to paint, to dye Iconspeaker_3
[ver-ven, verf-de, ge-verfd]

The Dutch don´t distinguish between giving your door a colour (to paint), or your hair (to dye). "Verven" can be used for the both of them. Note that the stem ends with an "f", which changes into a "v" in the infinitive and present plural.Verf

The related noun is "verf": paint. Its plural is "verven".

– "Ik heb vandaag de voordeur groen geverfd." 
("I’ve painted the front door green today.")

– "Weet jij of Frank zijn haar verft?" 
("Do you know if Frank dyes his hair?")

– "Kijk! Die man heeft zijn auto paars geverfd, met roze strepen….beetje vreemd…" 
("Look! That man has painted his car purple, with pink stripes…a bit strange…")

– "Uit de verf komen": to stand out clearly, to get properly off the ground.

– "Johns presentatie kwam niet uit de verf."
("John’s presentation didn’t get properly off the ground.")

– "Een verfje nodig hebben": to be in need of a lick of paint.
– "Een rare/vreemde kwast": a strange fellow. Lit.: a strange brush.

Related words:
– Verf: paint [noun] [de verf, de verven].
– (Verf)kwast: (paint)brush [noun] [de (verf)kwast, de (verf)kwasten].
– Verflaag: coat of paint [noun] [de verflaag, de verflagen].
– Kleur: colour [noun] [de kleur, de kleuren].