Pronunciation: (prō'vûrb"), [key]
a word that can substitute for a verb or verb phrase, as do in They never attend board meetings, but we do regularly.
Pronunciation: (prov'urb), [key]
1. a short popular saying, usually of unknown and ancient origin, that expresses effectively some commonplace truth or useful thought; adage; saw.
2. a wise saying or precept; a didactic sentence.
3. a person or thing that is commonly regarded as an embodiment or representation of some quality; byword.
4. Bible.a profound saying, maxim, or oracular utterance requiring interpretation.
1. to utter in the form of a proverb.
2. to make (something) the subject of a proverb.
3. to make a byword of.
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