ver·​bal·​ly | \ ˈvər-bə-lē How to pronounce verbally (audio) \

Definition of verbally

1a : in words : through or by the use of words Yet it seems whenever somebody writes about him, Sheen gets verbally slugged for not driving around in some beat-up old Chevy.— Hal Rubenstein In Chapter 1 … Burge explains verbally, formally, and symbolically the system of notations to be used in the book.Datamation
b : in spoken rather than written words In the centuries before the Magna Carta, agreements were made and kept verbally.— Janeen R. Adil … John's will was not a written will. It was a nuncupative will, which means on his deathbed, John verbally told persons how he wanted his estate divided or dispensed.— Sharon Tate Moody … is intended to express, whether verbally or in writing, or in any other way, the real process of thought.— Trewin Copplestone Although some prospects arrive at these football factories verbally committed to a college, most are still free agents.— Bruce Feldman
c : with regard to words or language Lessing has never been an elegant writer. At her better and best, she is cranky, … pleonastic, defensive, and verbally self-indulgent.— Susan Lardner Some toddlers walk early and talk late; others are verbally precocious but happily creep and crawl until the middle of the second year.— Susan Ochshorn
2 : as a verb a noun being used verbally

First Known Use of verbally

1571, in the meaning defined at sense 1b

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The first known use of verbally was in 1571

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“Verbally.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Jun. 2022.

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