from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To change from prose into metrical form.
  • transitive v. To treat or tell in verse: versify stories from the Bible.
  • intransitive v. To write verses.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. to make or compose verses
  • v. to tell in verse; deal with in verse form
  • v. to turn (prose) into poetry; rewrite in verse form

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • intransitive v. To make verses.
  • transitive v. To relate or describe in verse; to compose in verse.
  • transitive v. To turn into verse; to render into metrical form.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To turn into verse; make a metrical paraphrase of: as, to versify the Psalms.
  • To relate or describe in verse; treat as the subject of verse.
  • To make verses.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. compose verses or put into verse


Middle English versifien, from Old French versifier, from Latin versificāre : versus, verse; see verse1 + -ficāre, -fy.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Old French versifier, learned borrowing from Latin versificāre, present active infinitive of versificō ("versify"), from versus (see verse) + faciō ("make"). (Wiktionary)



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