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versify

[vur-suh-fahy]
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verb (used with object), ver·si·fied, ver·si·fy·ing.
  1. to relate, describe, or treat (something) in verse.
  2. to convert (prose or other writing) into metrical form.
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verb (used without object), ver·si·fied, ver·si·fy·ing.
  1. to compose verses.
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Origin of versify

1350–1400; Middle English versifien < Old French versifier < Latin versificāre. See verse, -ify
Related formsver·si·fi·er, nounun·ver·si·fied, adjective
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Historical Examples

  • These efforts were enough to prove his taste and gifts as a versifier.

    Lives of Illustrious Shoemakers

    William Edward Winks

  • He was the poet of pain and of despair, the versifier of Schopenhauer's philosophy.

    Idling in Italy

    Joseph Collins

  • It is the ambition of many a versifier to be known as a maker of sonnets.

    Rhymes and Meters

    Horatio Winslow

  • Byron was also in favour, Pope he maintained was no poet, only a versifier.

    Life of John Keats

    Sidney Colvin

  • Before the war, the versifier had been on the staff of a Brussels newspaper.

    The Soul of Susan Yellam

    Horace Annesley Vachell


British Dictionary definitions for versifier

versify

verb -fies, -fying or -fied
  1. (tr) to render (something) into metrical form or verse
  2. (intr) to write in verse
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Derived Formsversifier, noun

Word Origin

C14: from Old French versifier, from Latin versificāre, from versus verse + facere to make
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Word Origin and History for versifier

versify

v.

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.

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