Definitions for "Passive voice"
verb groups such as "was given", "were taken", "had been made", which are used when the subject of the verb is the person or thing that is affected by the action. Compare with active voice.
A voice form of the verb that represents the subject as receiver of the action. Heb: "This land was given to us as our possession" (Ezek. 11:15). Gk: "You were marked in him with a seal" (Eph. 1:13).
the voice used to indicate that the grammatical subject of the verb is the recipient (not the source) of the action denoted by the verb; "`The ball was thrown by the boy' uses the passive voice"; "`The ball was thrown' is an abbreviated passive"
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