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Stative verbs (also known as state verbs) are verbs that describe a static condition, situation, or state of being. They are contrasted with action verbs (also called dynamic verbs), which describe an active, dynamic action that can be performed by a person or thing.
Stative verbs can be in the present, past, or future tense; however, because they describe static conditions, they are usually unable to progress through time, and they therefore cannot be used when forming the continuous or progressive forms of verb tenses. For this reason, they are sometimes referred to as non-continuous or non-progressive verbs.
However, some stative verbs can be used in a continuous tense in certain situations, as when describing a temporary state that has begun and will end.
Belonging to or designating a class of verbs that express a state or condition.
A verb of the stative class.
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(Grammar) denoting a verb describing a state rather than an activity, act, or event, such as know and want as opposed to leave and throw. Compare nonstative
(Grammar) a stative verb
[C19: from New Latin stativus, from Latin stāre to stand]
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(of a verb) expressing a state or condition, as know, like, or belong, and not usu. used in progressive tenses. Compare nonstative.
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|Adj.||1.||stative - ( used of verbs (e.g. `be' or `own') and most participial adjectives) expressing existence or a state rather than an action|
grammar - the branch of linguistics that deals with syntax and morphology (and sometimes also deals with semantics)
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