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action verb

noun, Grammar.
a verb, as run, think, or soothe, that expresses something that a person, animal, object, or process in nature can do, as in Close the door! or The storm is flooding many houses along the coast, rather than expressing a state of being.
Compare copula (def 2), stative. Unabridged
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Contemporary definitions for action verb

a word belonging to the part of speech that is the center of the predicate and which describes an act or activity


Examples of action verb are 'gurgle' and 'giggle,' words which describe activities.

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grammar's 21st Century Lexicon
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