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[ vur-suh-fahy ]
/ ˈvɜr səˌfaɪ /

verb (used with object), ver·si·fied, ver·si·fy·ing.

to relate, describe, or treat (something) in verse.
to convert (prose or other writing) into metrical form.

verb (used without object), ver·si·fied, ver·si·fy·ing.

to compose verses.

Nearby words

versicolor, versicolour, versicular, versiera, versification, versify, versine, version, versioning, verso, verst

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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for versify


/ (ˈvɜːsɪˌfaɪ) /

verb -fies, -fying or -fied

(tr) to render (something) into metrical form or verse
(intr) to write in verse
Derived Formsversifier, noun

Word Origin for versify

C14: from Old French versifier, from Latin versificāre, from versus verse + 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.

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