Definition of verbatim in English:


adverb & adjective

  • In exactly the same words as were used originally.

    as adverb ‘subjects were instructed to recall the passage verbatim’
    ‘a verbatim account’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘And in the end pretty well everything I wrote was reproduced verbatim.’
    • ‘I record this verbatim from a journal written at the time, with just the occasional commentary.’
    word for word, letter for letter, line for line, to the letter, literally, exactly, precisely, in every detail, closely, faithfully, religiously, rigorously, punctiliously, with strict attention to detail, strictly
    word for word, letter for letter, line for line, literal, exact, direct, precise, close, faithful, undeviating, strict
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Late 15th century from medieval Latin, from Latin verbum ‘word’. Compare with literatim.