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oral

o·ral

oral

 
 
pronunciation:
o rl
parts of speech:
adjective, noun
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part of speech: adjective
definition 1: spoken, as opposed to written; accomplished by speaking.
She was asked to give an oral recitation of the poem.I have trouble remembering oral instructions.There will be both an oral exam and a written exam to test your knowledge.
synonyms:
spoken
similar words:
verbal, vocal, voiced
definition 2: of, near, taken by, or concerning the mouth.
The diagnosis was oral cancer.The doctor's instructions were for oral administration of the medicine.
 
part of speech: noun
definition: (often pl.) an examination, esp. for an advanced degree, in which the responses are spoken, not written.
How did you perform on your orals?
similar words:
examination, prelim, test
derivation: orally (adv.)
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