Did you obliterate last night's creative writing homework assignment? That's fabulous! The more we sense we have a knack for writing, the more we should explore it.
One of the best ways to optimize our love of writing is to build an extensive vocabulary list. As you read, write, and explore new activities, jot down the words that jump off the page at you. Let's kick things off right now with 50 verbs that start with O.
Verbs are the part of speech that are used to express action or describe a state of being. In English, verbs typically come after the subject of the sentence and before the object of the sentence. For example, "Charles obsesses over his stamp collection." In this sentence, "Charles" is the subject, "obsesses" is the verb showing action, and "stamp collection" is the object receiving the action of the verb.
From obscure to obfuscate, here are 50 tantalizing verbs that start with the letter O.
1. Obey - to carry out given orders
2. Obfuscate - to confuse someone, or to obscure the meaning of something
3. Object - to reason or argue against something
4. Objectify - to regard someone superficially or treat in a depersonalized way
5. Obligate - to bind by a duty, promise, or contract
6. Oblige - to compel, force, or obligate someone to do something by force
7. Obliterate - to utterly and completely destroy or eliminate
8. Obscure - to make confusing or hard to see
9. Observe - to see or watch
10. Obsess - to think about someone or something to an extreme extent
11. Obstruct - to block or cut off from view
12. Obtain - to get or acquire
13. Occur - to happen
14. Offend - to do something to hurt the feelings of someone
15. Offer - to put forth for acceptance or rejection
16. Ogle - to stare in a way that shows desire
17. Oil - to grease something, making it slippery or smooth
18. Oink - to grunt like a pig
19. Omit - to leave something out
20. Ooze - to leak slowly
21. Open - to make no longer closed or fastened
22. Operate - to perform a function or medical procedure
23. Opine - to share your thoughts or opinions
24. Oppose - to disapprove of or be against something
25. Oppress - to keep something down using cruel or unjust power
26. Opt - to make a decision or choice
27. Optimize - to make something the best it can be
28. Orbit - to move around something in a circle
29. Orchestrate - to coordinate or arrange something to achieve a desired result
30. Ordain - to order or decree
31. Order - to command or ask someone to do something
32. Organize - to arrange in an orderly way
33. Orient - to align or position something toward a particular point or reference
34. Orientate - to adjust to a situation
35. Originate - to cause something to start
36. Oust - to get rid of someone or something
37. Outgrow - to grow too large for something
38. Outline - to summarize the main points of something
39. Outsmart - to overcome someone by cunning or cleverness
40. Outsource - to obtain goods or services from a foreign supplier instead of a local source
41. Overawe - to overcome or subdue by inspiring awe
42. Overcome - to prevail in spite of adversity
43. Overcook - to cook something for too long or at too high of a temperature
44. Overflow - to flow or run over the top
45. Overhaul - to examine and make necessary repairs
46. Overload - to put too great a load in or on
47. Overpower - to dominate because of superior or excessive strength
48. Overrate - to rate, assess, or estimate too highly
49. Owe - to have a debt to pay
50. Oxidize - to unite with oxygen, as in burning or rusting
The most common category of verbs that you'll find is action verbs. Also known as dynamic verbs, action verbs are used to describe the action of the sentence. This can be physical, mental or even symbolic. For example, "She could obtain any type of theater ticket." Here's a more thorough list of action verb examples to study.
Next to action verbs, you'll also find linking verbs. These are typically "to be" verbs, like "am," "is," "are," "was," and "were." They link the subject with more information. For example, "She owes him."
You'll also need to familiarize yourself with the difference between regular and irregular verbs. Regular verbs change from present tense to past tense by simply adding the -ed suffix to the end of them. For example, "She didn't offer me a cookie. Rather, she offered me some pie." Irregular verbs, on the other hand, do not adhere to this simple rule and conjugate differently. Here's an example: "His flashy car didn't overtake me. Rather, the stench of his cologne overtook me."
The best way to familiarize yourself with irregular verbs is to memorize them. Be sure to review this list of irregular verbs to commit some of the most popular ones to memory as well.
There were some interesting O-verbs in that list. Let's look at some of them in action. Click on the link in each sentence to see more example sentences containing that O-verb:
1. I don't object to you marrying him.
2. The new building is going to obscure our view of the sea.
3. I hope this isn't going to offend you.
4. Let's omit that part from the e-mail.
5. Do you oppose my recommendation?
6. How can we optimize our time here?
7. I love to organize my desk.
8. Allow me to outline her speech for you.
9. He loves to overcome obstacles and achieve greatness.
10. Don't overload the washing machine with sheets and towels.
Objectivity - that's the name of the writing game, isn't it? When we choose to undertake the task of writing, we must remain objective, as our prose oozes with interest and insight.
How about a couple new additions to your extensive vocabulary list? Let's go with another vowel that packs a strong punch. Enjoy these 50 verbs that start with E.