Definition of bodily in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈbɒdɪli/


1Of or concerning the body: children learn to control their bodily functions
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  • What is physical discomfort but the persistence of some body part or bodily function in distracting the attention of the mind?
  • Gradually, his body was forgetting basic bodily functions.
  • Pitta governs bodily functions concerned with heat and metabolism, and directs all biochemical reactions and the process of energy exchange.
1.1Material or actual as opposed to spiritual or incorporeal: God is not present in bodily form
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  • The Strasbourg case law refers to actual bodily injury or intense physical or mental suffering.
  • There are many kinds of death, apart from actual bodily death.
  • Today, there is emphasis only on material prosperity and bodily comforts.


1By moving a person’s or one’s own body with force: he hauled her bodily from the van
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  • When something dark and chitinous scuttled out from the scrub, Darius was forced to bodily haul him out of its way.
  • With the boy protesting all the way, they bodily hauled him out of the cell.
  • Then, with a mischievous grin, he glanced first at the closed door and then at her before reaching over, placing a hand on either side of her waist, and hauling her bodily out of the bed.
forcefully, with force, powerfully, forcibly, violently;
wholly, completely, altogether, entirely, totally
2In one mass; as a whole: he built ships on the Atlantic shore, transporting them bodily over the hills and sailing them off into the Pacific
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  • Fluid streaming appears to have bodily transported material between different layers.
  • It is not moving bodily; it is pivoting from the handle.
  • A circular hole had been bodily taken out of the slopstone, and the fluid seems to have passed to a neighbouring house, occupied by a Mr Coward, damaging some metal piping and the slopstone there also.
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