verbal

[ vur-buhl ]
/ ˈvɜr bəl /

adjective

noun

Grammar. a word, particularly a noun or adjective, derived from a verb.

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In order, what parts of speech are the words in all capital letters? Alisa was VERY tired, SO she decided to go to bed.

Origin of verbal

1485–95; < Latin verbālis, equivalent to verb(um) word (see verb) + -ālis -al1

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

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH verbal

oral verbal (see usage note at the current entry)verbal verbose
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British Dictionary definitions for verbal

verbal
/ (ˈvɜːbəl) /

adjective

noun

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 verbal

verbally, adverb
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