adverb \(ˌ)vər-ˈbā-təm\

Definition of VERBATIM

:  in the exact words :  word for word <quoted the speech verbatim>

Examples of VERBATIM

  1. <you can't just copy the encyclopedia article verbatim for your report—that's plagiarism>
  2. The New York Times reported that recent posts lambasting legislation against Wal-Mart came verbatim from the retailer's p.r. firm. —Sally B. Donnelly et al., Time, 20 Mar. 2006

Origin of VERBATIM

Middle English, from Medieval Latin, from Latin verbum word
First Known Use: 15th century

Rhymes with VERBATIM


adjective \(ˌ)vər-ˈbā-təm\

: in exactly the same words

Full Definition of VERBATIM

:  being in or following the exact words :  word-for-word <a verbatim report of the meeting>

Examples of VERBATIM

  1. Was Coleridge's Table Talk, as recorded by his circle, his words or theirs—or a conflation of both? And what about Boswell, the most celebrated auditor of them all, who composed a masterpiece of English literature out of the supposedly verbatim speech of Samuel Johnson? Did Johnson begin his every declaration with an orotund Sir? —James Atlas, New York Times Magazine, 23 June 1991

Origin of VERBATIM

(see 1verbatim)
First Known Use: 1613

Rhymes with VERBATIM


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