List of Action Verbs (1,000+)


abandon

abduct

ably

abolish

abscond

abuse

accelerate

accomplish

accuse

accrue

achieve

achieve

acquire

act

activate

actively

adapt

add

address

adeptly

adjust

administer

advance

advantageously

advise

advocate

affirm

aggressively

aid

aim

alert

allocate

ambitiously

analyze

answer

anticipate

apprehend

approach

appropriate

appropriately

arbitrate

arrange

arrest

artfully

ascertain

assault

assemble

assess

assign

assist

assure

attack

attain

attract

audit

augment

authenticate

author

authoritatively

authorize

automate

avert

avidly

avoid

award

balance

bang

bank

bar

beat

beneficially

berate

bill

bite

blast

blend

block

blow

bolster

book

boost

brace

brief

brighten

broke

buck

budget

built

bump

bury

bushwhack

calculate

call

calm

campaign

cancel

capably

capitalize

catch

centralize

certify

chair

challenge

champion

change

channel

charge

chart

chase

check

choke

circumscribe

circumvent

clap

clarify

clash

classify

classify

climb

clip

clutch

coach

collaborate

collapse

collar

collate

collect

collide

combine

command

commandeer

communicate

competently

compile

complete

comply

compose

compute

compute

conceive

conclusively

condense

conduct

confer

configure

conserve

consistently

consolidate

construct

consult

contract

control

conveniently

convert

coordinate

correlate

counsel

count

cram

crash

crawl

create

creep

cripple

critique

crouch

cultivate

cure

customize

cut

dance

dart

dash

deal

debate

decide

decidedly

decisively

deck

decorate

decrease

deduct

define

delegate

delete

deliberate

delineate

deliver

demonstrate

derive

descend

describe

design

detail

detect

determine

develop

devise

devise

diagnose

dictate

dig

diligently

direct

discard

discover

dispatch

display

dissect

distinguish

distribute

distribute

ditch

dive

divert

do

dodge

dominate

dope

double

douse

draft

drag

drain

dramatize

drape

draw

dress

drill

drink

drip

drop

drown

drug

dry

duel

dunk

earn

ease

easily

edge

edit

edit

educate

effect

effectively

effectually

efficiently

effortlessly

eject

elect

elevate

eliminate

elope

elude

emerge

employ

enable

enact

encourage

endure

engage

engineer

enjoin

ensnare

ensure

enter

equip

erupt

escalate

escape

establish

establish

estimate

evacuate

evade

evaluate

evict

examine

execute

exert

exhale

exhibit

exit

expand

expand

expedite

expel

explode

experience

experiment

expertly

explain

explore

expose

extend

extirpate

extract

extricate

facilitate

fade

fake

fall

falter

fan

fashion

fast

faultlessly

favorably

fear

feed

feel

fend

field

fight

file

fill

finance

find

finger

finish

fix

flag

flap

flash

flatten

flaunt

flay

flee

flick

flinch

fling

flip

flit

float

flog

flounder

flout

flush

fly

focus

fondle

force

forecast

forge

formalize

form

formulate

fornicate

foster

found

fumble

functionally

fund

furnish

gain

gainfully

gallop

gather

generate

gesture

get

give

gnaw

gossip

gouge

govern

graduate

grab

grapple

grasp

greet

grind

grip

grope

ground

grow

growl

grunt

guard

guide

gyrate

hack

hail

halt

halve

hammer

handle

hang

harass

hasten

haul

head

help

hesitate

hide

hijack

hire

hit

hitch

hobble

hoist

hold

hover

hug

hurl

hurtle

hypothesize

identify

ignore

illustrate

imitate

implement

improve

improvise

inch

increase

increase

index

indict

individualize

induce

inflict

influence

inform

initiate

inject

injure

innovate

insert

inspect

inspire

install

instigate

institute

instruct

integrate

intensify

interchange

interpret

interview

introduce

invade

invent

inventory

invest

investigate

isolate

itemize

jab

jam

jar

jeer

jerk

jimmy

jingle

jolt

judge

jump

justify

keel

keynote

kibitz

kick

kidnap

kill

kneel

knife

land

lash

launch

lead

lean

leap

learn

lecture

led

left

lessen

level

license

lick

limp

link

listen

locate

log

lower

lunge

lurch

make

maim

maintain

make

manage

mangle

manipulate

manufacture

march

mark

market

massage

master

maul

measure

meddle

mediate

meet

mend

mentor

mimic

mingle

minimize

mobilize

mock

model

mold

molest

monitor

motivate

mourn

move

multiply

mumble

murder

muster

mutilate

nab

nag

nail

narrow

needle

negotiate

nick

nip

nominate

nurture

observe

obtain

occupy

offer

officiate

operate

order

organize

originate

outline

overcome

oversee

pack

participate

paddle

page

pander

panic

parachute

parade

paralyze

park

parry

party

pass

pat

patrol

pause

paw

peel

peep

penetrate

perceive

perfect

perform

persuade

photograph

pick

picket

pile

pilot

pin

pinch

pioneer

pirate

pitch

placate

place

plan

play

plod

plow

plunge

pocket

poke

polish

pore

pose

position

pounce

pout

pray

predict

preen

prepare

prescribe

present

preside

preside

primp

print

prioritize

probe

process

procure

prod

produce

profitable

program

project

promote

prompt

proofread

propel

propose

protect

prove

provide

provoke

pry

publicize

publish

pull

pummel

pump

punch

purchase

purge

pursue

push

qualify

question

quicken

quit

quiz

race

raid

raise

rally

ram

ransack

rape

rate

rattle

ravage

rave

read

realize

rebuild

receive

recline

recommend

reconcile

reconnoiter

record

recoup

recruit

redeem

reduce

reel

refer

regain

regulate

reinforce

rejoin

relate

relate

relax

relent

relentlessly

relieve

remove

render

renew

renovate

reorganize

repair

repel

report

represent

repulse

research

resign

resist

resolve

respond

restore

retain

retaliate

retreat

retrieve

reveal

review

revise

ride

rip

rise

risk

rob

rock

roll

rub

run

rush

sail

salute

sap

satisfy

save

saw

scale

scamper

scan

scare

scatter

scavenge

schedule

scold

scoop

scoot

score

scour

scout

scrape

scrawl

scream

screen

screw

scrub

scruff

scuffle

sculpt

scuttle

seal

search

secure

seduce

segment

seize

select

sell

sense

serve

service

set

set up

sever

sew

shake

shanghai

shape

share

sharpen

shave

shear

shell

shield

shift

shiver

shock

shoot

shorten

shout

shove

shovel

show

shun

shut

sidestep

sigh

signal

simplify

sip

sit

size

skid

skim

skip

skirt

slacken

slam

slap

slash

slay

slide

slug

smack

smear

smell

smuggle

snap

snare

snarl

snatch

snicker

sniff

snitch

snoop

snub

snuff

snuggle

soak

sock

soil

Sold

solve

sort

spark

spear

spell

spike

spin

splatter

splice

split

spot

spray

spread

spring

sprint

spurn

spy

squeak

stack

staff

stagger

stamp

stand

start

startle

steal

steer

step

stick

stiffen

stifle

stimulate

stock

stomp

stop

strangle

strap

strategize

streamline

strengthen

stress

strike

strip

stroke

struck

structure

stub

study

stuff

stumble

stun

subdue

submerge

submit

submit

succeed

suck

summarize

sum

summon

supervise

supply

support

surrender

survey

suspend

sustain

swagger

swallow

swap

sway

swear

swerve

swim

swing

swipe

switch

synergize

synthesize

systematize

tabulate

tackle

take

tap

target

taste

taunt

teach

tear

tease

telephone

terrorize

test

thin

thrash

thread

threaten

throw

tickle

tie

tighten

tilt

tip

toss

touch

tout

track

train

transcribe

transfer

transfer

transform

translate

transport

trap

tread

treat

trim

trip

triple

trot

trounce

try

tuck

tug

tumble

turn

tutor

twist

type

uncover

understand

undertake

undo

undress

unfold

unify

uniformly

unify

unite

unravel

untangle

unwind

update

usefully

usher

utilize

utilize

vacate

validate

value

vanish

vanquish

vault

vent

verbalize

verify

violate

wade

walk

wander

ward

watch

wave

wedge

weed

weigh

whack

whip

whirl

whistle

widen

wield

wiggle

win

withdraw

withdraw

work

wreck

wrench

wrestle

write

wrought

yank

yell

yelp

yield

zap

zip

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21 responses to “List of Action Verbs (1,000+)

  1. Its a Good Site ………………please I want more verbs ……..please notify me..
    Thanks

  2. thanks alot for the list of verbs

  3. IT’S REALLY HELPFUL ……. BUT……. VERBS SHOULD BE GIVEN WITH ALL THE 4 FORMS.

    • Hmmmm not a bad idea! Ok I will probably do it down the road but right now I am in the middle of 5 hours of daily summer school teaching. Maybe during the break!

  4. THESE VERBS ARE PROVED TO BE OF GREAT USE TO ME THIS TIME.
    THANKSsssssss SIR FOR YOUR HELP.

  5. It is view that this site is really realiable and can fulfill the lack of student and others. I wish to get more with example.could anyone please help to give example?

  6. Thank you, I am studying for a second language, and decided to increase my vocabulary by listing lots of verbs in english and looking up their translation in the dictionary + memorize it.

  7. thank you sir …..but can it be given with it’s past form and meaning.
    thank you once again.

  8. This will be a great help for me in terms of creating my story project. This is a GREAT COMPILATION OF JAM-PACKED ACTION WORDS. Thanks a bunch for this post.

    For the anonymous person, I suggest you use an English dictionary to know the past form of that verb you’re looking for AND THE MEANING OF THE WORD AS WELL. The author of this blog post just gave out the base form of the action words [maybe base form] as a guide for those who don’t know the list of action words base on your own vocabulary pool.

  9. Sir, a wonderful list! Thank you! I’m a bit confused, however, as to why you have a number of adverbs (e.g. expertly, relentlessly, and uniformly) listed as action verbs. These are two very different things, are they not?

  10. Could you please tell me what is the diffrence between to+infinitive and state verb ?

    • I think you mean stative verb. In a nutshell the infinitive verbs are verbs that describe action. Stative verbs describe being. The way English and Spanish handle the infinitive is very different and the following site does a good job of explaining this difference:

      http://www.spanishdict.com/topics/show/29

      I think the Wikipedia treatment of the stative verb topic is pretty good and better than anything I could come up with:

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stative_verb

      Overall verb conjunctions are much more complex in Spanish than English! I learned Spanish as a kid so I don’t have to think about it but also teach Spanish and have to tell you its one tough subject and none native speakers generally make mistakes in their speech in this area even after tons and tons of drill and practice. The good news is that it has almost no impact on communication. The context of the conversation will let the listener know what type of verb you mean.

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