Words that Start with Z

Words that Start with Z   Verbs that begin with Z Action verbs – zigzag, zoom Zigzag – to move in a crooked way; moving with a lot of turns, not in a straight line. It is pronounced \zig-zag \. When it snows, we like to zigzag around the yard, leaving crazy tracks. Zoom – to […]

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Words that Start with Y

Words that Start with Y   Verbs that begin with Y Action verbs – yearn, yield Yearn – to long for; have a strong desire for. It is pronounced \yurn\. I yearn for the day I don’t have to go to school any more. Yield – to give up to; surrender; slow down for. It is […]

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Words that Start with X

Words that Start with X   Verbs that begin with X Action verbs – x-ray, xerox X-ray – to use a special machine to look at bones within the body. The word originates from the translation of German X-Strahl (1895), the name orig. given to the rays by Röntgen, their discoverer, x signifying their unknown nature. […]

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Words that Start with W

Words that Start with W   Verbs that begin with W Linking verbs – was, were Was – singular past tense of is, a form of “to be.” It is pronounced \wuhz\. The dog was cute and happy, always running around the yard. Were – plural past tense of is, a form of “to be.” It […]

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Words that Start with V

Words that Start with V The following is more information on words that start with V.   Verbs that begin with V Action verbs – vacate, vindicate Vacate – to leave or get out of. It is pronounced \vey-keyt\. People should vacate a building immediately if there is a fire. Vindicate – to clear someone of […]

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Words that Start with U

Words that Start with U   Verbs that begin with U Action verbs – urge, utilize Urge – to push toward an act or idea; persuade. The word originates from Latin urgere to press, push, entreat. It is pronounced \urj\. I always urge my students to do their best on their state tests. Utilize – to […]

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Words that Start with T

Words that Start with T   Verbs that begin with T Linking verbs – taste Taste – to perceive or experience flavor through the tongue. It is pronounced \teyst\. The fresh cookies taste delicious! Action verbs – terminate, trespass Terminate – to end or put an end to; conclude. It is pronounced \tur-muh-neyt\. I had […]

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Words that Start with S

Words that Start with S   Verbs that begin with S Linking verbs – seems, smell Seems – appears to be; to have a quality. It is pronounced \seem\. The new boy seems nice; he shared cookies with the class. Smell – to detect odor through the nose. It is pronounced \smel\. The rooms smell sweet […]

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Words that Start with R

Words that Start with R   Verbs that begin with R Linking verbs – remain Remain – staying in the same spot or state; still needing to be dealt with. It is pronounced \ri-meyn\. The teachers remain silent whenever announcements come on, but all the kids talk and make noise. Action verbs – relinquish, recoup Relinquish […]

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Words that Start with Q

Words that Start with Q   Verbs that begin with Q Action verbs – quarrel, query Quarrel – to argue or disagree on something. It is pronounced \kwawr-uh l\. My little brothers always quarrel about who gets to play video games. Query – to ask; to question. It is pronounced \ kweer-ee\. After the work was […]

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