from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The part of speech that expresses existence, action, or occurrence in most languages.
- n. Any of the words belonging to this part of speech, as be, run, or conceive.
- n. A phrase or other construction used as a verb.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A word that indicates an action, event, or state.
- v. To use any word that is not a verb (especially a noun) as if it were a verb.
- v. To perform any action that is normally expressed by a verb.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A word; a vocable.
- n. A word which affirms or predicates something of some person or thing; a part of speech expressing being, action, or the suffering of action.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. If. A word; a vocable.
- n. 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.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. the word class that serves as the predicate of a sentence
- n. a content word that denotes an action, occurrence, or state of existence
Middle English verbe, from Old French, from Latin verbum, word, verb (translation of Greek rhēma, word, verb).(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Old French verbe, from Latin verbum ("word"), from Proto-Indo-European *werdʰo-. Etymological twin of word. (Wiktionary)