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verbal

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adjective ver·bal \ˈvər-bəl\

Simple Definition of verbal

  • : relating to or consisting of words

  • : spoken rather than written

  • : relating to or formed from a verb

Full Definition of verbal

  1. 1 a :  of, relating to, or consisting of words <verbal instructions> b :  of, relating to, or involving words rather than meaning or substance <a consistency that is merely verbal and scholastic — B. N. Cardozo> c :  consisting of or using words only and not involving action <verbal abuse>

  2. 2 :  of, relating to, or formed from a verb <a verbal adjective>

  3. 3 :  spoken rather than written <a verbal contract>

  4. 4 :  verbatim, word-for-word <a verbal translation>

  5. 5 :  of or relating to facility in the use and comprehension of words <verbal aptitude>

ver·bal·ly play \-bə-lē\ adverb

Examples of verbal

  1. He scored well on the verbal section of the test.

  2. They had a verbal exchange.

  3. a verbal agreement to finish the work

  4. We gave only verbal instructions.



Origin of verbal

Middle English verbale, from Late Latin verbalis, from Latin verbum word


First Known Use: 15th century

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verbal

noun ver·bal

Definition of verbal

  1. :  a word that combines characteristics of a verb with those of a noun or adjective — compare gerund, infinitive, participle



1530

First Known Use of verbal

1530

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VERBAL Defined for Kids

verbal

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adjective ver·bal \ˈvər-bəl\

Definition of verbal

  1. 1 :  of, relating to, or consisting of words <verbal communication>

  2. 2 :  spoken rather than written <verbal testimony>

  3. 3 :  of, relating to, or formed from a verb <a verbal adjective>

ver·bal·ly adverb


Word Root of verbal

The Latin word verbum, meaning “word,” gives us the root verb. Words from the Latin verbum have something to do with words. A verb is a word that shows action. An adverb is a word that modifies a verb, adjective, or other adverb. A proverb, or short saying containing a wise thought, is made up of a few well-chosen words. Anything verbal is made up of spoken words.



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