Definition of adverb in English:



  • A word or phrase that modifies the meaning of an adjective, verb, or other adverb, expressing manner, place, time, or degree (e.g. gently, here, now, very). Some adverbs, for example sentence adverbs, can also be used to modify whole sentences.

    • ‘The real challenges always came with the sophisticated adjectives, the adverbs, and the intransitive verbs.’
    • ‘At their best, adverbs spice up a verb or adjective.’
    • ‘Grammatically, adverbs can modify various elements and take different positions within a sentence.’
    • ‘For instance, in regular English you would use the word ‘really’ as an adverb to emphasize an adjective describing someone.’
    • ‘I have been over those 406 words and carefully identified the adjectives and adverbs.’


Late Middle English: from Latin adverbium, from ad- ‘to’ (expressing addition) + verbum ‘word, verb’.