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[ver-bey-tim] /vərˈbeɪ tɪm/
in exactly the same words; word for word:
to repeat something verbatim.
corresponding word for word to the original source or text:
a verbatim record of the proceedings.
skilled at recording or noting down speeches, proceedings, etc., with word-for-word accuracy:
a verbatim stenographer.
Origin of verbatim
1475-85; < Medieval Latin verbātim, equivalent to verb(um) word + -ātim adv. suffix

verbatim et literatim

[wer-bah-tim et lee-te-rah-tim; English ver-bey-tim et lit-uh-rey-tim] /wɛrˈbɑ tɪm ɛt ˌli tɛˈrɑ tɪm; English vərˈbeɪ tɪm ɛt ˌlɪt əˈreɪ tɪm/
adverb, Latin.
word for word and letter for letter; in exactly the same words.
Also, verbatim ac literatim
[wer-bah-tim ahk lee-te-rah-tim; English ver-bey-tim ak lit-uh-rey-tim] /wɛrˈbɑ tɪm ɑk ˌli tɛˈrɑ tɪm; English vərˈbeɪ tɪm æk ˌlɪt əˈreɪ tɪm/ (Show IPA)
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  • I shall here relate you one of the many stories of the kind, verbatim, as I received it.

    La Ronge Journal, 1823 George Nelson
  • Shakib then proceeds to give us a verbatim report of the interview.

    The Book of Khalid Ameen Rihani
  • It existed as late as the time of Shakspeare, by whose care a verbatim copy of it has been transmitted to us.

  • Bill still listened and the message was repeated, almost verbatim; then silence.

    Radio Boys Loyalty Wayne Whipple
  • He had learnt the translation in the notes by heart, and quite failed to connect it verbatim with the Greek.

    The Loom of Youth Alec Waugh
  • As early as the spring of 1881 the Morning Post began to report him verbatim.

    Lord Randolph Churchill Winston Spencer Churchill
  • I rang the bell, and called for the weekly county paper, which contained a verbatim account of the inquest.

British Dictionary definitions for verbatim


adverb, adjective
using exactly the same words; word for word
Word Origin
C15: from Medieval Latin: word by word, from Latin verbum word
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Word Origin and History for verbatim

late 15c., from Medieval Latin verbatim "word for word," from Latin verbum "word" (see verb).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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