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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [ad-vurb]
    • /ˈæd vɜrb/
    • /ˈæd.vɜːb/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [ad-vurb]
    • /ˈæd vɜrb/

Definitions of adverb word

  • countable noun adverb An adverb is a word such as 'slowly', 'now', 'very', 'politically', or 'fortunately' which adds information about the action, event, or situation mentioned in a clause. 3
  • noun adverb a word or group of words that serves to modify a whole sentence, a verb, another adverb, or an adjective; for example, probably, easily, very, and happily respectively in the sentence They could probably easily envy the very happily married couple 3
  • noun adverb (as modifier) 3
  • noun adverb any of a class of words used generally to modify a verb, an adjective, another adverb, a phrase, or a clause, by expressing time, place, manner, degree, cause, etc.: English adverbs often end in -ly (Ex.: fast, carefully, then) 3
  • noun adverb any member of a class of words that function as modifiers of verbs or clauses, and in some languages, as Latin and English, as modifiers of adjectives, other adverbs, or adverbial phrases, as very in very nice, much in much more impressive, and tomorrow in She'll write to you tomorrow. They relate to what they modify by indicating place (I promise to be there), time (Do your homework now!), manner (She sings beautifully), circumstance (He accidentally dropped the glass when the bell rang), degree (I'm very happy to see you), or cause (I draw, although badly). See also sentence adverb. 1
  • noun adverb A word or phrase that modifies or qualifies an adjective, verb, or other adverb or a word-group, expressing a relation of place, time, circumstance, manner, cause, degree, etc. (e.g., gently, quite, then, there). 1

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Origin of adverb

First appearance:

before 1520
One of the 28% oldest English words
1520-30; < Latin adverbium, equivalent to ad- ad- + verb(um) word, verb + -ium -ium; calque of Greek epírrhēma

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Parts of speech for Adverb


adverb popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 83% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
Most Europeans know this English word. The frequency of it’s usage is somewhere between "mom" and "screwdriver".

adverb usage trend in Literature

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Synonyms for adverb

noun adverb

  • modifier — a person or thing that modifies.
  • qualifier — a person or thing that qualifies.
  • limiter — a person or thing that limits.

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