Verbs are beyond doubt a vital part of our lives! Without them, no person would be able to communicate effectively. You can not ask your mom to prepare your favorite food. You can not call your buddies to hang out on weekends. You can not even live nowadays!
Verbs are the action words in a sentence that tell what the subject is doing. Same as nouns, verbs are indispensable in a sentence or phrase, describing what is happening. Without a verb, ideas can’t be conveyed correctly, and even the easiest sentences, such as “Tom agreed”, has one. As a matter of fact, a verb can even form a sentence by itself, which means the subject, in most case you are implied. For example: Hurry! and Go!
As the heart of sentences and phrases, verbs reveal what the subject is doing or feeling. Verbs are also the only sort of word that’s definitely needed to make a sentence.
Since there are endless verbs and it is impossible to list each one, let’s start with verbs that begin with Z, Y, and X first. As you may know, words with these letters are kind rare and verbs that start with Z are the more common ones among them.
Definition: to copy a document.
Example: Can you xerox this immediately, Sally?
Definition: to cross out with letter X
Example: X-out the names of the people who have already left.
Definition: to look deeply or to take an x-ray of something.
Example: She x-rayed him with her vision.
Definition: to make a print from an engraving in wood.
Example: Sean was seen xylographing in the woods.
Definition: to landscape or garden a piece of land, so there is little need for maintenance in the future.
Example: The plan is to xeriscape the area and remove all that dead grass over there.
Definition: to play a xylophone or to play something else as though it was a xylophone.
Example: He was xylophoning beautifully.
Definition: expose something to radiation using x-rays.
Example: Sir, this machine will x-irradiate your patients if used.
Definition: to delete; to edit, especially to conceal or suggest vulgar language
Example: He has XXXed the vulgar content in his movie.
Definition: extracting a graft of tissue from one species of animal and then giving it to another unlikely species.
Example: She’s too busy xenografting the pig to be half-lizard.
Definition: to encode a file using Xxencoding
Example: He was xxencoding all the data into one large file.
Definition: involuntarily open one’s mouth wide and inhale deeply due to tiredness or boredom
Example: Don’t yawn during practice.
Definition: to desire something strongly
Example: I yearn for brighter days.
Definition: put a yoke on (a pair of animals); couple or attach with or to a yoke.
Example: The young married couple must yoke themselves together.
Definition: produce or provide (a natural, agricultural, or industrial product)
Example: The land yields grapes and tobacco
Definition: to become yellow, often due to age
Example: We watched his eyes yellow from jaundice.
Definition: to sing (especially by yodeling)
Example: They had learned how to drop into the lake, yodelling like Tarzan.
Definition: to raise your voice and shout
Example: She yelled at her husband.
Definition: to pull something forcefully with a quick movement
Example: He turned the handle and yanked the door open.
Definition: to separate (grain or pieces of mineral) by shaking in a special shallow dish
Example: Micheal was yandying cereals in the kitchen.
Definition: to have a desire for something or someone who is not present
Example: She was yenning for her lover.
Definition: to add attractiveness, interest or color; to liven.
Example: Racing cars zapped past us on the track below.
Definition: to close in on or focus attention on; to adjust to zero value in order to try or start again.
Example: He zeroed in his rifle at 200 yards.
Definition: scrape off the outer coloured part of the peel of (a piece of citrus fruit) for use as flavouring
Example: Zest the orange and lemon, taking care to discard all of the white pith
Definition: to proceed or move with vitality or speed
Example: Another bullet zinged past him.
Definition: to move, act or proceed energetically and swiftly; to give force and speed to
Example: Swallows zipped back and forth across the lake.
Definition: to move fast (especially with a humming noise); to go up rapidly.
Example: He jumped into his car and zoomed off.
Definition: to divide an area for a certain purpose
Example: When are they going to zone the land for our house?
Definition: to move in a pattern on a line with sharp turns and angles
Example: They watched the yellow Ferrari zigzag up the road.
Definition: make a sharp change of direction
Example: We zigged to the right.
Definition: fasten or provide with a zipper
Example: He zippered up his suit very tight.
In order for you to learn well English verbs, first you must understand their definitions and how to use them properly, like the ones we covered in this article. Then you must practice them every day until you recognize them effectively. Keep on that way and soon you’ll increase your vocabulary.