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Is the conjugation "empiring" correct?

I cannot find references to that in dictionaries... Still it makes sense to me, as "to empire" is a verb.

So could I say, "this dynasty had been empiring for over a century" ?

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  • Nope. But you could say ""this dynasty had been building an empire for over a century" – user3169 Nov 1 '15 at 22:07
  • Consider using other verbs instead, e.g. had reigned, had ruled (that part of the world), had occupied the throne. – Damkerng T. Nov 1 '15 at 22:37
  • Running an empire is also correct, isn't it? – jj_ Nov 1 '15 at 22:52
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Empire is not a verb in English. It is most commonly a noun and very occasionally an adjective.

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  • Thanks! I was tricked by going at en.wiktionary.org/wiki/empire and by scrolling without noticing to the French section "empirer" which has "empire" for some tenses / persons. – jj_ Nov 1 '15 at 22:51
  • It might be a little more correct to state that "empire" is not normally a verb; it could in principle be verbed, but this is not particularly likely to happen, especially because its verb forms would be quite confusing and unnatural-sounding. – Nathan Tuggy Nov 1 '15 at 23:51

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