What does verbal mean?

Definitions for verbal
ˈvɜr bəlver·bal

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. verbaladjective

    communicated in the form of words

    "verbal imagery"; "a verbal protest"

  2. verbaladjective

    of or relating to or formed from words in general

    "verbal ability"

  3. verbaladjective

    of or relating to or formed from a verb

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

  4. verbaladjective

    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. verbaladjective

    expressed in spoken words

    "a verbal contract"

  6. verbaladjective


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


  1. verbalnoun

    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.

    Etymology: From the verbalis.

  2. verbalverb

    To fabricate a confession

    Etymology: From the verbalis.

  3. verbaladjective

    Of, or relating to words.

    Etymology: From the verbalis.

  4. verbaladjective

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

    Etymology: From the verbalis.

  5. verbaladjective

    Consisting of words only.

    Etymology: From the verbalis.

  6. verbaladjective

    Expressly spoken or written, as opposed to implied.

    Etymology: From the verbalis.

  7. verbaladjective

    Derived from, or having the nature of a verb.

    Etymology: From the verbalis.

  8. verbaladjective

    Used to form a verb.

    Etymology: From the verbalis.

  9. verbaladjective

    Capable of speech.

    Etymology: From the verbalis.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Verbaladjective

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

    Etymology: [F., fr. L. verbalis. See Verb.]

  2. Verbaladjective

    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

    Etymology: [F., fr. L. verbalis. See Verb.]

  3. Verbaladjective

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

    Etymology: [F., fr. L. verbalis. See Verb.]

  4. Verbaladjective

    abounding with words; verbose

    Etymology: [F., fr. L. verbalis. See Verb.]

  5. Verbaladjective

    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

    Etymology: [F., fr. L. verbalis. See Verb.]

  6. Verbalnoun

    a noun derived from a verb

    Etymology: [F., fr. L. verbalis. See Verb.]

Editors Contribution

  1. verbal

    To communicate, express or speak using words.

    The verbal communication is accurate with all people on the team.

    Submitted by MaryC on November 27, 2020  

British National Corpus

  1. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'verbal' in Adjectives Frequency: #751

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of verbal in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of verbal in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of verbal in a Sentence

  1. Bob Yawger:

    Demand growth in China is good for the energy market right now, it is pretty much the only game in town even a verbal scrap with President Trump is not good for China demand growth, considering the fragile circumstances the market is currently operating under.

  2. Stanley Kubrick:

    You're free to speculate as you wish about the philosophical and allegorical meaning of the film—and such speculation is one indication that it has succeeded in gripping the audience at a deep level—but I don't want to spell out a verbal road map for 2001 that every viewer will feel obligated to pursue or else fear he's missed the point.

  3. Harvey Rickles:

    We had some opportunity to have visual and verbal contact with her and I think it definitely helped a lot. I think it helped her too, i hope more hospitals are able to adapt, especially during this time. It helps make a bad situation better for sure.

  4. Elie Kayrouz:

    We should also criminalize the act of marital rape just like the law now criminalizes beating, harm or verbal threats.

  5. Emeasoba George:

    True love shouldn't be just a verbal expression. Rather, it's meant to be seen in your conducts or interactions towards/with others.

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