Ban all your baseless biases that say language learning can’t be fun. Exploring verbs that start with "b" is a great way to begin to walk students through the alphabet in an orderly yet fun way. In fact, you can teach eager minds with word lists for every letter of the alphabet and every part of speech. For now, let’s kick things off with the motivators of the crowd — a list of action verbs.
Let’s take a look at 50 of the most commonly used "b" verbs. See how many you’d like to use in your next story or poem. Perhaps they’ll liven up your writing! After each definition, you'll also find a few synonyms for each verb.
to move in a backward motion or to support
reverse, sponsor, fund
to cook food in an oven
oven cook, roast
to make something even in weight, size or amount
stabilize, steady, level
to stop people from doing something
outlaw, forbid, prevent
to build upon a foundation of knowledge
ground, root, construct
live, exist, occur
to be able to cope with or hold the weight
sustain, shoulder, support
to win or to hit
triumph, overcome, strike
to grow or change into
develop into, grow into, metamorphose
to plead for something
implore, entreat, beseech
to start something
launch, initiate, commence
to act in an appropriate manner
comport, conduct oneself, act appropriately
to see or perceive
observe, view, have vision of
to have confidence in the truth of something
to consider accurate, to be convinced
to fit in or be suitable for
to go with something, to be part of something
to give a curve or angle to something
contort, curl, flex
to wager money in a competition
gamble, speculate, stake
to be cautious of potential danger
watch out, look out, be mindful
to tie or stick together
fasten, connect, shackle
to use your teeth to dig into something
chomp, munch, nip
to declare someone else responsible for a fault
accuse, hold responsible, hold liable
to lose blood
hemorrhage, exude, discharge
to combine things in a harmonious manner
mix, synthesize, incorporate
to ask for the favor of God
prayerfully offer good wishes, anoint, glorify
to open and close quickly, especially the eyelids
flutter, open and close, on and off
to prevent something from happening
impede, obstruct, stop
to expel air in a forceful manner
puff, blast, exhale
to make something indistinct or hazy
obscure, make bleary, cloud
to brag about oneself
gloat, crow, show off
to change from liquid to gas
to reach 100° Celsius, to reach 212° Fahrenheit
to support or strengthen something
prop, hold up, steady
to make reservations for something in advance
reserve, schedule, slot
to raise, push higher or promote
hoist, support, heighten
past participle of “to bear;” to be brought forth
created, birthed, originated
to take something with the intention of giving it back
hire, obtain temporarily, rent
to annoy, worry or cause discomfort
annoy, irritate, vex
to jump or move suddenly
leap, hop, skip
to leap or jump
spring, leap, skip
to smash, split or fracture
crack, burst, destroy
to take air in and let it out
respire, inhale, exhale
to make something to drink by mixing parts together, boiling, and steeping
ferment, mull, steep
to carry or take something or someone to a location
deliver, carry, accompany
to look at something casually
skim, peruse, scan
to construct, create or put together
erect, frame, make
to force one’s way aggressively
browbeat, tyrannize, domineer
to be on fire
combust, incinerate, blaze
to break apart suddenly and with force
explode, rupture, shatter
to place in the ground, cover up or hide
inter, entomb, bury
to purchase or get by an exchange of something of value
acquire, procure, pay for
to provide an alternative way around
circumvent, detour, alternate route
Now you have a lot more action verbs to bring to your vocabulary. However, it's important to be aware that action verbs aren't the only kind of verb. They are the most common type of verb, but linking verbs and helping verbs are also used quite frequently.
- action verb - Verbs that indicate things you can do are action verbs. When you browse a store, you are doing something. When you buy certain items, you are engaging in another action. These verbs are action words because they describe specific actions.
- helping verb - Verbs that help the main verb of the sentence by extending its meaning are helping verbs. They are always paired with other verbs. The phrase "be browsing" contains a helping verb that starts with "b" (be) and a main "b" verb (browsing). You could form a sentence by stating, “I want to be browsing the clothing aisle.”
- linking verb - Verbs that connect the subject of the sentence to more information, rather than expressing an action, are linking verbs. Words like “am,” “is,” “are,” and “were” are examples of linking verbs. Consider this example: “Bruce is big." Here, the word "is" is a linking verb, but the "b" word "big" is an adjective.
For even more information on the different variations of verbs, take the time to learn more about what a verb is. By taking a deeper dive into this part of speech, you'll discover additional forms of verbs.
Every sentence needs a verb. The basic formula for a sentence is subject + verb + direct object. In the sentence, “Glenda bought soda,” “Glenda” is the subject, “bought” is an action verb and “soda” is the direct object. Explore a few more "b" verbs from the master list above doing their job as they bounce across some sample sentences.
- Help me balance the seesaw.
- At night, she might become a fairy.
- If Tucker doesn’t behave, he won’t get his dessert.
- I believe in God.
- Do not blame your brother for the mess you made.
- His paper cut is starting to bleed again.
- Watch the deer bound across the grassy knoll.
- She helped him book a flight to the Philippines.
- He loves to go to the bookstore and browse the gardening section.
- John decided to bypass the freeway for some backcountry roads.
Without verbs, most of our sentences wouldn’t take flight. Hopefully, some of these verbs that start with "b" will find their way into your next short story or poem. Keep bolstering your vocabulary even more by discovering a long list of adjectives that begin with "b." For more "b" words, explore an even bigger collection of words that start with "b" on WordFinder by YourDictionary. Or, if you want to stick with verbs, visit verbs that start with "c" to advance to the next letter.