Verbs That Start With C

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 carry on with your masterpiece. 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 how verbs function in everyday language.

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What Is a Verb?

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. Consider this sentence: "Candice cloned her cat." Here, "Candice" is the subject, "cloned" is the verb showing action and "cat" is the object receiving the action of the verb.

50 Verbs Starting With C

Is it time to chart your way to a stronger vocabulary? As you review this list of verbs that start with "c," consider how you can best use them in your writing!

VerbDefinition

call

to speak or cry out loud enough to attract a person’s attention

camp

to stay in a tent or recreational vehicle for a short period of time

cancel

to delete or make invalid

captivate

to gain the attention or affection of someone

capture

to take hold or control of, often by force

care

to have feelings like concern, responsibility or love

caress

to stroke gently and lovingly

carry

to transport; to support the weight of something or someone

carve

to slice or divide up; to make something smaller by cutting or chiseling

catch

to capture or take something

cater

to prepare and serve food for an event in a professional capacity

cease

to stop or discontinue

change

to replace one thing with another; to become different

charge

to assess a fee for goods or services

chase

to follow quickly, pursue or run after

chat

to talk or have a friendly exchange

cheat

to behave dishonestly to gain an advantage

cheer

to shout in encouragement or joy

chew

to use teeth to bite, cut through and grind into smaller pieces

choke

to have a hard time breathing due to an obstructed airway

choose

to pick from a number of options

chop

to cut into pieces via repeated quick blows a knife or other blade

clap

to hit the palms of the hands together to make a loud sound

clash

to disagree in a way that leads to conflict

clasp

to hold or grip tightly; to attach two or more things together

claw

to grab at or tear using the nails on a hand or foot

clean

to take action to make something not dirty

clench

to press something tightly together, such as teeth or fists, into a tight ball

climb

to move up a slope, incline or steps

cling

to hold on tightly

clone

to replicate cells such that they are identical genetically

coach

to teach or instruct; to prepare a team for success

collect

to gather together

collide

to crash into something

collude

to secretly work with someone to do something deceitful

color

to add a hue, shade, paint, or dye to an object or picture

come

to move in the direction of someone or something

commence

to begin something

compare

to find the similarities or differences between two or more people or things

compete

to engage in a contest

complain

to express dissatisfaction

confess

to admit wrongdoing

connect

to join together; to attach

construct

to build or assemble

contain

to keep within a boundary

cook

to prepare food so it’s not raw

count

to add up or calculate

crawl

to move slowly on the ground on one's hands and knees

create

to cause something to exist; to make

cut

to divide with a blade or other sharp instrument

Types of Verbs

Verbs are very important in the English language. You shouldn't be surprised to discover that there are several types of verbs.

  • The largest category of verbs is action verbs. Makes sense, right? Action verbs, also known as dynamic verbs, express the action of the sentence, which can be either physical or mental. For example, "We had to crawl under the house to find the buried treasure." There are many action verb examples.
  • Action verbs can be either regular or irregular. Regular verbs change from present tense to past tense with the simple addition of -ed at the end. For example, cater becomes catered. Irregular verbs don't follow that pattern (or any pattern). For example, choose becomes chose. Don't add -ed; choosed is not a word.
  • Don't forget helping verbs. These verbs pair with the main verb in a sentence to extend or clarify its meaning. Consider this sentence: "I could go with you to the beach this weekend." The main verb is "go," but its meaning in this context isn't clear without the addition of the word "could," which functions as a helping verb.
  • 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."
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10 Example Sentences Featuring C-Verbs

Are you ready to see some "c" verbs in action? Check out these sample sentences, then make plans to write some of your own.

  • I’m so sorry to have to cancel our plans.
  • Can you carve out some time for me next week?
  • Don’t let Max chase that big dog.
  • Did he cheat at poker last night?
  • Maria likes to chop celery for her tuna salad.
  • Are you ready to climb Twin Peaks?
  • We must cling to hope.
  • Let’s commence the weekend’s activities!
  • We had to wait for them to connect an additional train car.
  • She hates to cook.

A Cataclysmic Clash

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 some more "c" words. Start with this list of adjectives that start with "c." Then, challenge yourself to further expand your mastery of this letter with a comprehensive list of words that start with the letter "c" on WordFinder by YourDictionary. When you're ready to curve back around to verbs, dive into some verbs that start with "d." You'll be well on your way to building a strong vocabulary.