adverb & adjective
In exactly the same words as were used originally:[as adverb] ‘subjects were instructed to recall the passage verbatim’‘a verbatim account’
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, strictlyliteratimword for word, letter for letter, line for line, literal, exact, direct, precise, close, faithful, undeviating, strictunadulterated, unabridged, unvarnished, unembellishedView synonyms
- ‘But their notes are a resume of proceedings, not a verbatim account.’
- ‘The BBC therefore used actors to read the words verbatim over film of the speakers.’
- ‘Their responses are logged verbatim and scored according to a complex system designed to point towards personality traits.’
- ‘I record this verbatim from a journal written at the time, with just the occasional commentary.’
- ‘And in the end pretty well everything I wrote was reproduced verbatim.’
Late 15th century: from medieval Latin, from Latin verbum word. Compare with literatim.
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