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oral

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adjective \ˈȯr-əl, ˈär-\

Definition of oral

  1. 1a :  uttered by the mouth or in words :  spoken oral traditionsb :  using speech or the lips especially in teaching the deaf

  2. 2a :  of, given through, or involving the mouth oral health an oral vaccineb :  being on or relating to the same surface as the mouth

  3. 3a :  of, relating to, or characterized by the first stage of psychosexual development in psychoanalytic theory during which libidinal gratification is derived from intake (as of food), by sucking, and later by bitingb :  of, relating to, or characterized by personality traits of passive dependency and aggressiveness

orality

play \ȯ-ˈra-lə-tē, ō-\ noun

orally

play \ˈȯr-ə-lē, ˈär-\ adverb

Examples of oral in a sentence

  1. She practices good oral hygiene by brushing her teeth at least twice a day.

  2. As part of her oral examination, she had to recite the names of all the presidents.

Origin and Etymology of oral

Latin or-, os mouth; akin to Old Norse ōss mouth of a river, Sanskrit ās mouth


First Known Use: 1597


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oral

noun

Definition of oral

  1. :  an oral examination —usually used in plural

1876

First Known Use of oral

1876


Oral

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geographical name \ȯ-ˈräl\
variants: or

Uralsk

\ü-ˈrȧlsk, yu̇-ˈralsk\play

Definition of Oral

  1. city on the Ural River in western Kazakhstan population 202,161



ORAL Defined for English Language Learners

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oral

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adjective \ˈȯr-əl, ˈär-\

Definition of oral for English Language Learners

  • : of or relating to the mouth

  • —used to describe a medicine that you eat or swallow

  • : spoken rather than written


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oral

noun

Definition of oral for English Language Learners

  • : a test in which you answer questions by speaking rather than by writing : an oral examination


ORAL Defined for Kids

oral

play
adjective \ˈȯr-əl\

Definition of oral for Students

  1. 1 :  2spoken 1 an oral agreement

  2. 2 :  of, involving, or given by the mouth an oral medication oral hygiene

orally

adverb

Medical Dictionary

oral

play
adjective \ˈōr-əl, ˈȯr-, ˈär-\

Medical Definition of oral

  1. 1a:  of, relating to, or involving the mouth :  buccal the oral mucous membraneb:  given or taken through or by way of the mouth an oral vaccine an oral suspension of a drugc:  acting on the mouth oral diseases

  2. 2:  emphasizing lipreading and the development of vocal expression in teaching the deaf—compare manual 2

  3. 3a:  of, relating to, or characterized by the first stage of psychosexual development in psychoanalytic theory during which libidinal gratification is derived from intake (as of food), by sucking, and later by bitingb:  of, relating to, or characterized by personality traits of passive dependence and aggressiveness—compare anal 2, genital 3, phallic 2

orality

\ȯ-ˈral-ət-ē, ō-\play noun plural

oralities

orally

adverb


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