Have you ever questioned the definition of a verb? Truth is, they're the heavy lifters of the English language. They take the subject of a sentence and move it forward into some sort of action. Or, they link the subject to further information in the sentence. Either way, a world without verbs would be a motionless world. Let's see how many verbs that start with "q" you can find.
Find over 30 of the most common "q" verbs, a short definition for each and a handful of simple synonyms.
to make the noise of a duck
squawk, croak, call
to multiply by four
to make four copies of
to drink something thirstily or quickly
gulp, guzzle, swig
to waste away, fade or wither
blanch, droop, faint
to tremble or shake
to meet the requirements of something
certify, enable, pass
to express the amount of something
measure, appraise, assess
to measure or determine the quantity of something
gauge, appraise, calibrate
to express in multiples of a basic unit
calculate, subdivide, measure
to keep something or someone away from others
isolate, sequester, confine
to argue with someone
to divide something into four equal parts
cleave, cut, fourth
to suppress something or put an end to it
destroy, defeat, crush
to shake or tremble with uncertainty
sway, oscillate, quiver
to make a female person the ruler of a country
appoint, coronate, crown
to forcibly suppress
repress, inhibit, subjugate
to stop or quiet something
defeat, suppress, silence
to satisfy or extinguish
to ask about something
inquire, interrogate, quiz
to search, seek or journey
to ask something or doubt something
challenge, examine, interrogate
to form a line
line up, wait, file
to use petty arguments when discussing an issue
bicker, squabble, altercate
to make more rapid
accelerate, energize, speed
to become quieter
assuage, hush, squelch
to cause to make no sound
calm, muzzle, pacify
to make or become soundless
silence, deaden, muffle
to stitch and join together different kinds of fabric to make a decorative blanket
stitch, sew, crochet
to make or become fives times as much
to make a witty remark
taunt, jest, joke
to stop doing something
abandon, abdicate, terminate
to shake rapidly or tremble
shake, vibrate, pulsate
to test knowledge
question, inquire, investigate
Let's take a look at ten of the above "q" verbs at work in sentence form.
- Does that duck quack all night long?
- Wow! He really knows how to quaff a can of soda.
- I don't know how to quantify that amount.
- Did you see the episode where they had to quarantine Tony DiNozzo?
- Please do not quarrel with your brother.
- Let's quarter that pie since it's small.
- You cannot quell the thirst for knowledge.
- All you have to do is sit down, quiet the mind, and begin to meditate.
- She quilted blankets for her friends.
- You know he's going to question you on your whereabouts.
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. Take a look at this example sentence:
- Quincy quieted the noise.
"Quincy" is the subject, "quieted" is the verb and "noise" 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, quiver and quake are action verbs. They're performing specific actions.
- helping verb - These assist the main verb by extending its meaning. Using an example from the list, if you say, "Quinn is quibbling with Quentin again," "is" is the helping verb to the main (action) verb "quibbling."
- 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, "Quigley was in quite a quarrel with Jimmy." In this example, "was" is the linking verb.
If you were on a quest to uncover "q" verbs, wonder no more. Although "q" may not be the most popular letter in the alphabet, it's the starting point for some really fascinating verbs. Are you ready to see what you could come up with in terms of adjectives? Here are 20 adjectives that start with "q." Want to query the full scope of "q" words? Then go on a quest for words that begin with "q." Go in with a quiet mind that's open to quirky constructions. Now that you've got "q" mastered, check out verbs that start with "u."