versify (v.) mid-14c. (implied in versifier), from O.Fr. versifier "turn into verse" (13c.), from L. versificare "compare verse," from versus "verse" (see VERSE (Cf. verse)) + root of facere "to make" (see FACTITIOUS (Cf. factitious)). Related: Versified; versifying.

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  • Versify — Ver si*fy, v. t. 1. To relate or describe in verse; to compose in verse. [1913 Webster] I ll versify the truth, not poetize. Daniel. [1913 Webster] 2. To turn into verse; to render into metrical form; as, to versify the Psalms. Chaucer. [1913… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Versify — Ver si*fy, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Versified}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Versifying}.] [OE. versifien, F. versifier, L. versificare; versus a verse + ficare to make. See {Verse}, and { fy}.] To make verses. [1913 Webster] I ll versify in spite, and do my… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • versify — ► VERB (versifies, versified) ▪ turn into or express in verse. DERIVATIVES versification noun versifier noun …   English terms dictionary

  • versify — [vʉr′səfī΄] vi. versified, versifying [ME versifien < MFr versifier < L versificare < versus: see VERSE & FY] to compose verses vt. 1. to tell about, treat of, or describe in verse 2. to put into verse form …   English World dictionary

  • versify — verb ( fied; fying) Etymology: Middle English versifien, from Anglo French versifier, from Latin versificare, from versus verse, line Date: 14th century intransitive verb to compose verses transitive verb 1. to relate or describe in verse 2. to… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • versify — versifier, n. /verr seuh fuy /, v., versified, versifying. v.t. 1. to relate, describe, or treat (something) in verse. 2. to convert (prose or other writing) into metrical form. v.i. 3. to compose verses. [1350 1400; ME versifien < OF versifier …   Universalium

  • versify — verb a) to make or compose verses b) to tell in verse; deal with in verse form …   Wiktionary

  • versify — ver|si|fy [ vɜrsı,faı ] verb intransitive or transitive to write something as a poem ╾ ver|si|fi|ca|tion [ ,vɜrsıfı keıʃn ] noun uncount …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • versify — ver·si·fy || vÉœrsɪfaɪ / vɜː v. compose poetry; convert prose into poetry; put into verse …   English contemporary dictionary

  • versify — verb (versifies, versifying, versified) turn into or express in verse. Derivatives versification noun versifier noun …   English new terms dictionary

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