Verbs That Start With G

In their primary function, verbs are words that express action. For example, go and guzzle are verbs. They also work in other capacities, such as with linking verbs and helping verbs. But, by and large, verbs are the action-givers of a sentence. Get a list of verbs that start with "g" along with some example sentences.

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50 Verbs Starting With G

In this series, you've been walking through the alphabet, exploring verbs that start with "a" and continuing all the way through to the end. Enjoy 50 popular "g" verbs in the English language along with one of their definitions. There is also a short list of synonyms for each verb.

Verb

Definition

Synonym

gain

to add on or increase

augment, expand, enlarge

gallop

to hurry or move quickly

spring, leap, jump

gape

to open the mouth widely, such as to yawn or in surprise

goggle, gawk, stare

gargle

to rinse or wash the throat with a liquid

irrigate, mouthwash, swish

gather

to be led to believe; to infer

assume, deduce, find

gawk

to stare

eyeball, gape, gaze

generate

to produce, create or cause to be

beget, procreate, propagate

gesture

moving your body in a way that conveys a feeling or emotion

motion, signal, gesticulate

get

to receive

acquire, obtain, procure

giggle

to laugh in a silly way

snicker, chuckle, laugh

give

to hand, present or place

administer, allocate, render

glare

to stare at

pierce, gaze, glower

glean

to obtain information

learn, discover, gather

glide

to float

sail, skate, soar

glimpse

to catch a quick look at something

glance, peek, gander

glisten

to reflect light

sparkle, shine, glitter

gloat

to exclaim triumph

crow, exult, brag

glow

to give off a light

shine, radiate, gleam

gnaw

to bite and wear away a small part at a time

crunch, chomp, masticate

go

to move or leave

advance, depart, pass

goad

to urge someone or an animal to take a specific action

ease, needle, prod

gobble

to eat up quickly

cram, stuff, scarf

google

to look up information using an online search engine

search, lookup

gossip

to tell secret information to another

rumor, tattle, blab

gouge

to create a dent or rough hole

scoop, chisel, channel

govern

to influence; to hold in check

rule, command, reign

grab

to hook

capture, confiscate

graduate

to complete a school program

certify, finish

grant

to gift

contribute, donate, gift

grapple

to grab, wrestle

attack, claw, wrestle

grasp

to hold, grip

clasp, clench, clutch

gratify

to give pleasure; to satisfy

delight, indulge, satisfy

graze

to feed on

browse, nibble, feed

greet

to meet or acknowledge

welcome, salute, address

grieve

to mourn

ache, bemoan, lament

grimace

to make an unpleasant face or twist up your facial features

contort, distort, scowl

grin

to smile

smirk, beam, smile

grind

to crush or reduce to a powder

compress, crunch, crush

groan

to give a deep sound of pain or displeasure

complain, gripe, grumble

groom

to clean yourself or an animal

brush, clean, comb

grovel

to abase or demean oneself

beg, fawn, wallow

grow

to become larger, evolve

cumulate, germinate, increase

growl

to make a low, rumbling sound in the throat to express hostility or anger

bark, gnarl, howl

grumble

to complain

begrudge, bellyache, whine

guarantee

to pledge or promise

stake, back, assure

guess

to predict, assume or estimate

conjecture, infer, surmise

gulp

to drink

devour, guzzle, swill

gurgle

to flow with a bubbling or rippling sound

babble, burble, sputter

gush

to speak with overwhelming enthusiasm

flood, surge, pour

guzzle

to drink

gorge, gulp, imbibe

10 Example Sentences of Verbs That Start With G

Ready to take a gander at your "g" verbs in action? Here are ten of them in their respective roles as heavy-lifters.

  1. Let’s gallop across the smooth terrain.
  2. These desk lamps generate a lot of heat.
  3. She giggled at me.
  4. Did you catch a glimpse of the stars last night?
  5. You should never gloat when you win a round of dominoes.
  6. It seems all the cows do is graze all day.
  7. Why did she grimace at him?
  8. Her dog growled low.
  9. Can you guarantee delivery by tomorrow?
  10. The creek gurgled so beautifully next to me.
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Types of Verbs

The basic formula for a sentence is subject + verb + direct object. Verbs are the heavy lifters that carry out the action of a sentence. They put the subject of the sentence into motion. In the sentence, “Gary gulped water,” “Gary” is the subject, “gulped” is the verb and “water” is the direct object. Let’s explore a few of the different types of verbs.

  • The most common type is an action verb. These are verbs that indicate things you can do. For example, grumble and guarantee are action verbs. They’re performing specific tasks.
  • Another common form is the helping verb. These help the main verb of the sentence, extending its meaning. Using an example of a verb that starts with "g," if we said, “Ginger is graduating from medical school,” then “is” would be the helping verb to the main (action) verb “graduating.”
  • There are also linking verbs. These verbs don’t express an action. Rather, they connect the subject of the sentence to the additional information that’s about to come. Linking verbs are often “to be” verbs, including “am,” “is,” “are,” and “were.” However, grow can also be used as a linking verb. An example would be, “She slowly grew to feel she was wasting her time.”

For more on the different variations, explore what is a verb to see all the types at play.

Guaranteed Vocabulary Growth

The best way to build our vocabularies is to read, read, read. But, from time to time, it’s nice to scan word lists to pick up a new word or phrase. Take a peek at these adjectives that start with "g" and see if you can add a few new descriptors to your next short story or poem! Then, build on these "g" verbs by discovering even more words that start with "g." Next, you can walk through the alphabet and explore verbs that start with "h," or you can dip into the land of descriptors.