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From Old French verbe, from [[w:Template:lang:la language|Template:lang:la]][[Category:Template:lang:la derivations]] verbum (word), from Proto-Indo-European *wer-.





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  1. (grammar) A word that indicates an action, an event, or a state.
    The word “speak” is an English verb.

Usage notes

Verbs compose a fundamental category of words in most languages. In an English clause, a verb forms the head of the predicate of the clause. In many languages, verbs uniquely conjugate for tense and aspect.


  • 2001Eoin Colfer, Artemis Fowl, p 221
    Then you could say that the doorway exploded. But the particular verb doesn't do the action justice. Rather, it shattered into infinitesimal pieces.

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to verb (third-person singular simple present -, present participle -, simple past and past participle -)
  1. (Template loop detected: Template:context 1) To use any word that is not a verb (especially a noun) as if it were a verb.
    • a. 1981 Feb 22, unknown Guardian editor as quoted by William Safire, On Language, in New York Times, pSM3
      Haig, in congressional hearings before his confirmatory, paradoxed his auditioners by abnormalling his responds so that verbs were nouned, nouns verbed and adjectives adverbised. He techniqued a new way to vocabulary his thoughts so as to informationally uncertain anybody listening about what he had actually implicationed... .
    • 1985 Oct 13, William Safire, Invasion of the Verb Makers, in San Francisco Chronicle, p19
      Others, come to think of it, would also choose verb, with no suffix at all: "Don't verb nouns" is an obvious fumblerule.
    • 1996, Peter Brodie, Never Say Never: Teaching Grammar and Usage, in The English Journal 85(7), p77
      You mustn't verb nouns, they remind me piously—as I think of Shakespeare's animal verbs (to shark, to spaniel) and his bodypart verbs (to nose, to fat) and of all the great verbs they have spawned (to beaver, weasel, ferret, buffalo; to stomach, belly, scalp, kneecap).
    • 1997, David. F. Griffiths, Desmond J. Higham, learning LATEX, p8
      Nouns should never be verbed.
    • 2005 Oct 5, Jeffrey Mattison, Letters, in The Christian Science Monitor, p8
      In English, verbing nouns is okay
    • 2007 Apr 20, Dale Roberts, Rooting out bad language with a unicorn, in The Christian Science Monitor, p20
      I nominate for banishment the verbed nouns "dialogue" and "language," as in, "Let's dialogue on this project and then do some languaging about our proposal."
    • 2007 March: Erin McKean, “Redefining the dictionary”, Technology Entertainment Design
      Any time you touch a word—you use it in a new context, you give it a new connotation, you verb it—you make the mobile move.
  2. (Template loop detected: Template:context 1) To perform any action that is normally expressed by a verb; for example, to kiss, to be, to think, to write, to disappear, to feel, to see, etc.
    • 1964: Journal of Mathematical Psychology
      Each sentence had the same basic structure: The subject transitive verbed the object who intransitive verbed in the location.
    • 1946: Rand Corporation, The Rand Paper Series
      For example, one-part versions of the proposition "The doctor pursued the lawyer" were "The doctor verbed the object," ...
    • 1998: James E. Tomberlin, Language, Mind and Ontology
      One case is where I, the reporter, want to report Madonna as verbing (I keep the verb neutral on purpose) Banderas.
    • 1998: Marilyn A. Walker, Aravind Krishna Joshi, Centering Theory in Discourse
      The sentence frame was Dan verbed Ben approaching the store. This sentence frame was followed in all cases by He went inside.


  • 1986: Any noun can be verbed — Dan Davis, describing the creation of bad technical writing.
  • Verbing weirds language. — Calvin, from the comic strip Calvin and Hobbes by Bill Watterson.

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From [[w:Template:lang:la language|Template:lang:la]][[Category:ro:Template:lang:la derivations]] verbum.



verb n. (plural verbe)

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