The book asks me to make new verbs from the following words: clear, noble, body, rate, store.

For clear, I can use clarify; for body, embody; for store, restore.

For noble, I am not able to think of any new verb. For rate, ratify doesn't just satisfy me because I guess the meaning of rate and ratify are different, unlikely from clear and clarify which still have the same kind of meaning.

I wish somebody could help me with noble and rate.

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    Can you clarify what you mean by new verb? Your examples (clarify, embody, and restore) aren't particularly new.
    – user230
    Commented Sep 18, 2013 at 15:02
  • Actually I didn't coin that term, so I can't define that properly. The exact wording in the book is 'Make new verbs from the following words. e.g. clear=clarify.'
    – aarbee
    Commented Sep 18, 2013 at 16:14
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    I'm afraid your book isn't asking a very clear question, then. My choice for rate would have been rate; ratify is cognate with but not derived from rate. I don't know how to answer...
    – user230
    Commented Sep 18, 2013 at 16:25

3 Answers 3


For noble, I can think of ennoble. To bestow with nobility, I would choose honor or grace.


nobilitate - make someone a noble.

Note: clear, rate and store are verbs already.

For body there's embody - give a physical form.

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    Nobilate was obsolete in 1913, according to your link, so a bit of a stretch. Perhaps ennoble?
    – Biglig
    Commented Sep 18, 2013 at 12:57
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    The OP was asked to make new verbs. The fact clear is already a verb doesn't change the task assigned to the OP.
    – apaderno
    Commented Sep 18, 2013 at 13:26

clear -> clarify, meaning to make clear.

noble -> ennoble, meaning to make noble. That word is used in the sense of "make this person a member of the nobility" and also "make an action grand or self-sacrificing".

body -> embody, to put something into concrete form.

rate is already a verb. I guess you could say rate -> rate.

Likewise store is already a verb.

  • By that standard, even clear is a verb.
    – aarbee
    Commented Sep 19, 2013 at 6:39
  • True. That's a catch to a question like this: when you say to make a verb from a noun, there may be more than one verb having different meanings. If someone says, "You're meaning is not clear" I might reply, "Oh, let me clarify it for you." But if someone said, "The dishes have not been cleared from the table" I might say, "Oh, I will clear them." I wouldn't say, "I will clarify them."
    – Jay
    Commented Sep 23, 2013 at 21:36
  • that's an interesting point. So you think there is a new verb available that has somewhat same meaning as rate?
    – aarbee
    Commented Sep 24, 2013 at 3:34
  • @Ramit I'm not sure what you mean by your question. There is a verb "rate", meaning to attach a rating to something. Like, "Please rate these chairs based on how comfortable they are."
    – Jay
    Commented Sep 26, 2013 at 19:49

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