Verbs describe an action. That makes sense, right? Without them, we wouldn't know whether Victoria vanished into the mist or simply vacated through the garden gate. Most verbs take the subject of the sentence (in this case, Victoria) and mobilize it into some form of action. Of course, there are other types of verbs (such as helping and linking verbs) and there's more of that to come. In the meantime, enjoy this voluminous list of verbs that start with "v."
Are you ready to venture into the world of "v" verbs? Take a deep dive into 50 of the most common "v" verbs. Expand your vocabulary by getting to know what these verbs mean and exploring some very similar synonyms.
abandon, abdicate, leave
to take time off from regular work
holiday, break, rest
to take a shot in order to prevent disease
immunize, inoculate, inject
to waver back and forth and be unable to choose between options
fluctuate, waiver, teeter
to remove dirt using a tool that sucks up dirt
clean, hoover, suction clean
to work parking or cleaning cars
park, attend, detail
to confirm the accuracy of something
authenticate, certify, vet
to determine the worth of something
estimate, assess, appraise
to attempt to attract admiration or desire
preen, seduce, flirt
to damage someone else's property
wreck, destroy, trash
to become invisible
dematerialize, disappear, dissolve
beat, best, conquer
to convert into gas by heating
aerate, boil, evaporate
to brush on a clear, protective coating
finish, paint, shellac
to cause something to differ from something else
alter, change, deviate
to leap over something
hurdle, clear, bound
to turn or swerve sharply
avert, bend, careen
to offer for sale
peddle, hawk, sell
to regard with great respect
admire, adulate, respect
to complain about something
release, discharge, let out
to to expose to air
aerate, circulate, oxygenate
to proceed with something that has an element of risk
attempt, set forth, proceed
to use words to express something
articulate, express, say
to be on the border or edge
approach, contiguous, touch on
affirm, attest, validate
to grant authority
empower, authorize, sanction
to evaluate in a thorough way
appraise, judge, assess
to refuse to sign a bill or reject a proposed act
overrule, reject, deny approval
to cause irritation or frustration
annoy, upset, irk
to shake quickly
shake, quiver, quaver
to cheat, fool or harm
bamboozle, exploit, swindle
to capture an event in video format
film, video, record
to strive to win something
compete, contend, contest
to look at
observe, see, watch
to express negative things about a person or thing
malign, disparage, denigrate
to demonstrate that one is not guilty
acquit, exonerate, clear
to break a law or agreement
breach, disobey, infract
to call on someone to spend time with them
call on, go by, drop in
to form a mental image of something
picture, envision, imagine
to express with the voice
articulate, enunciate, speak
to express through words
state, assert, utter
nullify, invalidate, cancel
to hit something to keep it in the air
hit, knock, return
to give without being asked
offer, give, donate
to eject the contents of the stomach through the mouth
throw up, hurl, puke
to participate in an election
cast a ballot, aye or nay, choose
to confirm the value or merit
affirm, assert, support
to give or do something as a favor
award, grant, bestow upon
pledge, commit, attest
to go on a long trip
expedition, pilgrimage, journey
While action is usually what comes to mind first when most people think of verbs, action words are actually not the only kind of verb. Action verbs are the most common type, but helping and linking verbs are also often used in everyday sentences.
- Action verbs highlight things you can do. For example, you could visit a new restaurant. If you happen to get a case of food poisoning from whatever you eat at that new restaurant, you'll vomit when you get home. These two words (visit and vomit) are examples of action verbs.
- Helping verbs work in conjunction with the main verb to extend its meaning. Because of this, they always appear in conjunction with another verb. For example, consider this sentence: "Victoria is violating the contract agreement." In this sentence, "is" is the helping verb to the main (action) verb "violating."
- Linking verbs don't involve action. They link a sentence's subject to more information. Linking verbs are often "to be" verbs (like am, is, are, were). An example would be, "Veronica was a friend." In this example, "was" is the linking verb. It connects the subject (Veronica) to an adjective phrase that describes her (a friend).
Are you ready to put the "v" verbs you've learned to use in sentences? Before you do, quickly review the formula for a simple sentence. It's easy: subject + verb + direct object. In the sentence, "Victor ventured to Venezuela," "Victor" is the subject, "ventured" is the verb, and "Venezuela" is the direct object. In preparation for using various words that start with "v," consider a few sample sentences featuring "v" verbs.
- They were forced to vacate the premises.
- Would you like to vacation in Mumbai with me?
- Ask them to validate our tickets, please.
- This should vanquish all evil for good.
- Why do they choose to venerate these false gods?
- She knows how to verbalize her needs well.
- The twins both vie for attention from their grandparents.
- He can visualize his dreams and make them come true.
- Tony had to vouch for him, but he made it into the club.
- They decided to voyage across the sea to England.
Pretty interesting, right? From vacillate to vouchsafe, there are some pretty unique "v" verbs in the English language. What about adjectives? The adjective "very" tends to be overused. Add some variety to your vocab by learning 20 adjectives that start with "v." Will you be victorious? If so, venture into even more "v" words by exploring WordFinder by YourDictionary's list of words that start with "v." You'll be on your way to building a truly versatile vocabulary! From there, move on to the next letter in the alphabet with a list of 50 "w" verbs.