[ vur-buhl ]
/ ˈvɜr bəl /
of or relating to words: verbal ability.
consisting of or in the form of words: verbal imagery.
expressed in spoken words; oral rather than written: verbal communication; verbal agreement.
consisting of or expressed in words (as opposed to actions): a verbal protest.
pertaining to or concerned with words only (as opposed to ideas, facts, or realities): a purely verbal distinction between two concepts.
corresponding word for word; verbatim: a verbal translation.
using words: verbal facility.
based on the use of words (as opposed to other activity): a verbal score in a test; verbal IQ.
Grammar. a word, particularly a noun or adjective, derived from a verb.
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SYNONYMS FOR verbal
usage note for verbal
3, 4. Verbal has had the meaning “spoken” since the late 16th century and is thus synonymous with oral: He wrote a memorandum to confirm the verbal agreement. Slightly earlier, verbal had developed the meaning “expressed in words, whether spoken or written (as opposed to actions)”: Verbal support is no help without money and supplies. Although some say that the use of verbal to mean “spoken” produces ambiguity, it rarely does so. Verbal is used in this sense in all varieties of speech and writing and is fully standard. The context usually makes the meaning clear: No documents are necessary; a verbal agreement (or contract or order ) will suffice. Oral can be used instead of verbal if the context demands: My lawyer insists on a written contract because oral agreements are too difficult to enforce.
OTHER WORDS FROM verbal
ver·bal·ly, adverbin·ter·ver·bal, adjectivenon·ver·bal, adjectivenon·ver·bal·ly, adverb
pre·ver·bal, adjectivesub·ver·bal, adjectiveun·ver·bal, adjectiveun·ver·bal·ly, adverb
Words nearby verbal
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British Dictionary definitions for subverbal
/ (ˈvɜːbəl) /
of, relating to, or using words, esp as opposed to ideas, etcmerely verbal concessions
oral rather than writtena verbal agreement
verbatim; literalan almost verbal copy
grammar of or relating to verbs or a verb
grammar another word for verbid
(plural) slang abuse or invectivenew forms of on-field verbals
(plural) slang a criminal's admission of guilt on arrest
verb -bals, -balling or -balled (tr)
slang (of the police) to implicate (someone) in a crime by quoting alleged admission of guilt in court
Derived forms of verbalverbally, adverb
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