Verbs That Start With M

Verbs are necessary in most sentences. Without them, there'd be no expression of action and nothing connecting the subject of the sentence to further information. Thanks to verbs, you know Mary moaned through science class (instead of cheering) and Thomas mourned the loss of his kitten. Together, let's explore a list of 50 verbs that start with "m" and discuss the functioning of this almighty part of speech.

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50 Verbs Starting With M

Enjoy this list containing 50 of the most popular "m" verbs, a short definition and a small sampling of synonyms.

Verb

Definition

Synonym

magnify

to enlarge

amplify, augment, increase

maintain

to keep in a certain state to prevent from breaking

affirm, assert, sustain

make

to produce something

assemble, build, create

manage

to control, influence or take charge

execute, govern, supervise

maneuver

to move in a skillful manner

contrive, engineer, finagle

manifest

to prove or make something clear

declare, develop, materialize

manipulate

to move, arrange or control something in a skilled manner

control, exploit, influence

manufacture

to make something from raw materials

build, construct, produce

mar

to cause damage or to disfigure

blemish, blot, tarnish

march

to walk in a steady way or to a beat

advance, drill, walk

mark

to put an indication or symbol on something

blot, dot, write

marry

to become husband and wife in a legal or religious ceremony

couple, espouse, wed

mash

to crush, grind or smash into a soft, thick mixture

crush, grind, squash

mask

to cover up, disguise or hide

conceal, disguise, camouflage

match

to find or make equal

liken, equate, pair

maximize

to raise to the highest possible degree

augment, enlarge, magnify

may

to be possible or permissible

permit, approve, tolerate

mean

to have in mind as a purpose

aim, intend, aspire

measure

to find out the length or capacity of something

calculate, estimate, survey

mediate

to try to help resolve a dispute

arbitrate, intercede, conciliate

meditate

to sit quietly and clear the mind or be deep in thought

contemplate, ponder, cogitate

meet

to come face-to-face with someone or something

assemble, connect, join

melt

to turn from a solid to liquid as a result of exposure to heat

liquefy, dissolve, thaw

memorize

to commit to memory

remember, recollect, retain

mend

to fix or repair

correct, doctor, sew

mention

to talk about in passing

allude, denote, hint

merge

to bring or come together

absorb, amalgamate, unite

might

to express doubt or a lower possibility

doubt, hesitate, suspect

migrate

to move from one place to another

drift, relocate

mimic

to imitate or copy

echo, impersonate

mince

to divide or cut into tiny pieces

chop, grind

mingle

to participate with others at a party or social event

circulate, coalesce, socialize

minimize

to make smaller or shrink

decrease, lessen, reduce

mislead

to give someone the wrong idea or information

bamboozle, beguile, betray

miss

to fail to hit

flub, muff, skip

misunderstand

to fail to understand correctly

confuse, miscalculate, confound

mitigate

to make something less severe or painful

allay, assuage, temper

mix

to combine, join, blend or put things together

amalgamate, coalesce, commingle

moan

to complain about something in a low, long sound of pain

cry, grieve

mobilize

to get something moving

activate, assemble, gather

mock

to make someone the object of scorn

scoff, taunt

modify

to make a change or alteration

adapt, adjust, alter

modulate

to change from one pitch or tone

adjust, tune

monitor

to listen or watch carefully

check, control

motivate

to inspire someone to act

impel, influence, provoke

mount

to climb or get up onto something

ascend, climb, straddle

mourn

to feel or show intense grief or sadness

ache, bemoan, wail

move

to push, pull, carry or change the position of something

advance, go

multiply

to cause to increase in number or degree

reproduce, propagate

muster

to bring or gather together

collect, congregate

10 Example Sentences For M Verbs

Mind if you meander through a few of the "m" verbs? Let's look at 10 of them in sentence form.

  1. He maintains impeccable financial records.
  2. Can you manage the kids while I'm gone?
  3. They manufacture sandals.
  4. He is going to marry her this September.
  5. They're going to need someone to mediate their divorce proceedings.
  6. She meditates to calm her mind.
  7. Make sure you memorize that verse by next Sunday.
  8. They're going to merge their bank accounts this week.
  9. She had to break her lease to move to Texas.
  10. David wanted to multiply his harvest, so he planted more seeds.
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Types of Verbs

Simple sentences follow a basic pattern: subject + verb + direct object. Verbs indicate the sentence's action. They put the subject of the sentence into motion. In the sentence.

  • Mason managed my favorite market.

"Mason" is the subject, "managed" is the verb and "market" is the direct object. Since they're such heavy lifters, there are many different types of verbs. Here are three of the most popular.

  • action verb - These are the most common verbs. They highlight things you can do. For example, magnify and march are action verbs. They're performing specific actions.
  • helping verb. - Another common verb, these verbs assist the main verb by extending its meaning. If you say, "Mallory is misunderstanding your meaning," "is" is the helping verb to the main (action) verb "misunderstanding."
  • linking verbs - These verbs don't describe any 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, "Matthew might be going to the party." In this example, "might" is the linking verb.

Multiply Your Memory Bank

Keep building on your mastery of "m" words to include other parts of speech in addition to verbs. You'll find many more words that start with "m." Then, multiply your memory bank with our list of verbs that start with "n." As you walk through the alphabet, certain words will stay with you and pop up in your next piece of writing. And, if it's writing that you have on your mind, check out these tips on writing poems. They'll help you get started in all your mental imaginings.