verbatim

Definition

Word for word. If you repeat something verbatim, you say it using exactly the same words in the same order as the original statement. Repeating something verbatim should preserve the entire meaning of the original statement.

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We had to transcribe everything he said verbatim. It was difficult because we had to write down every disfluency, and even slang!

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Susan had a photographic memory and, after reading any article in the newspaper, could recite it back verbatim and not miss a word.

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It isn't necessary to take verbatim notes of any meeting unless the topic under discussion is one where strict accuracy is needed to ensure that future mistakes are not made.

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