Definition of verbatim
: in the exact words : word for word quoted the speech verbatim
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Examples of verbatim in a Sentence
The New York Times reported that recent posts lambasting legislation against Wal-Mart came verbatim from the retailer's p.r. firm. —Sally B. Donnelly et al., Time, 20 Mar. 2006
Around his eleventh year he compiled a sort of commonplace book in which he transcribed passages from his reading. … But these entries aren't rendered verbatim: [Arthur] Rimbaud expands and contracts his sources, plays with lines, exhibiting a very early, very organic sort of literary criticism. —Wyatt Mason, Harper's, October 2002
“My own anxieties about mortality are tempered just slightly,” says [Ken] Burns (quoting, almost verbatim, his introduction to “Jazz's” companion coffee-table book), “by the notion that if we continue to try hard, we'll have a chance to hear Louis blow Gabriel out of the clouds.” —David Gates, Newsweek, 8 Jan. 2001
Some passages in the book are taken verbatim from the blog … —Publishers Weekly, 13 June 2005
you can't just copy the encyclopedia article verbatim for your report—that's plagiarism
Get Wordy With verbatim
Latin has a phrase for "exactly as written": verbatim ac litteratim, which literally means "word for word and letter for letter." Like the verbatim in that Latin phrase, the English verbatim means "word for word." As you may have noticed, there's a verb in verbatim—and that's no mere coincidence. Both verb and verbatim are derived from the Latin word for "word," which is verbum. Other common English words that share this root include adverb, proverb, and verbose. Even the word word itself is related. Verbatim can also be an adjective meaning "being in or following the exact words" (as in "a verbatim report") and a rarer noun referring to an account, translation, or report that follows the original word for word.
Examples of verbatim in a Sentence
Was Coleridge's “Table Talk,” as recorded by his circle, his words or theirs—or a conflation of both? And what about Boswell, the most celebrated auditor of them all, who composed a masterpiece of English literature out of the supposedly verbatim speech of Samuel Johnson? Did Johnson begin his every declaration with an orotund “Sir?” —James Atlas, New York Times Magazine, 23 June 1991
Some readers may unfortunately be made mistrustful of the authors' findings by their attempts to enliven the book with unverifiable—if inconsequential—details about the settings of events and by occasionally presenting unrecorded conversations of four decades ago in the form of verbatim quotations. —Henry Ashby Turner, New York Times Book Review, 22 June 1986
Recent Examples of verbatim from the Web
Sanders issued a two-paragraph statement on the shooting and read it nearly verbatim on the Senate floor.
Comey's verbatim notes written after his meetings with Trump would likely put his evidence in a more credible light than Trump's, should the President not have a record of his own conversations, Zeldin said.
Instead, FBI agents, using their memory and sometimes handwritten notes, draft memos that summarize the conversations and include purportedly verbatim quotes.
Unlike a British newspaper at least, Kent strives for impartiality in his verbatim theater.
Parts of the president’s conversations with foreign leaders have been published verbatim in news accounts.
Expect at least a dozen Beyoncé fans to get this poem tattooed on their bodies, verbatim, before the Carter twins arrive later this year.
A credit link beneath the story led to a similar-looking site called Conservative Post, from which the story’s text was pulled verbatim.
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VERBATIM Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of verbatim for English Language Learners
: in exactly the same words
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