the imperative

Definition of the imperative

grammar

  1. :  the form that a verb or sentence has when it is expressing a command “Eat your spinach!” is in the imperative.

Word by Word Definitions

imperativeplay
  1. :  of, relating to, or constituting the grammatical mood that expresses the will to influence the behavior of another

    :  expressive of a command, entreaty, or exhortation

    :  having power to restrain, control, and direct

  1. :  the grammatical mood that expresses the will to influence the behavior of another or a verb form or verbal phrase expressing it

    :  something that is imperative (see 1imperative): such as

    :  command, order


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