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Meaning of “verbal” in the English Dictionary

"verbal" in British English

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verbaladjective

uk   /ˈvɜː.bəl/  us   /ˈvɝː-/
  • verbal adjective (SPOKEN)

C2 spokenrather than written: a verbal ​agreement/​description/​explanation Airport ​officialsreceived a ​stream of verbal abuse from ​angrypassengers whose ​flights had been ​delayed.

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  • verbal adjective (IN WORDS)

C1 relating to words: It can sometimes be ​difficult to give a verbal ​description of things like ​colours and ​sounds.
verbally
adverb uk   us   /-i/
The ​judge then verbally ​agreed to the attorney's ​request.
(Definition of verbal from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"verbal" in American English

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verbaladjective [not gradable]

 us   /ˈvɜr·bəl/
spokenrather than written: Our ​apartmentlease is really just a verbal ​agreement.
grammar having to do with or using words: The ​children were tested for ​theirphysicalcoordination and verbal ​skills.
verbally
adverb  us   /ˈvɜr·bə·li/
The ​judge then verbally ​agreed to the ​attorneys' ​request.
(Definition of verbal from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"verbal" in Business English

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verbaladjective

uk   us   /ˈvɜːbəl/
spoken rather than written: verbal agreement/assurance/contract A verbal ​agreement had been ​reached with ​investors. The ​management will not tolerate ​physical or verbal ​abuse of its ​staff. Her ​manager had given her several verbal ​warnings but nothing in writing.
someone with good verbal ​skills uses ​language well and communicates clearly: The ​positionrequiresstrong written and verbal ​communicationskills.
(Definition of verbal from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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