- of, relating to, or derived from a verb: verbal nouns and adjectives.
- used in a sentence as or like a verb.
- used to form verbs: the verbal ending “-ed.”
- a word derived from a verb, especially one used as a noun or an adjective, as, in English, a gerund, participle, or infinitive.
- a word or words used in a sentence as or like a verb.
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Origin of verbal
usage note for verbal
OTHER WORDS FROM verbalver·bal·ly, adverbnon·ver·bal, adjective
WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH verbalverbal , verbose
Words nearby verbal
Example sentences from the Web for verbal
Most members of the San Diego City Council boycotted Tuesday’s closed session hearing in protest of City Attorney Mara Elliott’s decision to provide verbal rather than written legal reports after someone leaked information last week to NBC 7.Morning Report: The Seditious Language Law’s Origin Story|Voice of San Diego|August 5, 2020|Voice of San Diego
The review board report ultimately concluded that Browder’s actions were reasonable only if he’d shouted verbal commands to Nehad prior to shooting him.Police Review Board Was Denied Docs, Interviews in 2015 Shooting Review|Sara Libby|July 22, 2020|Voice of San Diego
Hernandez told investigators she reported being fearful of “verbal attack.”Accusations Flew, Then National School District Official Got Paid to Resign|Ashly McGlone|July 20, 2020|Voice of San Diego
When staff finally released him –after everyone else in his building – he got into a verbal dispute with an officer who was working on the floor that night.Donovan Inmates Plead for Protection, Allege Retaliation Following Lawsuit|Maya Srikrishnan|July 2, 2020|Voice of San Diego
Do you know how when we grew up, students would call themselves, proudly, verbal kids or math kids, so you could get an 800 on the verbal section even though you didn’t like numbers and you never had to encounter them.America’s Math Curriculum Doesn’t Add Up (Ep. 391)|Steven D. Levitt|October 3, 2019|Freakonomics
In movies, that language, visual and verbal, has yet to be mastered.
He reiterated the statements “I am not a politician” and “I am not a political advisor” so often that it seemed like a verbal tic.
Because of the verbal abuse and death threats coming my way, these women seemed to identify with me.During Advent, Lots of Waiting, But Not Enough Hope|Gene Robinson|December 7, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The verbal irony in the story would have played well in the first century.The Barabbas Theory of Voting: Bible Story Shows Tough Choices for Midterms|Jay Parini|November 2, 2014|DAILY BEAST
There are no verbal crescendos; there is very little emotion and no drama at all.Martin Luther King’s Nobel Speech Is an Often Ignored Masterpiece|Malcolm Jones|October 16, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Monny (after a sandy introduction) listened to these verbal vandalisms in horrified silence.It Happened in Egypt|C. N. Williamson
"I shall have to check the verbal information after all," said Nigel as he put back his hat and papers on the table.The Sixth Sense|Stephen McKenna
And this very age, which claims to admit only the force that is mathematically proved, will be extinguished by verbal idealism.Very Woman|Remy de Gourmont
In this form the melody prevails over the matter; the style inclines to become precious and garnished with verbal artifice.Studies in Literature and History|Sir Alfred Comyn Lyall
And Jefferson wielded his verbal cat-o'-nine-tails on Washington's order to put the rebellion down by armed forces.The Life of John Marshall (Volume 2 of 4)|Albert J. Beveridge