Definitions for verbally

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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. verbally(adverb)

    as a verb

    "he had a habit of using nouns verbally"

  2. verbally(adverb)

    by means of language

    "verbally expressive"


  1. verbally(Adverb)

    In a verbal manner; with words; by speaking.

    Dumbstruck with joy, she was unable to express herself verbally, but the gratitude in her face was evident to all.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Verbally(adverb)

    in a verbal manner; orally

  2. Verbally(adverb)

    word for word; verbatim

Translations for verbally

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in or by speech, not writing

I replied to the invitation verbally.

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