verb

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n verb the word class that serves as the predicate of a sentence
    • n verb a content word that denotes an action, occurrence, or state of existence
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: It has 51 meanings as a noun, 126 meanings as a verb, and 10 meanings as a participle adjective.
    • Verb (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.
    • Verb A word; a vocable.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: "Polish" is the only word in the English language that when capitalized is changed from a noun or a verb to a nationality.
    • n verb If. A word; a vocable.
    • n verb 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. Predication is the essential function of a verb, and this function is all that makes a verb; that distinctions of tense and mode and person should be involved in a verb-form, as is the case in the languages of our family and in some other languages, is unessential, and those distinctions may be and are sometimes wanting. Infinitives and participles are not verbs, but only verbal nouns and adjectives, sharing in the constructions that belong to a verb. In languages like ours, the most important classification of verbs is into transitive and intransitive; and even that is not definite, nor founded on any essential distinction. Abbreviated v.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: "The verb "cleave" is the only English word with two synonyms which are antonyms of each other: adhere and separate.
    • n Verb verb (gram.) the part of speech which asserts or predicates something
    • n Verb a part of speech, a noun derived from a verb
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Quotations

  • Mary Daly
    Mary Daly
    “Why indeed must God be a noun? Why not a verb -- the most active and dynamic of all.”
  • Buckminster Fuller
    Buckminster%20Fuller
    “God is a verb.”
  • R. Buckminster Fuller
    R.%20Buckminster%20Fuller
    “Here is God's purpose -- for God, to me, it seems, is a verb not a noun, proper or improper.”
  • Marianne Moore
    Marianne Moore
    “Poetry is all nouns and verbs.”
  • Stephen R. Covey
    Stephen%20R.%20Covey
    “Love - THE FEELING - is a fruit of love, the verb.”
  • Bertha Von Suttner
    Bertha Von Suttner
    “After the verb To Love...To Help is the most beautiful verb in the world.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. verbe, L. verbum, a word, verb. See Word

Usage

In literature:

The irregular verb sum is so important for the conjugation of all other verbs that its inflection is given at the outset.
"New Latin Grammar" by Charles E. Bennett
It either should contain a verb of action or should imply one.
"How To Write Special Feature Articles" by Willard Grosvenor Bleyer
The verb =cargar= means either 'load' or 'take on a load,' 'carry as a load.
"Doña Perfecta" by Benito Pérez Galdós
Then, this morning, somewhat of the suddenest, came the verb and the full stop.
"Grey Roses" by Henry Harland
A few verbs will illustrate.
"History of the Negro Race in America From 1619 to 1880. Vol 1" by George W. Williams
But I've found that I can pick out nuts and learn French verbs at the same time.
"The Little Colonel's Chum: Mary Ware" by Annie Fellows Johnston
The "Fairy Tales" in school-time read By stealth, 'twixt verb and noun!
"The Mirror of Literature, Amusement, and Instruction, Vol. 10, Issue 281, November 3, 1827" by Various
The verbs were similar to the verbs of the couplet series.
"Harvard Psychological Studies, Volume 1" by Various
These changes he makes to reduce the number of 'com's' as principal verbs.
"Beowulf"
So you could not distinguish from the form between a verb and an adverb, could you?
"Esperanto: Hearings before the Committee on Education" by Richard Bartholdt and A. Christen
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In poetry:

Now steeper grew the rising ground,
And rougher grew the road,
As up the steep ascent they wound
To bold Sir Verb's abode.
"Sir Hornbook" by Thomas Love Peacock
They swam the moat, they scal'd the wall,
Sir Verb, with rage and shame,
Beheld his valiant general fall,
Infinitive by name.
"Sir Hornbook" by Thomas Love Peacock
Sir Verb was old, and many a year,
All scenes and climates seeing,
Had run a wild and strange career
Through every mode of being.
"Sir Hornbook" by Thomas Love Peacock
I will lose the habit of using my body,
giving birth to a Prince Charming of verbs,
as the wolf loses the habit of being a wolf,
of hunger.
"They Keynote" by Nichita Stanescu
He died in December. He must descend
Somewhere, vague and cold, the spirit and seal.
Somewhere, Imagination one’s one friend
Cannot see there. Both of us at the end.
Nouns, verbs do not exist for what I feel.
"Epilogue" by John Berryman
Little Ballads Of Timely Warning; II: On Malicious Cruelty To Harmless Creatures
The cruelty of P. L. Brown—
(He had ten toes as good as mine)
Was known to every one in town,
And, if he never harmed a noun,
He loved to make verbs shriek and whine.
"Little Ballads Of Timely Warning; II:" by Ellis Parker Butler

In news:

You don't have to make your subject and verb agree to serve.
When an Invented Verb Becomes a Genre .
And isn't it amazing that the name facebook is now a verb.
A bunch of "has-beens": Use imaginative verbs, not the same old ones.
It's a verb: YOU GOT JIMMERED read a sign waved in the BYU student section.
Facebook F8 Brings Timeline, Verbs, Music and Video Content.
That is, one can " profile " (a verb) in order to develop a " profile ," (a noun).
The word Solstice, comes from the Latin: Sol=Sun, and Stice, from the verb sistere=to stand still.
Ron Verb 's blog postings.
The phenomenon Pinker elects to exemplify his language theory is that of the existence of both regular verbs and the nearly 200 irregular English verbs , which he has studied for over a decade.
Access Living and Bodies of Work present readings from the book Beauty is a Verb : The New Disability Poets, a collection of poetry by artists with disabilities.
Beauty is a Verb is edited by Sheila Black, Jennifer Bartlett, and Michael Northern.
SIA Joins VERB Fitness Campaign.
HomeHeadline NewsSIA Joins VERB Fitness Campaign.
Why 'Idea' Should Be a Verb .
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In science:

Also, the scheme fa 'ila can give two variations different from conjugation for the same reason (Dahdah, 1992). The AVM model for verbs is illustrated in Figure 8.
A prototype for projecting HPSG syntactic lexica towards LMF
We can take the case of the verb ’akhraja -)%%%76 (to extract).
A prototype for projecting HPSG syntactic lexica towards LMF
The model for this verb is ’af‘ala 2%%%'%%%*6 and belongs to FDC.
A prototype for projecting HPSG syntactic lexica towards LMF
If we interpret the S, O and V as Sub ject, Ob ject and Verb we can observe an equivalence between the structures with the bracketings: (S (V O)), (S (O V)), ((V O) S), and ((O V) S).
An Efficient Generation Algorithm for Lexicalist MT
This default rule can be used when defining verbs.
User-Defined Nonmonotonicity in Unification-Based Formalisms
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