oral·​ly | \ˈȯr-ə-lē, ˈär-\

Definition of orally 

1 : 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

2 : 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

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Current state law allows medical marijuana to only be consumed orally or by vaping. Fox News, "Tom Fitton: Comey, Clapper, Brennan have criminal liability," 26 May 2018 So other diabetes medicines, some of which can be taken orally, weren’t enough. Bradley J. Fikes, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Quincy the San Diego Zoo's diabetic koala, gets help from Dexcom," 25 June 2018 This means taking a course of antibiotics, either orally, or by IV in the hospital, and restricting the diet to only clear liquids while the attack subsides. Andrea K. Mcdaniels, baltimoresun.com, "Diverticulitis can cause digestive problems for some," 7 June 2018 The two commitments come one day after cornerback Marquis Wilson, also out of Connecticut, orally gave his commitment to Penn State. Katie Mcinerney, Philly.com, "Penn State picks up commitments from five-star linebacker, four-star cornerback," 21 May 2018 Clay Cundiff, a senior-to-be tight end from Bishop Carroll High in Wichita, has orally committed to the Kansas football team. Jesse Newell, kansascity, "Wichita tight end commits to KU football team," 26 June 2018 Walker narrates the videos, orally walking viewers through the process of using the device or feature. Ally Marotti, chicagotribune.com, "Apple partners with local nonprofit to bring its coding curriculum to more blind and visually impaired people," 17 May 2018 Chang originally planned to make the announcement Monday but couldn’t wait, orally committing to SDSU via Twitter late Sunday afternoon. Mark Zeigler, sandiegouniontribune.com, "SDSU basketball gets commitment from 6-8 sharpshooter," 10 June 2018 The Vernon Hills junior forward orally committed to DePaul on May 23. Bob Narang, chicagotribune.com, "After all, it's DePaul: Vernon Hills forward Kayla Caudle commits to Blue Demons," 31 May 2018

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First Known Use of orally

1608 , in the meaning defined at sense 2

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