What's the definition of a verb? Well, it has so many facets that the best we can say at a short glance is that it's a word that carries out the action of a sentence. Of course, verbs also do other things like help other verbs and link other components of a sentence together. But, by and large, they're the action-givers of a sentence. Explore some of the most popular verbs that start with "x," "y" and "z," then learn a bit more about the function of this all-important part of speech.
While there aren't a lot of verbs that begin with the last three letters of the alphabet, the English language does include more than just a few. Review a total of two dozen verbs that start with "x,' "y" and "z," along with a short definition and some synonyms that can be substituted for each one.
to photograph the internal make-up of something using electromagnetic radiation
|radiograph, take a picture of the inside|
to make a paper copy with office equipment
photocopy, duplicate, reproduce
to talk a lot about nothing of importance
babble, blather, chat
to talk on and on
babble, chatter, yap
to pull sharply
jerk, pluck, wrench
to make a sharp, shrill bark
yelp, yip, woof
to open one's mouth widely and breathe in
to desire something strongly
crave, desire, hanker
to raise your voice and shout
bawl, bellow, scream
to become yellow, often due to age
tinge, age, turn
to utter a short, sharp cry or bark
yip, squeal, shriek
to give in
acquiesce, submit, acquiesce
to emit a yelp
bleat, screech, yap
to sing or call with abrupt alternating changes between ordinary register and falsetto
warble, descant, quaver
to join together
bond, attach, secure
to utter a long, mournful cry
bawl, bay, wail
to hit something with a vigorous strike
bash, slam, thwack
to concentrate directly on a target
focus, fixate, hone-in
to remove small pieces from the rind of a citrus fruit for flavoring
flavor, season, grate
to move in a pattern on a line with sharp turns and angles
twist, cross-cross, snake
to move quickly
dash, hurry, zoom
to divide an area for a certain purpose
partition, carve, cut
to fall asleep suddenly
blackout, pass out, crash
to move quickly
buzz, dash, whiz
English verbs that start with "x," "y" and "z" are action verbs, which means that they are used to indicate the sentence's action. However, you may find yourself needing to use a helping verb to extend the meaning of a main verb that begins with one of these letters. You may even come across or write some sentences that have other types of words that start with these letters that simply need to be linked to another word. Fortunately, there are a few different types of verbs.
- Action verbs are, by far, the most common verb type. If you are with someone who yammers on and on, you just might find yourself needing to yawn. These terms are examples of action verbs that start with "y." They're performing specific actions.
- Helping verbs are used quite often. They work in conjunction with a main verb to extend its meaning. While there aren't any "x," "y" or "z" helping verbs, these words can be paired with main (action) verbs that start with this letter. For example, "Yanni is yodeling." Here, the helping verb (is) is paired with yodeling.
- Linking verbs are a little different. They don't describe any action, so don't have to be paired with a main verb. These verbs link the subject of the sentence to additional information. Linking verbs are often "to be" verbs (is, are, were). An example would be, "Zane and Zuzu are zebras."
Why not try to use more verbs from the end of the alphabet in your conversations or writing? You can find ways to fit them in. Consider the formula for a simple sentence: subject + verb + direct object. In the sentence, "Xavier xeroxed many copies," "Xavier" is the subject, "xeroxed" is the verb, and "many copies" is the direct object. Review a few more sample sentences for inspiration.
- Please x-ray his right shoulder.
- Why does he yak all the time?
- Yank that loose thread off my skirt.
- Don't yawn during practice.
- I yearn for brighter days.
- We watched his eyes yellow from jaundice.
- The young married couple must yoke themselves together.
- They watched the yellow Ferrari zigzag up the road.
- When are they going to zone the land for our house?
- Please zoom in on those foolish children.
Verbs are a pretty valiant bunch, aren't they? They have the strength to carry the subject of the sentence to full fruition. If you're just joining YourDictionary's verb series at the end, start back at the beginning with verbs that start with "a." Or, don't stop with just verbs. Explore words from other parts of speech that start with the letters at the end of the alphabet. Use the word list tool on WordFinder by YourDictionary to explore words that start with "x." Then, move on to words that begin with "y." Finally, consider terms that start with "z." May your newly strengthened vocabulary and love of English language learning carry you on some epic journeys.