light verb

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light verb (plural light verbs)

  1. (linguistics) A semantically incomplete verb which qualifies as a predicate only in combination with a predicative complement, usually a noun.
    Synonyms: vector verb, delexical verb, explicator verb, thin verb, empty verb
Examples (linguistics)
light verb version (full verb version)
  • They had a read by candlelight ("They read by candlelight")
  • They took a bath together ("They bathed together")
  • They took a long vacation ("They vacationed for a long time.")
  • Let's do lunch. ("Let's lunch")
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