a word used to describe an action, state, or occurrence, and forming the main part of the predicate of a sentence, such as hear, become, happen. A verb, from the Latin verbum meaning word, is a word that in syntax conveys an action, an occurrence, or a state of being. Verbs are words that show an action (sing), occurrence (develop), or state of being (exist). Well a verb is just a word that shows an action or a state - state means a situation. In its most basic definition, a verb is a word used to indicate an action. A verb is a word or a combination of words that indicates action or a state of being or condition.