adverb (plural adverbs)
- (grammar) A word that modifies a verb, adjective, other adverbs, or various other types of words, phrases, or clauses.
- 1897, Henry James, What Maisie Knew:
- ‘Fortunately your papa appreciates it; he appreciates it immensely’—that was one of the things Miss Overmore also said, with a striking insistence on the adverb.
- (modifying a verb) I often went outside hiking during my stay in Japan.
- (modifying an adjective) It was often cold outside.
- (modifying another adverb) Not often.
Adverbs comprise a fundamental category of words in most languages. In English, adverbs are typically formed from adjectives by appending -ly and are used to modify verbs, verb phrases, adjectives, other adverbs, and entire sentences, but not nouns or noun phrases.
- (words that modifies verbs, etc): intransitive preposition
- (rare) To make into or become an adverb.
- 1973, Indian Linguistics, volume 34, page 241:
- Considering these postpositional phrases to be adverbed phrases would be an insufficient analysis, since the postpositions are determined by the verb.
- 1998, English linguistics:
- Even if, in the case of native speakers of English in particular, bonded adverbed verbs are always understood and used as entities, the different stages of théir formation are probably those I have just described.
- 2005, John Barth, The Book of Ten Nights and a Night: Eleven Stories, page 8:
- Then, post-adverbially, they start over again from Square One, explaining that queer name of hers and who and where she is and what's going on here besides adverbing.
- “adverb” in The Bokmål Dictionary.
- “adverb” in The Nynorsk Dictionary.
adverb n (plural adverbe)
àdverb m (Cyrillic spelling а̀дверб)
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- Zajceva, N. G.; Mullonen, M. I. (2007), “наречие”, in Uz’ venä-vepsläine vajehnik / Novyj russko-vepsskij slovarʹ [New Russian–Veps Dictionary], Petrozavodsk: Periodika