Verbs are necessary in most sentences. Without them, there'd be no expression of action and nothing connecting the subject of the sentence to further information. Thanks to verbs, you know Mary moaned through science class (instead of cheering) and Thomas mourned the loss of his kitten. Together, let's explore a list of 50 verbs that start with "m" and discuss the functioning of this almighty part of speech.
Enjoy this list containing 50 of the most popular "m" verbs, a short definition and a small sampling of synonyms.
amplify, augment, increase
to keep in a certain state to prevent from breaking
affirm, assert, sustain
to produce something
assemble, build, create
to control, influence or take charge
execute, govern, supervise
to move in a skillful manner
contrive, engineer, finagle
to prove or make something clear
declare, develop, materialize
to move, arrange or control something in a skilled manner
control, exploit, influence
to make something from raw materials
build, construct, produce
to cause damage or to disfigure
blemish, blot, tarnish
to walk in a steady way or to a beat
advance, drill, walk
to put an indication or symbol on something
blot, dot, write
to become husband and wife in a legal or religious ceremony
couple, espouse, wed
to crush, grind or smash into a soft, thick mixture
crush, grind, squash
to cover up, disguise or hide
conceal, disguise, camouflage
to find or make equal
liken, equate, pair
to raise to the highest possible degree
augment, enlarge, magnify
to be possible or permissible
permit, approve, tolerate
to have in mind as a purpose
aim, intend, aspire
to find out the length or capacity of something
calculate, estimate, survey
to try to help resolve a dispute
arbitrate, intercede, conciliate
to sit quietly and clear the mind or be deep in thought
contemplate, ponder, cogitate
to come face-to-face with someone or something
assemble, connect, join
to turn from a solid to liquid as a result of exposure to heat
liquefy, dissolve, thaw
to commit to memory
remember, recollect, retain
to fix or repair
correct, doctor, sew
to talk about in passing
allude, denote, hint
to bring or come together
absorb, amalgamate, unite
to express doubt or a lower possibility
doubt, hesitate, suspect
to move from one place to another
to imitate or copy
to divide or cut into tiny pieces
to participate with others at a party or social event
circulate, coalesce, socialize
to make smaller or shrink
decrease, lessen, reduce
to give someone the wrong idea or information
bamboozle, beguile, betray
to fail to hit
flub, muff, skip
to fail to understand correctly
confuse, miscalculate, confound
to make something less severe or painful
allay, assuage, temper
to combine, join, blend or put things together
amalgamate, coalesce, commingle
to complain about something in a low, long sound of pain
to get something moving
activate, assemble, gather
to make someone the object of scorn
to make a change or alteration
adapt, adjust, alter
to change from one pitch or tone
to listen or watch carefully
to inspire someone to act
impel, influence, provoke
to climb or get up onto something
ascend, climb, straddle
to feel or show intense grief or sadness
ache, bemoan, wail
to push, pull, carry or change the position of something
to cause to increase in number or degree
to bring or gather together
Mind if you meander through a few of the "m" verbs? Let's look at 10 of them in sentence form.
- He maintains impeccable financial records.
- Can you manage the kids while I'm gone?
- They manufacture sandals.
- He is going to marry her this September.
- They're going to need someone to mediate their divorce proceedings.
- She meditates to calm her mind.
- Make sure you memorize that verse by next Sunday.
- They're going to merge their bank accounts this week.
- She had to break her lease to move to Texas.
- David wanted to multiply his harvest, so he planted more seeds.
Simple sentences follow a basic pattern: subject + verb + direct object. Verbs indicate the sentence's action. They put the subject of the sentence into motion. In the sentence.
- Mason managed my favorite market.
"Mason" is the subject, "managed" is the verb and "market" is the direct object. Since they're such heavy lifters, there are many different types of verbs. Here are three of the most popular.
- action verb - These are the most common verbs. They highlight things you can do. For example, magnify and march are action verbs. They're performing specific actions.
- helping verb. - Another common verb, these verbs assist the main verb by extending its meaning. If you say, "Mallory is misunderstanding your meaning," "is" is the helping verb to the main (action) verb "misunderstanding."
- linking verbs - These verbs don't describe any action. Rather, 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, "Matthew might be going to the party." In this example, "might" is the linking verb.
Keep building on your mastery of "m" words to include other parts of speech in addition to verbs. You'll find many more words that start with "m." Then, multiply your memory bank with our list of verbs that start with "n." As you walk through the alphabet, certain words will stay with you and pop up in your next piece of writing. And, if it's writing that you have on your mind, check out these tips on writing poems. They'll help you get started in all your mental imaginings.