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.

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

Examples from the Web for versify

Historical Examples of versify

  • 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

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 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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