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[vur-suh-fahy] /ˈvɜr səˌfaɪ/
verb (used with object), versified, versifying.
to relate, describe, or treat (something) in verse.
to convert (prose or other writing) into metrical form.
verb (used without object), versified, versifying.
to compose verses.
Origin of versify
1350-1400; Middle English versifien < Old French versifier < Latin versificāre. See verse, -ify
Related forms
versifier, noun
unversified, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for versify
Historical Examples
  • You are obliged to talk like a bourgeois, and versify like one.

    The Quest Frederik van Eeden
  • There never were any excellent poets, says Mr. Bayle, that could versify, till after drinking pretty plentifully5.

    Ebrietatis Encomium Boniface Oinophilus
  • Bolingbroke persuaded Pope to versify portions of the philosophy he admired so extravagantly.

  • For the Munstermen have always been more 'prone to versify' than their leaner neighbours on the bogs and stones of Connaught.

    Poets and Dreamers Lady Augusta Gregory and Others
  • But I don't think the people had ever much opinion of the Stuarts; but in those days they were all prone to versify.

    Poets and Dreamers Lady Augusta Gregory and Others
  • I know somebody who is ready to versify to double the extent at the same cost to you, and do his best, too, and you also know.

    The Brownings

    Lilian Whiting
  • We shall endeavour to versify it, à la Patmore, conceiving that its issue is very similar to that of his story of “The River.”

  • A lady loses her muff, her fan, or her lap-dog, and so the silly poet runs home to versify the disaster.'

    The Vicar of Wakefield Oliver Goldsmith
  • His powers were cramped by the fetters of metre, and his attempts to versify even rich thought and deep feeling were puerile.

  • Dryden, who is known not to be nicely scrupulous, informs us, that he would not versify it on account of its indecency.

British Dictionary definitions for versify


verb -fies, -fying, -fied
(transitive) to render (something) into metrical form or verse
(intransitive) to write in verse
Derived Forms
versifier, noun
Word Origin
C14: from Old French versifier, from Latin versificāre, from versusverse + facere to make
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Word Origin and History for versify

mid-14c. (implied in versifier), from Old French versifier "turn into verse" (13c.), from Latin versificare "compare verse," from versus "verse" (see verse) + root of facere "to make" (see factitious). Related: Versified; versifying.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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