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"verbal" in British English

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verbaladjective

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

C2 spoken rather than written: a verbal agreement/description/explanation Airport officials received a stream of verbal abuse from angry passengers 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   /ˈvɜː.bəl.i/  us   /ˈvɝː.bəl.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/
spoken rather than written: Our apartment lease is really just a verbal agreement.
grammar having to do with or using words: The children were tested for their physical coordination 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 position requires strong written and verbal communication skills.
(Definition of verbal from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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“verbal” in British English

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