Active verb
Verb Verb, n. [F. verbe, L. verbum a word, verb. See {Word}.] 1. A word; a vocable. [Obs.] --South. [1913 Webster]

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. [1913 Webster]

Note: A verb is a word whereby the chief action of the mind [the assertion or the denial of a proposition] finds expression. --Earle. [1913 Webster]

{Active verb}, {Auxiliary verb}, {Neuter verb}, etc. See {Active}, {Auxiliary}, {Neuter}, etc. [1913 Webster]


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