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Definition of "verb" []

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

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "verb" in a sentence
  • "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_."
  • "_The relative is the nominative case to the verb, when no nominative comes between it and the verb_."
  • "_ A verb whose action passes over to the object directly, as in the sentence above, is called a «transitive verb»."