Do you prefer to read, reason, or ramble? All three sound like fun, don't they? How about reading your favorite book while you reason out the plot and ramble through the countryside? R-verbs can add some serious spice to our literary lives. So, let's take a look at 50 of the most popular verbs that start with R.
Verbs are words used to express action or describe a state of being. When it comes to English, each word needs to be in a specific place, playing a particular role within the context of a sentence. In the case of verbs, you'll find they typically come after the subject of the sentence and before the object of the sentence.
For example, "Rayna reads romance novels." In this sentence, "Rayna" is the subject, "reads" is the verb showing action, and "romance novels" is the object receiving the action of the verb.
Perhaps the antagonist in your plot will reappear to ravage your main character's home life. With a few R-verbs in your arsenal, you can craft a plot that'll rebuff anyone who doubted your writing skills!
Here are 50 of the most popular R-verbs.
1. Race - to compete in a contest of speed
2. Raid - to launch a surprise attack
3. Rain - to fall in drops of water from the clouds
4. Raise - to move or lift something upward
5. Rake - to gather up, smooth over, or move through
6. Rally - to come together for a common purpose
7. Ramble - to write, speak, or move aimlessly
8. Rap - to speak or chant lyrics to a song with a recurring beat
9. Rasp - to utter in a rough, grating tone
10. Rationalize - to attempt to justify something
11. Rattle - to make a series of sharp sounds
12. Ravage - to cause severe destruction
13. Rave - to speak wildly, particularly in appreciation of something
14. Ravish - to take someone by force
15. Reach - to arrive at something
16. React - to respond to something
17. Read - to use eyes or fingers to figure out what letters or other symbols mean
18. Realign - to put back into proper order
19. Reap - to cut, gather, or harvest
20. Reappear - to become capable of being seen again
21. Reason - to think things by using logic
22. Reboot - to restore a computer to operation after a program failure
23. Rebuff - to reject someone or something in an abrupt way
24. Rebuild - to restore to a previous condition
25. Recall - to bring back to mind or remember
26. Recede - to diminish or move back
27. Recommend - to suggest someone or something as a good match for a function or position
28. Reconcile - to make two people friendly again
29. Record - to make a permanent file of something
30. Recover - to get back, regain, or make up for
31. Recycle - to reuse waste material by converting it into something new
32. Redden - to make red
33. Redesign - to make a revision in the appearance or function of
34. Reduce - to make something smaller
35. Refer - to send or direct someone to someone or something for aid or information
36. Rehearse - to repeat aloud or recite
37. Reign - to rule over a kingdom and subjects
38. Reject - to discard or throw out as substandard or useless
39. Relapse - to have an illness or addiction reoccur
40. Relax - to become calm
41. Remove - to take something away
42. Repair - to fix something
43. Replace - to substitute one thing for another
44. Resemble - to look like someone or something else
45. Resent - to feel hurt or offended by someone or something
46. Restore - to bring back to a former condition
47. Reunite - to bring back together
48. Rinse - to wash quickly or lightly
49. Roast - to cook over very hot heat
50. Ruin - to break or destroy something
The primary type of verbs is action verbs, which are also known as dynamic verbs. They express the action of the sentence, whether or not the action is actually physical. For example, "Please rinse the puppy's paws." Here's a more thorough list of action verb examples to further illustrate how they work.
Another category of verbs is linking verbs. They are typically "to be" verbs, as would be the case with "am," "is," "are," "was," and "were." Understandably, linking verbs are meant to link the subject with more information. For example, "She'll remain under my care."
Regular verbs change past tense by adding -ed to the end of the present tense form. For example, "They couldn't repair the laptop, but they repaired the typewriter." Irregular verbs, on the other hand, do not follow this straightforward rule. For instance, "I didn't rise at dawn. Rather, I rose at ten a.m." You'll need to memorize irregular verbs to know how to conjugate them correctly. Review this list of irregular verbs and commit the most common to memory.
R-verbs reverberate across our sentences all the time. Let's take a look at ten examples. Click on the link in each sentence to see more example sentences containing that R-verb:
1. It's time to raise the flag.
2. She always rambles on about French cuisine.
3. The baby loves to rattle his new toy.
4. I need to realign my schedule to mesh with yours.
5. He took steps to rebuild his life.
6. Can you recommend a book for me?
7. Let's make an effort to reduce the amount of junk food we eat.
8. I hope we never relapse again.
9. He was kind to repair my Macbook.
10. Let's restore this house to its former glory.
The more you read, the more your vocabulary will grow organically. Well-read folks will tell you to take on a small literary challenge. See if you can read one book a month. You might be surprised. A simple goal of 12 books per year can soar to something like 32 books or more. All it takes is a little inspiration.
Once you're fully immersed in your own literary challenge, take a stab at these creative writing exercises. Who knows what will blossom and flourish?