linking verb

noun

Definition of linking verb

: a word or expression (such as a form of be, become, feel, or seem) that links a subject with its predicate

Examples of linking verb in a Sentence

“Look” in “you look happy” and “are” in “my favorite fruits are apples and oranges” are linking verbs.

First Known Use of linking verb

1923, in the meaning defined above

Learn More About linking verb

Time Traveler for linking verb

Time Traveler

The first known use of linking verb was in 1923

See more words from the same year

Dictionary Entries Near linking verb

linked

linking verb

linkister

See More Nearby Entries 

Statistics for linking verb

Cite this Entry

“Linking verb.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/linking%20verb. Accessed 23 May. 2022.

Style: MLA
MLACheck Mark Icon ChicagoCheck Mark Icon APACheck Mark Icon Merriam-WebsterCheck Mark Icon

More Definitions for linking verb

linking verb

noun

Kids Definition of linking verb

: an intransitive verb that connects a subject with a word or words in the predicate The words "look" in "you look tired" and "are" in "my favorite fruits are apples and oranges" are linking verbs.

WORD OF THE DAY

Test Your Vocabulary

Great Words for Scrabble

  • scrabble tiles that read scrabble quiz
  • Which of the following Q-without-U words means the number five in cards or dice?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

TAKE THE QUIZ
Universal Daily Crossword

A daily challenge for crossword fanatics.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!