Definition of verbal
1a : of, relating to, or consisting of words <verbal instructions>b : of, relating to, or involving words rather than meaning or substance <a consistency that is merely verbal and scholastic — B. N. Cardozo>c : consisting of or using words only and not involving action <verbal abuse>
2 : of, relating to, or formed from a verb <a verbal adjective>
3 : spoken rather than written <a verbal contract>
5 : of or relating to facility in the use and comprehension of words <verbal aptitude>
verballyplay \ˈvər-bə-lē\ adverb
Examples of verbal in a sentence
He scored well on the verbal section of the test.
They had a verbal exchange.
a verbal agreement to finish the work
We gave only verbal instructions.
Origin and Etymology of verbal
borrowed from New Latin verbālis, noun derivative of Late Latin verbālis 1verbal
First Known Use: 1530
VERBAL Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of verbal for English Language Learners
: relating to or consisting of words
: spoken rather than written
: relating to or formed from a verb
VERBAL Defined for Kids
Definition of verbal for Students
1 : of, relating to, or consisting of words <verbal communication>
2 : spoken rather than written <verbal testimony>
3 : of, relating to, or formed from a verb <a verbal adjective>
Word Root of verbal
The Latin word verbum, meaning “word,” gives us the root verb. Words from the Latin verbum have something to do with words. A verb is a word that shows action. An adverb is a word that modifies a verb, adjective, or other adverb. A proverb, or short saying containing a wise thought, is made up of a few well-chosen words. Anything verbal is made up of spoken words.
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