- 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.
Origin of verbal
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Examples from the Web for verbally
She was sexually and verbally abused, leading her to the brink of suicide.A Quorum For Change: The Fight For Global LGBT Equality
December 11, 2014
For the next hour, she verbally humiliated him while he licked her boots and feet until they were completely cleaned.Whip It: Secrets of a Dominatrix
November 25, 2014
Portman verbally endorsed same-sex marriage after his son came out as gay in 2013.Bob Dole Says Rob Portman Won’t Support Disabilities Treaty Because He Supports Gay Marriage
July 23, 2014
In November 2013, a San Francisco man alleged that he was physically and verbally abused by an Uber driver.More Bad News for Uber: Driver Arrested in Los Angeles Rape Case
June 4, 2014
As she speaks, she verbally italicizes words so that “as a person” sounds self-aware rather than psycho-babbly.Jenny Slate’s Earnest and Funny Abortion Film ‘Obvious Child’
June 4, 2014
Tell him I would not send it verbally if I had my hands free.The Cavalier
George Washington Cable
You will have to read my mail every morning and answer it as I verbally direct.A Singer from the Sea
Amelia Edith Huddleston Barr
The conversation, it must be admitted, sounds commonplace when verbally recorded.Tristram of Blent
He said that in the most positive terms, verbally and in writing.
I told him all about my journey and related to him verbally the contents of Ballins letter.Albert Ballin
- 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
- slang (of the police) to implicate (someone) in a crime by quoting alleged admission of guilt in court
Word Origin and History for verbally
late 15c., "dealing with words" (especially in contrast to things or realities), from Latin verbalis "consisting of words, relating to verbs," from verbum "word" (see verb). Verbal conditioning is recorded from 1954. Colloquial verbal diarrhea is recorded from 1823.