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verb (n.)

“断言或声明的词; 职务是谓语的那部分言语, 它单独或与各种修饰词或助词相结合, 与主语结合成句” [世纪词典], 14世纪末, 来自古法语 verbe “词; 神的话语; 说; 表达行动或存在的那部分言语” (12世纪), 直接来自拉丁语 verbum “动词”, 原为“词”, 来自PIE根 *were- (3) “说话” (来源也是阿维斯坦语 urvata- “命令.” 梵文 vrata- “命令, 誓言;” 希腊文 rhētōr “公言”, rhetra “协议, 约定”, eirein “说, 说;” 赫梯文 weriga- “号召, 召唤;” 立陶宛文 vardas “名字;” 哥特文 waurd, 古英语 word “单词” ).)

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Definitions of verb from WordNet

verb (n.)
the word class that serves as the predicate of a sentence;
verb (n.)
a content word that denotes an action, occurrence, or state of existence;
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