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verbal

ver·bal

verbal

 
 
pronunciation:
vuhr bl
parts of speech:
adjective, noun
features:
Word Combinations (adjective), Word Parts
part of speech: adjective
definition 1: of or relating to words.
He has trouble with math, but he has strong verbal ability.
antonyms:
nonverbal
similar words:
lexical, literal, syntactic, wordy
definition 2: involving only words.
He never hit her, but she suffered from his verbal abuse.
antonyms:
nonverbal, physical
similar words:
spoken, vocal, written
definition 3: using the spoken rather than the written word; unwritten.
I hope they will honor our verbal agreement.
synonyms:
oral, spoken
antonyms:
written
similar words:
colloquial, unwritten
definition 4: in grammar, of or relating to a verb or a word or phrase derived from a verb.
In the sentence "I enjoy running," the word "running" is a verbal noun.
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part of speech: noun
definition: in grammar, a word or phrase, esp. an adjective or noun, that is derived from a verb.
Nouns like "walking" and "sleeping," as well as adjectives like "bored" and "exhausted" are verbals.
synonyms:
verbalism
derivation: verbally (adv.)
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