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!

VerbDefinition

abandon

to leave something behind

abase

to make someone lower, by humiliation or demotion

abate

to become less or lower in amount or force than at a prior time

abbreviate

to use a shortened form of something to represent the full form

abduct

to illegally take away a person by using force or coercion

abolish

to destroy, get rid of, or stop something

absorb

to soak up

accept

to willingly take, receive, or agree to an object or idea

accuse

to say another person is at fault for doing something wrong

act

to do something; to engage in a behavior

adjust

to change something to a better fit or to be more suitable

admire

to regard someone or something with delight and approval

adopt

to decide to use; to make something yours

adore

to love very much

advise

to offer input about what should be done

affect

to produce a change in something

afford

to supply or provide something; to be able to buy something

agree

to have the same opinion or views

aim

to point or direct with a particular goal in mind

allow

to permit or to give permission

alter

to make something different without completely changing it

amend

to modify or alter something, often for the better

amuse

to behave in a way that is entertaining

analyze

to examine something in a methodical manner

announce

to make something publicly known

annoy

to irritate or disturb

answer

to give a response to a question

anticipate

to expect something to happen in the future

appeal

to make an urgent request for something necessary or desired

appear

to seem or look a certain way

applaud

to clap one's hands to show approval or praise

apply

to make a formal request; to put something into use

appoint

to choose an individual for a position or office

approach

to move close to something

approve

to sanction something

argue

to engage in verbal disagreement

arrive

to show up for something or to reach a destination

ask

to inquire about something in order to get an answer, response, or action

aspire

to work toward a goal you strongly want to reach

assault

to threaten or make a physical attack

assert

to state something in a confident manner

assign

to designate responsibility or purpose

assist

to provide help

assume

to believe something to be true without seeking proof

assure

to verify or provide reassurance

attach

to fasten an item to another item

attempt

to make an effort to do something

attend

to be present at something

avert

to keep something from happening

avoid

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.

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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.