EXAMPLES | WORD ORIGIN 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. Origin of versify 1350–1400; Middle English versifien
Old French versifier
-ify Related forms ver·si·fi·er, noun un·ver·si·fied, adjective
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Examples from the Web for versify Historical Examples of versify
You are obliged to talk like a bourgeois, and
versify like one.
There never were any excellent poets, says Mr. Bayle, that could
versify, till after drinking pretty plentifully5.
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.
But I don't think the people had ever much opinion of the Stuarts; but in those days they were all prone to
versify. British Dictionary definitions for versify verb -fies, -fying or -fied (tr) to render (something) into metrical form or verse (intr) to write in verse Derived Forms versifier, 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 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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