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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
▪ You should try to form an impression of the person the adjectives describe.
▪ What adjectives best describe lawyers in their fifties?
▪ Adverbs Adverbs describe verbs in the same way that adjectives describe nouns.
▪ This time, Ward faced sidereal, an adjective that describes things related to stars or constellations.
▪ Before going into a meeting with some one, quickly jot down adjectives to describe the person.
▪ Then write down adjectives that describe the relationship you have with each of those individuals.
▪ In my audio record of the dive, I run out of adjectives to describe the subtle variations in the lava morphologies.
▪ This, however, is not the case for the first and third examples using the same adjective.
▪ He had used all the obvious adjectives.
compound noun/adjective etc
▪ Answer: a. Why: When creating an unusual adjective from other types of words, use a hyphen.
▪ But perhaps more important are the adjectives.
▪ Every noun and adjective has 12 possible endings.
▪ Hence, we may reasonably expect a resultative flavour when an adverbal adjective is combined with a change-of-state verb.
▪ In stanza two it appears twice, and the adjective itself a third time alone.
▪ It appears that there is an effective limit of one on the number of postnominal adjectives permitted.
▪ The characters of the play can all be described by two adjectives - one of which is opposite to the other.
▪ The exclusion of associative adjectives from predicative position is an automatic result.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Adjective \Ad"jec*tive\ ([a^]d"j[e^]k*t[i^]v), a. [See Adjective, n.]

  1. Added to a substantive as an attribute; of the nature of an adjunct; as, an adjective word or sentence.

  2. Not standing by itself; dependent.

    Adjective color, a color which requires to be fixed by some mordant or base to give it permanency.

  3. Relating to procedure. ``The whole English law, substantive and adjective.''


Adjective \Ad"jec*tive\, n. [L. adjectivum (sc. nomen), neut. of adjectivus that is added, fr. adjicere: cf. F. adjectif. See Adject.]

  1. (Gram.) A word used with a noun, or substantive, to express a quality of the thing named, or something attributed to it, or to limit or define it, or to specify or describe a thing, as distinct from something else. Thus, in phrase, ``a wise ruler,'' wise is the adjective, expressing a property of ruler.

  2. A dependent; an accessory.


Adjective \Ad"jec*tive\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Adjectived; p. pr. & vb. n. Adjectiving.] To make an adjective of; to form or change into an adjective.

Language has as much occasion to adjective the distinct signification of the verb, and to adjective also the mood, as it has to adjective time. It has . . . adjectived all three.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

late 14c., as an adjective, "adjectival," in noun adjective, from Old French adjectif (14c.), from Latin adjectivum "that is added to (the noun)," neuter of adjectivus "added," from past participle of adicere "to throw or place (a thing) near," from ad- "to" (see ad-) + comb. form of iacere "to throw" (see jet (v.)). Also as a noun from late 14c. In 19c. Britain, the word itself often was a euphemism for the taboo adjective bloody.They ... slept until it was cool enough to go out with their 'Towny,' whose vocabulary contained less than six hundred words, and the Adjective. [Kipling, "Soldiers Three," 1888]

  1. 1 (context obsolete English) Incapable of independent function. 2 (context grammar English) adjectival; pertaining to or functioning as an adjective. 3 (context legal English) Applying to methods of enforcement and rules of procedure. 4 (context chemistry of a dye English) Needing the use of a mordant to be made fast to that which is being dyed. n. 1 (context grammar English) A word that modify a noun or describes a noun’s referent. 2 (context obsolete English) A dependent; an accessory. v

  2. (context transitive English) To make an adjective of; to form or convert into an adjective.

  1. adj. of or relating to or functioning as an adjective; "adjectival syntax"; "an adjective clause" [syn: adjectival]

  2. applying to methods of enforcement and rules of procedure; "adjective law" [syn: procedural] [ant: substantive]

  1. n. a word that expresses an attribute of something

  2. the word class that qualifies nouns


In linguistics, an adjective ( abbreviated ) is a describing word, the main syntactic role of which is to qualify a noun or noun phrase, giving more information about the object signified.

Adjectives are one of the English parts of speech, although historically they were classed together with the nouns. Certain words that were traditionally considered to be adjectives, including the, this, my, etc., are today usually classed separately, as determiners.

Usage examples of "adjective".

Quenya as in English, an adjective can be directly combined with a noun, describing it.

Quenya adjective, or consonant clusters that Quenya does not allow would sometimes result.

In a way, the adjective following the noun is treated as an extension of the noun proper, and so the case ending is added at the end of the whole phrase.

But when the adjective comes immediately in front of the noun it describes, it must normally be assumed that it is used attributively and not predicatively.

It is sometimes intensive, as in bestir, and converts an adjective into a verb, as in bedim.

A linking verb, one that expresses a state of being, always requires an adjective to complete its meaning, while an active verb does not.

If you use an adjective to describe a physical attribute, make sure the phrase is not only accurate and sensory but fresh.

Often, the easiest way to avoid an adjective-based cliche is to free the phrase entirely from its adjective modifier.

They are Article, Noun, Adjective, Pronoun, Verb, Adverb, Preposition, Conjunction and Interjection.

Them is the objective case of the personal pronoun and cannot be used adjectively like the demonstrative adjective pronoun.

The manner of these is sufficiently indicated by the adjective used to describe them.

If the butler could have snorted, or the rector have rapped out an uncomplimentary adjective, the duchess would have felt cheered.

In German, adjectives do agree in number when they are used attributively, but adjectives used predicatively do not.

Tolkien changed the rules for how the plural form of adjectives is constructed.

I would recommend to writers is to let adjectives agree in number also in this position.