Verbs starting with a

Verbs starting with a DEFAULT

Positive verbs that start with a "Letter A action words"


Positive verbs or verbs in generally are so called "action words". Verbs describe an action what someone or something is doing.

Achieve and acquire authority with this list of positive action words.

Abide to bear patiently; to tolerate; to endure; to sustain; to submit to; remain or continue in a state.
Abound be in highly productive; be in a state of action or movement; be abundant, plentiful or prevalent; be fully filled or supplied; exist in large amounts, numbers or quantities.
Absolve to free from a penalty, obligation or responsibility; to pardon; to finish; to accomplish; to resolve; to explain.
Abstract to summarize; epitomize; to create an abstraction.

Accelerate to act or move faster; to quicken the motion of; to increase or add the speed of; to gain speed; to hasten (especially the development or progress of); to progress from grade to grade more quickly than usual.
Accept to receive, admit or agree; give an affirmative reply or respond favorably to; to assent to; accommodate or tolerate oneself to; to consider or hold as proper, right, true or usual; admit into a community or group.
Access gain, obtain or reach access to.
Acclaim to applaud and praise enthusiastically (especially publicly); express or shout approval
Accommodate to render fit, correspondent or suitable; to adapt; to conform; to favor; to oblige; supply with; to provide for.
Accomplish put in effect; to gain with effort or bring to an issue of full success; to perform; to execute fully; to fulfill; to complete.
Accord to be in agreement, harmony or unity; to cause to agree or conform; to grant (especially as being appropriate or due); to give consent; to bestow upon.
Account to relate; to explain; to reckon; to compute; to count.
Accredit to believe; to credit; to put trust in; grant credentials to; ascribe an achievement to.
Accrue to increase; to accumulate; to augment; come into the possession of.
Accumulate to pile or gather up; amass; increase; to bring or collect together.
Accustom make physically or psychologically used; make someone or something accept something as usual or normal; to familiarize; to habituate.
Aced to get the better of; to receive a grade of A on; to perform with distinction on.
Achieve to carry out or perform with success; accomplish; finish; to gain or obtain; win.
Acknowledge accept or admit the existence or truth of; express recognition, obligation, gratitude or thanks for.
Acquaint make someone aware of or familiar with; inform; familiarize.
Acquiesce to rest or remain at rest apparently satisfied and without objection; to agree; to express agreement.
Acquire to gain or get something; to win something.
Acquit to clear off; to pay off; to requite; to release, rescue, set free or discharge from an obligation, duty, liability, burden or from an accusation or charge.
Act to behave, perform or play; to carry out an action or be in engaged in an activity; to behave in a certain manner
Activate to put or set into action, motion or work; to turn on; intensify; make active or more active.
Actualize make concrete or real; give substance or reality to; to portray or describe realistically.

A creative man is motivated by the desire to achieve, not by the desire to beat others. Ayn Rand TWEET THIS

Adapt to fit for or make suitable to a specific use or situation.
Add to join or unite so as to increase in quantity, quality, size or scope; to make or create an addition.
Address to speak to or greet (especially with prescribed title or name); to direct the attention or efforts of; to aim; to prepare.
Adhere to be in support of something or remain devoted to; to be loyal to; to carry out an operation, plan or scheme; to cleave or stick fast; to become attached, joined or united; be in accordance or compatible with.
Adjust to make exact; to fit; to make correspondent or conformable; to bring into proper relations; to adapt or conform oneself; to improve as to achieve better accuracy.
Administer manage; to minister; to have charge of; apply or give (especially medications).
Admire to regard with wonder, astonishment, admiration or delight; to view with surprise or with admiration or elevated feeling of pleasure; to marvel at.
Adopt to assume; to take on; to choose and take or approve.
Adore love unquestioningly, intensely or to excess; venerate as an idol; to worship.
Adorn to make more beautiful or attractive; to decorate.
Adulate to admire or praise excessively.
Advance to bring forward; to move towards the front; to improve or make progress; to make to go on; to raise; to elevate; to promote; to lend or supply.
Advertise to make known or public; call attention to; try to sell something.
Advise to counsel; to recommend; to inform; to offer an opinion; to inform.
Advocate to plead, speak or argue in favor of; push for something.

Affiliate to trace origin to; keep company or become closely connected with; hang out with; to accept as a member.
Affirm to make firm; to confirm; ratify; strengthen or establish as with new evidence or facts positively.
Afford to provide, furnish, supply or make available; to be able to buy or pay something; to manage.

Agree to approve; accede; grant; correspond; to be appropriate, suitable, healthful, pleasing or consistent.

We find comfort among those who agree with us - growth among those who don't. Frank A. Clark TWEET THIS

Aid to give help, support or assistance; be of service; improve.
Aim to direct or move toward a particular goal or thing; to propose or intend to do something.

Align to form in line, move or adjust into proper orientation or relationship.
Allay to calm, alleviate or relieve; abate.
Alleviate to ease, lighten or make less severe (especially pain); provide relief.
Allocate to assign or distribute (especially according to a plan); to localize; to designate.
Allow to permit; to let happen or do; to grant; to like; to assign.
Allure to attract; to entice; to be highly attractive.
Ally become an associate or ally; to unite or form friendly relationship.

Amaze affect with wonder; bewilder; astonish.
Ameliorate to become or make better; to improve; to heal; to meliorate.
Amend to make or become better; to remove the errors or faults; to enrich (especially soil).
Amp to amplify.
Amplify to become or make more intense, larger, potent, powerful or significant.

Analyze to examine methodically and carefully; break down into essential features or components.
Anoint choose or nominate someone as leading candidate for or successor to a position; to choose as if by divine intervention; to apply or put on ointment, oil or similar substance as a sacred rite (especially for consecration).
Answer to act, speak or write as a return as to question; to respond; to be accountable; to correspond or conform to.
Anticipate to realize or feel beforehand; to act in advance of; foresee; to be eager and excited about; accelerate.

Apologize to write or make an apology; defend; acknowledge shortcomings, faults or failing.
Appeal to make an earnest request (especially as for help); to be interesting or attractive.
Appease to make quiet; to calm; to relieve or satisfy; cause to be more favorably inclined; to gain the good will of; make or bring peace with.
Applaud to praise and express approval (especially by clapping the hands together); to commend highly.
Apply to bring into contact or nearness with something; to put into action, use or service; to address or direct; to seek or request assistance, admission or employment.
Appoint to establish; to fix with firmness or power; to set apart, assign or designate (especially by authority); to furnish or equip.
Appraise to evaluate or estimate the quality, size, amount and the like; to commend; to praise.
Appreciate to set a value or price on; to estimate justly; to value; to be sensible of; to distinguish; regard or admire highly; think much of; to recognize the significance or quality of.
Apprentice to be an apprentice to; to take or place on as a beginner or learner.
Approve to show to be true or real; to regard as good and acceptable; to demonstrate.

Arbitrate to judge; to decide and hear; to determine; to act as judge or arbitrator.
Arise to rise or get up (especially as from a prone or sitting position); to get up and awaken or come into existence; to move upward; ascend; originate; to come into being; to proceed, issue or result.
Arouse call forth (especially emotions, feelings and responses); excite; to wake from sleep or become conscious.
Arrange to organize; to prepare or plan for; to adjust; to settle; to come to an agreement.

Ascend to move, go or slope upward; to move upward along or upon; to rise or move up to a higher professional or social rank, station or level; to advance; to succeed.
Ascertain to discover; find out or learn definitely or with certainty; to make sure of.
Aspire to desire or hope with eagerness; to seek to attain something high or great.
Assemble to put or gather together; to liken; to compare.
Assent to agree as to a proposal or give approval to; concur.
Assess to estimate, determine or judge the value, significance or extent of; to charge.
Assign to appoint; to allot; to make over; to specify; to select or fix; to pass over or transfer property; give out; to attribute.
Assist to support or give aid; to help.
Associate connect or join together; join as an ally, friend or partner; form an association, league or union; to combine; to accompany.
Assure to inform positively or give confidence to; to make secure, safe or sure; to guarantee; to promise.
Astonish to affect with sudden amazement or wonder.
Astound to strike with amazement, wonderment or surprise.

Atone to harmonize or reconcile; to agree; to conciliate.
Attain to obtain or gain possession of; to accomplish or achieve; to come or arrive.
Attend be present at; deal with or take charge of; heed; to listen to; to pay attention.
Attest authenticate; affirm to be correct, genuine or true; to certify in an official capacity or by signature; to supply evidence of.
Attract to arouse admiration, attention or interest; to pull toward (especially without touching).
Attribute to associate authorship or ownership of something to someone; credit to.

Audit to examine, correct or verify (especially financial accounts); to attend (especially courses, lectures and classes as an auditor).
Augment to increase or enlarge in amount, size or degree; to grow; intensify.
Authorize to grant permission, power or authority to; to make legal; to justify.
Automate make automatic; control or operate automatically.

Award to grant or give as merited or due (especially as a reward or honor).

Man gives you the award but God gives you the reward. Denzel Washington TWEET THIS

ps. See also positive adjectives starting with a and positive nouns starting with a.


Verbs that start with a

Here is a list of verbs that start with A. Verbs may appear in the below word list in a variety of tense such as past and present, and many types of A verbs are included in this online resource such as action verbs. Being able to find the right verb starting with A can be very useful for writers, college students, and anyone who likes English verbs.

abandon, abandoned, abandoning, abated, abbreviated, abetted, abhorred, abide, abides, abiding, ablated, abolish, abolished, abound, abounded, abounding, abounds, abridged, abrogated, absent, absented, absorb, absorbed, absorbing, absorbs, abstain, abstaining, abstract, abstracted, abstracting, abuse, abused.

accede, acceded, accelerate, accelerated, accelerating, accented, accentuate, accentuated, accentuates, accept, accepted, accepting, accepts, acclaimed, acclaims, acclimatized, accommodate, accommodated, accommodates, accommodating, accompanied, accompanies, accompany, accompanying, accomplish, accomplished, accomplishes, accomplishing, accord, accorded, according, accords, accosted, accosting, account, accounted, accounting, accounts, accredited, accrued, accrues, accruing, acculturated, accumulate, accumulated, accumulates, accumulating, accuse, accused, accuses, accusing, accustomed, ache, ached, aches, achieve, achieved, achieves, achieving, aching, acknowledge, acknowledged, acknowledges, acknowledging, acquaint, acquainted, acquiesce, acquiesced, acquire, acquired, acquires, acquiring, acquitted, act, acted, acting, activate, activated, activating, acts, actuate, actuated.

adapt, adapted, adapting, add, added, addicted, adding, address, addressed, addresses, addressing, adds, adduce, adhere, adhered, adheres, adjoined, adjoining, adjoins, adjourned, adjourning, adjourns, adjudged, adjudging, adjudicate, adjust, adjusted, adjusting, adjusts, administer, administered, administering, administers, admire, admired, admires, admiring, admit, admits, admitted, admitting, admixed, admonished, admonishing, adopt, adopted, adopting, adopts, adore, adored, adores, adorn, adorned, adorns, adsorbed, adsorbs, adulterated, advance, advanced, advances, advancing, adventure, adventuring, advertise, advertised, advertises, advertising, advise, advised, advises, advising, advocate, advocated, advocating.

aerate, aerated, aerates, aerosolized.

affect, affected, affecting, affects, affianced, affied, affiliated, affirm, affirmed, affirming, affirms, affix, affixed, afflicted, afford, afforded, affording, affords, affronted, affronting.

age, aged, agglomerate, agglutinating, aggravate, aggravated, aggravates, aggrieved, aging, agitate, agitated, agitating, agonized, agonizes, agree, agreed, agreeing, agrees.

aid, aided, aiding, aids, ailing, aim, aimed, aiming, aims, aired.

alarm, alarmed, alarming, alert, alerted, alerting, alerts, alienate, alienated, alienates, alight, align, aligned, aligning, allay, allege, alleged, alleging, alleviate, alleviating, allied, allocate, allocated, allot, alloted, allotted, allotting, allow, allowed, allowing, allows, alluded, alludes, alluding, alluring, alphabetized, alter, altered, altering, alternate, alternated, alternating, alters.

amalgamated, amass, amaze, amazed, ambled, ambling, ambush, ambushed, amend, amended, amending, amortize, amount, amounted, amounting, amounts, amplified, amplify, amplifying, amputated, amuse, amused.

analysed, analyze, analyzed, analyzes, analyzing, anchored, anchoring, anemated, anesthetized, angered, angle, angling, anguished, animated, animized, annex, annihilate, announce, announced, announces, announcing, annoy, annoyed, annoys, annunciated, ansuh, answer, answered, answering, answers, antagonised, antagonize, anticipate, anticipated, anticipates, anticipating, antiquated.

apologize, apologized, appalled, appareled, appeal, appealed, appealing, appeals, appear, appeared, appearing, appears, appease, appeased, appeasing, appended, applaud, applauded, applauding, applied, applies, apply, applying, appoint, appointed, appointing, appoints, apportion, apportioned, appraise, appraised, appraising, appreciate, appreciated, appreciates, appreciating, apprehend, apprehended, apprenticed, approach, approached, approaches, approaching, appropriate, appropriated, appropriates, appropriating, approve, approved, approves, approving, approximate, approximated.

arbitrate, arbitrated, arch, archaized, arched, arches, arching, argue, argued, argues, arguing, arise, arisen, arises, arising, arithmetized, arm, armed, armored, arose, arouse, aroused, arouses, arousing, arraigned, arraigning, arrange, arranged, arranges, arranging, arrayed, arrest, arrested, arresting, arrive, arrived, arrives, arriving, arrogate, articulate, articulated.

ascend, ascended, ascending, ascertain, ascertained, ascribe, ascribed, ascribes, ask, asked, asking, asks, aspire, aspired, aspires, aspiring, assail, assailed, assailing, assassinated, assaulted, assaulting, assaults, assayed, assaying, assemble, assembled, assembling, assented, assert, asserted, asserting, asserts, assess, assessed, assessing, assign, assigned, assigning, assigns, assimilate, assimilated, assist, assisted, assisting, associate, associated, associates, associating, assorted, assuaged, assume, assumed, assumes, assuming, assure, assured, assures, assuring, astonished, astound, astounded.

ate, atone, atrophied, attach, attached, attaches, attaching, attack, attacked, attacking, attacks, attain, attained, attaining, attains, attempt, attempted, attempting, attempts, attend, attended, attending, attends, attest, attested, attesting, attired, attract, attracted, attracting, attracts, attribute, attributed, attributes, attributing, attuned.

audited, auditing, audition, auditioning, augment, augmented, augmenting, augurs, authenticate, authenticated, authorize, authorized, authorizes, authorizing, automate, automated, autopsied, autopsy.

avail, availed, availing, avenge, avenging, average, averaged, averaging, avert, averted, averting, avoid, avoided, avoiding, avoids, avowed.

await, awaited, awaiting, awaits, awake, awaken, awakened, awakening, awakens, award, awarded, awarding, awed, awoke. has many examples of verbs which begin with various letters. Hope you enjoy this page of verbs that start with a and the rest of this verb list site as well.

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Verbs That Start with A You Always Use

There are various verbs that you use in your day-to-day life, whether it is in writing or speaking. These are some of the verbs that start with A that you use regularly.

1. Accept

●  Definition: consent to receive or undertake (something offered)

●  Synonyms: get, take, obtain

●  Example: He accepted a pen as a present.

 2. Abandon

●  Definition: cease to support or look after someone

●  Synonyms: desert, leave, dump

●  Example: Her natural mother had abandoned her at an early age.

3. Aim

●  Definition: direct at someone or something

●  Synonyms: point, direct

●  Example: She had aimed the bottle at Gary’s head.

4. Arrest

●  Definition: seize (someone) by legal authority and take them into custody

●  Synonyms: apprehend, seize

●  Example: The police arrested him for possession of marijuana.

5. Are

●  Definition: second-person singular present and first, second, third person plural present of be

●  Synonyms: be, were

●  Example: They are very late.

6. Accommodate

●  Definition: provide lodging or sufficient space for

●  Synonyms: lodge, house, put up

●  Example: The cottages accommodate up to six people.

7. Abuse

●  Definition: use (something) to bad effect or for a bad purpose; misuse

●  Synonyms: misuse, misapply

●  Example: The judge abused his power by imposing fines.

8. Agitate

●  Definition: make someone troubled or nervous

●  Synonyms: upset, fluster, perturb

●  Example: The thought of questioning Tony agitated him extremely.

9. Admit

●  Definition: confess to be true or to be the case

●  Synonyms: acknowledge, confess

●  Example: The Home Office finally admitted that several prisoners had been injured.

 10. Amount

●  Definition: be regarded or classified as; be the equivalent of

●  Synonyms: constitute, comprise

●  Example: Their actions amounted to a conspiracy.

Verbs That Start with A You Usually Use

Verbs are an inseparable part of our everyday practice. We can barely imagine speaking, writing or reading without these verbs. So here are some of the verbs starting with A.

1. Attach

●  Definition: appoint (someone) for special or temporary duties

●  Synonyms: assign, allot, allocate

●  Example: I was attached to another working group.

2. Advance

●  Definition: move forwards in a purposeful way

●  Synonyms: proceed, approach

●  Example: He advanced towards the dispatch box.

 3. Abbreviate

●  Definition: shorten (a word, phrase, or text)

●  Synonyms: shorten, reduce, cut

●  Example: Network’ is often abbreviated to ‘net.’

4. Appoint

●  Definition: assign a job or role to (someone)

●  Synonyms: nominate, name, elect

●  Example: She has been appointed to the board.

5. Avail

●  Definition: help or benefit

●  Synonyms: help, aid, assist

●  Example: No amount of struggle availed Charles.

6. Appear

●  Definition: come into sight; become visible or noticeable, especially without apparent cause

●  Synonyms: pop up, arise, emerge

●  Example: Smoke appeared on the horizon.

7. Assert

●  Definition: state a fact or belief confidently and forcefully

●  Synonyms: declare, maintain, contend

●  Example: The company asserts that the cuts will not affect development.

8. Attain

●  Definition: succeed in achieving (something that one has worked for)

●  Synonyms: achieve, accomplish, reach

●  Example: You should clarify your objectives and ways of attaining them.

9. Attack

●  Definition: criticize or oppose fiercely and publicly

●  Synonyms: criticize, censure, castigate

●  Example: He attacked the government’s defense policy.

10. Assume

●  Definition: take or begin to have (power or responsibility)

●  Synonyms: accept, shoulder, bear

●  Example: He assumed full responsibility for all organizational work.

Verbs That Start with A You Often Use

Even though there are numerous verbs starting with A, there are some that we use more often compared to others. These are some verbs starting with A that you might often use.

1. Apply

●  Definition: make a formal application or request

●  Synonyms: try, bid, appeal

●  Example: You need to apply to the local authority for a grant.

2. Arrive

●  Definition: reach a place at the end of a journey or a stage in a journey

●  Synonyms: come, appear

●  Example: We arrived at his house and knocked at the door.

3. Approach

●  Definition: come near or nearer to (someone or something) in distance or time

●  Synonyms: near, reach

●  Example: The train approached the mainline.

4. Astonish

●  Definition: surprise or impress (someone) greatly

●  Synonyms: amaze, astound, stagger

●  Example: You never fail to astonish me.

5. Add

●  Definition: join (something) to something else so as to increase the size, number, or amount

●  Synonyms: attach, build on, add on

●  Example: I’ve started a petition, so if you would like to add your name, email me.

6. Arrange

●  Definition: put (things) in a neat, attractive, or required order

●  Synonyms: order, array, present

●  Example: She had just finished arranging the flowers.

7. Avenge

●  Definition: inflict harm in return for (an injury or wrong done to oneself or another)

●  Synonyms: requite, take revenge for

●  Example: He vowed in silent fervor to avenge their murders.


●  Definition: say or write something as a reaction to someone or something

●  Synonyms: reply, respond

●  Example: Mary could not answer all the questions.

 9. Ask

●  Definition: say to (someone) that one wants them to do or give something

●  Synonyms: request, demand

●  Example: Mary asked her father for money.

10. Alter

●  Definition: change in character or composition, typically in a comparatively small but significant way

●  Synonyms: change, adapt, adjust

●  Example: Eliot was persuaded to alter the passage.

Verbs That Start with A You Sometimes Use

Not every word or verb is used as regularly as others. It might be because of the relevancy of the words or just any other cause. These are some verbs beginning with A that you might sometimes use.

1. Agonize

●  Definition: undergo great mental anguish through worrying about something

●  Synonyms: worry, fret, fuss

●  Example: I didn’t agonize over the problem.

2. Adhere

●  Definition: stick fast to (a surface or substance)

●  Synonyms: stick, cling, attach

●  Example: Paint won’t adhere well to a greasy surface.

 3. Assail

●  Definition: make a concerted or violent attack on

●  Synonyms: attack, assault

●  Example: The Scots army assailed Edward’s army from the rear.

4. Adapt

●  Definition: make (something) suitable for a new use or purpose; modify

●  Synonyms: modify, alter

●  Example: Hospitals have had to be adapted for modern medical practice.

5. Accumulate

●  Definition: gather together or acquire an increasing number or quantity of

●  Synonyms: gather, collect, assemble

●  Example: Investigators have yet to accumulate enough evidence.

6. Administer

●  Definition: manage and be responsible for the running of (a business, organization, etc.)

●  Synonyms: manage, direct, control

●  Example: Each school was administered separately.

7. Aggress

●  Definition: attack or behave aggressively towards; initiate a conflict with

●  Synonyms: attack, assault

●  Example: He aggressed a flight attendant on an Air France flight.

8. Assign

●  Definition: allocate (a job or duty)

●  Synonyms: allocate, allot, give

●  Example: Congress had assigned the task to the agency.

9. Associate

●  Definition: connect (someone or something) with something else in one’s mind

●  Synonyms: link, connect, couple

●  Example: I associated wealth with freedom.

 10. Appropriate

●  Definition: take (something) for one’s own use, typically without the owner’s permission

●  Synonyms: seize, commandeer

●  Example: The accused had appropriated the property.

Verbs That Start with A You Occasionally Use

Verbs that start with A might be pretty commonly used, but there are some exceptions that you don’t usually see being used. Read these verbs and confirm if you use them occasionally.

1.  Awake

●  Definition: stop sleeping; wake from sleep

●  Synonyms: wake, awaken, stir

●  Example: She awoke to find the streets covered in snow.

2. Array

●  Definition: display or arrange (things) in a particular way

●  Synonyms: arrange, assemble

●  Example: The manifesto immediately divided the forces arrayed against him.

3. Assassinate

●  Definition: murder (an important person) for political or religious reasons

●  Synonyms: murder, kill, execute

●  Example: The organization’s leader had been assassinated four months before the coup.

4. Assuage

●  Definition: make (an unpleasant feeling) less intense

●  Synonyms: relieve, ease, alleviate

●  Example: The letter assuaged the fears of most members.

5. Append

●  Definition: add (something) to the end of a written document

●  Synonyms: add, attach, affix

●  Example: The results of the survey are appended to this chapter.

6. Annihilate

●  Definition: destroy utterly; obliterate

●  Synonyms: destroy, wipeout

●  Example: A simple bomb of this type could annihilate them all.

7. Apprehend

●  Definition: arrest (someone) for a crime

●  Synonyms: arrest, catch, capture

●  Example: A warrant was issued, but he has not been apprehended.

8. Argue

●  Definition: give reasons or cite evidence in support of an idea, action, or theory, typically with the aim of persuading others to share one’s view

●  Synonyms: assert, declare

●  Example: Sociologists argue that inequalities in industrial societies are being reduced.

9. Allocate

●  Definition: distribute (resources or duties) for a particular purpose

●  Synonyms: allot, assign, issue

●  Example: In past years, we didn’t allocate enough funds to infrastructure maintenance.

10. Attenuate

●  Definition: reduce the force, effect, or value of

●  Synonyms: weaken, reduce

●  Example: This research provides a glimmer of hope that coral reefs can attenuate the effects of ocean acidification.

Verbs That Start with A You Seldom Use

I am sure there are some verbs that you seldom use, right? Read to confirm it by yourself if these are those verbs that start with the letter A that you seldom use.

1. Appal

●  Definition: greatly dismay or horrify

●  Synonyms: horrify, shock

●  Example: Bankers are appalled at the economic incompetence of some ministers.

2. Ascertain

●  Definition: find (something) out for certain; make sure of

●  Synonyms: find out, discover

●  Example: An attempt to ascertain the cause of the accident.

3. Arbitrate

●  Definition: (of an independent person or body) reach an authoritative judgment or settlement

●  Synonyms: judge, adjudge

●  Example: The board has the power to arbitrate in disputes.

4. Ail

●  Definition: trouble or afflict (someone) in mind or body

●  Synonyms: trouble, afflict, pain

●  Example: Exercise is good for whatever ails one.

5. Appertain

●  Definition: relate to

●  Synonyms: concern, pertain to

●  Example: The answers generally appertain to improvements in the standard of service.

6. Avouch

●  Definition: to affirm

●  Synonyms: acknowledge, admit

●  Example: The locket contains ringlets which he avouches to be relics of a Spanish girl.

7. Abase

●  Definition: behave in a way that belittles or degrades (someone)

●  Synonyms: humble, humiliate, belittle

●  Example: I watched my colleagues abasing themselves before the board of trustees.

8. Abash

●  Definition: make (someone) feel embarrassed, disconcerted, or ashamed

●  Synonyms: embarrassed, ashamed

●  Example: If anything was officially done or said to him, it did not abash him.

9. Abate

●  Definition: (of something unpleasant or severe) become less intense or widespread

●  Synonyms: subside, lessen

●  Example: The storm suddenly abated.

10. Abhor

●  Definition: regard with disgust and hatred

●  Synonyms: detest, hate, loathe

●  Example: He abhorred sexism in every form.

Verbs That Start with A You Rarely Use

There are some verbs that are much complicated or just less common than the rest. That’s why there are some A-verbs that are rarely used, and some of those are listed below.

1. Abdicate

●  Definition: (of a monarch) renounce one’s throne

●  Synonyms: resign, retire, quit

●  Example: In 1918, Kaiser Wilhelm abdicated as German emperor.

2. Accredit

●  Definition: give credit to (someone) for something

●  Synonyms: ascribe, attribute

●  Example: He was accredited with being one of the world’s fastest sprinters.

3. Adjudicate

●  Definition: act as a judge in a competition

●  Synonyms: judge, try, adjudge

●  Example: We asked him to adjudicate at the local flower show.

4. Abrade

●  Definition: scrape or wear away by friction or erosion

●  Synonyms: wear, erode, corrode

●  Example: It was a landscape slowly abraded by fine, stinging dust.

5. Ameliorate

●  Definition: make (something bad or unsatisfactory) better

●  Synonyms: improve, better

●  Example: The reform did much to ameliorate living standards.

6. Appeal

●  Definition: make a serious, urgent, or heartfelt request

●  Synonyms: call, plead, beg

●  Example: Police are appealing for information about the incident.

7. Admix

●  Definition: mix (something) with something else

●  Synonyms: merge, mix

●  Example: Digging is an efficient way of admixing organic matter.

8. Adulate

●  Definition: praise (someone) excessively

●  Synonyms: praise, compliment

●  Example: He was adulated in the press.

9. Admonish

●  Definition: warn or reprimand someone firmly

●  Synonyms: rebuke, scold

●  Example: She admonished me for appearing at breakfast unshaven.

10. Aver

●  Definition: state or assert to be the case

●  Synonyms: declare, maintain, claim

●  Example: He averred that he was innocent of the allegations.

Positive Verbs That Start with A

Among every category of verbs, some are positive while some are not. These are some of the positive verbs that start with A that you might need in the future.

1. Acclaim

●  Definition: praise enthusiastically and publicly

●  Synonyms: praise, applaud, cheer

●  Example: The conference was acclaimed as a considerable success.

2. Agree

●  Definition: have the same opinion about something

●  Synonyms: concur, admit

●  Example: I completely agree with your recent editorial.

3. Advise

●  Definition: offer suggestions about the best course of action to someone

●  Synonyms: counsel, guide

●  Example: I advised him to go home.

4. Amuse

●  Definition: provide interesting and enjoyable occupation for (someone)

●  Synonyms: entertain, delight

●  Example: They amused themselves digging through an old encyclopedia.

5. Aid

●  Definition: promote or encourage (something)

●  Synonyms: facilitate, promote

●  Example: Diet and exercise aid healthy skin.

6. Amaze

●  Definition: surprise (someone) greatly; fill with astonishment

●  Synonyms: astonish, astound, surprise

●  Example: She amazed doctors by fighting back when her deteriorating condition caused her to suffer heart failure.

7. Appraise

●  Definition: (of an official valuer) set a price on; value

●  Synonyms: value, price

●  Example: They appraised the painting at £200,000.

8. Achieve

●  Definition: successfully bring about or reach by effort, skill, or courage

●  Synonyms: attain, reach

●  Example: He achieved his ambition to become a press photographer.

9. Appreciate

●  Definition: recognize the full worth of

●  Synonyms: value, respect, prize

●  Example: I appreciate everything you do.

10. Ally

●  Definition: combine or unite a resource or commodity with (another) for mutual benefit

●  Synonyms: combine, couple

●  Example: He allied his racing experience with his father’s business acumen.

Verbs That Start with A – Full List (210 words)

  • Abandon
  • Abase
  • Abate
  • Abbreviate
  • Abdicate
  • Abduct
  • Aberrate
  • Abet
  • Abhor
  • Abide
  • Abjure
  • Abnegate
  • Abolish
  • Abominate
  • Abort
  • Abound
  • Abridge
  • Abrogate
  • Abscond
  • Absolve
  • Absorb
  • Abstain
  • Abstract
  • Abuse
  • Accelerate
  • Accept
  • Acclaim
  • Acclimatize
  • Accommodate
  • Accompany
  • Accomplish
  • Accost
  • Account
  • Accredit
  • Accrue
  • Accumulate
  • Accuse
  • Accustom
  • Ache
  • Achieve
  • Achromatize
  • Acidify
  • Acidulate
  • Acknowledge
  • Acquiesce
  • Acquire
  • Acquit
  • Act
  • Activate
  • Actualize
  • Actuate
  • Adapt
  • Add
  • Address
  • Adduce
  • Adjoin
  • Adjourn
  • Adjust
  • Administer
  • Admire
  • Admit
  • Adopt
  • Adore
  • Adorn
  • Adulate
  • Adulterate
  • Advance
  • Advise
  • Aerate
  • Affect
  • Affiliate
  • Affirm
  • Affix
  • Afflict
  • Afford
  • Afforest
  • Africanize
  • Age
  • Agglomerate
  • Aggravate
  • Aggregate
  • Agitate
  • Agonize
  • Agree
  • Aim
  • Air
  • Alarm
  • Alert
  • Alienate
  • Align
  • Allege
  • Allegorize
  • Alleviate
  • Allocate
  • Allot
  • Allow
  • Alloy
  • Allude
  • Allure
  • Ally
  • Alter
  • Alternate
  • Amalgamate
  • Amass
  • Amaze
  • Amble
  • Ambush
  • Ameliorate
  • Amend
  • Americanize
  • Amnesty
  • Amortize
  • Amount
  • Amplify
  • Amputate
  • Amuse
  • Analyze
  • Anathematize
  • Anchor
  • Anger
  • Angle
  • Anglicize
  • Animalize
  • Animate
  • Annex
  • Annihilate
  • Annotate
  • Announce
  • Annoy
  • Annul
  • Anoint
  • Answer
  • Antagonize
  • Antedate
  • Anticipate
  • Ape
  • Apologize
  • Apostatize
  • Apostrophize
  • Appal
  • Appeal
  • Appear
  • Appease
  • Append
  • Applaud
  • Apply
  • Appoint
  • Apportion
  • Appreciate
  • Apprehend
  • Approach
  • Appropriate
  • Approve
  • Arbitrate
  • Arch
  • Argue
  • Arise
  • Arm
  • Armourplate
  • Arouse
  • Arraign
  • Arrange
  • Arrest
  • Arrive
  • Arrow
  • Articulate
  • Ascertain
  • Ascribe
  • Ask
  • Asphalt
  • Aspire
  • Assassinate
  • Assault
  • Assemble
  • Assert
  • Assess
  • Assign
  • Assimilate
  • Assist
  • Associate
  • Assuage
  • Assume
  • Assure
  • Astonish
  • Astound
  • Atomize
  • Atone
  • Atrophy
  • Attach
  • Attack
  • Attain
  • Attempt
  • Attend
  • Attenuate
  • Attract
  • Attribute
  • Attune
  • Auction
  • Audit
  • Auscultate
  • Authenticate
  • Authorize
  • Autograph
  • Automate
  • Avenge
  • Avert
  • Avoid
  • Awake
  • Awaken
  • Award

Final Thoughts on Verbs That Start with A

Thank you for reading the article till the end. Do these verbs starting with A fit perfectly with the way you use them? There are many more verbs beginning with A that we couldn’t include in this article. I am sure you can find some verbs that you are familiar with while also discovering some new ones.

Whenever you need some verbs that start with A, come back to this article. It will not only help you with your need but also improve your English skills. Keep reading to increase your vocabulary, and I hope you find this article useful.

Ps. See also positive words that start with A, adjectives that start with A and nouns that start with A.

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Transitive Verbs Starting with A

Abacinate (v. t.) To blind by a red-hot metal plate held before the eyes.

Abalienate (v. t.) To transfer the title of from one to another; to alienate.

Abalienate (v. t.) To estrange; to withdraw.

Abalienate (v. t.) To cause alienation of (mind).

Aband (v. t.) To abandon.

Aband (v. t.) To banish; to expel.

Abandon (v. t.) To cast or drive out; to banish; to expel; to reject.

Abandon (v. t.) To give up absolutely; to forsake entirely ; to renounce utterly; to relinquish all connection with or concern on; to desert, as a person to whom one owes allegiance or fidelity; to quit; to surrender.

Abandon (v. t.) Reflexively: To give (one's self) up without attempt at self-control; to yield (one's self) unrestrainedly; -- often in a bad sense.

Abandon (v. t.) To relinquish all claim to; -- used when an insured person gives up to underwriters all claim to the property covered by a policy, which may remain after loss or damage by a peril insured against.

Abash (v. t.) To destroy the self-possession of; to confuse or confound, as by exciting suddenly a consciousness of guilt, mistake, or inferiority; to put to shame; to disconcert; to discomfit.

Abate (v. t.) To beat down; to overthrow.

Abate (v. t.) To bring down or reduce from a higher to a lower state, number, or degree; to lessen; to diminish; to contract; to moderate; to cut short; as, to abate a demand; to abate pride, zeal, hope.

Abate (v. t.) To deduct; to omit; as, to abate something from a price.

Abate (v. t.) To blunt.

Abate (v. t.) To reduce in estimation; to deprive.

Abate (v. t.) To bring entirely down or put an end to; to do away with; as, to abate a nuisance, to abate a writ.

Abate (v. t.) To diminish; to reduce. Legacies are liable to be abated entirely or in proportion, upon a deficiency of assets.

Abate (v. t.) To decrease, or become less in strength or violence; as, pain abates, a storm abates.

Abate (v. t.) To be defeated, or come to naught; to fall through; to fail; as, a writ abates.

Abbreviate (v. t.) To make briefer; to shorten; to abridge; to reduce by contraction or omission, especially of words written or spoken.

Abbreviate (v. t.) To reduce to lower terms, as a fraction.

Abdicate (v. t.) To surrender or relinquish, as sovereign power; to withdraw definitely from filling or exercising, as a high office, station, dignity; as, to abdicate the throne, the crown, the papacy.

Abdicate (v. t.) To renounce; to relinquish; -- said of authority, a trust, duty, right, etc.

Abdicate (v. t.) To reject; to cast off.

Abdicate (v. t.) To disclaim and expel from the family, as a father his child; to disown; to disinherit.

Abduce (v. t.) To draw or conduct away; to withdraw; to draw to a different part.

Abduct (v. t.) To take away surreptitiously by force; to carry away (a human being) wrongfully and usually by violence; to kidnap.

Abduct (v. t.) To draw away, as a limb or other part, from its ordinary position.

Abear (v. t.) To bear; to behave.

Abear (v. t.) To put up with; to endure.

Aberuncate (v. t.) To weed out.

Abet (v. t.) To instigate or encourage by aid or countenance; -- used in a bad sense of persons and acts; as, to abet an ill-doer; to abet one in his wicked courses; to abet vice; to abet an insurrection.

Abet (v. t.) To support, uphold, or aid; to maintain; -- in a good sense.

Abet (v. t.) To contribute, as an assistant or instigator, to the commission of an offense.

Abhor (v. t.) To shrink back with shuddering from; to regard with horror or detestation; to feel excessive repugnance toward; to detest to extremity; to loathe.

Abhor (v. t.) To fill with horror or disgust.

Abhor (v. t.) To protest against; to reject solemnly.

Abide (v. t.) To wait for; to be prepared for; to await; to watch for; as, I abide my time.

Abide (v. t.) To endure; to sustain; to submit to.

Abide (v. t.) To bear patiently; to tolerate; to put up with.

Abide (v. t.) To stand the consequences of; to answer for; to suffer for.

Abirritate (v. t.) To diminish the sensibility of; to debilitate.

Abjudge (v. t.) To take away by judicial decision.

Abjudicate (v. t.) To reject by judicial sentence; also, to abjudge.

Abjugate (v. t.) To unyoke.

Abjure (v. t.) To renounce upon oath; to forswear; to disavow; as, to abjure allegiance to a prince. To abjure the realm, is to swear to abandon it forever.

Abjure (v. t.) To renounce or reject with solemnity; to recant; to abandon forever; to reject; repudiate; as, to abjure errors.

Ablactate (v. t.) To wean.

Ablaqueate (v. t.) To lay bare, as the roots of a tree.

Ablegate (v. t.) To send abroad.

Abligate (v. t.) To tie up so as to hinder from.

Ablude (v. t.) To be unlike; to differ.

Abnegate (v. t.) To deny and reject; to abjure.

Abnodate (v. t.) To clear (tress) from knots.

Abode (v. t.) An omen.

Abode (v. t.) To bode; to foreshow.

Abolish (v. t.) To do away with wholly; to annul; to make void; -- said of laws, customs, institutions, governments, etc.; as, to abolish slavery, to abolish folly.

Abolish (v. t.) To put an end to, or destroy, as a physical objects; to wipe out.

Abolitionize (v. t.) To imbue with the principles of abolitionism.

Abominate (v. t.) To turn from as ill-omened; to hate in the highest degree, as if with religious dread; loathe; as, to abominate all impiety.

Abord (v. t.) To approach; to accost.

Abrade (v. t.) To rub or wear off; to waste or wear away by friction; as, to abrade rocks.

Abrade (v. t.) Same as Abraid.

Abregge (v. t.) See Abridge.

Abrenounce (v. t.) To renounce.

Abridge (v. t.) To make shorter; to shorten in duration; to lessen; to diminish; to curtail; as, to abridge labor; to abridge power or rights.

Abridge (v. t.) To shorten or contract by using fewer words, yet retaining the sense; to epitomize; to condense; as, to abridge a history or dictionary.

Abridge (v. t.) To deprive; to cut off; -- followed by of, and formerly by from; as, to abridge one of his rights.

Abroach (v. t.) To set abroach; to let out, as liquor; to broach; to tap.

Abrogate (v. t.) To annul by an authoritative act; to abolish by the authority of the maker or his successor; to repeal; -- applied to the repeal of laws, decrees, ordinances, the abolition of customs, etc.

Abrogate (v. t.) To put an end to; to do away with.

Abrook (v. t.) To brook; to endure.

Abrupt (v. t.) To tear off or asunder.

Abscind (v. t.) To cut off.

Abscond (v. t.) To hide; to conceal.

Absent (v. t.) To take or withdraw (one's self) to such a distance as to prevent intercourse; -- used with the reflexive pronoun.

Absent (v. t.) To withhold from being present.

Absinthiate (v. t.) To impregnate with wormwood.

Absolve (v. t.) To set free, or release, as from some obligation, debt, or responsibility, or from the consequences of guilt or such ties as it would be sin or guilt to violate; to pronounce free; as, to absolve a subject from his allegiance; to absolve an offender, which amounts to an acquittal and remission of his punishment.

Absolve (v. t.) To free from a penalty; to pardon; to remit (a sin); -- said of the sin or guilt.

Absolve (v. t.) To finish; to accomplish.

Absolve (v. t.) To resolve or explain.

Absorb (v. t.) To swallow up; to engulf; to overwhelm; to cause to disappear as if by swallowing up; to use up; to include.

Absorb (v. t.) To suck up; to drink in; to imbibe; as a sponge or as the lacteals of the body.

Absorb (v. t.) To engross or engage wholly; to occupy fully; as, absorbed in study or the pursuit of wealth.

Absorb (v. t.) To take up by cohesive, chemical, or any molecular action, as when charcoal absorbs gases. So heat, light, and electricity are absorbed or taken up in the substances into which they pass.

Abstain (v. t.) To hinder; to withhold.

Absterge (v. t.) To make clean by wiping; to wipe away; to cleanse; hence, to purge.

Absterse (v. t.) To absterge; to cleanse; to purge away.

Abstract (v. t.) To perform the process of abstraction.

Abstringe (v. t.) To unbind.

Abstrude (v. t.) To thrust away.

Absume (v. t.) To consume gradually; to waste away.

Abuse (v. t.) To put to a wrong use; to misapply; to misuse; to put to a bad use; to use for a wrong purpose or end; to pervert; as, to abuse inherited gold; to make an excessive use of; as, to abuse one's authority.

Abuse (v. t.) To use ill; to maltreat; to act injuriously to; to punish or to tax excessively; to hurt; as, to abuse prisoners, to abuse one's powers, one's patience.

Abuse (v. t.) To revile; to reproach coarsely; to disparage.

Abuse (v. t.) To dishonor.

Abuse (v. t.) To violate; to ravish.

Abuse (v. t.) To deceive; to impose on.

Abuse (v. t.) Improper treatment or use; application to a wrong or bad purpose; misuse; as, an abuse of our natural powers; an abuse of civil rights, or of privileges or advantages; an abuse of language.

Abuse (v. t.) Physical ill treatment; injury.

Abuse (v. t.) A corrupt practice or custom; offense; crime; fault; as, the abuses in the civil service.

Abuse (v. t.) Vituperative words; coarse, insulting speech; abusive language; virulent condemnation; reviling.

Abuse (v. t.) Violation; rape; as, abuse of a female child.

Abusion (v. t.) Evil or corrupt usage; abuse; wrong; reproach; deception; cheat.

Accelerate (v. t.) To cause to move faster; to quicken the motion of; to add to the speed of; -- opposed to retard.

Accelerate (v. t.) To quicken the natural or ordinary progression or process of; as, to accelerate the growth of a plant, the increase of wealth, etc.

Accelerate (v. t.) To hasten, as the occurence of an event; as, to accelerate our departure.

Accend (v. t.) To set on fire; to kindle.

Accent (v. t.) To express the accent of (either by the voice or by a mark); to utter or to mark with accent.

Accent (v. t.) To mark emphatically; to emphasize.

Accentuate (v. t.) To pronounce with an accent or with accents.

Accentuate (v. t.) To bring out distinctly; to make prominent; to emphasize.

Accentuate (v. t.) To mark with the written accent.

Accept (v. t.) To receive with a consenting mind (something offered); as, to accept a gift; -- often followed by of.

Accept (v. t.) To receive with favor; to approve.

Accept (v. t.) To receive or admit and agree to; to assent to; as, I accept your proposal, amendment, or excuse.

Accept (v. t.) To take by the mind; to understand; as, How are these words to be accepted?

Accept (v. t.) To receive as obligatory and promise to pay; as, to accept a bill of exchange.

Accept (v. t.) In a deliberate body, to receive in acquittance of a duty imposed; as, to accept the report of a committee. [This makes it the property of the body, and the question is then on its adoption.]

Accite (v. t.) To cite; to summon.

Acclaim (v. t.) To applaud.

Acclaim (v. t.) To declare by acclamations.

Acclaim (v. t.) To shout; as, to acclaim my joy.

Acclimate (v. t.) To habituate to a climate not native; to acclimatize.

Acclimatize (v. t.) To inure or habituate to a climate different from that which is natural; to adapt to the peculiarities of a foreign or strange climate; said of man, the inferior animals, or plants.

Accloy (v. t.) To fill to satiety; to stuff full; to clog; to overload; to burden. See Cloy.

Accoil (v. t.) To gather together; to collect.

Accoil (v. t.) To coil together.

Accommodate (v. t.) To render fit, suitable, or correspondent; to adapt; to conform; as, to accommodate ourselves to circumstances.

Accommodate (v. t.) To bring into agreement or harmony; to reconcile; to compose; to adjust; to settle; as, to accommodate differences, a dispute, etc.

Accommodate (v. t.) To furnish with something desired, needed, or convenient; to favor; to oblige; as, to accommodate a friend with a loan or with lodgings.

Accommodate (v. t.) To show the correspondence of; to apply or make suit by analogy; to adapt or fit, as teachings to accidental circumstances, statements to facts, etc.; as, to accommodate prophecy to events.

Accompany (v. t.) To go with or attend as a companion or associate; to keep company with; to go along with; -- followed by with or by; as, he accompanied his speech with a bow.

Accompany (v. t.) To cohabit with.

Accomplish (v. t.) To complete, as time or distance.

Accomplish (v. t.) To bring to an issue of full success; to effect; to perform; to execute fully; to fulfill; as, to accomplish a design, an object, a promise.

Accomplish (v. t.) To equip or furnish thoroughly; hence, to complete in acquirements; to render accomplished; to polish.

Accomplish (v. t.) To gain; to obtain.

Accord (v. t.) Agreement or concurrence of opinion, will, or action; harmony of mind; consent; assent.

Accord (v. t.) Harmony of sounds; agreement in pitch and tone; concord; as, the accord of tones.

Accord (v. t.) Agreement, harmony, or just correspondence of things; as, the accord of light and shade in painting.

Accord (v. t.) Voluntary or spontaneous motion or impulse to act; -- preceded by own; as, of one's own accord.

Accord (v. t.) An agreement between parties in controversy, by which satisfaction for an injury is stipulated, and which, when executed, bars a suit.

Accord (v. t.) To make to agree or correspond; to suit one thing to another; to adjust; -- followed by to.

Accord (v. t.) To bring to an agreement, as persons; to reconcile; to settle, adjust, harmonize, or compose, as things; as, to accord suits or controversies.

Accord (v. t.) To grant as suitable or proper; to concede; to award; as, to accord to one due praise.

Accorporate (v. t.) To unite; to attach; to incorporate.

Accost (v. t.) To join side to side; to border; hence, to sail along the coast or side of.

Accost (v. t.) To approach; to make up to.

Accost (v. t.) To speak to first; to address; to greet.

Account (v. t.) To reckon; to compute; to count.

Account (v. t.) To place to one's account; to put to the credit of; to assign; -- with to.

Account (v. t.) To value, estimate, or hold in opinion; to judge or consider; to deem.

Account (v. t.) To recount; to relate.

Accouple (v. t.) To join; to couple.

Accourage (v. t.) To encourage.

Accourt (v. t.) To treat courteously; to court.

Accouter (v. t.) Alt. of Accoutre

Accoutre (v. t.) To furnish with dress, or equipments, esp. those for military service; to equip; to attire; to array.

Accoy (v. t.) To render quiet; to soothe.

Accoy (v. t.) To subdue; to tame; to daunt.

Accredit (v. t.) To put or bring into credit; to invest with credit or authority; to sanction.

Accredit (v. t.) To send with letters credential, as an ambassador, envoy, or diplomatic agent; to authorize, as a messenger or delegate.

Accredit (v. t.) To believe; to credit; to put trust in.

Accredit (v. t.) To credit; to vouch for or consider (some one) as doing something, or (something) as belonging to some one.

Accrete (v. t.) To make adhere; to add.

Accriminate (v. t.) To accuse of a crime.

Accroach (v. t.) To hook, or draw to one's self as with a hook.

Accroach (v. t.) To usurp, as jurisdiction or royal prerogatives.

Accumber (v. t.) To encumber.

Accumulate (v. t.) To heap up in a mass; to pile up; to collect or bring together; to amass; as, to accumulate a sum of money.

Accurse (v. t.) To devote to destruction; to imprecate misery or evil upon; to curse; to execrate; to anathematize.

Accuse (v. t.) To charge with, or declare to have committed, a crime or offense

Accuse (v. t.) to charge with an offense, judicially or by a public process; -- with of; as, to accuse one of a high crime or misdemeanor.

Accuse (v. t.) To charge with a fault; to blame; to censure.

Accuse (v. t.) To betray; to show. [L.]

Accustom (v. t.) To make familiar by use; to habituate, familiarize, or inure; -- with to.

Acerbate (v. t.) To sour; to imbitter; to irritate.

Acervate (v. t.) To heap up.

Acetify (v. t.) To convert into acid or vinegar.

Achieve (v. t.) To carry on to a final close; to bring out into a perfected state; to accomplish; to perform; -- as, to achieve a feat, an exploit, an enterprise.

Achieve (v. t.) To obtain, or gain, as the result of exertion; to succeed in gaining; to win.

Achieve (v. t.) To finish; to kill.

Achromatize (v. t.) To deprive of color; to make achromatic.

Acidify (v. t.) To make acid; to convert into an acid; as, to acidify sugar.

Acidify (v. t.) To sour; to imbitter.

Acidulate (v. t.) To make sour or acid in a moderate degree; to sour somewhat.

Acknow (v. t.) To recognize.

Acknow (v. t.) To acknowledge; to confess.

Acknowledge (v. t.) To of or admit the knowledge of; to recognize as a fact or truth; to declare one's belief in; as, to acknowledge the being of a God.

Acknowledge (v. t.) To own or recognize in a particular character or relationship; to admit the claims or authority of; to give recognition to.

Acknowledge (v. t.) To own with gratitude or as a benefit or an obligation; as, to acknowledge a favor, the receipt of a letter.

Acknowledge (v. t.) To own as genuine; to assent to, as a legal instrument, to give it validity; to avow or admit in legal form; as, to acknowledgea deed.

Acquaint (v. t.) Acquainted.

Acquaint (v. t.) To furnish or give experimental knowledge of; to make (one) to know; to make familiar; -- followed by with.

Acquaint (v. t.) To communicate notice to; to inform; to make cognizant; -- followed by with (formerly, also, by of), or by that, introducing the intelligence; as, to acquaint a friend with the particulars of an act.

Acquaint (v. t.) To familiarize; to accustom.

Acquiet (v. t.) To quiet.

Acquire (v. t.) To gain, usually by one's own exertions; to get as one's own; as, to acquire a title, riches, knowledge, skill, good or bad habits.

Acquit (v. t.) To discharge, as a claim or debt; to clear off; to pay off; to requite.

Acquit (v. t.) To pay for; to atone for.

Acquit (v. t.) To set free, release or discharge from an obligation, duty, liability, burden, or from an accusation or charge; -- now followed by of before the charge, formerly by from; as, the jury acquitted the prisoner; we acquit a man of evil intentions.

Acquit (v. t.) To clear one's self.

Acquit (v. t.) To bear or conduct one's self; to perform one's part; as, the soldier acquitted himself well in battle; the orator acquitted himself very poorly.

Acquittance (v. t.) To acquit.

Acrase (v. t.) Alt. of Acraze

Acraze (v. t.) To craze.

Acraze (v. t.) To impair; to destroy.

Act (v. t.) To move to action; to actuate; to animate.

Act (v. t.) To perform; to execute; to do.

Act (v. t.) To perform, as an actor; to represent dramatically on the stage.

Act (v. t.) To assume the office or character of; to play; to personate; as, to act the hero.

Act (v. t.) To feign or counterfeit; to simulate.

Activate (v. t.) To make active.

Actualize (v. t.) To make actual; to realize in action.

Actuate (v. t.) To put into action or motion; to move or incite to action; to influence actively; to move as motives do; -- more commonly used of persons.

Actuate (v. t.) To carry out in practice; to perform.

Acuate (v. t.) To sharpen; to make pungent; to quicken.

Acuminate (v. t.) To render sharp or keen.

Acupuncture (v. t.) To treat with acupuncture.

Acute (v. t.) To give an acute sound to; as, he acutes his rising inflection too much.

Adact (v. t.) To compel; to drive.

Adapt (v. t.) To make suitable; to fit, or suit; to adjust; to alter so as to fit for a new use; -- sometimes followed by to or for.

Adaunt (v. t.) To daunt; to subdue; to mitigate.

Adaw (v. t.) To subdue; to daunt.

Add (v. t.) To give by way of increased possession (to any one); to bestow (on).

Add (v. t.) To join or unite, as one thing to another, or as several particulars, so as to increase the number, augment the quantity, enlarge the magnitude, or so as to form into one aggregate. Hence: To sum up; to put together mentally; as, to add numbers; to add up a column.

Add (v. t.) To append, as a statement; to say further.

Addeem (v. t.) To award; to adjudge.

Addict (v. t.) To apply habitually; to devote; to habituate; -- with to.

Addict (v. t.) To adapt; to make suitable; to fit.

Addoom (v. t.) To adjudge.

Address (v. t.) Act of preparing one's self.

Address (v. t.) Act of addressing one's self to a person; verbal application.

Address (v. t.) A formal communication, either written or spoken; a discourse; a speech; a formal application to any one; a petition; a formal statement on some subject or special occasion; as, an address of thanks, an address to the voters.

Address (v. t.) Direction or superscription of a letter, or the name, title, and place of residence of the person addressed.

Address (v. t.) Manner of speaking to another; delivery; as, a man of pleasing or insinuating address.

Address (v. t.) Attention in the way one's addresses to a lady.

Address (v. t.) Skill; skillful management; dexterity; adroitness.

Adduce (v. t.) To bring forward or offer, as an argument, passage, or consideration which bears on a statement or case; to cite; to allege.

Adduct (v. t.) To draw towards a common center or a middle

Addulce (v. t.) To sweeten; to soothe.

Adeem (v. t.) To revoke, as a legacy, grant, etc., or to satisfy it by some other gift.

Adhibit (v. t.) To admit, as a person or thing; to take in.

Adhibit (v. t.) To use or apply; to administer.

Adhibit (v. t.) To attach; to affix.

Adhort (v. t.) To exhort; to advise.

Adight (v. t.) To set in order; to array; to attire; to deck, to dress.

Adipocerate (v. t.) To convert into adipocere.

Adject (v. t.) To add or annex; to join.

Adjective (v. t.) To make an adjective of; to form or change into an adjective.

Adjoin (v. t.) To join or unite to; to lie contiguous to; to be in contact with; to attach; to append.

Adjourn (v. t.) To put off or defer to another day, or indefinitely; to postpone; to close or suspend for the day; -- commonly said of the meeting, or the action, of convened body; as, to adjourn the meeting; to adjourn a debate.

Adjudge (v. t.) To award judicially in the case of a controverted question; as, the prize was adjudged to the victor.

Adjudge (v. t.) To determine in the exercise of judicial power; to decide or award judicially; to adjudicate; as, the case was adjudged in the November term.

Adjudge (v. t.) To sentence; to condemn.

Adjudge (v. t.) To regard or hold; to judge; to deem.

Adjudicate (v. t.) To adjudge; to try and determine, as a court; to settle by judicial decree.

Adjugate (v. t.) To yoke to.

Adjure (v. t.) To charge, bind, or command, solemnly, as if under oath, or under the penalty of a curse; to appeal to in the most solemn or impressive manner; to entreat earnestly.

Adjust (v. t.) To make exact; to fit; to make correspondent or conformable; to bring into proper relations; as, to adjust a garment to the body, or things to a standard.

Adjust (v. t.) To put in order; to regulate, or reduce to system.

Adjust (v. t.) To settle or bring to a satisfactory state, so that parties are agreed in the result; as, to adjust accounts; the differences are adjusted.

Adjust (v. t.) To bring to a true relative position, as the parts of an instrument; to regulate for use; as, to adjust a telescope or microscope.

Adjute (v. t.) To add.

Admarginate (v. t.) To write in the margin.

Admeasure (v. t.) To measure.

Admeasure (v. t.) To determine the proper share of, or the proper apportionment; as, to admeasure dower; to admeasure common of pasture.

Admeasure (v. t.) The measure of a thing; dimensions; size.

Admeasure (v. t.) Formerly, the adjustment of proportion, or ascertainment of shares, as of dower or pasture held in common. This was by writ of admeasurement, directed to the sheriff.

Administer (v. t.) To manage or conduct, as public affairs; to direct or superintend the execution, application, or conduct of; as, to administer the government or the state.

Administer (v. t.) To dispense; to serve out; to supply; execute; as, to administer relief, to administer the sacrament.

Administer (v. t.) To apply, as medicine or a remedy; to give, as a dose or something beneficial or suitable. Extended to a blow, a reproof, etc.

Administer (v. t.) To tender, as an oath.

Administer (v. t.) To settle, as the estate of one who dies without a will, or whose will fails of an executor.

Administrate (v. t.) To administer.

Admire (v. t.) To regard with wonder or astonishment; to view with surprise; to marvel at.

Admire (v. t.) To regard with wonder and delight; to look upon with an elevated feeling of pleasure, as something which calls out approbation, esteem, love, or reverence; to estimate or prize highly; as, to admire a person of high moral worth, to admire a landscape.

Admit (v. t.) To suffer to enter; to grant entrance, whether into a place, or into the mind, or consideration; to receive; to take; as, they were into his house; to admit a serious thought into the mind; to admit evidence in the trial of a cause.

Admit (v. t.) To give a right of entrance; as, a ticket admits one into a playhouse.

Admit (v. t.) To allow (one) to enter on an office or to enjoy a privilege; to recognize as qualified for a franchise; as, to admit an attorney to practice law; the prisoner was admitted to bail.

Admit (v. t.) To concede as true; to acknowledge or assent to, as an allegation which it is impossible to deny; to own or confess; as, the argument or fact is admitted; he admitted his guilt.

Admit (v. t.) To be capable of; to permit; as, the words do not admit such a construction. In this sense, of may be used after the verb, or may be omitted.

Admix (v. t.) To mingle with something else; to mix.

Admonish (v. t.) To warn or notify of a fault; to reprove gently or kindly, but seriously; to exhort.

Admonish (v. t.) To counsel against wrong practices; to cation or advise; to warn against danger or an offense; -- followed by of, against, or a subordinate clause.

Admonish (v. t.) To instruct or direct; to inform; to notify.

Admove (v. t.) To move or conduct to or toward.

Adonize (v. t.) To beautify; to dandify.

Adopt (v. t.) To take by choice into relationship, as, child, heir, friend, citizen, etc.; esp. to take voluntarily (a child of other parents) to be in the place of, or as, one's own child.

Adopt (v. t.) To take or receive as one's own what is not so naturally; to select and take or approve; as, to adopt the view or policy of another; these resolutions were adopted.

Adore (v. t.) To worship with profound reverence; to pay divine honors to; to honor as deity or as divine.

Adore (v. t.) To love in the highest degree; to regard with the utmost esteem and affection; to idolize.

Adore (v. t.) To adorn.

Adorn (v. t.) To deck or dress with ornaments; to embellish; to set off to advantage; to render pleasing or attractive.

Adpress (v. t.) See Appressed.

Adrogate (v. t.) To adopt (a person who is his own master).

Adsignify (v. t.) To denote additionally.

Adulate (v. t.) To flatter in a servile way.

Adulterate (v. t.) To defile by adultery.

Adulterate (v. t.) To corrupt, debase, or make impure by an admixture of a foreign or a baser substance; as, to adulterate food, drink, drugs, coin, etc.

Adumbrate (v. t.) To give a faint shadow or slight representation of; to out

Adumbrate (v. t.) To overshadow; to shade.

Adure (v. t.) To burn up.

Advance (v. t.) To bring forward; to move towards the van or front; to make to go on.

Advance (v. t.) To raise; to elevate.

Advance (v. t.) To raise to a higher rank; to promote.

Advance (v. t.) To accelerate the growth or progress; to further; to forward; to help on; to aid; to heighten; as, to advance the ripening of fruit; to advance one's interests.

Advance (v. t.) To bring to view or notice; to offer or propose; to show; as, to advance an argument.

Advance (v. t.) To make earlier, as an event or date; to hasten.

Advance (v. t.) To furnish, as money or other value, before it becomes due, or in aid of an enterprise; to supply beforehand; as, a merchant advances money on a contract or on goods consigned to him.

Advance (v. t.) To raise to a higher point; to enhance; to raise in rate; as, to advance the price of goods.

Advance (v. t.) To extol; to laud.

Advancement (v. t.) The act of advancing, or the state of being advanced; progression; improvement; furtherance; promotion to a higher place or dignity; as, the advancement of learning.

Advancement (v. t.) An advance of money or value; payment in advance. See Advance, 5.

Advancement (v. t.) Property given, usually by a parent to a child, in advance of a future distribution.

Advancement (v. t.) Settlement on a wife, or jointure.

Advantage (v. t.) To give an advantage to; to further; to promote; to benefit; to profit.

Adverbialize (v. t.) To give the force or form of an adverb to.

Adverse (v. t.) To oppose; to resist.

Advertise (v. t.) To give notice to; to inform or apprise; to notify; to make known; hence, to warn; -- often followed by of before the subject of information; as, to advertise a man of his loss.

Advertise (v. t.) To give public notice of; to announce publicly, esp. by a printed notice; as, to advertise goods for sale, a lost article, the sailing day of a vessel, a political meeting.

Advise (v. t.) To give advice to; to offer an opinion, as worthy or expedient to be followed; to counsel; to warn.

Advise (v. t.) To give information or notice to; to inform; -- with of before the thing communicated; as, we were advised of the risk.

Advise (v. t.) To consider; to deliberate.

Advise (v. t.) To take counsel; to consult; -- followed by with; as, to advise with friends.

Advoke (v. t.) To summon; to call.

Adz (v. t.) To cut with an adz.

Aerate (v. t.) To combine or charge with gas; usually with carbonic acid gas, formerly called fixed air.

Aerate (v. t.) To supply or impregnate with common air; as, to aerate soil; to aerate water.

Aerate (v. t.) To expose to the chemical action of air; to oxygenate (the blood) by respiration; to arterialize.

Aerify (v. t.) To infuse air into; to combine air with.

Aerify (v. t.) To change into an aeriform state.

Affatuate (v. t.) To infatuate.

Affear (v. t.) To frighten.

Affect (v. t.) To act upon; to produce an effect or change upon.

Affect (v. t.) To influence or move, as the feelings or passions; to touch.

Affect (v. t.) To love; to regard with affection.

Affect (v. t.) To show a fondness for; to like to use or practice; to choose; hence, to frequent habitually.

Affect (v. t.) To dispose or inc

Affect (v. t.) To aim at; to aspire; to covet.

Affect (v. t.) To tend to by affinity or disposition.

Affect (v. t.) To make a show of; to put on a pretense of; to feign; to assume; as, to affect ignorance.

Affect (v. t.) To assign; to appoint.

Affeer (v. t.) To confirm; to assure.

Affeer (v. t.) To assess or reduce, as an arbitrary penalty or amercement, to a certain and reasonable sum.

Affiance (v. t.) To betroth; to pledge one's faith to for marriage, or solemnly promise (one's self or another) in marriage.

Affiance (v. t.) To assure by promise.

Affile (v. t.) To polish.

Affiliate (v. t.) To adopt; to receive into a family as a son; hence, to bring or receive into close connection; to ally.

Affiliate (v. t.) To fix the paternity of; -- said of an illegitimate child; as, to affiliate the child to (or on or upon) one man rather than another.

Affiliate (v. t.) To connect in the way of descent; to trace origin to.

Affiliate (v. t.) To attach (to) or unite (with); to receive into a society as a member, and initiate into its mysteries, plans, etc.; -- followed by to or with.

Affine (v. t.) To refine.

Affirm (v. t.) to assert or confirm, as a judgment, decree, or order, brought before an appellate court for review.

Affirm (v. t.) To assert positively; to tell with confidence; to aver; to maintain as true; -- opposed to deny.

Affirm (v. t.) To declare, as a fact, solemnly, under judicial sanction. See Affirmation, 4.

Affix (v. t.) To subjoin, annex, or add at the close or end; to append to; to fix to any part of; as, to affix a syllable to a word; to affix a seal to an instrument; to affix one's name to a writing.

Affix (v. t.) To fix or fasten in any way; to attach physically.

Affix (v. t.) To attach, unite, or connect with; as, names affixed to ideas, or ideas affixed to things; to affix a stigma to a person; to affix ridicule or blame to any one.

Affix (v. t.) To fix or fasten figuratively; -- with on or upon; as, eyes affixed upon the ground.

Afflict (v. t.) To strike or cast down; to overthrow.

Afflict (v. t.) To inflict some great injury or hurt upon, causing continued pain or mental distress; to trouble grievously; to torment.

Afflict (v. t.) To make low or humble.

Afforce (v. t.) To reenforce; to strengthen.

Afford (v. t.) To give forth; to supply, yield, or produce as the natural result, fruit, or issue; as, grapes afford wine; olives afford oil; the earth affords fruit; the sea affords an abundant supply of fish.

Afford (v. t.) To give, grant, or confer, with a remoter reference to its being the natural result; to provide; to furnish; as, a good life affords consolation in old age.

Afford (v. t.) To offer, provide, or supply, as in selling, granting, expending, with profit, or without loss or too great injury; as, A affords his goods cheaper than B; a man can afford a sum yearly in charity.

Afford (v. t.) To incur, stand, or bear without serious detriment, as an act which might under other circumstances be injurious; -- with an auxiliary, as can, could, might, etc.; to be able or rich enough.

Afforest (v. t.) To convert into a forest; as, to afforest a tract of country.

Affranchise (v. t.) To make free; to enfranchise.

Affray (v. t.) To startle from quiet; to alarm.

Affray (v. t.) To frighten; to scare; to frighten away.

Affray (v. t.) The act of suddenly disturbing any one; an assault or attack.

Affray (v. t.) Alarm; terror; fright.

Affray (v. t.) A tumultuous assault or quarrel; a brawl; a fray.

Affray (v. t.) The fighting of two or more persons, in a public place, to the terror of others.

Affreight (v. t.) To hire, as a ship, for the transportation of goods or freight.

Affright (v. t.) To impress with sudden fear; to frighten; to alarm.

Affrighten (v. t.) To frighten.

Affront (v. t.) To front; to face in position; to meet or encounter face to face.

Affront (v. t.) To face in defiance; to confront; as, to affront death; hence, to meet in hostile encounter.

Affront (v. t.) To offend by some manifestation of disrespect; to insult to the face by demeanor or language; to treat with marked incivility.

Affuse (v. t.) To pour out or upon.

Affy (v. t.) To confide (one's self to, or in); to trust.

Affy (v. t.) To betroth or espouse; to affiance.

Affy (v. t.) To bind in faith.

Africanize (v. t.) To place under the domination of Africans or negroes.

Aftereye (v. t.) To look after.

Againbuy (v. t.) To redeem.

Againsay (v. t.) To gainsay.

Againstand (v. t.) To withstand.

Agast (v. t.) Alt. of Aghast

Aghast (v. t.) To affright; to terrify.

Agatize (v. t.) To convert into agate; to make resemble agate.

Age (v. t.) To cause to grow old; to impart the characteristics of age to; as, grief ages us.

Aggerate (v. t.) To heap up.

Aggest (v. t.) To heap up.

Agglomerate (v. t.) To wind or collect into a ball; hence, to gather into a mass or anything like a mass.

Agglutinate (v. t.) To unite, or cause to adhere, as with glue or other viscous substance; to unite by causing an adhesion of substances.

Aggrace (v. t.) To favor; to grace.

Aggrandize (v. t.) To make great; to enlarge; to increase; as, to aggrandize our conceptions, authority, distress.

Aggrandize (v. t.) To make great or greater in power, rank, honor, or wealth; -- applied to persons, countries, etc.

Aggrandize (v. t.) To make appear great or greater; to exalt.

Aggravate (v. t.) To make heavy or heavier; to add to; to increase.

Aggravate (v. t.) To make worse, or more severe; to render less tolerable or less excusable; to make more offensive; to enhance; to intensify.

Aggravate (v. t.) To give coloring to in description; to exaggerate; as, to aggravate circumstances.

Aggravate (v. t.) To exasperate; to provoke; to irritate.

Aggregate (v. t.) To bring together; to collect into a mass or sum. "The aggregated soil."

Aggregate (v. t.) To add or unite, as, a person, to an association.

Aggregate (v. t.) To amount in the aggregate to; as, ten loads, aggregating five hundred bushels.

Aggrege (v. t.) To make heavy; to aggravate.

Aggress (v. t.) To set upon; to attack.

Aggrieve (v. t.) To give pain or sorrow to; to afflict; hence, to oppress or injure in one's rights; to bear heavily upon; -- now commonly used in the passive TO be aggrieved.

Aggroup (v. t.) To bring together in a group; to group.

Aghast (v. t.) See Agast, v. t.

Agist (v. t.) To take to graze or pasture, at a certain sum; -- used originally of the feeding of cattle in the king's forests, and collecting the money for the same.

Agitate (v. t.) To move with a violent, irregular action; as, the wind agitates the sea; to agitate water in a vessel.

Agitate (v. t.) To move or actuate.

Agitate (v. t.) To stir up; to disturb or excite; to perturb; as, he was greatly agitated.

Agitate (v. t.) To discuss with great earnestness; to debate; as, a controversy hotly agitated.

Agitate (v. t.) To revolve in the mind, or view in all its aspects; to contrive busily; to devise; to plot; as, politicians agitate desperate designs.

Agnize (v. t.) To recognize; to acknowledge.

Agnominate (v. t.) To name.

Agonize (v. t.) To cause to suffer agony; to subject to extreme pain; to torture.

Agrarianize (v. t.) To distribute according to, or to imbue with, the principles of agrarianism.

Agree (v. t.) To make harmonious; to reconcile or make friends.

Agree (v. t.) To admit, or come to one mind concerning; to settle; to arrange; as, to agree the fact; to agree differences.

Agrise (v. t.) To shudder at; to abhor; to dread; to loathe.

Agrise (v. t.) To terrify; to affright.

Ague (v. t.) To strike with an ague, or with a cold fit.

Aguilt (v. t.) To be guilty of; to offend; to sin against; to wrong.

Aguise (v. t.) To dress; to attire; to adorn.

Aid (v. t.) To support, either by furnishing strength or means in cooperation to effect a purpose, or to prevent or to remove evil; to help; to assist.

Aid (v. t.) Help; succor; assistance; relief.

Aid (v. t.) The person or thing that promotes or helps in something done; a helper; an assistant.

Aid (v. t.) A subsidy granted to the king by Parliament; also, an exchequer loan.

Aid (v. t.) A pecuniary tribute paid by a vassal to his lord on special occasions.

Aid (v. t.) An aid-de-camp, so called by abbreviation; as, a general's aid.

Ail (v. t.) To affect with pain or uneasiness, either physical or mental; to trouble; to be the matter with; -- used to express some uneasiness or affection, whose cause is unknown; as, what ails the man? I know not what ails him.

Aim (v. t.) To direct or point, as a weapon, at a particular object; to direct, as a missile, an act, or a proceeding, at, to, or against an object; as, to aim a musket or an arrow, the fist or a blow (at something); to aim a satire or a reflection (at some person or vice).

Alacrify (v. t.) To rouse to action; to inspirit.

Alarm (v. t.) To call to arms for defense; to give notice to (any one) of approaching danger; to rouse to vigilance and action; to put on the alert.

Alarm (v. t.) To keep in excitement; to disturb.

Alarm (v. t.) To surprise with apprehension of danger; to fill with anxiety in regard to threatening evil; to excite with sudden fear.

Albumenize (v. t.) To cover or saturate with albumen; to coat or treat with an albuminous solution; as, to albumenize paper.

Alchemize (v. t.) To change by alchemy; to transmute.

Alcoholize (v. t.) To reduce to a fine powder.

Alcoholize (v. t.) To convert into alcohol; to rectify; also, to saturate with alcohol.

Alegge (v. t.) To allay or alleviate; to lighten.

Algebraize (v. t.) To perform by algebra; to reduce to algebraic form.

Alien (v. t.) To alienate; to estrange; to transfer, as property or ownership.

Alienate (v. t.) To convey or transfer to another, as title, property, or right; to part voluntarily with ownership of.

Alienate (v. t.) To withdraw, as the affections; to make indifferent of averse, where love or friendship before subsisted; to estrange; to wean; -- with from.

Aliene (v. t.) To alien or alienate; to transfer, as title or property; as, to aliene an estate.

Align (v. t.) To adjust or form to a

Align (v. t.) To form in

Aliment (v. t.) To nourish; to support.

Aliment (v. t.) To provide for the maintenance of.


Alkalify (v. t.) To convert into an alkali; to give alka

Alkalizate (v. t.) To alkalizate.

Alkalize (v. t.) To render alka

Allay (v. t.) To make quiet or put at rest; to pacify or appease; to quell; to calm; as, to allay popular excitement; to allay the tumult of the passions.

Allay (v. t.) To alleviate; to abate; to mitigate; as, to allay the severity of affliction or the bitterness of adversity.

Allay (v. t.) To diminish in strength; to abate; to subside.

Allay (v. t.) To mix (metals); to mix with a baser metal; to alloy; to deteriorate.

Allect (v. t.) To allure; to entice.

Alledge (v. t.) See Allege.

Allege (v. t.) To bring forward with positiveness; to declare; to affirm; to assert; as, to allege a fact.

Allege (v. t.) To cite or quote; as, to allege the authority of a judge.

Allege (v. t.) To produce or urge as a reason, plea, or excuse; as, he refused to lend, alleging a resolution against lending.

Allege (v. t.) To alleviate; to lighten, as a burden or a trouble.

Allegge (v. t.) See Alegge and Allay.

Allegorize (v. t.) To form or turn into allegory; as, to allegorize the history of a people.

Allegorize (v. t.) To treat as allegorical; to understand in an allegorical sense; as, when a passage in a writer may understood literally or figuratively, he who gives it a figurative sense is said to allegorize it.

Allegorize (v. t.) To use allegory.

Alleviate (v. t.) To lighten or lessen the force or weight of.

Alleviate (v. t.) To lighten or lessen (physical or mental troubles); to mitigate, or make easier to be endured; as, to alleviate sorrow, pain, care, etc. ; -- opposed to aggravate.

Alleviate (v. t.) To extenuate; to palliate.

All-hail (v. t.) To salute; to greet.

Alliance (v. t.) To connect by alliance; to ally.

Alligate (v. t.) To tie; to unite by some tie.


Alliterate (v. t.) To employ or place so as to make alliteration.

Allocate (v. t.) To distribute or assign; to allot.

Allocate (v. t.) To localize.

Allot (v. t.) To distribute by lot.

Allot (v. t.) To distribute, or parcel out in parts or portions; or to distribute to each individual concerned; to assign as a share or lot; to set apart as one's share; to bestow on; to grant; to appoint; as, let every man be contented with that which Providence allots him.

Allotropize (v. t.) To change in physical properties but not in substance.

Allow (v. t.) To praise; to approve of; hence, to sanction.

Allow (v. t.) To like; to be suited or pleased with.

Allow (v. t.) To sanction; to invest; to intrust.

Allow (v. t.) To grant, give, admit, accord, afford, or yield; to let one have; as, to allow a servant his liberty; to allow a free passage; to allow one day for rest.

Allow (v. t.) To own or acknowledge; to accept as true; to concede; to accede to an opinion; as, to allow a right; to allow a claim; to allow the truth of a proposition.

Allow (v. t.) To grant (something) as a deduction or an addition; esp. to abate or deduct; as, to allow a sum for leakage.

Allow (v. t.) To grant license to; to permit; to consent to; as, to allow a son to be absent.

Alloy (v. t.) Any combination or compound of metals fused together; a mixture of metals; for example, brass, which is an alloy of copper and zinc. But when mercury is one of the metals, the compound is called an amalgam.

Alloy (v. t.) The quality, or comparative purity, of gold or silver; fineness.

Alloy (v. t.) A baser metal mixed with a finer.

Alloy (v. t.) Admixture of anything which lessens the value or detracts from; as, no happiness is without alloy.

Alloy (v. t.) To reduce the purity of by mixing with a less valuable substance; as, to alloy gold with silver or copper, or silver with copper.

Alloy (v. t.) To mix, as metals, so as to form a compound.

Alloy (v. t.) To abate, impair, or debase by mixture; to allay; as, to alloy pleasure with misfortunes.

Alloy (v. t.) To form a metallic compound.

Allude (v. t.) To compare allusively; to refer (something) as applicable.

Allure (v. t.) To attempt to draw; to tempt by a lure or bait, that is, by the offer of some good, real or apparent; to invite by something flattering or acceptable; to entice; to attract.

Ally (v. t.) To unite, or form a connection between, as between families by marriage, or between princes and states by treaty, league, or confederacy; -- often followed by to or with.

Ally (v. t.) To connect or form a relation between by similitude, resemblance, friendship, or love.

Alose (v. t.) To praise.

Alphabet (v. t.) To designate by the letters of the alphabet; to arrange alphabetically.

Alphabetize (v. t.) To arrange alphabetically; as, to alphabetize a list of words.

Alphabetize (v. t.) To furnish with an alphabet.

Alter (v. t.) To make otherwise; to change in some respect, either partially or wholly; to vary; to modify.

Alter (v. t.) To agitate; to affect mentally.

Alter (v. t.) To geld.

Alternant (v. t.) Composed of alternate layers, as some rocks.

Alternate (v. t.) To perform by turns, or in succession; to cause to succeed by turns; to interchange regularly.

Alum (v. t.) To steep in, or otherwise impregnate with, a solution of alum; to treat with alum.

Aluminize (v. t.) To treat or impregnate with alum; to alum.

Amain (v. t.) To lower, as a sail, a yard, etc.

Amalgamate (v. t.) To compound or mix, as quicksilver, with another metal; to unite, combine, or alloy with mercury.

Amalgamate (v. t.) To mix, so as to make a uniform compound; to unite or combine; as, to amalgamate two races; to amalgamate one race with another.

Amalgamize (v. t.) To amalgamate.

Amass (v. t.) To collect into a mass or heap; to gather a great quantity of; to accumulate; as, to amass a treasure or a fortune; to amass words or phrases.

Amate (v. t.) To dismay; to dishearten; to daunt.

Amate (v. t.) To be a mate to; to match.

Amaze (v. t.) To bewilder; to stupefy; to bring into a maze.

Amaze (v. t.) To confound, as by fear, wonder, extreme surprise; to overwhelm with wonder; to astound; to astonish greatly.

Amaze (v. t.) Bewilderment, arising from fear, surprise, or wonder; amazement.

Amber (v. t.) To scent or flavor with ambergris; as, ambered wine.

Amber (v. t.) To preserve in amber; as, an ambered fly.

Ambition (v. t.) To seek after ambitiously or eagerly; to covet.

Ambuscade (v. t.) A lying in a wood, concealed, for the purpose of attacking an enemy by surprise. Hence: A lying in wait, and concealed in any situation, for a like purpose; a snare laid for an enemy; an ambush.

Ambuscade (v. t.) A place in which troops lie hid, to attack an enemy unexpectedly.

Ambuscade (v. t.) The body of troops lying in ambush.

Ambuscade (v. t.) To post or conceal in ambush; to ambush.

Ambuscade (v. t.) To lie in wait for, or to attack from a covert or lurking place; to waylay.

Ambush (v. t.) A disposition or arrangement of troops for attacking an enemy unexpectedly from a concealed station. Hence: Unseen peril; a device to entrap; a snare.

Ambush (v. t.) A concealed station, where troops or enemies lie in wait to attack by surprise.

Ambush (v. t.) The troops posted in a concealed place, for attacking by surprise; liers in wait.

Ambush (v. t.) To station in ambush with a view to surprise an enemy.

Ambush (v. t.) To attack by ambush; to waylay.

Ambushment (v. t.) An ambush.

Amel (v. t.) Enamel.

Amel (v. t.) To enamel.

Ameliorate (v. t.) To make better; to improve; to meliorate.

Amen (v. t.) To say Amen to; to sanction fully.

Amenage (v. t.) To manage.

Amend (v. t.) To change or modify in any way for the better

Amend (v. t.) by simply removing what is erroneous, corrupt, superfluous, faulty, and the like;

Amend (v. t.) by supplying deficiencies;

Amend (v. t.) by substituting something else in the place of what is removed; to rectify.

Amenuse (v. t.) To lessen.

Amerce (v. t.) To punish by a pecuniary penalty, the amount of which is not fixed by law, but left to the discretion of the court; as, the amerced the criminal in the sum on the hundred dollars.

Amerce (v. t.) To punish, in general; to mulct.

Americanize (v. t.) To render American; to assimilate to the Americans in customs, ideas, etc.; to stamp with American characteristics.

Amit (v. t.) To lose.

Ammunition (v. t.) To provide with ammunition.

Amnesty (v. t.) To grant amnesty to.

Amoneste (v. t.) To admonish.

Amortize (v. t.) To make as if dead; to destroy.

Amortize (v. t.) To alienate in mortmain, that is, to convey to a corporation. See Mortmain.

Amortize (v. t.) To clear off or extinguish, as a debt, usually by means of a sinking fund.

Amount (v. t.) To signify; to amount to.

Amove (v. t.) To remove, as a person or thing, from a position.

Amove (v. t.) To dismiss from an office or station.

Ampliate (v. t.) To enlarge.

Amplificate (v. t.) To amplify.

Amplify (v. t.) To render larger, more extended, or more intense, and the like; -- used especially of telescopes, microscopes, etc.

Amplify (v. t.) To enlarge by addition or discussion; to treat copiously by adding particulars, illustrations, etc.; to expand; to make much of.

Amputate (v. t.) To prune or lop off, as branches or tendrils.

Amputate (v. t.) To cut off (a limb or projecting part of the body)

Anabaptize (v. t.) To rebaptize; to rechristen; also, to rename.

Anachronize (v. t.) To refer to, or put into, a wrong time.

Anaesthetize (v. t.) To render insensible by an anaesthetic.

Anagram (v. t.) To anagrammatize.

Anagrammatize (v. t.) To transpose, as the letters of a word, so as to form an anagram.

Analyze (v. t.) To subject to analysis; to resolve (anything complex) into its elements; to separate into the constituent parts, for the purpose of an examination of each separately; to examine in such a manner as to ascertain the elements or nature of the thing examined; as, to analyze a fossil substance; to analyze a sentence or a word; to analyze an action to ascertain its morality.

Anarchize (v. t.) To reduce to anarchy.

Anathematize (v. t.) To pronounce an anathema against; to curse. Hence: To condemn publicly as something accursed.

Anatomize (v. t.) To dissect; to cut in pieces, as an animal vegetable body, for the purpose of displaying or examining the structure and use of the several parts.

Anatomize (v. t.) To discriminate minutely or carefully; to analyze.

Anchor (v. t.) To place at anchor; to secure by an anchor; as, to anchor a ship.

Anchor (v. t.) To fix or fasten; to fix in a stable condition; as, to anchor the cables of a suspension bridge.

Anele (v. t.) To anoint.

Anele (v. t.) To give extreme unction to.

Angelify (v. t.) To make like an angel; to angelize.

Angelize (v. t.) To raise to the state of an angel; to render angelic.

Anger (v. t.) To make painful; to cause to smart; to inflame.

Anger (v. t.) To excite to anger; to enrage; to provoke.

Angle (v. t.) To try to gain by some insinuating artifice; to allure.

Anglicify (v. t.) To anglicize.

Anglicize (v. t.) To make English; to English; to anglify; render conformable to the English idiom, or to English analogies.

Anglify (v. t.) To convert into English; to anglicize.

Anguish (v. t.) To distress with extreme pain or grief.

Angulate (v. t.) To make angular.

Anhang (v. t.) To hang.

Anient (v. t.) Alt. of Anientise

Anientise (v. t.) To frustrate; to bring to naught; to annihilate.

Animalize (v. t.) To endow with the properties of an animal; to represent in animal form.

Animalize (v. t.) To convert into animal matter by the processes of assimilation.

Animalize (v. t.) To render animal or sentient; to reduce to the state of a lower animal; to sensualize.

Animate (v. t.) To give natural life to; to make alive; to quicken; as, the soul animates the body.

Animate (v. t.) To give powers to, or to heighten the powers or effect of; as, to animate a lyre.

Animate (v. t.) To give spirit or vigor to; to stimulate or incite; to inspirit; to rouse; to enliven.

Animosity (v. t.) Mere spiritedness or courage.

Animosity (v. t.) Violent hatred leading to active opposition; active enmity; energetic dislike.

Annalize (v. t.) To record in annals.

Anneal (v. t.) To subject to great heat, and then cool slowly, as glass, cast iron, steel, or other metal, for the purpose of rendering it less brittle; to temper; to toughen.

Anneal (v. t.) To heat, as glass, tiles, or earthenware, in order to fix the colors laid on them.

Annex (v. t.) To join or attach; usually to subjoin; to affix; to append; -- followed by to.

Annex (v. t.) To join or add, as a smaller thing to a greater.

Annex (v. t.) To attach or connect, as a consequence, condition, etc.; as, to annex a penalty to a prohibition, or punishment to guilt.

Annexation (v. t.) The act of annexing; process of attaching, adding, or appending; the act of connecting; union; as, the annexation of Texas to the United States, or of chattels to the freehold.

Annexation (v. t.) The union of property with a freehold so as to become a fixture. Bouvier. (b) (Scots Law) The appropriation of lands or rents to the crown.

Annihilate (v. t.) To reduce to nothing or nonexistence; to destroy the existence of; to cause to cease to be.

Annihilate (v. t.) To destroy the form or peculiar distinctive properties of, so that the specific thing no longer exists; as, to annihilate a forest by cutting down the trees.

Annihilate (v. t.) To destroy or eradicate, as a property or attribute of a thing; to make of no effect; to destroy the force, etc., of; as, to annihilate an argument, law, rights, goodness.

Annominate (v. t.) To name.

Announce (v. t.) To give public notice, or first notice of; to make known; to publish; to proclaim.

Announce (v. t.) To pronounce; to declare by judicial sentence.

Annumerate (v. t.) To add on; to count in.

Annunciate (v. t.) To announce.

Anoil (v. t.) To anoint with oil.

Anoint (v. t.) To smear or rub over with oil or an unctuous substance; also, to spread over, as oil.

Anoint (v. t.) To apply oil to or to pour oil upon, etc., as a sacred rite, especially for consecration.

Anorn (v. t.) To adorn.

Antagonize (v. t.) To contend with; to oppose actively; to counteract.

Antedate (v. t.) To date before the true time; to assign to an earlier date; thus, to antedate a deed or a bond is to give it a date anterior to the true time of its execution.

Antedate (v. t.) To precede in time.

Antedate (v. t.) To anticipate; to make before the true time.

Antepone (v. t.) To put before; to prefer.

Antevert (v. t.) To prevent.

Antevert (v. t.) To displace by anteversion.

Anthem (v. t.) To celebrate with anthems.

Antic (v. t.) To make appear like a buffoon.

Anticipate (v. t.) To be before in doing; to do or take before another; to preclude or prevent by prior action.

Anticipate (v. t.) To take up or introduce beforehand, or before the proper or normal time; to cause to occur earlier or prematurely; as, the advocate has anticipated a part of his argument.

Anticipate (v. t.) To foresee (a wish, command, etc.) and do beforehand that which will be desired.

Anticipate (v. t.) To foretaste or foresee; to have a previous view or impression of; as, to anticipate the pleasures of a visit; to anticipate the evils of life.

Antidote (v. t.) To counteract or prevent the effects of, by giving or taking an antidote.

Antidote (v. t.) To fortify or preserve by an antidote.

Antiquate (v. t.) To make old, or obsolete; to make antique; to make old in such a degree as to put out of use; hence, to make void, or abrogate.

Antrovert (v. t.) To bend forward.

Anvil (v. t.) To form or shape on an anvil; to hammer out; as, anviled armor.

Ape (v. t.) To mimic, as an ape imitates human actions; to imitate or follow servilely or irrationally.

Aphetize (v. t.) To shorten by aphesis.

Apocopate (v. t.) To cut off or drop; as, to apocopate a word, or the last letter, syllable, or part of a word.

Apologize (v. t.) To defend.

Apotheosize (v. t.) To exalt to the dignity of a deity; to declare to be a god; to deify; to glorify.

Apparel (v. t.) To make or get (something) ready; to prepare.

Apparel (v. t.) To furnish with apparatus; to equip; to fit out.

Apparel (v. t.) To dress or clothe; to attire.

Apparel (v. t.) To dress with external ornaments; to cover with something ornamental; to deck; to embellish; as, trees appareled with flowers, or a garden with verdure.

Appay (v. t.) To pay; to satisfy or appease.

Appeach (v. t.) To impeach; to accuse; to asperse; to inform against; to reproach.

Appeal (v. t.) To make application for the removal of (a cause) from an inferior to a superior judge or court for a rehearing or review on account of alleged injustice or illegality in the trial below. We say, the cause was appealed from an inferior court.

Appeal (v. t.) To charge with a crime; to accuse; to institute a private criminal prosecution against for some heinous crime; as, to appeal a person of felony.

Appeal (v. t.) To summon; to challenge.

Appeal (v. t.) To invoke.

Appeal (v. t.) To apply for the removal of a cause from an inferior to a superior judge or court for the purpose of reexamination of for decision.

Appeal (v. t.) To call upon another to decide a question controverted, to corroborate a statement, to vindicate one's rights, etc.; as, I appeal to all mankind for the truth of what is alleged. Hence: To call on one for aid; to make earnest request.

Appeal (v. t.) An application for the removal of a cause or suit from an inferior to a superior judge or court for reexamination or review.

Appeal (v. t.) The mode of proceeding by which such removal is effected.

Appeal (v. t.) The right of appeal.

Appeal (v. t.) An accusation; a process which formerly might be instituted by one private person against another for some heinous crime demanding punishment for the particular injury suffered, rather than for the offense against the public.

Appeal (v. t.) An accusation of a felon at common law by one of his accomplices, which accomplice was then called an approver. See Approvement.

Appeal (v. t.) A summons to answer to a charge.

Appeal (v. t.) A call upon a person or an authority for proof or decision, in one's favor; reference to another as witness; a call for help or a favor; entreaty.

Appeal (v. t.) Resort to physical means; recourse.

Appease (v. t.) To make quiet; to calm; to reduce to a state of peace; to still; to pacify; to dispel (anger or hatred); as, to appease the tumult of the ocean, or of the passions; to appease hunger or thirst.

Append (v. t.) To hang or attach to, as by a string, so that the thing is suspended; as, a seal appended to a record; the inscription was appended to the column.

Append (v. t.) To add, as an accessory to the principal thing; to annex; as, notes appended to this chapter.

Appendant (v. t.) Hanging; annexed; adjunct; concomitant; as, a seal appendant to a paper.

Appendant (v. t.) Appended by prescription, that is, a personal usage for a considerable time; -- said of a thing of inheritance belonging to another inheritance which is superior or more worthy; as, an advowson, common, etc. , which may be appendant to a manor, common of fishing to a freehold, a seat in church to a house.

Appendicate (v. t.) To append.

Apperceive (v. t.) To perceive; to comprehend.

Appete (v. t.) To seek for; to desire.

Appetize (v. t.) To make hungry; to whet the appetite of.

Applaud (v. t.) To show approval of by clapping the hands, acclamation, or other significant sign.

Applaud (v. t.) To praise by words; to express approbation of; to commend; to approve.

Applot (v. t.) To divide into plots or parts; to apportion.

Apply (v. t.) To lay or place; to put or adjust (one thing to another); -- with to; as, to apply the hand to the breast; to apply medicaments to a diseased part of the body.

Apply (v. t.) To put to use; to use or employ for a particular purpose, or in a particular case; to appropriate; to devote; as, to apply money to the payment of a debt.

Apply (v. t.) To make use of, declare, or pronounce, as suitable, fitting, or relative; as, to apply the testimony to the case; to apply an epithet to a person.

Apply (v. t.) To fix closely; to engage and employ diligently, or with attention; to attach; to inc

Apply (v. t.) To direct or address.

Apply (v. t.) To betake; to address; to refer; -- used reflexively.

Apply (v. t.) To busy; to keep at work; to ply.

Apply (v. t.) To visit.

Appoint (v. t.) To fix with power or firmness; to establish; to mark out.

Appoint (v. t.) To fix by a decree, order, command, resolve, decision, or mutual agreement; to constitute; to ordain; to prescribe; to fix the time and place of.

Appoint (v. t.) To assign, designate, or set apart by authority.

Appoint (v. t.) To furnish in all points; to provide with everything necessary by way of equipment; to equip; to fit out.

Appoint (v. t.) To point at by way, or for the purpose, of censure or commendation; to arraign.

Appoint (v. t.) To direct, designate, or limit; to make or direct a new disposition of, by virtue of a power contained in a conveyance; -- said of an estate already conveyed.

Appointee (v. t.) A person appointed.

Appointee (v. t.) A person in whose favor a power of appointment is executed.

Apportion (v. t.) To divide and assign in just proportion; to divide and distribute proportionally; to portion out; to allot; as, to apportion undivided rights; to apportion time among various employments.

Appose (v. t.) To place opposite or before; to put or apply (one thing to another).

Appose (v. t.) To place in juxtaposition or proximity.

Appose (v. t.) To put questions to; to examine; to try. [Obs.] See Pose.

Appraise (v. t.) To set a value; to estimate the worth of, particularly by persons appointed for the purpose; as, to appraise goods and chattels.

Appraise (v. t.) To estimate; to conjecture.

Appraise (v. t.) To praise; to commend.

Appreciate (v. t.) To set a price or value on; to estimate justly; to value.

Appreciate (v. t.) To raise the value of; to increase the market price of; -- opposed to depreciate.

Appreciate (v. t.) To be sensible of; to distinguish.

Apprehend (v. t.) To take or seize; to take hold of.

Apprehend (v. t.) Hence: To take or seize (a person) by legal process; to arrest; as, to apprehend a criminal.

Apprehend (v. t.) To take hold of with the understanding, that is, to conceive in the mind; to become cognizant of; to understand; to recognize; to consider.

Apprehend (v. t.) To know or learn with certainty.

Apprehend (v. t.) To anticipate; esp., to anticipate with anxiety, dread, or fear; to fear.

Apprentice (v. t.) To bind to, or put under the care of, a master, for the purpose of instruction in a trade or business.

Apprise (v. t.) To give notice, verbal or written; to inform; -- followed by of; as, we will apprise the general of an intended attack; he apprised the commander of what he had done.

Apprize (v. t.) To appraise; to value; to appreciate.

Approach (v. t.) To bring near; to cause to draw near; to advance.

Approach (v. t.) To come near to in place, time, or character; to draw nearer to; as, to approach the city; to approach my cabin; he approached the age of manhood.

Approach (v. t.) To take approaches to.

Approbate (v. t.) To express approbation of; to approve; to sanction officially.

Appromt (v. t.) To quicken; to prompt.

Appropre (v. t.) To appropriate.

Appropriate (v. t.) To take to one's self in exclusion of others; to claim or use as by an exclusive right; as, let no man appropriate the use of a common benefit.

Appropriate (v. t.) To set apart for, or assign to, a particular person or use, in exclusion of all others; -- with to or for; as, a spot of ground is appropriated for a garden; to appropriate money for the increase of the navy.

Appropriate (v. t.) To make suitable; to suit.

Appropriate (v. t.) To annex, as a benefice, to a spiritual corporation, as its property.

Approve (v. t.) To show to be real or true; to prove.

Approve (v. t.) To make proof of; to demonstrate; to prove or show practically.

Approve (v. t.) To sanction officially; to ratify; to confirm; as, to approve the decision of a court-martial.

Approve (v. t.) To regard as good; to commend; to be pleased with; to think well of; as, we approve the measured of the administration.

Approve (v. t.) To make or show to be worthy of approbation or acceptance.

Approve (v. t.) To make profit of; to convert to one's own profit; -- said esp. of waste or common land appropriated by the lord of the manor.

Approver (v. t.) A bailiff or steward; an agent.

Approximate (v. t.) To carry or advance near; to cause to approach.

Approximate (v. t.) To come near to; to approach.

Apt (v. t.) To fit; to suit; to adapt.

Aptate (v. t.) To make fit.

Arace (v. t.) To tear up by the roots; to draw away.

Araise (v. t.) To raise.

Arbiter (v. t.) To act as arbiter between.

Arbitrable (v. t.) Capable of being decided by arbitration; determinable.

Arbitrate (v. t.) To hear and decide, as arbitrators; as, to choose to arbitrate a disputed case.

Arbitrate (v. t.) To decide, or determine generally.

Arch (v. t.) To cover with an arch or arches.

Arch (v. t.) To form or bend into the shape of an arch.

Archaize (v. t.) To make appear archaic or antique.

Aread (v. t.) Alt. of Areed

Areed (v. t.) To tell, declare, explain, or interpret; to divine; to guess; as, to aread a riddle or a dream.

Areed (v. t.) To read.

Areed (v. t.) To counsel, advise, warn, or direct.

Areed (v. t.) To decree; to adjudge.

Arefy (v. t.) To dry, or make dry.

Aret (v. t.) To reckon; to ascribe; to impute.

Argue (v. t.) To debate or discuss; to treat by reasoning; as, the counsel argued the cause before a full court; the cause was well argued.

Argue (v. t.) To prove or evince; too manifest or exhibit by inference, deduction, or reasoning.

Argue (v. t.) To persuade by reasons; as, to argue a man into a different opinion.

Argue (v. t.) To blame; to accuse; to charge with.

Arianize (v. t.) To convert to Arianism.

Arm (v. t.) To take by the arm; to take up in one's arms.

Arm (v. t.) To furnish with arms or limbs.

Arm (v. t.) To furnish or equip with weapons of offense or defense; as, to arm soldiers; to arm the country.

Arm (v. t.) To cover or furnish with a plate, or with whatever will add strength, force, security, or efficiency; as, to arm the hit of a sword; to arm a hook in angling.

Arm (v. t.) Fig.: To furnish with means of defense; to prepare for resistance; to fortify, in a moral sense.

Armada (v. t.) A fleet of armed ships; a squadron. Specifically, the Spanish fleet which was sent to assail England, a. d. 1558.

Aroint (v. t.) To drive or scare off by some exclamation.

Aromatize (v. t.) To impregnate with aroma; to render aromatic; to give a spicy scent or taste to; to perfume.

Arouse (v. t.) To excite to action from a state of rest; to stir, or put in motion or exertion; to rouse; to excite; as, to arouse one from sleep; to arouse the dormant faculties.

Arraign (v. t.) To call or set as a prisoner at the bar of a court to answer to the matter charged in an indictment or complaint.

Arraign (v. t.) To call to account, or accuse, before the bar of reason, taste, or any other tribunal.

Arraign (v. t.) To appeal to; to demand; as, to arraign an assize of novel disseizin.

Arraiment (v. t.) Alt. of Arrayment

Arrayment (v. t.) Clothes; raiment.

Arrange (v. t.) To put in proper order; to dispose (persons, or parts) in the manner intended, or best suited for the purpose; as, troops arranged for battle.

Arrange (v. t.) To adjust or settle; to prepare; to determine; as, to arrange the preliminaries of an undertaking.

Arras (v. t.) To furnish with an arras.

Arrect (v. t.) To direct.

Arrect (v. t.) To impute.

Arrest (v. t.) To stop; to check or hinder the motion or action of; as, to arrest the current of a river; to arrest the senses.

Arrest (v. t.) To take, seize, or apprehend by authority of law; as, to arrest one for debt, or for a crime.

Arrest (v. t.) To seize on and fix; to hold; to catch; as, to arrest the eyes or attention.

Arrest (v. t.) To rest or fasten; to fix; to concentrate.

Arrest (v. t.) The act of stopping, or restraining from further motion, etc.; stoppage; hindrance; restraint; as, an arrest of development.

Arrest (v. t.) The taking or apprehending of a person by authority of law; legal restraint; custody. Also, a decree, mandate, or warrant.

Arrest (v. t.) Any seizure by power, physical or moral.

Arrest (v. t.) A scurfiness of the back part of the hind leg of a horse; -- also named rat-tails.

Arret (v. t.) Same as Aret.

Arride (v. t.) To please; to gratify.

Arrive (v. t.) To bring to shore.

Arrive (v. t.) To reach; to come to.

Arrogate (v. t.) To assume, or claim as one's own, unduly, proudly, or presumptuously; to make undue claims to, from vanity or baseless pretensions to right or merit; as, the pope arrogated dominion over kings.

Arrose (v. t.) To drench; to besprinkle; to moisten.

Arsenicate (v. t.) To combine with arsenic; to treat or impregnate with arsenic.

Arterialize (v. t.) To transform, as the venous blood, into arterial blood by exposure to oxygen in the lungs; to make arterial.

Articulate (v. t.) To joint; to unite by means of a joint; to put together with joints or at the joints.

Articulate (v. t.) To draw up or write in separate articles; to particularize; to specify.

Articulate (v. t.) To form, as the elementary sounds; to utter in distinct syllables or words; to enunciate; as, to articulate letters or language.

Articulate (v. t.) To express distinctly; to give utterance to.

Artificialize (v. t.) To render artificial.

Artilize (v. t.) To make resemble.

Aryanize (v. t.) To make Aryan (a language, or in language).

Ascend (v. t.) To go or move upward upon or along; to climb; to mount; to go up the top of; as, to ascend a hill, a ladder, a tree, a river, a throne.

Ascertain (v. t.) To render (a person) certain; to cause to feel certain; to make confident; to assure; to apprise.

Ascertain (v. t.) To make (a thing) certain to the mind; to free from obscurity, doubt, or change; to make sure of; to fix; to determine.

Ascertain (v. t.) To find out or learn for a certainty, by trial, examination, or experiment; to get to know; as, to ascertain the weight of a commodity, or the purity of a metal.

Ascribe (v. t.) To attribute, impute, or refer, as to a cause; as, his death was ascribed to a poison; to ascribe an effect to the right cause; to ascribe such a book to such an author.

Ascribe (v. t.) To attribute, as a quality, or an appurtenance; to consider or allege to belong.

Ash (v. t.) To strew or sprinkle with ashes.

Ashame (v. t.) To shame.

Ask (v. t.) To request; to seek to obtain by words; to petition; to solicit; -- often with of, in the sense of from, before the person addressed.

Ask (v. t.) To require, demand, claim, or expect, whether by way of remuneration or return, or as a matter of necessity; as, what price do you ask?

Ask (v. t.) To interrogate or inquire of or concerning; to put a question to or about; to question.

Ask (v. t.) To invite; as, to ask one to an entertainment.

Ask (v. t.) To publish in church for marriage; -- said of both the banns and the persons.

Askance (v. t.) To turn aside.

Asperate (v. t.) To make rough or uneven.

Asperne (v. t.) To spurn; to despise.

Asperse (v. t.) To sprinkle, as water or dust, upon anybody or anything, or to besprinkle any one with a liquid or with dust.

Asperse (v. t.) To bespatter with foul reports or false and injurious charges; to tarnish in point of reputation or good name; to slander or calumniate; as, to asperse a poet or his writings; to asperse a man's character.

Asphalt (v. t.) To cover with asphalt; as, to asphalt a roof; asphalted streets.

Asphyxiate (v. t.) To bring to a state of asphyxia; to suffocate. [Used commonly in the past pple.]

Aspirate (v. t.) To pronounce with a breathing, an aspirate, or an h sound; as, we aspirate the words horse and house; to aspirate a vowel or a liquid consonant.

Aspire (v. t.) To desire with eagerness; to seek to attain something high or great; to pant; to long; -- followed by to or after, and rarely by at; as, to aspire to a crown; to aspire after immorality.

Aspire (v. t.) To rise; to ascend; to tower; to soar.

Aspire (v. t.) To aspire to; to long for; to try to reach; to mount to.

Assail (v. t.) To attack with violence, or in a vehement and hostile manner; to assault; to molest; as, to assail a man with blows; to assail a city with artillery.

Assail (v. t.) To encounter or meet purposely with the view of mastering, as an obstacle, difficulty, or the like.

Assail (v. t.) To attack morally, or with a view to produce changes in the feelings, character, conduct, existing usages, institutions; to attack by words, hostile influence, etc.; as, to assail one with appeals, arguments, abuse, ridicule, and the like.

Assart (v. t.) To grub up, as trees; to commit an assart upon; as, to assart land or trees.

Assassin (v. t.) To assassinate.

Assassinate (v. t.) To kill by surprise or secret assault; to murder by treacherous violence.

Assassinate (v. t.) To assail with murderous intent; hence, by extended meaning, to maltreat exceedingly.

Assecure (v. t.) To make sure or safe; to assure.

Assemble (v. t.) To collect into one place or body; to bring or call together; to convene; to congregate.

Assent (v. t.) To admit a thing as true; to express one's agreement, acquiescence, concurrence, or concession.

Assert (v. t.) To affirm; to declare with assurance, or plainly and strongly; to state positively; to aver; to asseverate.

Assert (v. t.) To maintain; to defend.

Assert (v. t.) To maintain or defend, as a cause or a claim, by words or measures; to vindicate a claim or title to; as, to assert our rights and liberties.

Assever (v. t.) See Asseverate.

Asseverate (v. t.) To affirm or aver positively, or with solemnity.

Assibilate (v. t.) To make sibilant; to change to a sibilant.

Assiege (v. t.) To besiege.

Assign (v. t.) To appoint; to allot; to apportion; to make over.

Assign (v. t.) To fix, specify, select, or designate; to point out authoritatively or exactly; as, to assign a limit; to assign counsel for a prisoner; to assign a day for trial.

Assign (v. t.) To transfer, or make over to another, esp. to transfer to, and vest in, certain persons, called assignees, for the benefit of creditors.

Assimilate (v. t.) To bring to a likeness or to conformity; to cause a resemblance between.

Assimilate (v. t.) To liken; to compa/e.

Assimilate (v. t.) To appropriate and transform or incorporate into the substance of the assimilating body; to absorb or appropriate, as nourishment; as, food is assimilated and converted into organic tissue.

Assimulate (v. t.) To feign; to counterfeit; to simulate; to resemble.

Assimulate (v. t.) To assimilate.

Assist (v. t.) To give support to in some undertaking or effort, or in time of distress; to help; to aid; to succor.

Assober (v. t.) To make or keep sober.

Associate (v. t.) To join with one, as a friend, companion, partner, or confederate; as, to associate others with us in business, or in an enterprise.

Associate (v. t.) To join or connect; to combine in acting; as, particles of gold associated with other substances.

Associate (v. t.) To connect or place together in thought.

Associate (v. t.) To accompany; to keep company with.

Assoil (v. t.) To set free; to release.

Assoil (v. t.) To solve; to clear up.

Assoil (v. t.) To set free from guilt; to absolve.

Assoil (v. t.) To expiate; to atone for.

Assoil (v. t.) To remove; to put off.

Assoil (v. t.) To soil; to stain.

Assoilzie (v. t.) Alt. of Assoilyie

Assoilyie (v. t.) To absolve; to acquit by sentence of court.

Assort (v. t.) To separate and distribute into classes, as things of a like kind, nature, or quality, or which are suited to a like purpose; to classify; as, to assort goods. [Rarely applied to persons.]

Assort (v. t.) To furnish with, or make up of, various sorts or a variety of goods; as, to assort a cargo.

Assot (v. t.) To besot; to befool; to beguile; to infatuate.

Assuage (v. t.) To soften, in a figurative sense; to allay, mitigate, ease, or lessen, as heat, pain, or grief; to appease or pacify, as passion or tumult; to satisfy, as appetite or desire.

Assubjugate (v. t.) To bring into subjection.

Assume (v. t.) To take to or upon one's self; to take formally and demonstratively; sometimes, to appropriate or take unjustly.

Assume (v. t.) To take for granted, or without proof; to suppose as a fact; to suppose or take arbitrarily or tentatively.

Assume (v. t.) To pretend to possess; to take in appearance.

Assume (v. t.) To receive or adopt.

Assumpt (v. t.) To take up; to elevate; to assume.

Assure (v. t.) To make sure or certain; to render confident by a promise, declaration, or other evidence.

Assure (v. t.) To declare to, solemnly; to assert to (any one) with the design of inspiring belief or confidence.

Assure (v. t.) To confirm; to make certain or secure.

Assure (v. t.) To affiance; to betroth.

Assure (v. t.) To insure; to covenant to indemnify for loss, or to pay a specified sum at death. See Insure.

Astert (v. t.) To start up; to befall; to escape; to shun.

Aston (v. t.) Alt. of Astone

Astone (v. t.) To stun; to astonish; to stupefy.

Astonish (v. t.) To stun; to render senseless, as by a blow.

Astonish (v. t.) To strike with sudden fear, terror, or wonder; to amaze; to surprise greatly, as with something unaccountable; to confound with some sudden emotion or passion.

Astony (v. t.) To stun; to bewilder; to astonish; to dismay.

Astrict (v. t.) To bind up; to confine; to constrict; to contract.

Astrict (v. t.) To bind; to constrain; to restrict; to limit.

Astrict (v. t.) To restrict the tenure of; as, to astrict lands. See Astriction, 4.

Astringe (v. t.) To bind fast; to constrict; to contract; to cause parts to draw together; to compress.

Astringe (v. t.) To bind by moral or legal obligation.

Astun (v. t.) To stun.

Asweve (v. t.) To stupefy.

Atake (v. t.) To overtake.

Atheize (v. t.) To render atheistic or godless.

Athink (v. t.) To repent; to displease; to disgust.

Atmolyze (v. t.) To subject to atmolysis; to separate by atmolysis.

Atom (v. t.) To reduce to atoms.

Atomize (v. t.) To reduce to atoms, or to fine spray.

Atone (v. t.) To set at one; to reduce to concord; to reconcile, as parties at variance; to appease.

Atone (v. t.) To unite in making.

Atone (v. t.) To make satisfaction for; to expiate.

Atrede (v. t.) To surpass in council.

Atrenne (v. t.) To outrun.

Atrophy (v. t.) To cause to waste away or become abortive; to starve or weaken.

Attach (v. t.) To bind, fasten, tie, or connect; to make fast or join; as, to attach one thing to another by a string, by glue, or the like.

Attach (v. t.) To connect; to place so as to belong; to assign by authority; to appoint; as, an officer is attached to a certain regiment, company, or ship.

Attach (v. t.) To win the heart of; to connect by ties of love or self-interest; to attract; to fasten or bind by moral influence; -- with to; as, attached to a friend; attaching others to us by wealth or flattery.

Attach (v. t.) To connect, in a figurative sense; to ascribe or attribute; to affix; -- with to; as, to attach great importance to a particular circumstance.

Attach (v. t.) To take, seize, or lay hold of.

Attach (v. t.) To take by legal authority: (a) To arrest by writ, and bring before a court, as to answer for a debt, or a contempt; -- applied to a taking of the person by a civil process; being now rarely used for the arrest of a criminal. (b) To seize or take (goods or real estate) by virtue of a writ or precept to hold the same to satisfy a judgment which may be rendered in the suit. See Attachment, 4.

Attache (v. t.) One attached to another person or thing, as a part of a suite or staff. Specifically: One attached to an embassy.

Attack (v. t.) To fall upon with force; to assail, as with force and arms; to assault.

Attack (v. t.) To assail with unfriendly speech or writing; to begin a controversy with; to attempt to overthrow or bring into disrepute, by criticism or satire; to censure; as, to attack a man, or his opinions, in a pamphlet.

Attack (v. t.) To set to work upon, as upon a task or problem, or some object of labor or investigation.

Attack (v. t.) To begin to affect; to begin to act upon, injuriously or destructively; to begin to decompose or waste.

Attain (v. t.) To achieve or accomplish, that is, to reach by efforts; to gain; to compass; as, to attain rest.

Attain (v. t.) To gain or obtain possession of; to acquire.

Attain (v. t.) To get at the knowledge of; to ascertain.

Attain (v. t.) To reach or come to, by progression or motion; to arrive at.

Attain (v. t.) To overtake.

Attain (v. t.) To reach in excellence or degree; to equal.

Attaint (v. t.) To attain; to get act; to hit.

Attaint (v. t.) To find guilty; to convict; -- said esp. of a jury on trial for giving a false verdict.

Attaint (v. t.) To subject (a person) to the legal condition formerly resulting from a sentence of death or outlawry, pronounced in respect of treason or felony; to affect by attainder.

Attaint (v. t.) To accuse; to charge with a crime or a dishonorable act.

Attaint (v. t.) To affect or infect, as with physical or mental disease or with moral contagion; to taint or corrupt.

Attaint (v. t.) To stain; to obscure; to sully; to disgrace; to cloud with infamy.

Attame (v. t.) To pierce; to attack.

Attame (v. t.) To broach; to begin.

Attaminate (v. t.) To corrupt; to defile; to contaminate.

Attask (v. t.) To take to task; to blame.

Attaste (v. t.) To taste or cause to taste.

Attemper (v. t.) To reduce, modify, or moderate, by mixture; to temper; to regulate, as temperature.

Attemper (v. t.) To soften, mollify, or moderate; to soothe; to temper; as, to attemper rigid justice with clemency.

Attemper (v. t.) To mix in just proportion; to regulate; as, a mind well attempered with kindness and justice.

Attemper (v. t.) To accommodate; to make suitable; to adapt.

Attemperate (v. t.) To attemper.

Attempt (v. t.) To make trial or experiment of; to try; to endeavor to do or perform (some action); to assay; as, to attempt to sing; to attempt a bold flight.

Attempt (v. t.) To try to move, by entreaty, by afflictions, or by temptations; to tempt.

Attempt (v. t.) To try to win, subdue, or overcome; as, one who attempts the virtue of a woman.

Attempt (v. t.) To attack; to make an effort or attack upon; to try to take by force; as, to attempt the enemy's camp.

Attend (v. t.) To direct the attention to; to fix the mind upon; to give heed to; to regard.

Attend (v. t.) To care for; to look after; to take charge of; to watch over.

Attend (v. t.) To go or stay with, as a companion, nurse, or servant; to visit professionally, as a physician; to accompany or follow in order to do service; to escort; to wait on; to serve.

Attend (v. t.) To be present with; to accompany; to be united or consequent to; as, a measure attended with ill effects.

Attend (v. t.) To be present at; as, to attend church, school, a concert, a business meeting.

Attend (v. t.) To wait for; to await; to remain, abide, or be in store for.

Attendance (v. t.) Attention; regard; careful application.

Attendance (v. t.) The act of attending; state of being in waiting; service; ministry; the fact of being present; presence.

Attendance (v. t.) Waiting for; expectation.

Attendance (v. t.) The persons attending; a retinue; attendants.

Attendant (v. t.) Being present, or in the train; accompanying; in waiting.

Attendant (v. t.) Accompanying, connected with, or immediately following, as consequential; consequent; as, intemperance with all its attendant evils.

Attendant (v. t.) Depending on, or owing duty or service to; as, the widow attendant to the heir.

Attent (v. t.) Attentive; heedful.

Attenuate (v. t.) To make thin or slender, as by mechanical or chemical action upon inanimate objects, or by the effects of starvation, disease, etc., upon living bodies.

Attenuate (v. t.) To make thin or less consistent; to render less viscid or dense; to rarefy. Specifically: To subtilize, as the humors of the body, or to break them into finer parts.

Attenuate (v. t.) To lessen the amount, force, or value of; to make less complex; to weaken.

Atterrate (v. t.) To fill up with alluvial earth.

Attest (v. t.) To bear witness to; to certify; to affirm to be true or genuine; as, to attest the truth of a writing, a copy of record.

Attest (v. t.) To give proof of; to manifest; as, the ruins of Palmyra attest its ancient magnificence.

Attest (v. t.) To call to witness; to invoke.

Atticize (v. t.) To conform or make conformable to the language, customs, etc., of Attica.

Attinge (v. t.) To touch lightly.

Attire (v. t.) To dress; to array; to adorn; esp., to clothe with elegant or splendid garments.

Attorn (v. t.) To turn, or transfer homage and service, from one lord to another. This is the act of feudatories, vassals, or tenants, upon the alienation of the estate.

Attorn (v. t.) To agree to become tenant to one to whom reversion has been granted.

Attorney (v. t.) To perform by proxy; to employ as a proxy.

Attract (v. t.) To draw to, or cause to tend to; esp. to cause to approach, adhere, or combine; or to cause to resist divulsion, separation, or decomposition.

Attract (v. t.) To draw by influence of a moral or emotional kind; to engage or fix, as the mind, attention, etc.; to invite or allure; as, to attract admirers.

Attrahent (v. t.) Attracting; drawing; attractive.

Attrap (v. t.) To entrap; to insnare.

Attrap (v. t.) To adorn with trapping; to array.

Attribute (v. t.) To ascribe; to consider (something) as due or appropriate (to); to refer, as an effect to a cause; to impute; to assign; to consider as belonging (to).

Attune (v. t.) To tune or put in tune; to make melodious; to adjust, as one sound or musical instrument to another; as, to attune the voice to a harp.

Attune (v. t.) To arrange fitly; to make accordant.

Atwite (v. t.) To speak reproachfully of; to twit; to upbraid.

Auction (v. t.) To sell by auction.

Auctioneer (v. t.) To sell by auction; to auction.

Audit (v. t.) To examine and adjust, as an account or accounts; as, to audit the accounts of a treasure, or of parties who have a suit depending in court.

Augment (v. t.) To enlarge or increase in size, amount, or degree; to swell; to make bigger; as, to augment an army by reeforcements; rain augments a stream; impatience augments an evil.

Augment (v. t.) To add an augment to.

Augur (v. t.) To predict or foretell, as from signs or omens; to betoken; to presage; to infer.

Angurize (v. t.) To augur.

Aumail (v. t.) To figure or variegate.

Aunter (v. t.) Alt. of Auntre

Auntre (v. t.) To venture; to dare.

Auspicate (v. t.) To foreshow; to foretoken.

Auspicate (v. t.) To give a favorable turn to in commencing; to inaugurate; -- a sense derived from the Roman practice of taking the auspicium, or inspection of birds, before undertaking any important business.

Authenticate (v. t.) To render authentic; to give authority to, by the proof, attestation, or formalities required by law, or sufficient to entitle to credit.

Authenticate (v. t.) To prove authentic; to determine as real and true; as, to authenticate a portrait.

Author (v. t.) To occasion; to originate.

Author (v. t.) To tell; to say; to declare.

Authorize (v. t.) To clothe with authority, warrant, or legal power; to give a right to act; to empower; as, to authorize commissioners to settle a boundary.

Authorize (v. t.) To make legal; to give legal sanction to; to legalize; as, to authorize a marriage.

Authorize (v. t.) To establish by authority, as by usage or public opinion; to sanction; as, idioms authorized by usage.

Authorize (v. t.) To sanction or confirm by the authority of some one; to warrant; as, to authorize a report.

Authorize (v. t.) To justify; to furnish a ground for.

Avail (v. t.) To turn to the advantage of; to be of service to; to profit; to benefit; to help; as, artifices will not avail the sinner in the day of judgment.

Avail (v. t.) To promote; to assist.

Avel (v. t.) To pull away.

Avenge (v. t.) To take vengeance for; to exact satisfaction for by punishing the injuring party; to vindicate by inflicting pain or evil on a wrongdoer.

Avenge (v. t.) To treat revengefully; to wreak vengeance on.

Aventre (v. t.) To thrust forward (at a venture), as a spear.

Aver (v. t.) To assert, or prove, the truth of.

Aver (v. t.) To avouch or verify; to offer to verify; to prove or justify. See Averment.

Aver (v. t.) To affirm with confidence; to declare in a positive manner, as in confidence of asserting the truth.

Average (v. t.) To find the mean of, when sums or quantities are unequal; to reduce to a mean.

Average (v. t.) To divide among a number, according to a given proportion; as, to average a loss.

Average (v. t.) To do, accomplish, get, etc., on an average.

Averment (v. t.) The act of averring, or that which is averred; affirmation; positive assertion.

Averment (v. t.) Verification; establishment by evidence.

Averment (v. t.) A positive statement of facts; an allegation; an offer to justify or prove what is alleged.

Averruncate (v. t.) To avert; to ward off.

Averruncate (v. t.) To root up.

Avile (v. t.) To abase or debase; to vilify; to depreciate.

Avise (v. t.) To look at; to view; to think of.

Avise (v. t.) To advise; to counsel.

Avoke (v. t.) To call from or back again.

Avouch (v. t.) To appeal to; to cite or claim as authority.

Avouch (v. t.) To maintain a just or true; to vouch for.

Avouch (v. t.) To declare or assert positively and as matter of fact; to affirm openly.

Avouch (v. t.) To acknowledge deliberately; to admit; to confess; to sanction.

Avow (v. t.) To declare openly, as something believed to be right; to own or acknowledge frankly; as, a man avows his principles or his crimes.

Avow (v. t.) To acknowledge and justify, as an act done. See Avowry.

Avowtry (v. t.) Adultery. See Advoutry.

Avulse (v. t.) To pluck or pull off.

Await (v. t.) To watch for; to look out for.

Await (v. t.) To wait on, serve, or attend.

Await (v. t.) To wait for; to stay for; to expect. See Expect.

Await (v. t.) To be in store for; to be ready or in waiting for; as, a glorious reward awaits the good.

Awake (v. t.) To rouse from sleep; to wake; to awaken.

Awake (v. t.) To rouse from a state resembling sleep, as from death, stupidity., or inaction; to put into action; to give new life to; to stir up; as, to awake the dead; to awake the dormant faculties.

Awaken (v. t.) To rouse from sleep or torpor; to awake; to wake.

Award (v. t.) To give by sentence or judicial determination; to assign or apportion, after careful regard to the nature of the case; to adjudge; as, the arbitrators awarded damages to the complainant.

Award (v. t.) A judgment, sentence, or final decision. Specifically: The decision of arbitrators in a case submitted.

Award (v. t.) The paper containing the decision of arbitrators; that which is warded.

Awarn (v. t.) To warn.

Awe (v. t.) To strike with fear and reverence; to inspire with awe; to control by inspiring dread.

Awhape (v. t.) To confound; to terrify; to amaze.

Azotize (v. t.) To impregnate with azote, or nitrogen; to nitrogenize.

Azure (v. t.) To color blue.


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Verbs That Start With A

As you anticipate the latest release from your favorite author, do you ever wonder how many new vocabulary words you’ll learn from him or her? The more you read, the more words you'll learn. A nice way to accelerate your language is to keep a list of interesting vocabulary words at hand. Every time you pick up a new word, add it to your ever-growing list and organize it in alphabetical order. To get started, take a look at these 50 verbs that start with "a."

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What Is a Verb?

Verbs express action or a state of being. Every English sentence has at least one verb. They usually (but not always) come after the subject of the sentence and before its object. Consider this sentence: "Adam and Amy adopt a new puppy every year." In this sentence, "Adam and Amy" make up the subject, "adopt" is the verb showing action, and "puppy" is the object receiving the action of the verb.

50 Verbs Starting With A

Are you ready to acquire some new "a" verbs? This list of 50 verbs that start with "a" will allow you to add some new action words to your vocabulary. In turn, you can use them to advance your writing and conversations!



to leave something behind


to make someone lower, by humiliation or demotion


to become less or lower in amount or force than at a prior time


to use a shortened form of something to represent the full form


to illegally take away a person by using force or coercion


to destroy, get rid of, or stop something


to soak up


to willingly take, receive, or agree to an object or idea


to say another person is at fault for doing something wrong


to do something; to engage in a behavior


to change something to a better fit or to be more suitable


to regard someone or something with delight and approval


to decide to use; to make something yours


to love very much


to offer input about what should be done


to produce a change in something


to supply or provide something; to be able to buy something


to have the same opinion or views


to point or direct with a particular goal in mind


to permit or to give permission


to make something different without completely changing it


to modify or alter something, often for the better


to behave in a way that is entertaining


to examine something in a methodical manner


to make something publicly known


to irritate or disturb


to give a response to a question


to expect something to happen in the future


to make an urgent request for something necessary or desired


to seem or look a certain way


to clap one's hands to show approval or praise


to make a formal request; to put something into use


to choose an individual for a position or office


to move close to something


to sanction something


to engage in verbal disagreement


to show up for something or to reach a destination


to inquire about something in order to get an answer, response, or action


to work toward a goal you strongly want to reach


to threaten or make a physical attack


to state something in a confident manner


to designate responsibility or purpose


to provide help


to believe something to be true without seeking proof


to verify or provide reassurance


to fasten an item to another item


to make an effort to do something


to be present at something


to keep something from happening


to shun, to stay away from or prevent

Exploring Different Types of Verbs

There are more action verbs than any other kind of verb. Sometimes referred to as dynamic verbs, action verbs express the action of a sentence. There are many examples of action verbs in the English language. Action verbs get even more interesting when you consider the difference between regular and irregular verbs.

  • Most action verbs are regular verbs, which means that they can be changed change from present tense to past tense with the simple addition of -ed at the end. For example, "I don’t approve of Harold, and I never approved of Daniel."
  • There are also quite a few examples of irregular verbs in the English language. These verbs live by their own set of rules. In fact, there's no rhyme or reason to the shape-shifting manner by which they change tense. For example: "I usually awake at dawn but, today, I awoke at noon."

The English language also features linking verbs and helping verbs. Linking verbs simply link the subject to more information, such as a description of the subject. Helping verbs provide additional information about the main verb of a sentence. There's a lot to learn about types, tenses and usage of verbs.

11 Example Sentences With A-Verbs

Are you ready to see these "a" verbs in action? Check out the sample sentences below to get an idea of how these words that start with "a" can be used in writing. Then, come up with a plan to add them to your next work.

  • I never wanted to abandon my house in London.
  • Will you accept my apology?
  • We must adjust our timeline if we’re going to make it on time.
  • Let’s agree to disagree.
  • Would you like me to announce your arrival?
  • I’m going to anticipate nothing but rainbows and sunshine.
  • It’s time to appoint him as chairman.
  • Mom said we’re never to assume anything when it comes to him.
  • Our professor loves to assign exciting projects.
  • Do you know how to attach a hitch to a car?
  • Be sure to abandon anyone who attempts to abase your writing skills without offering constructive criticism.

Applaud Every Attempt

It's important to applaud every attempt you make to sit down and write! Having an extensive vocabulary list by your side might be just the thing that keeps writer’s block at bay. Did any of these verbs that start with "a" jump out at you? Add them to a customizable list of words that start with "a" on WordFinder by YourDictionary. You'll have an extensive collection of "a" words at your fingertips in no time at all! From there, explore the next letter in the alphabet! Start by scrolling through this list of 50 verbs that start with "b," then keep moving forward one letter at a time.

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Verbs that start with A

Are you looking for verbs that start with a (a verbs)? Then, the following list of over over 685 verbs is for you. All these verbs starting with a are validated using recognized English dictionaries.

Verbs are the most important word class in the English language therefore, a verb is considered as the kings in the English language. Verbs are used to describe what a subject does or is. Verbs can be categorized as transitive, intransitive, regular, irregular etc. Wordmom has rich word lists for many of those verb types. We hope that with this list of verbs that start with a, you will do amazing things :). is popular among all kinds of English language users including College & University students, Teachers, Writers and Word game players. We are happy to know your story of how this list of verbs from helped you as a comment at the bottom of this page and also if you know any other 'verbs that start with letter A' other than mentioned in the below list, please let us know.


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