Verbs That Start With P

Out of the various parts of speech, it's hard to say if nouns or verbs are more important. Let's just say they're equally necessary. While nouns tend to act as the subject of the sentence, verbs take that subject and propel it into action. So everyone definitely needs a strong vocabulary of verbs. Boost yours by exploring 50 verbs that start with "p." After you've propelled your way down the list, pause briefly for a quick verb overview, then peruse some sample sentences.

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50 Verbs Starting With P

There are a lot of verbs that start with "p" in the English language. Find out what 50 of the most commonly used "p" verbs mean and discover a few synonyms for each.

Verb

Definition

Synonyms

paint

to create an image or covering a surface with paint

brush, coat, color, cover

participate

to take part in an activity

contribute, cooperate, partake

pass

to move in front of or go by someone or something

move past, go beyond, slip by

pause

to stop for a brief period of time

wait, delay, halt

pay

to give money for goods or services

compensate, purchase, reimburse

peel

to pull or tear away something that's attached to something else

shell, shuck, husk

penetrate

to pass into or through something

enter, permeate, puncture

perceive

to notice or see

comprehend, discern, become aware

perform

to carry out or fulfill duties or tasks

do, carry out, carry out

permit

to allow something

authorize, let, sanction

persist

to refuse to give up

continue, persevere, keep going

persuade

to convince someone to do something

convince, win over, induce

pick

to choose

select, opt, elect

place

to set down

deposit, position, put

plan

to develop a scheme or program to get something done

arrange, plot, organize

play

to engage in activity for fun

carouse, cavort, frolic

pledge

to give something as security for an agreement

guarantee, vouch, promise

plug

to fill a hole by inserting material into it

block, fill, seal

point

to motion in the direction of something, usually with a finger

gesture, indicate, signal

pop

to make a sudden, short, explosive noise

bang, burst, crack

pose

to get into a certain position

arrange, model, assume a stance

possess

to have an item or property

hold, retain, own

post

to display or publish something up in a public location

place, put, make known

pour

to flow or drop into something

stream, splash, trickle

praise

to lavish approval on someone

recognize, applaud, laud

pray

to ask for something or offer thanks to a higher being

ask a deity for favor, request favor, supplicate

prefer

to like someone or something better than another

favor, be partial to, inclined toward

prepare

to make ready

make ready, make arrangements, plan

present

to formally introduce someone or give an honor via a ceremony

introduce, recognize, bestow

preserve

to care for or maintain something

secure, protect, safeguard

pretend

to make believe or imitate

fake, falsify, purport

prevent

to keep from happening

avert, avoid, intervene

print

to produce written documents via hand or machine

publish, write, letter

proceed

to move forward

advance, start, set in motion

produce

to create or bring into being

generate, create, make

prohibit

to forbid someone from doing something

stop, ban, block

promise

to guarantee that one will do something

affirm, commit, declare

promote

to give someone a higher position

advance, move up, upgrade

prompt

to cause something else to happen

incite, elicit, star

propose

to suggest or recommend

initiate, put forward, submit

protect

to defend or guard

shield, secure, safeguard

prove

to establish that something is true

confirm, convince, substantiate

provide

to supply or make available

furnish, give, issue

publish

to issue a work of writing for sale or reading

circulate, issue, go live

pull

to make something move toward something else by tugging or dragging

drag, tow, haul

punish

to impose suffering

penalize, discipline, corrective action

purchase

to obtain something by paying for it

acquire, buy, procure

pursue

to actively seek to obtain or catch something

go after, follow, chase

push

to press, force or urge a person or thing to move

shove, force, knock

put

to place something

position, set, situate

3 Prominent Types of Verbs

The English language has many, many verbs, including a lot that start with "p." Most are action verbs, as is the case with the verbs listed above. However, given their prominence in the English language, there are actually a few different kinds of verbs. Action verbs, helping verbs and linking verbs are the most prevalent kinds of verbs.

  • Action verbs highlight things a person can do. For example, if you perform a task, that means you're engaging in an action. If you persuade someone to hire you for a job, that took effort on your part. Action verbs are action words.
  • Linking verbs don't describe an action. Instead, they link the subject to more information. Some verbs, such as the "p" verb prove can function as an action or linking verb. Consider this sentence: "This document proves ownership." Here, prove simply links the subject (this document) to more information about the subject. However, if someone said, "You need to prove that you own this," then prove would be an action verb.
  • Helping verbs assist the main verb in a sentence by extending its meaning. Consider this statement: "Peter is promising to clean out the attic." Here, "is" is the helping verb to the main (action) verb, which is the word promising.
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10 Example Sentences

Knowing a lot of verbs that start with "p" is helpful only if you can actually use them in sentences. The basic format of a sentence is subject + verb + direct object, though some sentences are more complex than this. In the simple yet alliterative sentence, "Penelope possesses great potential," "Penelope" is the subject, "possesses" is the verb and "great potential" is the direct object. Ready to ponder a few sample sentences? Review 10 of the "p" words properly placed in sentences.

  1. I'd love to paint a mural on the living room wall.
  2. Let's pause after this chapter.
  3. If you do not participate, you will lose class points.
  4. But, if you persist, you will succeed.
  5. Please pick your favorite book.
  6. Who do you pray for at night?
  7. They are going to produce new music.
  8. Will you promise never to leave?
  9. Did you seriously purchase a new car?
  10. Please do not push your little sister.

Penetrating P-Verbs

Why not let some of these "p" verbs penetrate into your next piece of writing? Let them pulsate and pop across the page as you weave an interesting story or poem. While you're at it, consider pairing a "p" verb with the occasional "p" noun. Or ponder the full range of words that start with "p" on WordFinder by YourDictionary. You never know what sort of alliteration you might come up with! When you're ready to move on from "p," then it'll be time to quickly query verbs that start with "q."