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Meaning of verb by Wiktionary Dictionary



    From Old French verbe, from Latin verbum ( “word” ), from Proto-Indo-European *wer- .


    • IPA: /vɜː( ɹ )b/, X-SAMPA: /v3:( r\ )b/
    • Rhymes: -ɜː( ɹ )b


    verb ( plural: verbs )

    1. ( grammar ) A word that indicates an action, event, or state .
      The word “speak” is an English verb .

    Usage notes

    Verbs compose a fundamental category of words in most languages. In an English clause, a verb forms the head of the predicate of the clause. In many languages, verbs uniquely conjugate for tense and aspect .



    • See also Wikisaurus:verb


    verb ( third-person singular simple present verbs present participle verbing, simple past and past participle verbed )

    1. ( transitive, nonstandard, colloquial ) To use any word that is not a verb ( especially a noun ) as if it were a verb.
    2. ( used as a neutral, unspecific verb, often in linguistics and the social sciences ) To perform any action that is normally expressed by a verb.


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Explanation of verb by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. the word class that serves as the predicate of a sentence

    2. a content word that denotes an action, occurrence, or state of existence

    Definition of verb by GCIDE Dictionary


    1. Verb n. [F. verbe, L. verbum a word, verb. See Word.]
      1. A word; a vocable. [Obs.] South.

      2. ( Gram. ) A word which affirms or predicates something of some person or thing; a part of speech expressing being, action, or the suffering of action.

      ☞ A verb is a word whereby the chief action of the mind [the assertion or the denial of a proposition] finds expression. Earle.

      Active verb, Auxiliary verb, Neuter verb, etc. See Active, Auxiliary, Neuter, etc.