Verbs That Start With H

Verbs are the heavy lifters of the English language. They take the subject of the sentence, usually a noun, and propel it into action. Thanks to verbs, we know that Mary halts or Jude hears. Enjoy a long list of common verbs that start with "h." Use it as a nice supplement to your reading, and watch your vocabulary grow.

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50 Verbs Starting With H

One of the best ways to explore various parts of speech is to look at each variety, letter by letter. Check out an alphabetized list of 50 popular "h" verbs, one of their definitions and a few synonyms. It’ll open your mind in new and exciting ways.

VerbDefinitionSynonym

hack

to chop, cut, or damage in a rough or irregular way

butcher, chop, slash

haggle

to bargain on a price

bargain, barter, negotiate

hail

to cheer or greet

address, salute, signal

hallucinate

to perceive things that are not really present

fantasize, envision, visualize

halt

to put a stop to something

block, cease, pause

hamper

to stop or slow someone from doing something

impede, thwart, hinder

handle

to hold or deal with something

cope, manage, operate

hang

to attach something above without any support underneath

suspend, dangle, drape

happen

to take place or occur by chance

occur, take place, befall

harass

to torment or irritate

agitate, annoy, badger

harvest

to gather a crop

cultivate, crop, cull

hasten

to cause something to happen more quickly

accelerate, advance, urge

hatch

to bring forth; create a plan

concoct, contrive, scheme

hate

to feel strong aversion or dislike

detest, abhor, loathe

haul

to pull, drag, or transport something

bring, drag, truck

haunt

to appear as a ghost

spook, materialize, pervade

have

to contain, hold, or own something

bear, obtain, possess

head

to take the lead

direct, oversee, supervise

heal

to make or become healthy

alleviate, cure, mend

hear

to perceive a sound with your ears

catch, detect, perceive

heat

to add warmth to something

warm, cook, sear

heave

to lift something heavy

heft, hoist, launch

heed

to pay close attention to someone or something

notice, hark, hear

help

to provide aid or assistance

aid, assist, boost

hesitate

to pause before deciding, acting, or speaking

vacillate, pause, ponder

hide

to conceal something

conceal, shroud, veil

highlight

to emphasize something

feature, focus, play up

hijack

to take over something that doesn’t belong to you

commandeer, capture, seize

hike

to take a long outdoor walk

backpack, ramble, walk

hinder

to restrain or hold something back

Impede, obstruct, fetter

hire

to employ

employ, retain, take on

hiss

to make the sound of a snake

seethe, buzz, sound

hit

to strike or collide with

bang, bat, bludgeon

hoard

to collect or amass large amounts of goods

accumulate, amass, stockpile

hoist

to raise or lift

boost, crane, uplift

hold

to carry

clutch, grip, retain

hone

to make something more effective, sharpen

edge, sharpen, smooth,

hope

to wish or desire that something will occur

expect, pray, aspire

horrify

to shock or disgust

appall, daunt, shock

host

to invite others

entertain, receive, wine and dine

hover

to be suspended in one spot

float, flutter, hang

howl

to cry out in pain

wail, lament, cry

huddle

to crowd together

assemble, consult, group

hug

to put the arms around and hold closely

caress, cradle, embrace

hum

to make a low, steady sound like a motor

buzz, croon, drone

hunt

to look for or chase

chase, drive, stalk

hurry

to rush, move quickly, or do something faster than is comfortable

hasten, scurry, scoot

hurt

to cause someone to experience pain

injure, afflict, bruise

hurtle

to move very quickly; fling with force

charge, dash, lunge

hypnotize

to put in a trance

captivate, mesmerize, spellbind

10 Example Sentences of Verbs With H

Let’s hop to it. Explore ten of the above verbs that start with "h" in action.

  1. I can’t stand it when she haggles over prices.
  2. This fall, we’re going to harvest a magnificent crop of pumpkins.
  3. We watched three little chicks hatch.
  4. Do you hear that screeching wind?
  5. I love to highlight as I read.
  6. Do not hinder her growth.
  7. Who will hold the candles?
  8. That movie will always horrify me.
  9. Listen to the coyotes howl at the moon.
  10. I saw the car hurtle down the hill.
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Types of Verbs

The basic formula for a sentence is subject + verb + direct object. It’s up to verbs to carry out that action. They put the subject of the sentence into motion. In the sentence:

Harry hopped to the harpsichord.

“Harry” is the subject, “hopped” is the verb and “harpsichord” is the direct object. Even though they typically carry out an action, there are many different types of verbs.

  • action verb - These are verbs that indicate things you can do. In the list, hoist and hunt are action verbs. They’re performing specific actions.
  • helping verb - These help the main verb of the sentence, extending its meaning. Using an example from the list, if you said, “Harriet is heading to the store,” “is” is the helping verb to the main (action) verb “heading.”
  • linking verbs - These verbs don’t express an action. They connect the subject of the sentence to additional information. Linking verbs are often “to be” verbs, including “am,” “is,” “are,” and “were.” An example would be, “Stuffed bears have become very huggable.”

For more on the different variations, check out what is a verb to dive deeper into the various forms of verbs.

Hone Your Verb Vocabulary

Reading is indeed the best medicine when seeking to build our vocabulary. Still, a good word list or two can make for an interesting scan and a helpful addition to your prose. Strong and interesting verbs will take your writing to new levels, free from drab verbs. Take a journey through the alphabet with us. Move on to verbs that start with "i" and see how many new words you can add to your memory bank. Or stick with "h" and go beyond verbs to other parts of speech. Discover a comprehensive list of words that start with "h."