Definition of versify in English:



  • Turn into or express in verse.

    ‘it was never suggested that Wordsworth should simply versify Coleridge's ideas’
    ‘a talent for versifying’
    • ‘He knew little about the myths versified by Ovid and depicted by the flighty polychromatic cloud-scapers of Versailles.’
    • ‘But from the Sponsus play onwards the text was frequently versified, and the music was in a distinctly new idiom.’
    • ‘According to the narrator, this Celtic icon had emerged from Cork 15 years earlier, scored a No 1 hit with his husky versifying, and vanished.’
    • ‘Her father approved of his daughter's efforts and occasionally versified her prose translations.’
    • ‘Indeed literate Christians were more likely to improve the Bible by such tricks as versifying it, as they were to abandon their love of literature.’
    • ‘C. P. Meehan tells how the poet would lean on the counter in O'Daly's shop and versify literal translations for ready cash.’
    • ‘The legend was accepted as authentic by chroniclers and versified by Lydgate; the Beauchamp earls claimed descent from Guy.’
    • ‘While the thunder of the batteries rumbled in the distance, we pasted, we recited, we versified, we sang with all our soul.’
    • ‘Drayton's most ambitious work was the epic Poly-Olbion, a versified historical and mythological map of Britain.’
    • ‘In this poem you set out to write a versified treatise on ‘man, on nature and on human life’, which is bound to be an overwhelming subject.’
    • ‘Most of Rollin's extensive versifying over the years was humorous.’
    • ‘Of the two, sensory attraction is the more important; without emotive beauty, versified philosophy has little to recommend it.’
    • ‘Thus, the didactic purpose of the original project dissolved in a welter of abstruse, sentimental versifying.’
    • ‘Hence to retain reader interest, I first translated only selections from the Vedas, Upanishads and versified them.’
    • ‘As Walker points out, ‘A ‘lyric’ is, in effect, a versified or sung oration, a variety of epideictic discourse’.’


Late Middle English: from Old French versifier, from Latin versificare, from versus (see verse).