Does your favorite author captivate your senses? Isn't it amazing how the written word can do just that? One of the best ways to make your way to the top of the literary charts is to build a robust vocabulary list. Then, whenever the threat of writer's block tries to carry you away, you can catapult yourself back to the computer screen and resume your masterpiece.
Let's start that vocabulary list with a look at 50 verbs that start with C. First, we'll collect our thoughts with a brief look at the function of verbs in everyday language.
A verb is a word that expresses action or a state of being. In the English language, every word sits in a specific place and plays a specific role in a sentence. As such, verbs typically come after the subject of the sentence and before the object of the sentence.
For example, "Candice cloned her cat." In this sentence, "Candice" is the subject, "cloned" is the verb showing action, and "cat" is the object receiving the action of the verb.
1. Call - to make a sound intended to attract a person's attention
2. Camp - to set up a shelter to live in for a short period of time
3. Cancel - to delete or make invalid
4. Captivate - to gain the attention or affection of someone
5. Capture - to take hold or control of, often by force
6. Care - to have feelings like concern, responsibility, or love for someone or something
7. Caress - to stroke gently and lovingly
8. Carry - to transport or support the weight of someone or something
9. Carve - to slice, to divide up, or to make something smaller by cutting or chiseling
10. Catch - to capture or take something
11. Cater - to prepare and serve food for a gathering
12. Cease - to stop or discontinue
13. Change - to replace one thing for another or to become different
14. Charge - to assess someone a certain fee for goods or services
15. Chase - to follow quickly, pursue, or run after
16. Chat - to talk or have a friendly exchange
17. Cheat - to mislead or behave in a dishonest way
18. Cheer - to comfort, encourage, or bring joy
19. Chew - to use teeth to bite, cut through, and grind into smaller pieces
20. Choke - to cut off oxygen, to be unable to breathe, or to block something
21. Choose - to pick from a number of options
22. Chop - to cut with several quick strokes with a knife
23. Clap - to hit the palms of the hands together to make a loud sound
24. Clash - to disagree or be in conflict
25. Clasp - to hold or grip tightly, or attach two or more things together
26. Claw - to grab or tear using the nails on a hand or foot
27. Clean - to take action to make something not dirty
28. Clench - to press something tightly together, such as your teeth or first, into a tight ball
29. Climb - to move up and around using your feet
30. Cling - to hold on or be attached to someone or something
31. Clone - to replicate the DNA of something
32. Coach - to train or teach someone
33. Collect - to gather together
34. Collide - to crash into something
35. Collude - to secretly work with someone or something illegal or deceitful
36. Color - to add a hue, shade, paint, or dye to an object or picture
37. Come - to move closer to the requester
38. Commence - to begin something
39. Compare - to find the similarities or differences between two or more people or things
40. Compete - to be in a contest or rivalry
41. Complain - to express dissatisfaction
42. Confess - to admit wrongdoings
43. Connect - to join together
44. Construct - to build or assemble
45. Contain - to serve as a vessel or holder for something
46. Cook - to heat or prepare food so it's ready to eat
47. Count - to add up or calculate
48. Crawl - to move slowly on the ground, generally on the hands and knees
49. Create - to make something
50. Cut - to divide with a sharp instrument
The largest category of verbs is action verbs. Makes sense, right? Action verbs, also known as dynamic verbs, express the action of the sentence, whether that's physical or mental. For example, "We had to crawl under the house to find the buried treasure." Here's a more thorough list of action verb examples.
Another category of verbs is linking verbs. Linking verbs are typically "to be" verbs, as in "am," "is," "are," "was," and "were." They link the subject with more information. For example, "Dogs come with a lot of responsibility."
Then, things get really interesting when students are introduced to irregular verbs. Regular verbs change from present tense to past tense with the simple addition of -ed at the end. For example, "We didn't cater the Thompson party; we catered the Johnson party." Irregular verbs, however, live by their own set of rules. Here's an example: "I didn't choose Charlie; I chose Andrew."
The only way to familiarize yourself with irregular verbs is to memorize them. Be sure to review this list of irregular verbs to commit some of the most common ones to memory.
Are you ready to see some C-verbs in action? Click on the link in each sentence to see more example sentences containing that C-verb:
1. I'm so sorry to have to cancel our plans.
2. Can you carve out some time for me next week?
3. Don't let Max chase that big dog.
4. Did he cheat at poker last night?
5. Mary likes to chop celery for her tuna salad.
6. Are you ready to climb Twin Peaks?
7. We must cling to hope.
8. Let's commence the weekend's activities!
9. We had to wait for them to connect an additional train car.
10. She hates to cook.
Perhaps your next plotline will include a cataclysmic clash between two of the protagonists. To get your creative juices flowing, check out these creative writing exercises. Then, see if you can douse your prose in a few more C-words with this list of adjectives that start with C.