verb ( verbs plural ) A verb is a word such as `sing', `feel', or `die' which is used with a subject to say what someone or something does or what happens to them, or to give information about them. n-count →
linking verb ( linking verbs plural )
in BRIT, also use link verb A linking verb is a verb which links the subject of a clause and a complement. `Be', `seem', and `become' are linking verbs. n-count
phrasal verb ( phrasal verbs plural ) A phrasal verb is a combination of a verb and an adverb or preposition, for example `shut up' or `look after', which together have a particular meaning. n-count
reflexive verb ( reflexive verbs plural ) A reflexive verb is a transitive verb whose subject and object always refer to the same person or thing, so the object is always a reflexive pronoun. An example is `to enjoy yourself', as in `Did you enjoy yourself?'. n-count
verb group ( verb groups plural ) A verb group or verbal group consists of a verb, or of a main verb following a modal or one or more auxiliaries. Examples are `walked', `can see', and `had been waiting'. n-count
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