Verbs That Start With N

Verbs that start with "n" run the gamut from nestle and nuzzle to nettle and needle. They can create a homey environment as you nest, or cause stress as you nitpick. You’ll notice some of the verbs listed are words often used in noun form. So, it’ll be interesting to see them functioning in a different capacity. Let's kick things off with a quick review of verbs before we nominate our top 50 "n" verbs.

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What Is a Verb?

A verb is a word that expresses action or a state of being. Verbs typically, though not always, appear after the subject of a sentence and before the object of a sentence. For example, "Nancy needs to walk to the grocery store." In this sentence, "Nancy" is the subject, "needs" is the verb showing action, and "grocery store" is the object receiving the action of the verb.

50 Verbs Starting With N

Verbs that start with "n" are an interesting bunch. Some of the verbs listed are commonly used as nouns, such as nail, nest and note. It’s interesting to watch them shapeshift into action words, which opens up new ways to use familiar terms. Enjoy exploring 50 common verbs that begin with the letter "n."

VerbDefinition

nab

to seize suddenly, snatch, or steal

nag

to constantly urge, annoy, or scold

nail

to join one surface to another using a metal spike with a flat head

name

to give a title (name) to a person, place, or thing or to specify who or what is responsible

nap

to sleep for a brief period of time, usually during the day

narrate

to tell a story; to convey what happened

narrow

to reduce in width or extent

nationalize

to convert from private control to governmental control

natter

to talk idly or chatter

naturalize

to confer the rights of citizenship upon an immigrant

nauseate

to cause to feel sick

navigate

to plan your course; to steer, guide or move through something

neaten

to put in order and make neat

necessitate

to cause something to become required due to something else

need

to require something

needle

to annoy someone by nagging or criticizing

negate

to prove false or to render ineffective

neglect

to fail to reasonably care for someone or something

negotiate

to confer with the goal of reaching an agreement

neigh

to make a sound similar to a horse's cry

nest

to create and settle into a warm and secure refuge

nestle

to settle down comfortably and snugly

nettle

to annoy or irritate

network

to build connections with professional contacts

neuter

to make something less powerful; to make a being unable to reproduce

neutralize

to make ineffective, destroy, or counteract

nibble

to take small bites

nick

to put a tiny cut in something

nickname

to give an additional or substitute name to someone or something

niggle

to complain or find fault in a petty or nagging way

nip

to pinch or bite

nitpick

to find fault with someone or something in a finicky or petty manner

nod

to quickly raise and lower the head, usually in agreement

nominate

to name or appoint to an office or position

nonconform

to be inconsistent with a standard; to not conform

normalize

to adjust so something is consistent with a standard or norm

notarize

to certify or attest to the validity of a signature on a document

notate

to make a note in words or music

note

to notate; to mark something

notice

to become aware of something

notify

to inform or make known

nourish

to feed or develop

novelize

to adapt something into a novel (fictional book) form

nudge

a gentle push to get attention or give a signal

nullify

to invalidate something or cancel the effectiveness of something

numb

to cause to become without feeling

numerate

to count; to work with numbers

nurse

to provide medical attention or care

nurture

to encourage the development or growth of another

nuzzle

to gently push or rub against

Types of Verbs

The majority of verbs in the English language are action verbs. The English language also includes helping verbs and linking verbs, but those types don't include any verbs that start with "n." Action verbs, also known as dynamic verbs, express the action of the sentence, whether that’s physical or mental. For example, "Dr. Goodwell had to notify the husband of his wife’s death."

There are many examples of action verbs. Action verbs can be regular or irregular. There aren't any common irregular verbs that start with "n," though there is quite a long list of irregular verbs that begin with other letters.

  • Regular verbs change from present tense to past tense with the simple addition of -ed at the end. For example, "They couldn’t name their child Ned, so they named him Nathan."
  • Irregular verbs are ones that don't follow a pattern when changing to the past tense. If you added -ed to an irregular verb, it would not make a real word ("meet" becomes "met," not "meeted").

10 Example Sentences of N-Verbs

Explore how an "n" verb can work to provide action in a sentence.

  • She knew she was going to nab the last notebook in the store.
  • His voice is well-suited to narrate the story.
  • The pirate captain knows how to navigate a ship.
  • We’re going to have to negotiate better terms.
  • She loves to nest in her new home.
  • Barbers try not to nick their clients with the razor blade.
  • If you agree, nod your head.
  • I’m going to notate everything he says.
  • Green tea will nourish your body.
  • Claire is going to nurse you back to health.
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Nurture and Novelize

Verbs are just the beginning when it comes to words that begin with the letter "n." Strengthen your vocabulary by navigating even more words that start with "n" — in numerous parts of speech — via WordFinder by YourDictionary. The more you nurture your vocabulary, the better prepared you'll be to novelize your life. Some of the best writers maintain a vocabulary list they can turn to when the words aren’t flowing on their own. You can do the same with a substantial list of verbs and add variety to your writing. How about another popular letter? Enjoy this list of verbs that start "o."