Verbs That Start With Q

Have you ever questioned the definition of a verb? Truth is, they're the heavy lifters of the English language. They take the subject of a sentence and move it forward into some sort of action. Or, they link the subject to further information in the sentence. Either way, a world without verbs would be a motionless world. Let's see how many verbs that start with "q" you can find.

Verbs That Start With Q Verbs That Start With Q

Verbs Starting With Q

Find over 30 of the most common "q" verbs, a short definition for each and a handful of simple synonyms.





to make the noise of a duck

squawk, croak, call


to multiply by four



to make four copies of

copy, quadruple


to drink something thirstily or quickly

gulp, guzzle, swig


to waste away, fade or wither

blanch, droop, faint


to tremble or shake

vibrate, shiver


to meet the requirements of something

certify, enable, pass


to express the amount of something

measure, appraise, assess


to measure or determine the quantity of something

gauge, appraise, calibrate


to express in multiples of a basic unit

calculate, subdivide, measure


to keep something or someone away from others

isolate, sequester, confine


to argue with someone

disagree, bicker


to divide something into four equal parts

cleave, cut, fourth


to suppress something or put an end to it

destroy, defeat, crush


to shake or tremble with uncertainty

sway, oscillate, quiver


to make a female person the ruler of a country

appoint, coronate, crown


to forcibly suppress

repress, inhibit, subjugate


to stop or quiet something

defeat, suppress, silence


to satisfy or extinguish

destroy, quash


to ask about something

inquire, interrogate, quiz


to search, seek or journey

explore, probe


to ask something or doubt something

challenge, examine, interrogate


to form a line

line up, wait, file


to use petty arguments when discussing an issue

bicker, squabble, altercate


to make more rapid

accelerate, energize, speed


to become quieter

assuage, hush, squelch


to cause to make no sound

calm, muzzle, pacify


to make or become soundless

silence, deaden, muffle


to stitch and join together different kinds of fabric to make a decorative blanket

stitch, sew, crochet


to make or become fives times as much



to make a witty remark

taunt, jest, joke


to stop doing something

abandon, abdicate, terminate


to shake rapidly or tremble

shake, vibrate, pulsate


to test knowledge

question, inquire, investigate

10 Example Sentences That Start With Q

Let's take a look at ten of the above "q" verbs at work in sentence form.

  1. Does that duck quack all night long?
  2. Wow! He really knows how to quaff a can of soda.
  3. I don't know how to quantify that amount.
  4. Did you see the episode where they had to quarantine Tony DiNozzo?
  5. Please do not quarrel with your brother.
  6. Let's quarter that pie since it's small.
  7. You cannot quell the thirst for knowledge.
  8. All you have to do is sit down, quiet the mind, and begin to meditate.
  9. She quilted blankets for her friends.
  10. You know he's going to question you on your whereabouts.

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. Take a look at this example sentence:

  • Quincy quieted the noise.

"Quincy" is the subject, "quieted" is the verb and "noise" 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, quiver and quake are action verbs. They're performing specific actions.
  • helping verb - These assist the main verb by extending its meaning. Using an example from the list, if you say, "Quinn is quibbling with Quentin again," "is" is the helping verb to the main (action) verb "quibbling."
  • 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, "Quigley was in quite a quarrel with Jimmy." In this example, "was" is the linking verb.

The Quest Is Over

If you were on a quest to uncover "q" verbs, wonder no more. Although "q" may not be the most popular letter in the alphabet, it's the starting point for some really fascinating verbs. Are you ready to see what you could come up with in terms of adjectives? Here are 20 adjectives that start with "q." Want to query the full scope of "q" words? Then go on a quest for words that begin with "q." Go in with a quiet mind that's open to quirky constructions. Now that you've got "q" mastered, check out verbs that start with "u."