Definition of version noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈvɜːʃn//
    , BrE//ˈvɜːʒn//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈvɜːrʒn//
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  1. 1  a form of something that is slightly different from an earlier form or from other forms of the same thing There are two versions of the game, a long one and a short one. the latest version of the software package the de luxe/luxury version see also beta version
  2. 2  a description of an event from the position of a particular person or group of people She gave us her version of what had happened that day. Their versions of how the accident happened conflict. Synonymsreport story account versionThese are all words for a written or spoken account of events.report a written or spoken account of an event, especially one that is published or broadcast:Are these newspaper reports true?story an account, often spoken, of what happened to somebody or of how something happened; a report of events in a newspaper, magazine or news broadcast:It was many years before the full story was made public. the front-page storyaccount a written or spoken description of something that has happened:She gave the police a full account of the incident.report or account?A report is always of recent events, especially news. An account may be of recent or past events.version a description of an event from the point of view of a particular person or group of people:She gave us her version of what had happened that day.Patterns a report/​story about something a brief/​short report/​story/​account a full report/​story/​account/​version a news report/​story to give a(n) report/​account/​version
  3. 3  a film/movie, play, piece of music, etc. that is based on a particular piece of work but is in a different form, style or language the film version of ‘War and Peace’ The English version of the novel is due for publication next year. see also Authorized Version, cover version
  4. Word Originlate Middle English (in the sense ‘translation’): from French, or from medieval Latin versio(n-), from Latin vertere ‘to turn’.Extra examples A future version of the camera is currently being developed. Keep a copy of the rough version of your essay. Only one newspaper printed the full version of the speech. She agreed to give her version of events to journalists. The band does a lively cover version of ‘Johnny B. Goode’. The children read the novel in its abridged version. The company will roll out an enhanced version of its operating system in the new year. The film version does not live up to the original novel. The new version comes out in June. Theirs is a watered-down version of socialism. This is the official version of the painter’s biography. You can download a free trial version from the website. a more advanced version of the initial concept an earlier version of this computer software the Japanese-language version of the software the final version of the architectural plans the less expensive generic version of the drug the de luxe/​luxury version the latest version of the Volkswagen Golf
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