Verb meaning

vûrb
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The definition of a verb is a word that expresses action or a state of being.

An example of a verb is write.

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Any of a class of words expressing action, existence, or occurrence, or used as an auxiliary or copula, and usually constituting the main element of a predicate (Ex.: give, build, run, be, happen, do, have, would, seem)
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(grammar) A word that indicates an action, event, or state.

The word “speak” is an English verb.

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(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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(nonstandard, colloquial) To use any word that is not a verb (especially a noun) as if it were a verb.
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A phrase or other construction used as a verb.
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Origin of verb

  • Middle English verbe from Old French from Latin verbum word, verb (translation of Greek rhēma word, verb) wer-5 in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Old French verbe, from Latin verbum (“word”), from Proto-Indo-European *werdʰo-. Etymological twin of word.

    From Wiktionary