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adjective

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adjective ad·jec·tive \ˈa-jik-tiv also ˈa-jə-tiv\

Definition of adjective

  1. 1 :  of, relating to, or functioning as an adjective <an adjective clause>

  2. 2 :  not standing by itself :  dependent

  3. 3 :  requiring or employing a mordant <adjective dyes>

  4. 4 :  procedural <adjective law>

adjectively adverb


Origin of adjective

Middle English, from Anglo-French or Late Latin; Anglo-French adjectif, from Late Latin adjectivus, from Latin adjectus, past participle of adjicere to throw to, from ad- + jacere to throw — more at jet


First Known Use: 14th century

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adjective

noun ad·jec·tive

Simple Definition of adjective

  • : a word that describes a noun or a pronoun

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of adjective

  1. :  a word belonging to one of the major form classes in any of numerous languages and typically serving as a modifier of a noun to denote a quality of the thing named, to indicate its quantity or extent, or to specify a thing as distinct from something else

Examples of adjective in a sentence

  1. The words blue in the blue car, deep in the water is deep, and tired in I'm very tired are adjectives.



14th Century

First Known Use of adjective

14th century

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ADJECTIVE Defined for Kids

adjective

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noun ad·jec·tive \ˈa-jik-tiv\

Definition of adjective for Students

  1. :  a word that says something about a noun or pronoun <In the phrases “good people,” “someone good,” “it's good to be here,” and “they seem very good” the word “good” is an adjective.>





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