Verbs are the heavy lifters of the English language. They take the subject of the sentence, usually a noun, and propel it into action. Thanks to verbs, we know that Mary halts or Jude hears. Enjoy a long list of common verbs that start with "h." Use it as a nice supplement to your reading, and watch your vocabulary grow.
One of the best ways to explore various parts of speech is to look at each variety, letter by letter. Check out an alphabetized list of 50 popular "h" verbs, one of their definitions and a few synonyms. It’ll open your mind in new and exciting ways.
to chop, cut, or damage in a rough or irregular way
butcher, chop, slash
to bargain on a price
bargain, barter, negotiate
to cheer or greet
address, salute, signal
to perceive things that are not really present
fantasize, envision, visualize
to put a stop to something
block, cease, pause
to stop or slow someone from doing something
impede, thwart, hinder
to hold or deal with something
cope, manage, operate
to attach something above without any support underneath
suspend, dangle, drape
to take place or occur by chance
occur, take place, befall
to torment or irritate
agitate, annoy, badger
to gather a crop
cultivate, crop, cull
to cause something to happen more quickly
accelerate, advance, urge
to bring forth; create a plan
concoct, contrive, scheme
to feel strong aversion or dislike
detest, abhor, loathe
to pull, drag, or transport something
bring, drag, truck
to appear as a ghost
spook, materialize, pervade
to contain, hold, or own something
bear, obtain, possess
to take the lead
direct, oversee, supervise
to make or become healthy
alleviate, cure, mend
to perceive a sound with your ears
catch, detect, perceive
to add warmth to something
warm, cook, sear
to lift something heavy
heft, hoist, launch
to pay close attention to someone or something
notice, hark, hear
to provide aid or assistance
aid, assist, boost
to pause before deciding, acting, or speaking
vacillate, pause, ponder
to conceal something
conceal, shroud, veil
to emphasize something
feature, focus, play up
to take over something that doesn’t belong to you
commandeer, capture, seize
to take a long outdoor walk
backpack, ramble, walk
to restrain or hold something back
Impede, obstruct, fetter
employ, retain, take on
to make the sound of a snake
seethe, buzz, sound
to strike or collide with
bang, bat, bludgeon
to collect or amass large amounts of goods
accumulate, amass, stockpile
to raise or lift
boost, crane, uplift
clutch, grip, retain
to make something more effective, sharpen
edge, sharpen, smooth,
to wish or desire that something will occur
expect, pray, aspire
to shock or disgust
appall, daunt, shock
to invite others
entertain, receive, wine and dine
to be suspended in one spot
float, flutter, hang
to cry out in pain
wail, lament, cry
to crowd together
assemble, consult, group
to put the arms around and hold closely
caress, cradle, embrace
to make a low, steady sound like a motor
buzz, croon, drone
to look for or chase
chase, drive, stalk
to rush, move quickly, or do something faster than is comfortable
hasten, scurry, scoot
to cause someone to experience pain
injure, afflict, bruise
to move very quickly; fling with force
charge, dash, lunge
to put in a trance
captivate, mesmerize, spellbind
Let’s hop to it. Explore ten of the above verbs that start with "h" in action.
- I can’t stand it when she haggles over prices.
- This fall, we’re going to harvest a magnificent crop of pumpkins.
- We watched three little chicks hatch.
- Do you hear that screeching wind?
- I love to highlight as I read.
- Do not hinder her growth.
- Who will hold the candles?
- That movie will always horrify me.
- Listen to the coyotes howl at the moon.
- I saw the car hurtle down the hill.
The basic formula for a sentence is subject + verb + direct object. It’s up to verbs to carry out that action. They put the subject of the sentence into motion. In the sentence:
Harry hopped to the harpsichord.
“Harry” is the subject, “hopped” is the verb and “harpsichord” is the direct object. Even though they typically carry out an action, there are many different types of verbs.
- action verb - These are verbs that indicate things you can do. In the list, hoist and hunt are action verbs. They’re performing specific actions.
- helping verb - These help the main verb of the sentence, extending its meaning. Using an example from the list, if you said, “Harriet is heading to the store,” “is” is the helping verb to the main (action) verb “heading.”
- linking verbs - These verbs don’t express an action. They connect the subject of the sentence to additional information. Linking verbs are often “to be” verbs, including “am,” “is,” “are,” and “were.” An example would be, “Stuffed bears have become very huggable.”
For more on the different variations, check out what is a verb to dive deeper into the various forms of verbs.
Reading is indeed the best medicine when seeking to build our vocabulary. Still, a good word list or two can make for an interesting scan and a helpful addition to your prose. Strong and interesting verbs will take your writing to new levels, free from drab verbs. Take a journey through the alphabet with us. Move on to verbs that start with "i" and see how many new words you can add to your memory bank. Or stick with "h" and go beyond verbs to other parts of speech. Discover a comprehensive list of words that start with "h."