Hypertext Webster Gateway: "verb"

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Verb \Verb\, n. [F. verbe, L. verbum a word, verb. See {Word}.]
1. A word; a vocable. [Obs.] --South.

2. (Gram.) A word which affirms or predicates something of
some person or thing; a part of speech expressing being,
action, or the suffering of action.

Note: A verb is a word whereby the chief action of the mind
[the assertion or the denial of a proposition] finds
expression. --Earle.

{Active verb}, {Auxiliary verb}, {Neuter verb}, etc. See
{Active}, {Auxiliary}, {Neuter}, etc.

From WordNet (r) 1.7 (wn)

n 1: a word that serves as the predicate of a sentence
2: a content word that denotes an action or a state

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