oral·​ly | \ ˈȯr-ə-lē How to pronounce orally (audio) , 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

Examples of orally in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web By transcribing songs that were passed through generations orally, Skwierawski allowed students to understand the rhythms in a new way. Sophie Carson, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 28 Aug. 2021 MacDonald has orally committed to Stanford in baseball and was all-state as a junior in football, baseball, basketball and track and field. Randy Jennings, Dallas News, 16 Aug. 2021 A few hours after wrapping up his official visit to the University of Arkansas, defensive lineman Nico Davillier orally committed to the Hogs on Sunday afternoon. Richard Davenport, Arkansas Online, 28 June 2021 Biologics are very sensitive to the acid in your stomach and can’t be taken orally like many conventional medications. Stephanie Watso, SELF, 27 Aug. 2021 This last-minute order, which Mr. Dillingham delivered orally rather than in writing, was the breaking point for the career officials who had carried out every other directive. New York Times, 12 Aug. 2021 These are what most of us refer to as plain old steroids, and they can be taken orally or injected directly into swollen joints at a doctor’s office. Juno Demelo, Glamour, 10 Aug. 2021 But generating these therapies—especially direct-acting, orally administered drugs that inactivate viruses—is time-consuming. Charles Schmidt, Scientific American, 15 July 2021 Those stories are almost always passed down orally. Star Tribune, 2 July 2021

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First Known Use of orally

1608, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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14 Sep 2021

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“Orally.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/orally. Accessed 17 Sep. 2021.

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