action verb

noun

grammar
: a verb that expresses action
"Drive" in "We often drive past their house" and "think" in "Let's think about the problem" are both action verbs.

Examples of action verb in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Each line of a headline should be able to stand alone as a single thought, meaning any line other than the final one should generally end with a noun or an action verb. Sarah Bahr, New York Times, 15 Sep. 2023 And Christiana Figueres, the former U.N. climate secretary who helped forge the 2015 Paris agreement and then started a non-profit called Climate Optimism, sees hope not as a noun but an action verb. Seth Borenstein, ajc, 19 Nov. 2022

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“Action verb.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/action%20verb. Accessed 18 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition

action verb

noun
: a verb that expresses action
"lingered" in "they lingered over dinner" and "bring" in "bring me the broom" are action verbs
compare linking verb
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