Definition - A word that expresses action or being.

Example -
In the phrase I run fast the word run is the verb.

Etymology -
The word derives from the Old French verbe, part of speech that expresses action or being (from the Latin verbum, word).

Oxford English Dictionary -
Its first citation is from 1388:
"Sumtyme it mai wel be resoluid into a verbe of the same tens."
(Wycliffite Bible Prol. xv. (1850) I. 57 )

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