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Difference between Give someone one’s word and Give someone the word

give someone one’s word—

1. give one’s promise to a person:

  • I’ll help you in any way I can—I give you my word.

2. express one’s assurance to a person:

  • I give you my word that my brother did not leave a shilling to his son.

give someone the word

1. indicate one’s intentions to smb.:

  • Any time you need any additional help just give us the word.

2. command a person to do smth.:

  • The man stood bolt upright before me until I gave him the word to stand at ease.

3. = give someone one’s word 2:

  • I give you the word of a man whose word once meant something—I am playing square with you now.