‘it's obvious the two of you have had words’

    quarrel, argue, disagree, row, squabble, bicker, fight, wrangle, dispute, feud, have a row, cross swords, lock horns, clash, be at each other's throats
    informal fall out, have a tiff, have a spat
    British informal have a barney
    archaic altercate
    in a word

    ‘the answer, in a word, is yes’

    to put it briefly, to be brief, briefly, in short, in a nutshell, succinctly, concisely, to come to the point, to cut a long story short, not to mince words, not to beat about the bush, not to put too fine a point on it
    to sum up, to summarize, in sum, in summary