from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.
- noun A phrase consisting of a verb and its auxiliaries, as should be done in the sentence The students should be done with the exam by noon.
- noun A phrase consisting of a verb, its auxiliaries, its complements, and other modifiers, as should be done with the exam by noon in the sentence The students should be done with the exam by noon.
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- noun linguistics A construction in a
clauseconsisting of a verband its internal complements, objects, or modifiers.
- noun grammar A
phrasethat functions syntactically as a verb, consisting of a main verb and any auxiliaries.
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- noun one of the two main constituents of a sentence; the predicate contains the verb and its complements
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