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Meaning of “verse” in the English Dictionary

"verse" in British English

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versenoun

uk   /vɜːs/  us   /vɝːs/
[U] writing that is ​arranged in ​shortlines with a ​regularrhythm; ​poetry: comic/​light/​satirical verse Shakespeare ​wrotemostly in verse.B2 [C] one of the ​parts that a ​poem or ​song is ​divided into: Each verse was ​sung as a ​solo and then everyone ​joined in on the ​chorus. [C] one of the ​series of ​shortparts that the writing of a ​holybook is ​divided into: She recited a verse from the ​Bible/the Koran.

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  • I ​know the first verse of the ​song, but I don't ​know what comes next.
  • Shall I ​sing the ​descant in the last verse?
  • Sing the second verse ​allegro.
  • At the end of this verse, we'd like everyone to ​join in with the ​chorus.
  • 'Brillig' is a ​made-up word used in a ​piece of ​nonsense verse by Lewis Carroll.
(Definition of verse from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"verse" in American English

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versenoun [C/U]

 us   /vɜrs/
literature writing that is ​arranged in a ​rhythmicpattern; ​poems: [U] She has a ​talent for writing ​humorous verse. literature A verse is also one of the ​parts into which a ​poem or ​song is ​divided: [C] We’ll ​sing only the first and last verses. literature A verse is also one of the ​shortparts into which the ​Bible is ​divided.
(Definition of verse from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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