Meaning of version


If the professor says, “Read the complete works of Shakespeare” and you go for the Cliff Notes, you could say you read a short version of the Bard’s work, but really, you’re cheating. A version is a specific edition or form of something.

Version derives from the Latin vertere, “to turn.” Think of it as someone taking a turn, as in an adaptation of a work of art or literature. “Can you believe they made an animated version of The Sinking of the Lusitania?” Or someone giving their own account of an event. “Your version of what happened the night we got locked in the storage unit is totally different from mine!”

Definitions of version
  1. noun

    something a little different from others of the same type

    “an experimental
    version of the night fighter”

    edition, variant, variation

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    a subdivision of a particular kind of thing

  2. noun

    an interpretation of a matter from a particular viewpoint

    version of the fight was different from mine”
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    an imprecise or incomplete account
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    an explanation that results from interpreting something

  3. noun

    a written work (as a novel) that has been recast in a new form



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    modernisation, modernization

    a modernized version (as of a play)

    a metrical adaptation of something (e.g., of a prose text)
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    piece of writing, writing, written material

    the work of a writer; anything expressed in letters of the alphabet (especially when considered from the point of view of style and effect)

  4. noun

    a written communication in a second language having the same meaning as the written communication in a first language


    interlingual rendition, rendering, translation

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    an incorrect translation
    crib, pony, trot

    a literal translation used in studying a foreign language (often used illicitly)

    translation back into the original language
    caption, subtitle

    translation of foreign dialogue of a movie or TV program; usually displayed at the bottom of the screen
    supertitle, surtitle

    translation of the words of a foreign opera (or choral work) projected on a screen above the stage
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    written account, written record

    a written document preserving knowledge of facts or events

  5. noun

    a mental representation of the meaning or significance of something


    interpretation, reading

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    a new or different meaning

    a mystical or allegorical interpretation (especially of Scripture)
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    internal representation, mental representation, representation

    a presentation to the mind in the form of an idea or image

  6. noun

    manual turning of a fetus in the uterus (usually to aid delivery)

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    turn, turning

    the act of changing or reversing the direction of the course

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