Definition of verb
: 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
verblessplay \ˈvər-bləs\ adjective
Origin and Etymology of verb
Middle English verbe, from Anglo-French, from Latin verbum word, verb — more at word
First Known Use: 14th century
VERB Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of verb for English Language Learners
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
VERB Defined for Kids
Definition of verb for Students
: a word that expresses an act, occurrence, or state of being
Word Root of verb
The Latin word verbum, meaning “word,” gives us the root verb. Words from the Latin verbum have something to do with words. A verb is a word that shows action. An adverb is a word that modifies a verb, adjective, or other adverb. A proverb, or short saying containing a wise thought, is made up of a few well-chosen words. Anything verbal is made up of spoken words.
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