• Adverb


    • UK IPA: /ˈ'ædvɜːb/
    • IPA: /ˈædvəɹb/


    From French adverbe, from Latin adverbium, from ad- ("to") + verbum ("word").

    Full definition of adverb



    (plural adverbs)
    1. (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.

    Usage notes

    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.


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