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word for word

In or with the same exact words; verbatim. After seeing the play only once, he was able to repeat the monologue word for word. It was amazing. You don't need to translate it word for word—just make sure it has the same meaning.
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word for word

in the exact words; verbatim. I memorized the speech, word for word. I can't recall word for word what she told us.
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word for word

Exactly as written or spoken, as in That was the forecast, word for word. Chaucer used this idiom in the late 1300s.
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word for word

in exactly the same or, when translated, exactly equivalent words.
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ˌword for ˈword

in exactly the same words; translated directly from another language: I repeated what you said, word for word.It probably won’t sound very natural if you translate it word for word.a word-for-word account, translation, etc.
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Rehearse the presentation, word for word, at least once.
Sometimes only short sequences (the bright facade of a fairground booth, a toy set of human teeth) stand out from the surface, but an ornamental round-dance animates the whole so that the viewer almost automatically concentrates on smaller units and begins to read the flood of images like a text, word for word.