If asked, could you define a verb? Don't they just do "verby" things? Truth is, they're a little hard to define because they don't just perform the action of a sentence (although that's largely their purpose). Aside from lunging across sentences and leaping into depths of understanding, they also link subjects and predicates and serve as helpers to the almighty action verb. Read on to explore 50 verbs that start with "l" and enjoy a quick study of this part of speech.
50 Verbs Starting With L
Looking for a list of "l" verbs? Below, you'll find 50 of the most common verbs that start with "l." Each verb is paired with one of its definitions. You'll also find synonyms for each verb in this lovely list.
to mark something with its name or description
marker, tag, identfiy
absence of something
dearth, shortfall, not there
to feel loss, sorrow, or regret
bemoan, rue, mourn
to win or get something
achieve, acquire, secure
to go on or continue for a while
endure, linger, sustain
to express amusement with vocal sounds and facial movements
giggle, chuckle, snicker
to set something in motion
catapult, propel, initiate
to put or set something down
place, arrange, rest
to inspire others to act
guide, motivate, pilot
to let out by mistake or on purpose
seep, ooze, escape
to incline or bend into a sloping position
cant, recline, tilt
to jump up from the ground
spring, bound, hop
to acquire knowledge or new information
mater, gain knowledge, become aware
escape, flee, exit
to make legal or lawful
ratify, sanction, permit
to allow someone to borrow
advance, give temporarily,
to diminish or reduce
lower, decrease, abate
permit, approve, authorize
to utilize something to your advantage
capitalize, utilize, exploit
to set free or emancipate someone or something
release, unshackle, unfetter
to give or yield permission to
authorize, permit, sanction
to wet with the tongue
moisten, taste, lap
to say something that knowingly isn't true
falsify, fabricate, deceive
to raise something up
elevate, heave, hoist
to diminish a burden
ease, reduce, lessen
to enjoy something
fancy, admire, appreciate
to confine or restrict
curb, apportion, ration
to walk with difficulty, often dragging one leg
falter, hobble, shuffle
arrange items or people in a straight row
queue-up, align, put in rows
to remain somewhere
stay, stick around, hang around
to join or connect together
attach, bind, combine
to write down a series of words or numbers
enumerate, itemize, index
to pay close attention to the sounds made by someone or something
hear, tune-in, perceive noise
to have life
exist, survive, be alive
to put a lot of something into a container or other place
pack, cram, stuff
to dislike very strongly
abhor, detest, hate
detect, pinpoint, discover
to secure, strap or fasten into place
clamp, seal, secure
to become embedded
get stuck, wedge, become caught
to record information
document, write down, make note of
to turn one's eyes toward something
view, peer, see
to come into view as a massive, distorted image
threaten, emanate, tower above
to form in a way that two sides fold on each other with an opening in the middle
coil, make a circle, twist
to decline or be defeated
drop, fall, fail to win
to lay or sit in a comfortable chair
relax, laze, rest
to have a deep emotional attachment to a person, people, or thing
adore, cherish, treasure
to bring down or lessen
reduce, let fall, drop
to make smooth or slippery by applying a liquid or viscous substance
grease, oil, moisten
to purposely tempt someone to do something
bait, entice, induce
to hang around a place and stay hidden
lie in wait, skulk, move in a furtive way
Types of Verbs
Verbs are an impressive and important part of speech, as they're essential to every sentence. While people usually think of action words when they think of verbs, there are actually some different kinds of verbs.
- action verbs - It's true that action verbs are the most common type. They highlight things you can do. Several verbs that begin with "l" are action verbs. For example, in the table above, linger and leak are examples of action verbs.
- helping verbs - Helping verbs are also used quite frequently. They assist the main verb by extending its meaning. Using an example from the above list, you could say, "Luiz is listening to the radio." In this sentence, "is" is the helping verb to the main (action) verb "listening."
- linking verbs - Linking verbs also often find their way into writing and conversations. These verbs don't describe an action. Rather, 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, "Lily was late for school." In this example, "was" is the linking verb. What was she? Late. While late is an "l" word, it's an adjective rather than a verb.
10 Example Sentences
Most simple sentences follow the same basic pattern: subject + verb + direct object. The verb's job is to put the subject of the sentence into motion. In the sentence, "Lindy listed 50 verbs," "Lindy" is the subject, "listed" is the verb, and "verbs" is the direct object. Loop back to some of the verbs that start with "l" from the list above and improve your understanding of the English language by reviewing a few example sentences.
- Don't lament because he's gone; rejoice.
- It felt good to laugh after the way this weekend went.
- Please don't launch into a sermon on gossip; I know it's wrong.
- The faulty gutters began to leak.
- Slowly, he began to leverage his love of writing into a full-time profession.
- Do you want the dog to lick your ice cream cone?
- He seemed to linger by the pond all night.
- All you have to do is live your best life.
- Depression seemed to loom over him.
- Don't let material possessions lure you into debt.
Verbs are lively, indeed. They create momentum in our sentences. In short, they tell us who's doing what. Let's have some fun with alliteration. Do you know what part of speech "lively" is? It's an adjective. It modifies nouns, such as the lively lullaby. Why not see how many adjectives, nouns and verbs you can bring together to create a nice bit of alliteration? Explore 50 nouns that start with "l" to help you get started. Then, check out these laudable "l" adjectives as well. Next, use this list of words that start with "l" from WordFinder by YourDictonary to learn even more "l" words across several parts of speech. From there, turn your attention to verbs that start with "m" to travel to the next letter in the alphabet.