verse

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See also: Verse, versé, and 'verse

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Etymology 1[edit]

Partly from Old English vers; partly, from Old French vers; both, from Latin versus (a line in writing, and in poetry a verse; (originally) row, furrow), from vertō (to turn around).

Noun[edit]

verse (plural verses)

  1. A poetic form with regular meter and a fixed rhyme scheme.
    Restoration literature is well known for its carefully constructed verse.
  2. Poetic form in general.
    The restrictions of verse have been steadily relaxed over time.
  3. One of several similar units of a song, consisting of several lines, generally rhymed.
    Note the shift in tone between the first verse and the second.
  4. A small section of the Jewish or Christian Bible.
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verse (third-person singular simple present verses, present participle versing, simple past and past participle versed)

  1. (obsolete) To compose verses.
    • Sir Philip Sidney (1554-1586)
      It is not rhyming and versing that maketh a poet.
  2. (transitive) To tell in verse, or poetry.

Etymology 2[edit]

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Verb[edit]

verse (third-person singular simple present verses, present participle versing, simple past and past participle versed)

  1. to educate about, to teach about.
    He versed us in the finer points of category theory.
    • 1918, W. B. Maxwell, chapter 22, The Mirror and the Lamp:
      Not unnaturally, “Auntie” took this communication in bad part. [] Next day she [] tried to recover her ward by the hair of the head. Then, thwarted, the wretched creature went to the police for help; she was versed in the law, and had perhaps spared no pains to keep on good terms with the local constabulary.

Etymology 3[edit]

Back-formation from versus, misconstrued as a third-person singular verb *verses.

Verb[edit]

verse (third-person singular simple present verses, present participle versing, simple past and past participle versed)

  1. (colloquial) To oppose, to be an opponent for, as in a game, contest or battle.
    Verse him, G!

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verse

  1. Inflected form of vers

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verse

  1. first-person singular present indicative of verser
  2. third-person singular present indicative of verser
  3. first-person singular present subjunctive of verser
  4. third-person singular present subjunctive of verser
  5. second-person singular imperative of verser

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verse

  1. vocative masculine singular of versus

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verse (first-person singular present me veo, first-person singular preterite me vi, past participle visto)

  1. to meet; to see one another

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verse

  1. Formal second-person singular (usted) imperative form of versar.
  2. First-person singular (yo) present subjunctive form of versar.
  3. Formal second-person singular (usted) present subjunctive form of versar.
  4. Third-person singular (él, ella, also used with usted?) present subjunctive form of versar.