- The definition of a linking verb is a grammar term for a verb that connects a subject with a noun or adjective that is the subject.
An example of a linking verb is "are" in the sentence, "They are cold."
linking verb definition by Webster's New World
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a verb that functions chiefly as a connection between a subject and a predicate complement (Ex.: be, appear, seem, become); copula
linking verb definition by American Heritage Dictionary