A word or phrase that modifies or qualifies an adjective, verb, or other adverb or a word group, expressing a relation of place, time, circumstance, manner, cause, degree, etc. (e.g., gently, quite, then, there).
- ‘The real challenges always came with the sophisticated adjectives, the adverbs, and the intransitive verbs.’
- ‘I have been over those 406 words and carefully identified the adjectives and adverbs.’
- ‘At their best, adverbs spice up a verb or adjective.’
- ‘Grammatically, adverbs can modify various elements and take different positions within a sentence.’
- ‘For instance, in regular English you would use the word ‘really’ as an adverb to emphasize an adjective describing someone.’
Late Middle English from Latin adverbium, from ad- ‘to’ (expressing addition) + verbum ‘word, verb’.