verb meaning, verb definition | English Cobuild dictionary

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  ( 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  
    phrasal verb  


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   (=copula)  
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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