Definitions for verbalˈvɜr bəl
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Random House Webster's College Dictionary
of or consisting of words:
spoken rather than written; oral:
Category: Usage Note
concerned with words only, rather than with the ideas, facts, or realities expressed:
a purely verbal distinction.
corresponding word for word; verbatim:
a verbal translation.
of, pertaining to, or derived from a verb: used in a sentence as or like a verb.
a verbal adjective.
(n.)a word, esp. a noun or adjective, derived from a verb, as a gerund, infinitive, or participle.
a word or group of words functioning as or like a verb.
* Usage.: verbal has had the meaning “spoken” since the late 16th century and is thus synonymous with oral : I wrote a memorandum to confirm the verbal agreement. This use is sometimes criticized for being etymologically incorrect or ambiguous, though the context usu. makes the meaning clear: No documents are necessary; a verbal order will suffice. oral can always be used if the context demands: My lawyer insists on a written contract because oral agreements are too difficult to enforce.
Origin of verbal:
1485–95; < L verbālis, der. of verb(um) word (see verb )
communicated in the form of words
"verbal imagery"; "a verbal protest"
of or relating to or formed from words in general
of or relating to or formed from a verb
"verbal adjectives like `running' in `hot and cold running water'"
relating to or having facility in the use of words
"a good poet is a verbal artist"; "a merely verbal writer who sacrifices content to sound"; "verbal aptitude"
expressed in spoken words
"a verbal contract"
"you put me to forget a lady's manners by being so verbal"- Shakespeare
Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary
relating to words
offensive words and criticism
spoken, not written down
a verbal warning
A verb form which does not function as a predicate, or a word derived from a verb. In English, infinitives, participles and gerunds are verbals.
To fabricate a confession
Of, or relating to words.
Concerned with the words, rather than the substance of a text.
Consisting of words only.
Expressly spoken or written, as opposed to implied.
Derived from, or having the nature of a verb.
Used to form a verb.
Capable of speech.
Origin: From the verbalis.
expressed in words, whether spoken or written, but commonly in spoken words; hence, spoken; oral; not written; as, a verbal contract; verbal testimony
consisting in, or having to do with, words only; dealing with words rather than with the ideas intended to be conveyed; as, a verbal critic; a verbal change
having word answering to word; word for word; literal; as, a verbal translation
abounding with words; verbose
of or pertaining to a verb; as, a verbal group; derived directly from a verb; as, a verbal noun; used in forming verbs; as, a verbal prefix
a noun derived from a verb
British National Corpus
Rank popularity for the word 'verbal' in Adjectives Frequency: #751
Translations for verbal
Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary
of, or concerning, verbs
verbal endings such as `-fy', `-ize'.
- فِعْلي، مُتَعَلِّق بالأفْعالArabic
- verbalPortuguese (BR)
- mengenai kata kerjaIndonesian
- sagn-, sagnar-Icelandic
- verbāls; darbības vārda-Latvian
- verbal-, ord-Norwegian
- fiil ile ilgiliTurkish
- 動詞的，與動詞有關的Chinese (Trad.)
- дієслівний; віддієслівнийUkrainian
- فعل سے متعلقUrdu
- thuộc động từ, có gốc động từVietnamese
- 动词的，由动词构成的Chinese (Simp.)
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