Definition of “verbal” - English Dictionary

“verbal” in British English

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verbaladjective

uk /ˈvɜː.bəl/ us /ˈvɝː.bəl/

verbal adjective (SPOKEN)

C2 spoken rather than written:

Airport officials received a stream of verbal abuse from angry passengers whose flights had been delayed.

More examples

  • Do you have it down in writing, or was it just a verbal agreement?
  • He had apparently experienced a lot of verbal abuse from his co-workers.
  • He launched into a verbal attack on her handling of the finances.
  • Sales assistants are often at the receiving end of verbal abuse from customers.
  • Many strikebreakers were subjected to verbal and physical attacks.
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/

verbal adjective [ not gradable ] (SPOKEN)

spoken rather than written:

Our apartment lease is really just a verbal agreement.

verbal adjective [ not gradable ] (RELATING TO WORDS)

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 /ˈvɜːbəl/ us

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)