ver·​si·​fy | \ ˈvər-sə-ˌfī How to pronounce versify (audio) \
versified; versifying

Definition of versify

intransitive verb

: to compose verses

transitive verb

1 : to relate or describe in verse
2 : to turn into verse

Examples of versify in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The testimony to his own desirability comes via Hardwick’s versified letters or telephone talk: . . . Thomas Mallon, The New Yorker, "Marriage, Betrayal, and the Letters Behind “The Dolphin”," 9 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of versify

14th century, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

History and Etymology for versify

Middle English versifien, borrowed from Anglo-French versifier, borrowed from Latin versificāre, from versus verse entry 1 + ificāre -ify

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“Versify.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 May. 2021.

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