Definition of verbatim in English:

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Pronunciation: /vərˈbādəm/

adverb& adjective

In exactly the same words as were used originally: [as adverb]: subjects were instructed to recall the passage verbatim [as adjective]: your quotations must be verbatim
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  • The BBC therefore used actors to read the words verbatim over film of the speakers.
  • But their notes are a resume of proceedings, not a verbatim account.
  • Their responses are logged verbatim and scored according to a complex system designed to point towards personality traits.
word for word, letter for letter, line for line, to the letter, literally, exactly, precisely, accurately, closely, faithfully


Late 15th century: from medieval Latin, from Latin verbum 'word'. Compare with literatim.

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Syllabification: ver·ba·tim

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