Action Verbs

We’ve made it easy for you to find more powerful verbs by putting all 400 dynamic verbs into categories. So, if you want to write more concise, direct, and dramatic sentences you need this list of action verbs.

We all know strong action verbs are the key to great writing. But If you’re like me, it’s hard to pluck the right word out of my brain as I write. I must go back and search for a more forceful verb during editing.

Sometimes the first verb I think of isn’t meaningful enough. So, maybe I tack on an adverb to give it more oomph. However a weak verb with an adverb adder will never be as strong as a dynamic action verb.

Action verbs are precise and concrete. In contrast, weak verbs are abstract and generic – they don’t help your reader visualize the scene. Strong verbs breathe life into abstract concepts.

Therefore, we created this list of common verbs and found more exciting synonyms. It makes it easy to find just the right verbs for our sentences.

adverbs redundant

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400 Action Verbs; All Categorized for you.

Agree

NodConsentComplyConcur
AcceptAcknowledgeApproveHarmonize

Appear

ShowSurfaceBloomFlower
FlashMaterializeManifestEmerge
DevelopSpohnArriveArise

Ask

QuestionPleadSolicitCross-examine
DemandRequestInquireProposition
InterrogateInquireQuizGrill

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Attack

BashClobberBattleBatter
HammerAssaultStrikeAmbush
AssailBest setCombatRaid
StormBombardBarrageSmite
The lastWaylayClobberCharge

Break

ShatterCrackRuptureSmash
DismantleFractureSplinterPulverize
RendSnapBurstTear
ExplodeDamageFragmentSplit

Bring

GatherRetrieveReturnDeliver
CarryFetchPick upGuide
PackToteConveyImport

Build

DirectFrameShapeConstruct
LayerRaiseStackReinforce
FortifyCreateFashionForm

Change

ShiftTransformModifyVacillate
TwistMutateOscillateDistort
BlurFluxAdjustSwitch
FluctuateWarpAltarAdapt
EvolveAmendReformVary

Chase

HuntHauntTrailPursue
TrackFollowStalkShadow
HoundTail  
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Choice

ElectAdoptPickDraw
SelectVoteOptPluck
PreferWinnowDetermineCommit to

Close

SealSlamShotShutter
FastenSheathFoldBatten
Cagethe cureLockdownPlug

Come

ApproachArriveEnterAdvance 
Show upAttendMeetAppear
ConvergeSurfaceEmergeArise

Cover/ HideCover

HideShelterCloakShroud
EnclosedScreenClothesConceal
DisguiseMaskBurySmother
CloudShieldCrustShade
FilmSealEnvelopVeil
WrapBlanketObscureCurtain
ConcealProtectCamouflageStash

Create

OriginateMakeFashionInvent
ForgeConstructEnvisionBrew
FormSculptAssembleMold
CombineBegetConceiveDesign
ForgeProduceShapeGenerate

Cut

ChipChopCleavePart
RuptureHackSeverSplit
CarveDivideHalveBreak
SeparateSplinterRendRip
SeverSliceSnapSlash

Cut continued

SnipDividePruneTrim
ActsTearCropThin
CarveDissectHewNick
PierceSawScoreShear

Dig

MineDelveExcavateBurrow
DrillDredgeHollowRout
UnearthGougeTunnelExhume

Enter

PlungePenetrateInvadeEngulf
BoardAccessUsher inBarge in
Burst intoTrespassDrop inWonder in
InfiltratePierceEncroach 
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Fall

TumbleCollapseSpillPlunge
CrumplePitchCrashDrop
BucklePlummetSlipDive
StumbleToppleSinkSlant
SlumpTripStagger 

Fight

BattleTussleScuffleWrestle
DualBrawlJoustSpar
WarClashGrappleScrap
StruggleAssaultAttackFeud
ContestSkirmishMatchCompetition

Find

DiscoverDetectLocateNotice
Catch onObtainSolveAcquire
UncoverUnearthRevealExpose

Flee

EvadeEscapeAvoidBail
RunEludeClear outDodge
DuckBoltSidestepScramble
LeaveSlip outSneak awayFly away

Fit

SetRigCramNest
Mold blendWedgeImplantLock
ApplyArrangeStuffForce
JamPackPressPound

Fix

RepairPatchMendCure
ServiceDarnCobbleRebuild
TinkerRefitMaintainRenovate
ImproveCorrectDoctorRestore

Flee

EscapeEvadeAvoidBail
RonEludeClear outDodge
SidestepScrambleSlip outSneak away
DuckBoltLeaveAbscond

Get

GatherGarnerCollectCorral
GroupHordeStockpileExtract
ReapHarvestAmassAccrue
AssembleCompileInheritCashed
StoreSeizeCacheGrow
TakeReceiveCatchGain
ObtainAcquireEarnScore
WinAccomplishFetchSecure
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Give

DeliverDistributeOfferSupply
GiftPassTossHand over
DonateBestowGrantParcel out
SacrificeAwardBequeathConfer
DispensePresentHand out 

Give up

RelinquishSurrenderReleaseYield
CedeSpareDropResign
Dispose ofForgoRenounceDismiss
EjectDivestJettisonDiscard
ForsakeDesertRenounce 

Help

AidSupportAssistComfort
EncourageAdvocateSaveHeal
BefriendIntercedeServeBoost
FurtherRelieveNurtureAdvise
GuideBenefitBenevolent 

Hit

BashPunchSmackSlap
SlamClapBumpSwing
SlugPokeWallopDeck
RamStrikeKnock downDrill
SmokeBeatClobberFlog
PoundSwatWhackKnockout

Hold

GripClaspClinchClutch
SqueezeGraspPortBolster
 PropShoulderShelterHandle
CarryCradleEmbraceHug

Hurry

ScurryBoltBustleDash
AdvanceGlideCruiseSweep
ZipSlideSpeedRoche
HustleScamperPeltScuttle
ExpediteHastenQuickenRush
PanicUrgencyImperativeHaste

Join

StitchTetherUniteMarry
KnitBridgeAddCraft
GlueCementMergeAdhere
AffixAttachCombineFasten
FuseLinkPairWeave
MeldHingeStaplePin
SpliceCoupleSeamConnect

Jump

HopHurdlePounceTrounce
SkipLurchSurgeLeapfrog
LeapBounceSpringBound
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Know

PerceiveSenseDetectinto it
FeelRealizeUnderstandIdentify
DiscernRecognizeDistinguishComprehend

Lament

MournGrieveBewailDeplore
RegretFretBawlSob
BlubberGroanMotherWhine
GripeGrumbleSulkMope
BemoanComplainAcheHurt

Leave

DepartAbandonVacateQuit
Set forthMaroonEvacuateTake off
DitchForsakeSplitScram
SkedaddleWithdrawDisappearDefect
ExitRetireEscapeFlee
BoltDodgeSneak awayBail

Lessen

DepleteLightenLimitTrim
ReduceCurbCullDwindle
BluntAbateMinimizeDiminish
FadeEvaporateShrinkSlacken
WeakenTaper offDampenCurtail
Cut backDecreaseMitigateThin out
BelittleDecreaseDeclineLower

Lift

RaiseHoistElevateWinch
BoostJack upMountHike

Listen

HearHeedEavesdropAttend
HarkinOverhearMonitorTune in

Look

GazeGlareWatchGawk
PeakOgleEyeSurvey
BrowseGlimpseLeerLance
InspectGazeScanCanvas
ViewObserveSpyNotice
StarePeepSquintFocus
WitnessDetectSpotRegard
Scope outScrutinizeNoticeContemplate
GlimpseGanderGawkPerceive

Love

AdoreDesirePineLong for
YearnLikeFancyCare for
FavorEnamoredReverePrize
Cling toCherishIdolizeFall for
EndearCharmseduceFascinate
CaptivateBewitchEnraptureAttract
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Move

AdvanceDragHaulLug
ToeHallToteYank
TugTransportSlideShift
FlowDraftHoverPropel
MotivateMobilizeManeuverReposition
BudgeDisplaceRelocateSurge

Organize

ArrangedFormattedAllottedFormalized
FileAccessedCataloguedCharted
MappedMonitorClassifiedCoded
OrderedScheduledStandardizedSystemized

Open

UnfoldUnzipSpreadPeel
RevealWidenExposeGape
ExpandUnboltUnlockUnhinge
UncoverUnfurlUnfastenUnroll
UndoFreeReleaseUncork

Play

EntertainCavortClownAct
RejoiceRompDallyFrisk
JokeKidTeaseDabble
FlirtCaperToyfrolic

Push

ShovePressNudgeProd
DrivePolkElbowJostle
ImpelMusclePropelKnock
StrainThrustCrowdJam
BulldozeForceCrushCompel

Put

DepositSetPlacePosition
Lay downPlantSettleNest
LodgeSpreadDrop 

Rejoice

ExaltGlory inTriumphCelebrate
CheerRevelPraiseLeap for joy
LaughDelightGiggleGlee
Make MerryCongratulateToastApplaud

Remember

AcknowledgeRecallRetainMemorialize
RecognizeIdentifyReminisceRealize
RecollectCall to mindReviveFlashback

Rest

ReclineRoostSitSprawl
CrouchHuddleSlouchLounge
FlopLazeRelaxSettle
ParkPerchPlopHunker down
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Ride

TourDriveGallupJockey
MountTravelJourneyCruise
SurfGlideSpeedCoast

Run

HurryHastenGallupTrot
RaceStreakLopeScurry
ScamperJogDashRush
StampedeJetDartScoot
SpeedSprintCantorBarrel
FleeFlyHustlePelt

Said

AddressArticulateBlabUtter
MurmurMutterStammerRant
RaveJabberConverseDiscuss
WhisperStutterBanterChant
ChatDictateDrawlSpout
YellShoutSpotterJibber
MutterMumbleConfideGossip
DivulgeDiscloseWhisperReveal

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Search

QuestForageHuntRummage
SeekProbeDelveScout
InvestigateScourFerretRansack
SiftDigExamineWire
BrowsePursueExploreSurf

Send

TransportShipBroadcastTransfer
RadiateMessageChannelRoute
TransmitRelayWirePublish

Summon

CallRequestCryScream
HollerHailSignalBellow
RoarYellProclaimExclaim

Shake

ConvulseQuiverQuakeShiver
TrimbleTotterVibrateRattle
JoltChurnShudderTremor
TwitchSpasmLurchSquirm
SloshAgitateTwingePalpitate
ThrobRippleFlutterJerk

Start

BeginLaunchJumpEmbark
EnterDawnPlungeIntroduce
Usher inEruptBirthSpring
Sally forthActivateInitiateCommence
Set outPioneerInnovateInaugurate
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Stop

HoltCeaseQuitStall
RetirePauseEndFinish
ReinFreezeSuspendHold
BelayTerminateDesistConclude

Take

GrabStealSnatchSeize
ClutchHookGripNet
SnagArrestClaimGrapple
TrapCatchSnap upNick
WrenchPluckApprehendAppropriate

Tap

BumpNudgeJostleJar
KnockJoltThumpButt
StrikeWhackSlamSlap

Throw

FlipTossFlingHurl
PropelHeaveChuckCatapult
PitchLobFirePelt

Touch

NuzzleCaressChafeGrind
SmearScrubPolishKnead
ScourStrokeMassageSmooth
BuffBrushWipeFeel
FondleGlovePalmStroke
TicklePatDabPat

Trap

SnareCornerEntangleImprison
PinCatchRestrainHook
SnatchClutchBindPinch
ChainCageSurroundCapture
HandcuffShackleConfinedClasp

Try

AttemptStriveTackleEmbark
EndeavorUndertakeGambleVenture
Take a chanceTake a shotGo for itStruggle

Turn

SwerveSwitchSwingSwirl
SwivelSwaySpinTwist
TiltRoundReelLean
TwirlPivotCurlWhirl
CircleForkLoopRotate
RevolveBendSpiralSwivel
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Use

HandleWieldWorkExercise
AvailHarnessApplyManeuver
UtilizeEmployAdoptPractice
ManipulateOperateDeployOperate

Wait

PauseDelayLingerRemain
StayHoldStand fastAdhere
AbideLoiterHoverRoost
SettleLagTarryPerch
DwellDallyHesitateProcrastinate

Walk

SneakStampClumpTramp
ParadePlodPranceLimp
GlidePaceMarchShuffle
LurchTrampleProwlMosey
ToddleSlinkScamperClump
LumberCoastScootCreep
TiptoeStrideTrudgeSwagger
StrutStrollSaunterAmble
PadCoastRoamWaddle

Want

RequireDemandClaimExact
DesireThirstHungerCrave
Long forCovetPineYearn
WishDreamNeedHanker

Wash

CleanBatheLaunderRinse
SluiceScrubLatherShower
CleanseBuffFreshen upScour
ShampooSoakSoapSwab

Went

GoneJettedScurriedShove off
ChargedDartDashDefected
LeakedLongedMoseyedTraverse
ScamperedZigzaggedSkedaddledSkyrocketed
SlitheredSnakedSoaredSprang
Stole awaySashayedPlummetedsled

Whisper

GarbleSighMutterMouth
MurmurRumorGossipMumble
WheezeConfideDivulgeDisclose

Wonder

PonderConsiderDwellDebate
MullStudyRuminateWeigh
QuestionDoubtMeditateSpeculate
PuzzleThinkContemplateDeliberate

We hope this list is helpful to you. It has improved our writing.

Happy Writing

John & Patty

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