oral·​ly ˈȯr-ə-lē How to pronounce orally (audio)
: in spoken words : by means of speech
The exam will be given orally.
an orally presented argument
Deaf, signing parents will "babble" to their infants in sign, just as hearing parents do orally; this is how the child learns language … Oliver Sacks
: by way of the mouth
The medicine can be administered orally.
Another example is amygdalin, which is found in the pits of peaches and apricots. If consumed orally, it is approximately 40 times more toxic than by intravenous injection … Des W. Connell

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web They are taken orally and can also be brewed as a tea or added to other foods to work around their bitter flavor, the DEA said. Saleen Martin, USA TODAY, 11 Nov. 2022 Because of the barrier’s strength, less than 1 percent of insulin taken orally is absorbed and used by the body, requiring patients to inject it instead. Margaret Osborne, Smithsonian Magazine, 4 Oct. 2022 Relyvrio can be taken orally by mixing it with water, or administered through a feeding tube. Ryan Cross, BostonGlobe.com, 29 Sep. 2022 That vaccine, which is given orally, uses a live but weakened form of the poliovirus to induce immunity. Erika Edwards, NBC News, 16 Aug. 2022 These drugs can be administered orally or through nasal sprays, and are typically available in over-the-counter and prescription-strength forms. Jamie Ducharme, Time, 21 Oct. 2022 BJ Davis, a 6-foot-2 guard from Modesto Christian High, orally committed to San Diego State at a school assembly Friday afternoon in what seems like the perfect fit for a men’s basketball program as interested in talent as intangibles. Mark Zeigler, San Diego Union-Tribune, 23 Sep. 2022 Many of these recipes had been passed along only orally through family generations. Mary Rourke, Los Angeles Times, 24 July 2022 In addition to bridges, the Khasis construct cliffside ladders, tree platforms, swings, and tunnels using traditional techniques passed down orally from one generation to the next. Anne Pinto-rodrigues, The Christian Science Monitor, 8 June 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1608, in the meaning defined at sense 2

Time Traveler
The first known use of orally was in 1608

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“Orally.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/orally. Accessed 29 Nov. 2022.

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