Definition of verbal
1 a : 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 \-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
Middle English verbale, from Late Latin verbalis, from Latin verbum word
First Known Use: 15th century
First Known Use of verbal
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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