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Definition of vocal adjective from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1[only before noun] connected with the voice vocal music the vocal organs (= the tongue, lips, etc.) Thesaurusspokenoral vocalThese words all describe producing language using the voice, rather than writing.spoken (of language) produced using the voice; said rather than written:He's better at spoken English than written.oral [usually before noun] spoken rather than written:There will be a test of both oral and written French.spoken or oral?Both of these words can be used to refer to language skills and the communication of information:spoken/oral French a spoken/oral presentation. In these cases, oral is slightly more technical than spoken. Oral, but not spoken, can also be used with words such as tradition, culture, and legends to talk about the way in which people pass stories down from one generation to the next, and in legal contexts followed by words such as evidence and hearing.vocal [usually before noun] connected with the voice:vocal music the vocal organs (= the tongue, lips, etc.) Vocal is used to talk about the ability to produce sounds using the voice, and is often used in musical contexts when referring to singing.Patterns spoken/oral French/English/Japanese, etc. spoken/oral language skills
  2. 2telling people your opinions or protesting about something loudly and with confidence He has been very vocal in his criticism of the government's policy. The protesters are a small but vocal minority.
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