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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The part of speech that expresses existence, action, or occurrence in most languages.
  • n. Any of the words belonging to this part of speech, as be, run, or conceive.
  • n. A phrase or other construction used as a verb.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A word that indicates an action, event, or state.
  • v. To use any word that is not a verb (especially a noun) as if it were a verb.
  • v. To perform any action that is normally expressed by a verb.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A word; a vocable.
  • n. A word which affirms or predicates something of some person or thing; a part of speech expressing being, action, or the suffering of action.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. If. A word; a vocable.
  • n. In grammar, a word that asserts or declares; that part of speech of which the office is predication, and which, either alone or with various modifiers or adjuncts, combines with a subject to make a sentence.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the word class that serves as the predicate of a sentence
  • n. a content word that denotes an action, occurrence, or state of existence


Middle English verbe, from Old French, from Latin verbum, word, verb (translation of Greek rhēma, word, verb).
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Old French verbe, from Latin verbum ("word"), from Proto-Indo-European *werdʰo-. Etymological twin of word. (Wiktionary)


  • But the preposition is more frequently placed after the verb, and separately from it, like an adverb; in which situation it does not less affect the sense of the verb, and give it a new meaning; and in all instances, whether the preposition is placed either before or after the verb, if it gives a new meaning to the verb, it may be considered as _a part of the verb_.

    English Grammar in Familiar Lectures

  • _The relative is the nominative case to the verb, when no nominative comes between it and the verb_.

    English Grammar in Familiar Lectures

  • _ A verb whose action passes over to the object directly, as in the sentence above, is called a «transitive verb».

    Latin for Beginners

  • It must, one would think, have been the badness of the ` ` copy '' that induced the compositors to turn ` ` the nature and theory of the Greek verb '' into _the native theology of the Greek verb_; ` ` the conser < p 124 > vation of energy '' into the _conversation of energy_; and the ` ` Forest Conservancy

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  • Use the correct form of the verb (verb + ing or to +verb) to fill in the blanks.? en Español

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  • The verb comes from the Latin word rubrica, which means 'red chalk or ochre'.

    between the rock and the cold, cold sea -- Day

  • The slang verb to gig, as in “let the taxpayer get gigged,” primarily means “to cheat.”

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  • Also, I now believe that where I used the term verb we should use the term action as I think that verb is best reserved for when we enrichen TWiki's linguistic capabilities.



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  • How to subverb! That is the question! Or is that subver(b)sive?

    Or is it the use of ad(d)verbs? (that is subversive?)

    April 3, 2012

  • Make verb and subject agree to disagree is what makes a great writer. Or a crappy one.

    April 2, 2012

  • Corio - Possibly with symbols.

    Telegram from Mark Twain , ignorant of new book sales, to publisher: ?

    Publisher to Mark Twain: !

    December 26, 2008

  • How would we get anything done without verbs?

    December 26, 2008

  • Verb is a noun, and noun is a noun. I enjoy words which describe themselves, and the opposite, words which don't describe themselves. Monosyllabic and polysyllabic have to be the champion examples for this phenomenon.

    March 5, 2008

  • Exactly right. Well, it was, but it escaped somehow.

    March 5, 2008

  • Your tongue wasn't cheeked, you mean?

    March 5, 2008

  • My tongue was apparently not as firmly in cheek as I thought it was. ;-)

    March 4, 2008

  • What are you talking about? I go around nouning things all the time.

    March 4, 2008

  • If only noun were a verb....

    March 4, 2008

  • It is indeed.

    I love that verb is a noun.

    March 4, 2008

  • That's a fabulous language quote.

    March 4, 2008

  • "'We studied the Malay language together, when he was well enough, and I remember his delight at the verb: no person, no number, no mood, no tense.'

    "'That is the kind of verb for me,' said Jack."
    --Patrick O'Brian, The Thirteen Gun Salute, 104

    March 3, 2008

  • Verbs has to agree with their subjects.

    January 25, 2007