linking verb


: a word or expression (such as a form of be, become, feel, or seem) that links a subject with its predicate

Example Sentences

“Look” in “you look happy” and “are” in “my favorite fruits are apples and oranges” are linking verbs.

Word History

First Known Use

1923, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of linking verb was in 1923

Dictionary Entries Near linking verb

Cite this Entry

“Linking verb.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Dec. 2022.

Kids Definition

linking verb

: an intransitive verb (as be or seem) that links a subject with a word or words in the predicate
"look" in "you look happy" and "are" in "my favorite fruits are apples and oranges" are linking verbs
compare action verb
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