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English definition of “modal verb”

modal verb

noun [C]
 
 
/ˈməʊdəlˌvɜːb/ (also modal)
B1 a verb, for example 'can', 'might', or 'must', that is used before another verb to show that something is possible, necessary, etc Parts of speechVerb forms, tenses and types of verbs
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