- The definition of adverbial is to have the same function as an adverb (a word that is a verb, adjective or other adverb).
An example of an adverbial phrase is a clause which describes a verb (i.e. to say “Before Aunt Mabel came over...” instead of “Yesterday”).
adverbial definition by Webster's New World
- of an adverb
- having the nature or function of an adverb
- used to form an adverb: an adverbial suffix
Linguis. a word or word group that occurs in grammatical functions typical of adverbs (Ex.: the man ate lobster with delight; the man ordered lobster when he had money)
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- adverbially adverb
adverbial definition by American Heritage Dictionary
Of, relating to, or being an adverb.noun
An adverbial element or phrase.
- ad·verˈbi·al·ly adverb