Verbs That Start With V

Verbs describe an action. That makes sense, right? Without them, we wouldn't know whether Victoria vanished into the mist or simply vacated through the garden gate. Most verbs take the subject of the sentence (in this case, Victoria) and mobilize it into some form of action. Of course, there are other types of verbs (such as helping and linking verbs) and there's more of that to come. In the meantime, enjoy this voluminous list of verbs that start with "v."

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Verbs Starting With V

Are you ready to venture into the world of "v" verbs? Take a deep dive into 50 of the most common "v" verbs. Expand your vocabulary by getting to know what these verbs mean and exploring some very similar synonyms.

Verb

Definition

Synonyms

vacate

to empty

abandon, abdicate, leave

vacation

to take time off from regular work

holiday, break, rest

vaccinate

to take a shot in order to prevent disease

immunize, inoculate, inject

vacillate

to waver back and forth and be unable to choose between options

fluctuate, waiver, teeter

vacuum

to remove dirt using a tool that sucks up dirt

clean, hoover, suction clean

valet

to work parking or cleaning cars

park, attend, detail

validate

to confirm the accuracy of something

authenticate, certify, vet

value

to determine the worth of something

estimate, assess, appraise

vamp

to attempt to attract admiration or desire

preen, seduce, flirt

vandalize

to damage someone else's property

wreck, destroy, trash

vanish

to become invisible

dematerialize, disappear, dissolve

vanquish

to defeat

beat, best, conquer

vaporize

to convert into gas by heating

aerate, boil, evaporate

varnish

to brush on a clear, protective coating

finish, paint, shellac

vary

to cause something to differ from something else

alter, change, deviate

vault

to leap over something

hurdle, clear, bound

veer

to turn or swerve sharply

avert, bend, careen

vend

to offer for sale

peddle, hawk, sell

venerate

to regard with great respect

admire, adulate, respect

vent

to complain about something

release, discharge, let out

ventilate

to to expose to air

aerate, circulate, oxygenate

venture

to proceed with something that has an element of risk

attempt, set forth, proceed

verbalize

to use words to express something

articulate, express, say

verge

to be on the border or edge

approach, contiguous, touch on

verify

to confirm

affirm, attest, validate

vest

to grant authority

empower, authorize, sanction

vet

to evaluate in a thorough way

appraise, judge, assess

veto

to refuse to sign a bill or reject a proposed act

overrule, reject, deny approval

vex

to cause irritation or frustration

annoy, upset, irk

vibrate

to shake quickly

shake, quiver, quaver

victimize

to cheat, fool or harm

bamboozle, exploit, swindle

videotape

to capture an event in video format

film, video, record

vie

to strive to win something

compete, contend, contest

view

to look at

observe, see, watch

vilify

to express negative things about a person or thing

malign, disparage, denigrate

vindicate

to demonstrate that one is not guilty

acquit, exonerate, clear

violate

to break a law or agreement

breach, disobey, infract

visit

to call on someone to spend time with them

call on, go by, drop in

visualize

to form a mental image of something

picture, envision, imagine

vocalize

to express with the voice

articulate, enunciate, speak

voice

to express through words

state, assert, utter

void

to invalidate

nullify, invalidate, cancel

volley

to hit something to keep it in the air

hit, knock, return

volunteer

to give without being asked

offer, give, donate

vomit

to eject the contents of the stomach through the mouth

throw up, hurl, puke

vote

to participate in an election

cast a ballot, aye or nay, choose

vouch

to confirm the value or merit

affirm, assert, support

vouchsafe

to give or do something as a favor

award, grant, bestow upon

vow

to promise

pledge, commit, attest

voyage

to go on a long trip

expedition, pilgrimage, journey

Types of Verbs

While action is usually what comes to mind first when most people think of verbs, action words are actually not the only kind of verb. Action verbs are the most common type, but helping and linking verbs are also often used in everyday sentences.

  • Action verbs highlight things you can do. For example, you could visit a new restaurant. If you happen to get a case of food poisoning from whatever you eat at that new restaurant, you'll vomit when you get home. These two words (visit and vomit) are examples of action verbs.
  • Helping verbs work in conjunction with the main verb to extend its meaning. Because of this, they always appear in conjunction with another verb. For example, consider this sentence: "Victoria is violating the contract agreement." In this sentence, "is" is the helping verb to the main (action) verb "violating."
  • Linking verbs don't involve action. They link a sentence's subject to more information. Linking verbs are often "to be" verbs (like am, is, are, were). An example would be, "Veronica was a friend." In this example, "was" is the linking verb. It connects the subject (Veronica) to an adjective phrase that describes her (a friend).
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10 Example Sentences

Are you ready to put the "v" verbs you've learned to use in sentences? Before you do, quickly review the formula for a simple sentence. It's easy: subject + verb + direct object. In the sentence, "Victor ventured to Venezuela," "Victor" is the subject, "ventured" is the verb, and "Venezuela" is the direct object. In preparation for using various words that start with "v," consider a few sample sentences featuring "v" verbs.

  • They were forced to vacate the premises.
  • Would you like to vacation in Mumbai with me?
  • Ask them to validate our tickets, please.
  • This should vanquish all evil for good.
  • Why do they choose to venerate these false gods?
  • She knows how to verbalize her needs well.
  • The twins both vie for attention from their grandparents.
  • He can visualize his dreams and make them come true.
  • Tony had to vouch for him, but he made it into the club.
  • They decided to voyage across the sea to England.

Voice Your V-Verbs

Pretty interesting, right? From vacillate to vouchsafe, there are some pretty unique "v" verbs in the English language. What about adjectives? The adjective "very" tends to be overused. Add some variety to your vocab by learning 20 adjectives that start with "v." Will you be victorious? If so, venture into even more "v" words by exploring WordFinder by YourDictionary's list of words that start with "v." You'll be on your way to building a truly versatile vocabulary! From there, move on to the next letter in the alphabet with a list of 50 "w" verbs.