(grammar) A word that indicates an action, event, or state.
(obsolete) Any word; a vocable.
- The word “speak” is an English verb .
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.
* 2001 — , 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.
* See also
* anomalous verb
* auxiliary verb
* boot verb
* copular verb
* defective verb
* ditransitive verb
* dynamic verb
* full verb
* helping verb
* impersonal verb
* intransitive verb
* irregular verb
* linking verb
* modal verb
* passive verb
* phrasal verb
* reflexive verb
* regular verb
* serial verb
* stative verb
* subject-verb agreement
* transitive verb
* verb inflection
* verb phrase
* verb tense
* verbal complement
* verbal noun
* verbal regency
* verbless clause
(transitive, nonstandard, colloquial) 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
* 1997 , David. F. Griffiths, Desmond J. Higham, learning LATEX , p8
- 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... .
* 2005 Oct 5, Jeffrey Mattison, Letters'', in ''The Christian Science Monitor , p8
- Nouns should never be verbed .
To perform any action that is normally expressed by a verb.
* 1946 : Rand Corporation, The Rand Paper Series
- In English, verbing nouns is okay
* 1964 : Journal of Mathematical Psychology
- For example, one-part versions of the proposition "The doctor pursued the lawyer" were "The doctor verbed the object," ...
* 1998 : Marilyn A. Walker, Aravind Krishna Joshi, Centering Theory in Discourse
- Each sentence had the same basic structure: ''The subject transitive verbed''' the object who intransitive '''verbed in the location''.
- The sentence frame was ''Dan verbed Ben approaching the store''. This sentence frame was followed in all cases by ''He went inside''.
* liquour (obsolete)
(obsolete) A liquid.
(obsolete) A drinkable liquid.
A liquid obtained by cooking meat or vegetables (or both).
(chiefly, US) Strong alcoholic drink derived from fermentation and distillation.
In process industry, a liquid in which a desired reaction takes place, e.g. pulping liquor is a mixture of chemicals and water which breaks wood into its components, thus facilitating the extraction of cellulose.
* (strong alcoholic drink) spirits (British and Australasian English)
* (liquid obtained by cooking food) stock, pot liquor (American English), broth, bouillon
* hold one's liquor
* liquor lounge
* liquor store
To drink liquor, usually to excess.
To cause someone to drink liquor, usually to excess.
(obsolete) To grease.
- Liquor fishermen's boots.
- (Francis Bacon)