What does adverb mean?

Definitions for adverb
ˈæd vɜrbad·verb

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. adverbnoun

    the word class that qualifies verbs or clauses

  2. adverbnoun

    a word that modifies something other than a noun


  1. adverbnoun

    A word that modifies a verb, adjective, other adverbs, or various other types of words, phrases, or clauses.

  2. Etymology: From adverbe, from adverbium, from ad-#Latin + verbum.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. ADVERBnoun

    A word joined to a verb or adjective, and solely applied to the use of qualifying and restraining the latitude of their signification, by the intimation of some circumstance thereof; as, of quality, manner, degree. John Clarke Latin Grammar. Thus we say, he runs swiftly; the bird flies aloft; he lives virtuously.

    Etymology: adverbium, Lat.


  1. Adverb

    An adverb is a word or an expression that generally modifies a verb, adjective, another adverb, determiner, clause, preposition, or sentence. Adverbs typically express manner, place, time, frequency, degree, level of certainty, etc., answering questions such as how, in what way, when, where, to what extent. This is called the adverbial function and may be performed by single words (adverbs) or by multi-word adverbial phrases and adverbial clauses. Adverbs are traditionally regarded as one of the parts of speech. Modern linguists note that the term "adverb" has come to be used as a kind of "catch-all" category, used to classify words with various types of syntactic behavior, not necessarily having much in common except that they do not fit into any of the other available categories (noun, adjective, preposition, etc.)


  1. adverb

    An adverb is a word or group of words that modifies or describes a verb, adjective, or another adverb. It typically adds information about how, when, where, or to what extent something is happening or being done. Adverbs often answer questions such as how?, when?, where?, why?, or to what extent?.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Adverbnoun

    a word used to modify the sense of a verb, participle, adjective, or other adverb, and usually placed near it; as, he writes well; paper extremely white

  2. Etymology: [L. adverbium; ad + verbum word, verb: cf. F. adverbe.]


  1. Adverb

    An adverb is a word that changes or qualifies the meaning of a verb, adjective, other adverb, clause, sentence or any other word or phrase, except that it does not include the adjectives and determiners that directly modify nouns. Adverbs are traditionally regarded as one of the parts of speech, although the wide variety of the functions performed by words classed as adverbs means that it is hard to treat them as a single uniform category. Adverbs typically answer questions such as how?, in what way?, when?, where?, and to what extent?. This function is called the adverbial function, and is realized not just by single words but by adverbial phrases and adverbial clauses.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Adverb

    ad′vėrb, n. a word added to a verb, adjective, or other adverb to express some modification of the meaning or an accompanying circumstance.—adj. Adverb′ial, pertaining to an adverb—used also as a n.adv. Adverb′ially. [L. ad verbiumad, to, verbum, a word. It is so called, not because it is added to a verb, but because it is a word (verbum) joined to, or supplemental of, other words.]

Editors Contribution

  1. adverb

    A word that changes a verb.

    The adverb within the grammar is known.

    Submitted by MaryC on March 10, 2020  

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of adverb in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of adverb in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

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