One of the best ways to strengthen your vocabulary is to build out a list of interesting words. Then, the next time you feel stuck, you can glance down at your list and see which words pop off the page and onto your computer screen. Let's explore 50 verbs that start with S.
Verbs express action or states of being. In the English language, each word has a specific place it needs to be and a specific role it needs to play in a sentence. With verbs, you'll find they typically come after the subject of the sentence and before the object of the sentence.
For example, "Sandra screamed at the ghost." In this sentence, "Sandra" is the subject, "screamed" is the verb showing action, and "ghost" is the object receiving the action of the verb.
Will your next character scrabble or scramble to the finish line? As you scribble down the outline for your next plot twist, see if any of these S-verbs will make the cut.
1. Sabotage - to intentionally destroy something
2. Sag - to droop or hang unevenly
3. Sail - to move, float, or glide smoothly through water or air
4. Salute - to make a gesture of respect
5. Saunter - to stroll or walk slowly
6. Save - to store up money or goods
7. Savor - to appreciate the smell, taste, or feeling of something
8. Scamper - to run quickly and lightly
9. Scare - to suddenly frighten or alarm someone
10. Scold - to criticize, chastise, or rebuke someone or something
11. Scoop - to dig or hollow out
12. Score - to earn points, especially in a game or sport
13. Scowl - to wrinkle the eyebrows in a show of anger or disapproval
14. Scrabble - to try to move along or crawl quickly
15. Scramble - to mix, stir, or throw together in a random way
16. Scrap - to throw away something that's no longer useful
17. Scrape - to rub something rough, abrasive, or sharp
18. Scratch - to lightly scrape or dig at with nails or claws
19. Scrawl - to write, draw, or mark carelessly or hastily
20. Scream - to shout something very loudly
21. Screech - to make a high-pitched yelling sound
22. Screw - to twist or rotate something in order to attach or tighten it
23. Scribble - to write carelessly or illegibly
24. Scrub - to clean by rubbing hard
25. Search - to look for or examine something
26. Seek - to search or look for something
27. Seize - to take something eagerly, aggressively, or by force
28. Select - to choose
29. Sell - to exchange something for money, act as a sales clerk, or offer for sale
30. Sense - to perceive or be aware of something
31. Serve - to present someone with something
32. Shake - to move with short, quick motions
33. Share - to allow someone else to use something instead of hoarding it all for yourself
34. Sharpen - to make or become sharp or sharper
35. Shatter - to smash or break into many pieces
36. Shave - to remove hair from the surface of the skin
37. Shift - to move or change
38. Shiver - to shake or tremble
39. Shout - to utter a sudden and loud outcry, as in joy or triumph, or to attract attention
40. Shove - to quickly or roughly push
41. Show - to bring into view, teach, or display
42. Shred - to tear or cut something into small pieces
43. Shrink - to become less, reduce, or make smaller
44. Shrug - to raise the shoulders in an expression of doubt, rejection, or indifference
45. Shudder - to shake or tremble, often due to fear
46. Shuffle - to mix up the order of things
47. Sing - to make musical sounds with the voice
48. Skate - to move around on a hard surface, such as ice or pavement, wearing shoes with a blade or wheels attached to the bottom
49. Slam - to shut very hard and loudly
50. Squint - to squeeze your eyes shut a little, to try and get a better view
The largest category of verbs is action verbs. Also known as dynamic verbs, action verbs express the action of the sentence. For instance, "She had to shatter the glass to get into her house." A more thorough list of action verb examples is great for studying.
Linking verbs are typically "to be" verbs, like "am," "is," "are," "was," and "were." They link the subject with more information, as in "Dogs smell to find their food."
Regular verbs change from present tense to past tense by adding -ed at the end. For example, "She didn't scold me; she scolded him." Irregular verbs, on the other hand, conjugate differently and without rhyme or reason into past tense. Here's an example: "I didn't sing the solo; we sang a duet instead."
The only way to familiarize yourself with irregular verbs is to memorize them. Take some time to look over this list of irregular verbs and review it regularly.
Let's set our sights on a couple S-verbs in action. Click on the link in each sentence to see more example sentences containing that S-verb:
1. In the fall, let's sail to Europe.
2. I love to savor a nice pot of tea in the evenings.
3. Can you scoop me another bowl of ice cream?
4. She loves to scrawl notes in her travel journal.
5. Every Saturday morning, we scrub the bathrooms.
6. Be sure to sharpen your pencils before today's lesson.
7. He managed to shatter her heart with his sharp words.
8. I do not like to shiver in the cold.
9. Don't shove me out the door!
10. She loves to skate in the rink at Central Park.
The next time you and your friends sit down to a game of Scrabble, see if you can sabotage their search for greatness.
If you're lucky enough to pluck the letter S from the bag, you just might saunter away the victor. While we're on it, see if any of these S-adjectives will help you engage in a scintillating showdown.