linking verb - definition and synonyms

noun [countable] linguistics 

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singularlinking verb
plurallinking verbs
  1. a verb such as ‘be’, ‘seem’, and ‘appear’ that connects the subject of a clause with a complement. For example in the sentenceHe was a cheerful man and seemed happy in his old age’, ‘was’ and ‘seemed’ are linking verbs, and ‘a cheerful man’ and ‘happy’ are its complements.