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English definition of “adverb”


noun [C]  /ˈæd·vɜrb/ specialized us  
grammar a word that describes or gives more information about another word, esp. a verb, adjective, or other adverb, or about a phrase: In the sentences, "She smiled cheerfully" and "He waited right outside the door," "cheerfully" and "right" are adverbs.
adjective [not gradable]  /ædˈvɜr·bi·əl/ us  
an adverbial phrase
(Definition of adverb from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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