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verb

play
noun \ˈvərb\

Simple Definition of verb

  • grammar : a word (such as jump, think, happen, or exist ) that is usually one of the main parts of a sentence and that expresses an action, an occurrence, or a state of being

Full Definition of verb

  1. :  a word that characteristically is the grammatical center of a predicate and expresses an act, occurrence, or mode of being, that in various languages is inflected for agreement with the subject, for tense, for voice, for mood, or for aspect, and that typically has rather full descriptive meaning and characterizing quality but is sometimes nearly devoid of these especially when used as an auxiliary or linking verb

verb·less play \ˈvər-bləs\ adjective

Origin of verb

Middle English verbe, from Anglo-French, from Latin verbum word, verb — more at word


First Known Use: 14th century

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