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let·ter

letter

 
 
pronunciation:
le tr
parts of speech:
noun, transitive verb, intransitive verb
phrases:
to the letter
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part of speech: noun
definition 1: a written representation of a speech sound; specific character of an alphabet.
 
similar words:
character, symbol
definition 2: a written message, usu. sent through the mail.
 
synonyms:
missive
similar words:
billet-doux, communication, dispatch, epistle, message, note
definition 3: the restricted rather than the implied or essential meaning of a law, contract, or the like.
the letter vs. the spirit of the law
synonyms:
details, literalness, particulars, substance, terms
definition 4: (pl.) literary activity or literature in general.
synonyms:
literature
similar words:
belles-lettres, humanities
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phrase: to the letter
 
part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: lettered, lettering, letters
definition: to draw, copy, or write with letters.
similar words:
initial, inscribe, mark, sign, stencil, write
 
part of speech: intransitive verb
definition: to receive official recognition of having participated in a high school or college sport.
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