Definitions for verbalˈvɜr bəl

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

ver•bal*ˈvɜr bəl(adj.)

  1. of or consisting of words:

    verbal ability.

  2. spoken rather than written; oral:

    verbal communication.

    Category: Usage Note

  3. concerned with words only, rather than with the ideas, facts, or realities expressed:

    a purely verbal distinction.

  4. corresponding word for word; verbatim:

    a verbal translation.

  5. of, pertaining to, or derived from a verb: used in a sentence as or like a verb.

    a verbal adjective.

    Category: Grammar

  6. (n.)a word, esp. a noun or adjective, derived from a verb, as a gerund, infinitive, or participle.

    Category: Grammar

  7. a word or group of words functioning as or like a verb.

    Category: Grammar

* 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 )


Princeton's WordNet

  1. verbal(adj)

    communicated in the form of words

    "verbal imagery"; "a verbal protest"

  2. verbal(adj)

    of or relating to or formed from words in general

    "verbal ability"

  3. verbal(adj)

    of or relating to or formed from a verb

    "verbal adjectives like `running' in `hot and cold running water'"

  4. verbal(adj)

    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"

  5. verbal(adj)

    expressed in spoken words

    "a verbal contract"

  6. verbal(adj)


    "you put me to forget a lady's manners by being so verbal"- Shakespeare

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. verbal(adjective)ˈvɜr bəl

    relating to words

    verbal fluency

  2. verbalˈvɜr bəl

    offensive words and criticism

  3. verbalˈvɜr bəl

    spoken, not written down

    a verbal warning


  1. verbal(Noun)

    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.

  2. verbal(Verb)

    To fabricate a confession

  3. verbal(Adjective)

    Of, or relating to words.

  4. verbal(Adjective)

    Concerned with the words, rather than the substance of a text.

  5. verbal(Adjective)

    Consisting of words only.

  6. verbal(Adjective)

    Expressly spoken or written, as opposed to implied.

  7. verbal(Adjective)

    Derived from, or having the nature of a verb.

  8. verbal(Adjective)

    Used to form a verb.

  9. verbal(Adjective)

    Capable of speech.

  10. Origin: From the verbalis.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Verbal(adj)

    expressed in words, whether spoken or written, but commonly in spoken words; hence, spoken; oral; not written; as, a verbal contract; verbal testimony

  2. Verbal(adj)

    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

  3. Verbal(adj)

    having word answering to word; word for word; literal; as, a verbal translation

  4. Verbal(adj)

    abounding with words; verbose

  5. Verbal(adj)

    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

  6. Verbal(noun)

    a noun derived from a verb

British National Corpus

  1. Adjectives Frequency

    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'.

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