from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Using exactly the same words; corresponding word for word: a verbatim report of the conversation.
  • adv. In exactly the same words; word for word: repeated their dialogue verbatim.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adv. Word for word; in exactly the same words as were used originally.
  • adj. Corresponding with the original word for word.
  • adj. Able to take down a speech word for word, especially in shorthand.
  • n. A word-for-word report of a speech.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adv. Word for word; in the same words; verbally.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Word for word; in exactly the same words: sometimes extended into the phrase verbatim, literatim, et punctatin, word for word, letter for letter, and point for point, as in the most exact transcription, in bibliography, etc.
  • By word of mouth; orally; verbally.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adv. using exactly the same words
  • adj. in precisely the same words used by a writer or speaker


Middle English, from Medieval Latin verbātim, from Latin verbum, word; see verb.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Attested in English since 1481 (therefore considered a Middle English derivation by some[2]): from Medieval Latin verbātim[1][2][3][4], from Latin verb(um)[1][2][3][4] + -ātim, adverbial suffix[4]. (Wiktionary)



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