Definitions for orally

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

o•ral*ˈɔr əl, ˈoʊr-(adj.)

  1. uttered by the mouth; spoken:

    oral testimony.

  2. of, using, or transmitted by speech:

    oral teaching methods; oral traditions.

    Category: Language/Linguistics

  3. of or involving the mouth:

    oral hygiene.

    Category: Anatomy

  4. done or administered through the mouth.

  5. (of a speech sound) pronounced with all the air issuing through the mouth and none through the nose, as the normal English vowels or the consonants (b) and (v).

    Category: Phonetics

  6. of, pertaining to, or characteristic of the earliest phase of psychosexual development, during which pleasure is derived from activities involving the mouth, as sucking, eating, and babbling. of or pertaining to a group of adult behaviors and personality traits including eating, talking, feeding, and being friendly and generous.

    Category: Psychology

  7. Category: Dentistry

    Ref: lingual (def. 4). 5

  8. (n.)an oral examination in a school, college, or university, given esp. to a candidate for an advanced degree.

* Usage: See verbal.

Origin of oral:

1615–25; < L ōr- (s. of ōs) mouth + -al1


Princeton's WordNet

  1. orally(adverb)

    (of drugs) through the mouth rather than through injection; by_mouth

    "he was administered the drug orally"

  2. orally, by word of mouth(adverb)

    by spoken rather than written means

    "these stories were transmitted by word of mouth"


  1. orally(Adverb)

    By mouth.

    This medicine is taken orally. Swallowing a pill sure beats getting a shot every day.

  2. orally(Adverb)

    Spoken as opposed to written.

    I took the make up test orally because my arm is still in a cast.

Translations for orally

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


medicine to be taken orally.

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