Intransitive Verbs Starting with B
Ba (v. i.) To kiss.
Baa (v. i.) To cry baa, or bleat as a sheep.
Babble (v. i.) To utter words indistinctly or unintelligibly; to utter inarticulate sounds; as a child babbles.
Babble (v. i.) To talk incoherently; to utter unmeaning words.
Babble (v. i.) To talk much; to chatter; to prate.
Babble (v. i.) To make a continuous murmuring noise, as shallow water running over stones.
Babble (v. i.) To utter in an indistinct or incoherent way; to repeat, as words, in a childish way without understanding.
Babble (v. i.) To disclose by too free talk, as a secret.
Baby (v. i.) To treat like a young child; to keep dependent; to humor; to fondle.
Back (v. i.) To get upon the back of; to mount.
Back (v. i.) To place or seat upon the back.
Back (v. i.) To drive or force backward; to cause to retreat or recede; as, to back oxen.
Back (v. i.) To make a back for; to furnish with a back; as, to back books.
Back (v. i.) To adjoin behind; to be at the back of.
Back (v. i.) To write upon the back of; as, to back a letter; to indorse; as, to back a note or legal document.
Back (v. i.) To support; to maintain; to second or strengthen by aid or influence; as, to back a friend.
Back (v. i.) To bet on the success of; -- as, to back a race horse.
Back (v. i.) To move or go backward; as, the horse refuses to back.
Back (v. i.) To change from one quarter to another by a course opposite to that of the sun; -- used of the wind.
Back (v. i.) To stand still behind another dog which has pointed; -- said of a dog.
Backbite (v. i.) To wound by clandestine detraction; to censure meanly or spitefully (an absent person); to slander or speak evil of (one absent).
Backbite (v. i.) To censure or revile the absent.
Backgammon (v. i.) In the game of backgammon, to beat by ending the game before the loser is clear of his first "table".
Backset (v. i.) To plow again, in the fall; -- said of prairie land broken up in the spring.
Backslide (v. i.) To slide back; to fall away; esp. to abandon gradually the faith and practice of a religion that has been professed.
Backstitch (v. i.) To sew with backstitches; as, to backstitch a seam.
Backward (v. i.) To keep back; to hinder.
Backwash (v. i.) To clean the oil from (wood) after combing.
Baffle (v. i.) To practice deceit.
Baffle (v. i.) To struggle against in vain; as, a ship baffles with the winds.
Bag (v. i.) To swell or hang down like a full bag; as, the skin bags from containing morbid matter.
Bag (v. i.) To swell with arrogance.
Bag (v. i.) To become pregnant.
Baigne (v. i.) To soak or drench.
Bait (v. i.) Any substance, esp. food, used in catching fish, or other animals, by alluring them to a hook, snare, inclosure, or net.
Bait (v. i.) Anything which allures; a lure; enticement; temptation.
Bait (v. i.) A portion of food or drink, as a refreshment taken on a journey; also, a stop for rest and refreshment.
Bait (v. i.) A light or hasty luncheon.
Bait (v. i.) To stop to take a portion of food and drink for refreshment of one's self or one's beasts, on a journey.
Bait (v. i.) To flap the wings; to flutter as if to fly; or to hover, as a hawk when she stoops to her prey.
Bake (v. i.) To do the work of baking something; as, she brews, washes, and bakes.
Bake (v. i.) To be baked; to become dry and hard in heat; as, the bread bakes; the ground bakes in the hot sun.
Baker (v. i.) One whose business it is to bake bread, biscuit, etc.
Baker (v. i.) A portable oven in which baking is done.
Balance (v. i.) To have equal weight on each side; to be in equipoise; as, the scales balance.
Balance (v. i.) To fluctuate between motives which appear of equal force; to waver; to hesitate.
Balance (v. i.) To move toward a person or couple, and then back.
Balbutiate (v. i.) Alt. of Balbucinate
Balbucinate (v. i.) To stammer.
Balk (v. i.) A ridge of land left unplowed between furrows, or at the end of a field; a piece missed by the plow slipping aside.
Balk (v. i.) A great beam, rafter, or timber; esp., the tie-beam of a house. The loft above was called "the balks."
Balk (v. i.) One of the beams connecting the successive supports of a trestle bridge or bateau bridge.
Balk (v. i.) A hindrance or disappointment; a check.
Balk (v. i.) A sudden and obstinate stop; a failure.
Balk (v. i.) A deceptive gesture of the pitcher, as if to deliver the ball.
Balk (v. i.) To engage in contradiction; to be in opposition.
Balk (v. i.) To stop abruptly and stand still obstinately; to jib; to stop short; to swerve; as, the horse balks.
Balk (v. i.) To indicate to fishermen, by shouts or signals from shore, the direction taken by the shoals of herring.
Ball (v. i.) To gather balls which cling to the feet, as of damp snow or clay; to gather into balls; as, the horse balls; the snow balls.
Ballad (v. i.) To make or sing ballads.
Ballarag (v. i.) To bully; to threaten.
Balloon (v. i.) To go up or voyage in a balloon.
Balloon (v. i.) To expand, or puff out, like a balloon.
Ballotade (v. i.) A leap of a horse, as between two pillars, or upon a straight
Balm (v. i.) To anoint with balm, or with anything medicinal. Hence: To soothe; to mitigate.
Ban (v. i.) To curse; to swear.
Band (v. i.) To confederate for some common purpose; to unite; to conspire together.
Bandy (v. i.) To content, as at some game in which each strives to drive the ball his own way.
Bang (v. i.) To make a loud noise, as if with a blow or succession of blows; as, the window blind banged and waked me; he was banging on the piano.
Bank (v. i.) To keep a bank; to carry on the business of a banker.
Bank (v. i.) To deposit money in a bank; to have an account with a banker.
Banquet (v. i.) To regale one's self with good eating and drinking; to feast.
Banquet (v. i.) To partake of a dessert after a feast.
Baptism (v. i.) The act of baptizing; the application of water to a person, as a sacrament or religious ceremony, by which he is initiated into the visible church of Christ. This is performed by immersion, sprinkling, or pouring.
Barbarize (v. i.) To become barbarous.
Barbarize (v. i.) To adopt a foreign or barbarous mode of speech.
Bargainee (v. i.) The party to a contract who receives, or agrees to receive, the property sold.
Bark (v. i.) To make a short, loud, explosive noise with the vocal organs; -- said of some animals, but especially of dogs.
Bark (v. i.) To make a clamor; to make importunate outcries.
Barrack (v. i.) To live or lodge in barracks.
Barrator (v. i.) One guilty of barratry.
Barter (v. i.) To traffic or trade, by exchanging one commodity for another, in distinction from a sale and purchase, in which money is paid for the commodities transferred; to truck.
Basset (v. i.) To inc
Bat (v. i.) To use a bat, as in a game of baseball.
Bate (v. i.) To remit or retrench a part; -- with of.
Bate (v. i.) To waste away.
Bate (v. i.) To flutter as a hawk; to bait.
Batful (v. i.) Rich; fertile.
Bathe (v. i.) To bathe one's self; to take a bath or baths.
Bathe (v. i.) To immerse or cover one's self, as in a bath.
Bathe (v. i.) To bask in the sun.
Battailant (v. i.) Prepared for battle; combatant; warlike.
Battel (v. i.) To be supplied with provisions from the buttery.
Battel (v. i.) To make fertile.
Batten (v. i.) To grow fat; to grow fat in ease and luxury; to glut one's self.
Batter (v. i.) To slope gently backward.
Bawd (v. i.) To procure women for lewd purposes.
Bawl (v. i.) To cry out with a loud, full sound; to cry with vehemence, as in calling or exultation; to shout; to vociferate.
Bawl (v. i.) To cry loudly, as a child from pain or vexation.
Bay (v. i.) To bark, as a dog with a deep voice does, at his game.
Bay (v. i.) Deep-toned, prolonged barking.
Bay (v. i.) A state of being obliged to face an antagonist or a difficulty, when escape has become impossible.
Be (v. i.) To exist actually, or in the world of fact; to have ex/stence.
Be (v. i.) To exist in a certain manner or relation, -- whether as a reality or as a product of thought; to exist as the subject of a certain predicate, that is, as having a certain attribute, or as belonging to a certain sort, or as identical with what is specified, -- a word or words for the predicate being annexed; as, to be happy; to be here; to be large, or strong; to be an animal; to be a hero; to be a nonentity; three and two are five; annihilation is the cessation of existence; that>
Be (v. i.) To take place; to happen; as, the meeting was on Thursday.
Be (v. i.) To signify; to represent or symbolize; to answer to.
Bead (v. i.) To form beadlike bubbles.
Beal (v. i.) To gather matter; to swell and come to a head, as a pimple.
Beam (v. i.) To emit beams of light.
Bear (v. i.) To produce, as fruit; to be fruitful, in opposition to barrenness.
Bear (v. i.) To suffer, as in carrying a burden.
Bear (v. i.) To endure with patience; to be patient.
Bear (v. i.) To press; -- with on or upon, or against.
Bear (v. i.) To take effect; to have influence or force; as, to bring matters to bear.
Bear (v. i.) To relate or refer; -- with on or upon; as, how does this bear on the question?
Bear (v. i.) To have a certain meaning, intent, or effect.
Bear (v. i.) To be situated, as to the point of compass, with respect to something else; as, the land bears N. by E.
Beat (v. i.) To strike repeatedly; to inflict repeated blows; to knock vigorously or loudly.
Beat (v. i.) To move with pulsation or throbbing.
Beat (v. i.) To come or act with violence; to dash or fall with force; to strike anything, as, rain, wind, and waves do.
Beat (v. i.) To be in agitation or doubt.
Beat (v. i.) To make progress against the wind, by sailing in a zigzag
Beat (v. i.) To make a sound when struck; as, the drums beat.
Beat (v. i.) To make a succession of strokes on a drum; as, the drummers beat to call soldiers to their quarters.
Beat (v. i.) To sound with more or less rapid alternations of greater and less intensity, so as to produce a pulsating effect; -- said of instruments, tones, or vibrations, not perfectly in unison.
Beat (v. i.) A round or course which is frequently gone over; as, a watchman's beat.
Beat (v. i.) A place of habitual or frequent resort.
Beat (v. i.) A cheat or swindler of the lowest grade; -- often emphasized by dead; as, a dead beat.
Beautify (v. i.) To become beautiful; to advance in beauty.
Beck (v. i.) To nod, or make a sign with the head or hand.
Become (v. i.) To pass from one state to another; to enter into some state or condition, by a change from another state, or by assuming or receiving new properties or qualities, additional matter, or a new character.
Become (v. i.) To come; to get.
Bed (v. i.) To go to bed; to cohabit.
Bedrid (v. i.) Alt. of Bedridden
Bedridden (v. i.) Confined to the bed by sickness or infirmity.
Beetle (v. i.) To extend over and beyond the base or support; to overhang; to jut.
Befall (v. i.) To come to pass; to happen.
Beg (v. i.) To ask alms or charity, especially to ask habitually by the wayside or from house to house; to live by asking alms.
Begin (v. i.) To have or commence an independent or first existence; to take rise; to commence.
Begin (v. i.) To do the first act or the first part of an action; to enter upon or commence something new, as a new form or state of being, or course of action; to take the first step; to start.
Behave (v. i.) To act; to conduct; to bear or carry one's self; as, to behave well or ill.
Behold (v. i.) To direct the eyes to, or fix them upon, an object; to look; to see.
Behoove (v. i.) To be necessary, fit, or suitable; to befit; to belong as due.
Belch (v. i.) To eject or throw up from the stomach with violence; to eruct.
Belch (v. i.) To eject violently from within; to cast forth; to emit; to give vent to; to vent.
Belch (v. i.) To eject wind from the stomach through the mouth; to eructate.
Belch (v. i.) To issue with spasmodic force or noise.
Believe (v. i.) To have a firm persuasion, esp. of the truths of religion; to have a persuasion approaching to certainty; to exercise belief or faith.
Believe (v. i.) To think; to suppose.
Bell (v. i.) To develop bells or corollas; to take the form of a bell; to blossom; as, hops bell.
Bell (v. i.) To call or bellow, as the deer in rutting time; to make a bellowing sound; to roar.
Belly (v. i.) To swell and become protuberant, like the belly; to bulge.
Bellycheer (v. i.) To revel; to feast.
Belong (v. i.) To be the property of; as, Jamaica belongs to Great Britain.
Belong (v. i.) To be a part of, or connected with; to be appendant or related; to owe allegiance or service.
Belong (v. i.) To be the concern or proper business or function of; to appertain to.
Belong (v. i.) To be suitable for; to be due to.
Belong (v. i.) To be native to, or an inhabitant of; esp. to have a legal residence, settlement, or inhabitancy, whether by birth or operation of law, so as to be entitled to maintenance by the parish or town.
Bench (v. i.) To sit on a seat of justice.
Bend (v. i.) To be moved or strained out of a straight
Bend (v. i.) To jut over; to overhang.
Bend (v. i.) To be inc
Bend (v. i.) To bow in prayer, or in token of submission.
Benefit (v. i.) To gain advantage; to make improvement; to profit; as, he will benefit by the change.
Berry (v. i.) To bear or produce berries.
Beseem (v. i.) To seem; to appear; to be fitting.
Bespeak (v. i.) To speak.
Bethink (v. i.) To think; to recollect; to consider.
Betide (v. i.) To come to pass; to happen; to occur.
Better (v. i.) To become better; to improve.
Bevel (v. i.) To deviate or inc
Bever (v. i.) To take a light repast between meals.
Bewail (v. i.) To express grief; to lament.
Beware (v. i.) To be on one's guard; to be cautious; to take care; -- commonly followed by of or lest before the thing that is to be avoided.
Beware (v. i.) To have a special regard; to heed.
Beweep (v. i.) To weep.
Bezzle (v. i.) To drink to excess; to revel.
Bib (v. i.) To drink; to sip; to tipple.
Bicker (v. i.) To skirmish; to exchange blows; to fight.
Bicker (v. i.) To contend in petulant altercation; to wrangle.
Bicker (v. i.) To move quickly and unsteadily, or with a pattering noise; to quiver; to be tremulous, like flame.
Bifurcate (v. i.) To divide into two branches.
Bilge (v. i.) To suffer a fracture in the bilge; to spring a leak by a fracture in the bilge.
Bilge (v. i.) To bulge.
Bill (v. i.) To strike; to peck.
Bill (v. i.) To join bills, as doves; to caress in fondness.
Billow (v. i.) To surge; to rise and roll in waves or surges; to undulate.
Bind (v. i.) To tie; to confine by any ligature.
Bind (v. i.) To contract; to grow hard or stiff; to cohere or stick together in a mass; as, clay binds by heat.
Bind (v. i.) To be restrained from motion, or from customary or natural action, as by friction.
Bind (v. i.) To exert a binding or restraining influence.
Bird (v. i.) To catch or shoot birds.
Bird (v. i.) Hence: To seek for game or plunder; to thieve.
Birr (v. i.) To make, or move with, a whirring noise, as of wheels in motion.
Bite (v. i.) To seize something forcibly with the teeth; to wound with the teeth; to have the habit of so doing; as, does the dog bite?
Bite (v. i.) To cause a smarting sensation; to have a property which causes such a sensation; to be pungent; as, it bites like pepper or mustard.
Bite (v. i.) To cause sharp pain; to produce anguish; to hurt or injure; to have the property of so doing.
Bite (v. i.) To take a bait into the mouth, as a fish does; hence, to take a tempting offer.
Bite (v. i.) To take or keep a firm hold; as, the anchor bites.
Bivouac (v. i.) To watch at night or be on guard, as a whole army.
Bivouac (v. i.) To encamp for the night without tents or covering.
Blab (v. i.) To talk thoughtlessly or without discretion; to tattle; to tell tales.
Blacken (v. i.) To grow black or dark.
Blade (v. i.) To put forth or have a blade.
Blanch (v. i.) To grow or become white; as, his cheek blanched with fear; the rose blanches in the sun.
Blanch (v. i.) To use evasion.
Blandise (v. i.) To blandish any one.
Blare (v. i.) To sound loudly and somewhat harshly.
Blaspheme (v. i.) To utter blasphemy.
Blast (v. i.) To be blighted or withered; as, the bud blasted in the blossom.
Blast (v. i.) To blow; to blow on a trumpet.
Blat (v. i.) To cry, as a calf or sheep; to bleat; to make a senseless noise; to talk inconsiderately.
Blatter (v. i.) To prate; to babble; to rail; to make a senseless noise; to patter.
Blaze (v. i.) To shine with flame; to glow with flame; as, the fire blazes.
Blaze (v. i.) To send forth or reflect glowing or brilliant light; to show a blaze.
Blaze (v. i.) To be resplendent.
Blaze (v. i.) To make public far and wide; to make known; to render conspicuous.
Blaze (v. i.) To blazon.
Blazon (v. i.) To shine; to be conspicuous.
Bleach (v. i.) To grow white or lose color; to whiten.
Bleat (v. i.) To make the noise of, or one like that of, a sheep; to cry like a sheep or calf.
Bleed (v. i.) To emit blood; to lose blood; to run with blood, by whatever means; as, the arm bleeds; the wound bled freely; to bleed at the nose.
Bleed (v. i.) To withdraw blood from the body; to let blood; as, Dr. A. bleeds in fevers.
Bleed (v. i.) To lose or shed one's blood, as in case of a violent death or severe wounds; to die by violence.
Bleed (v. i.) To issue forth, or drop, as blood from an incision.
Bleed (v. i.) To lose sap, gum, or juice; as, a tree or a vine bleeds when tapped or wounded.
Bleed (v. i.) To pay or lose money; to have money drawn or extorted; as, to bleed freely for a cause.
Blench (v. i.) To shrink; to start back; to draw back, from lack of courage or resolution; to flinch; to quail.
Blench (v. i.) To fly off; to turn aside.
Blend (v. i.) To mingle; to mix; to unite intimately; to pass or shade insensibly into each other, as colors.
Blenk (v. i.) To blink; to shine; to look.
Blight (v. i.) To be affected by blight; to blast; as, this vine never blights.
Blink (v. i.) To wink; to twinkle with, or as with, the eye.
Blink (v. i.) To see with the eyes half shut, or indistinctly and with frequent winking, as a person with weak eyes.
Blink (v. i.) To shine, esp. with intermittent light; to twinkle; to flicker; to glimmer, as a lamp.
Blink (v. i.) To turn slightly sour, as beer, mild, etc.
Blink (v. i.) A glimpse or glance.
Blink (v. i.) Gleam; glimmer; sparkle.
Blink (v. i.) The dazzling whiteness about the horizon caused by the reflection of light from fields of ice at sea; ice blink.
Blissom (v. i.) To be lustful; to be lascivious.
Blister (v. i.) To be affected with a blister or blisters; to have a blister form on.
Bloat (v. i.) To grow turgid as by effusion of liquid in the cellular tissue; to puff out; to swell.
Bloom (v. i.) To produce or yield blossoms; to blossom; to flower or be in flower.
Bloom (v. i.) To be in a state of healthful, growing youth and vigor; to show beauty and freshness, as of flowers; to give promise, as by or with flowers.
Blot (v. i.) To take a blot; as, this paper blots easily.
Blow (v. i.) To flower; to blossom; to bloom.
Blow (v. i.) To produce a current of air; to move, as air, esp. to move rapidly or with power; as, the wind blows.
Blow (v. i.) To send forth a forcible current of air, as from the mouth or from a pair of bellows.
Blow (v. i.) To breathe hard or quick; to pant; to puff.
Blow (v. i.) To sound on being blown into, as a trumpet.
Blow (v. i.) To spout water, etc., from the blowholes, as a whale.
Blow (v. i.) To be carried or moved by the wind; as, the dust blows in from the street.
Blow (v. i.) To talk loudly; to boast; to storm.
Blubber (v. i.) To weep noisily, or so as to disfigure the face; to cry in a childish manner.
Bluff (v. i.) To act as in the game of bluff.
Blunder (v. i.) To make a gross error or mistake; as, to blunder in writing or preparing a medical prescription.
Blunder (v. i.) To move in an awkward, clumsy manner; to flounder and stumble.
Blush (v. i.) To become suffused with red in the cheeks, as from a sense of shame, modesty, or confusion; to become red from such cause, as the cheeks or face.
Blush (v. i.) To grow red; to have a red or rosy color.
Blush (v. i.) To have a warm and delicate color, as some roses and other flowers.
Bluster (v. i.) To blow fitfully with violence and noise, as wind; to be windy and boisterous, as the weather.
Bluster (v. i.) To talk with noisy violence; to swagger, as a turbulent or boasting person; to act in a noisy, tumultuous way; to play the bully; to storm; to rage.
Board (v. i.) To obtain meals, or meals and lodgings, statedly for compensation; as, he boards at the hotel.
Boast (v. i.) To vaunt one's self; to brag; to say or tell things which are intended to give others a high opinion of one's self or of things belonging to one's self; as, to boast of one's exploits courage, descent, wealth.
Boast (v. i.) To speak in exulting language of another; to glory; to exult.
Boat (v. i.) To go or row in a boat.
Bob (v. i.) To have a short, jerking motion; to play to and fro, or up and down; to play loosely against anything.
Bob (v. i.) To angle with a bob. See Bob, n., 2 & 3.
Bode (v. i.) To foreshow something; to augur.
Bodge (v. i.) See Budge.
Bogue (v. i.) To fall off from the wind; to edge away to leeward; -- said only of inferior craft.
Bold (v. i.) To be or become bold.
Boll (v. i.) To form a boll or seed vessel; to go to seed.
Boln (v. i.) To swell; to puff.
Bolt (v. i.) To start forth like a bolt or arrow; to spring abruptly; to come or go suddenly; to dart; as, to bolt out of the room.
Bolt (v. i.) To strike or fall suddenly like a bolt.
Bolt (v. i.) To spring suddenly aside, or out of the regular path; as, the horse bolted.
Bolt (v. i.) To refuse to support a nomination made by a party or a caucus with which one has been connected; to break away from a party.
Bolt (v. i.) A sudden spring or start; a sudden spring aside; as, the horse made a bolt.
Bolt (v. i.) A sudden flight, as to escape creditors.
Bolt (v. i.) A refusal to support a nomination made by the party with which one has been connected; a breaking away from one's party.
Bomb (v. i.) To sound; to boom; to make a humming or buzzing sound.
Bombinate (v. i.) To hum; to boom.
Bonnet (v. i.) To take off the bonnet or cap as a mark of respect; to uncover.
Boohoe (v. i.) To bawl; to cry loudly.
Boom (v. i.) To cry with a hollow note; to make a hollow sound, as the bittern, and some insects.
Boom (v. i.) To make a hollow sound, as of waves or cannon.
Boom (v. i.) To rush with violence and noise, as a ship under a press of sail, before a free wind.
Boom (v. i.) To have a rapid growth in market value or in popular favor; to go on rushingly.
Boose (v. i.) To drink excessively. See Booze.
Boost (v. i.) To lift or push from behind (one who is endeavoring to climb); to push up; hence, to assist in overcoming obstacles, or in making advancement.
Boot (v. i.) To boot one's self; to put on one's boots.
Booze (v. i.) To drink greedily or immoderately, esp. alcoholic liquor; to tipple.
Border (v. i.) To touch at the edge or boundary; to be contiguous or adjacent; -- with on or upon as, Connecticut borders on Massachusetts.
Border (v. i.) To approach; to come near to; to verge.
Bore (v. i.) To make a hole or perforation with, or as with, a boring instrument; to cut a circular hole by the rotary motion of a tool; as, to bore for water or oil (i. e., to sink a well by boring for water or oil); to bore with a gimlet; to bore into a tree (as insects).
Bore (v. i.) To be pierced or penetrated by an instrument that cuts as it turns; as, this timber does not bore well, or is hard to bore.
Bore (v. i.) To push forward in a certain direction with laborious effort.
Bore (v. i.) To shoot out the nose or toss it in the air; -- said of a horse.
Botanize (v. i.) To seek after plants for botanical investigation; to study plants.
Bother (v. i.) To feel care or anxiety; to make or take trouble; to be troublesome.
Bottom (v. i.) To rest, as upon an ultimate support; to be based or grounded; -- usually with on or upon.
Bottom (v. i.) To reach or impinge against the bottom, so as to impede free action, as when the point of a cog strikes the bottom of a space between two other cogs, or a piston the end of a cylinder.
Bouge (v. i.) To swell out.
Bouge (v. i.) To bilge.
Bounce (v. i.) To strike or thump, so as to rebound, or to make a sudden noise; a knock loudly.
Bounce (v. i.) To leap or spring suddenly or unceremoniously; to bound; as, she bounced into the room.
Bounce (v. i.) To boast; to talk big; to bluster.
Bound (v. i.) To move with a sudden spring or leap, or with a succession of springs or leaps; as the beast bounded from his den; the herd bounded across the plain.
Bound (v. i.) To rebound, as an elastic ball.
Bourd (v. i.) To jest.
Bourgeon (v. i.) To sprout; to put forth buds; to shoot forth, as a branch.
Bouse (v. i.) To drink immoderately; to carouse; to booze. See Booze.
Bow (v. i.) To bend; to curve.
Bow (v. i.) To stop.
Bow (v. i.) To bend the head, knee, or body, in token of reverence or submission; -- often with down.
Bow (v. i.) To inc
Bow (v. i.) To play (music) with a bow.
Bower (v. i.) To lodge.
Bowge (v. i.) To swell out. See Bouge.
Bowl (v. i.) To play with bowls.
Bowl (v. i.) To roll a ball on a plane, as at cricket, bowls, etc.
Bowl (v. i.) To move rapidly, smoothly, and like a ball; as, the carriage bowled along.
Bowse (v. i.) To carouse; to bouse; to booze.
Bowse (v. i.) To pull or haul; as, to bowse upon a tack; to bowse away, i. e., to pull all together.
Box (v. i.) To fight with the fist; to combat with, or as with, the hand or fist; to spar.
Brabble (v. i.) To clamor; to contest noisily.
Brace (v. i.) To get tone or vigor; to rouse one's energies; -- with up.
Brag (v. i.) To talk about one's self, or things pertaining to one's self, in a manner intended to excite admiration, envy, or wonder; to talk boastfully; to boast; -- often followed by of; as, to brag of one's exploits, courage, or money, or of the great things one intends to do.
Brag (v. i.) Brisk; full of spirits; boasting; pretentious; conceited.
Braggart (v. i.) A boaster.
Braid (v. i.) To start; to awake.
Branch (v. i.) To shoot or spread in branches; to separate into branches; to ramify.
Branch (v. i.) To divide into separate parts or subdivision.
Brangle (v. i.) To wrangle; to dispute contentiously; to squabble.
Brank (v. i.) To hold up and toss the head; -- applied to horses as spurning the bit.
Brank (v. i.) To prance; to caper.
Brawl (v. i.) To quarrel noisily and outrageously.
Brawl (v. i.) To complain loudly; to scold.
Brawl (v. i.) To make a loud confused noise, as the water of a rapid stream running over stones.
Bray (v. i.) To utter a loud, harsh cry, as an ass.
Bray (v. i.) To make a harsh, grating, or discordant noise.
Braze (v. i.) To solder with hard solder, esp. with an alloy of copper and zinc; as, to braze the seams of a copper pipe.
Braze (v. i.) To harden.
Breach (v. i.) To break the water, as by leaping out; -- said of a whale.
Break (v. i.) To come apart or divide into two or more pieces, usually with suddenness and violence; to part; to burst asunder.
Break (v. i.) To open spontaneously, or by pressure from within, as a bubble, a tumor, a seed vessel, a bag.
Break (v. i.) To burst forth; to make its way; to come to view; to appear; to dawn.
Break (v. i.) To burst forth violently, as a storm.
Break (v. i.) To open up; to be scattered; to be dissipated; as, the clouds are breaking.
Break (v. i.) To become weakened in constitution or faculties; to lose health or strength.
Break (v. i.) To be crushed, or overwhelmed with sorrow or grief; as, my heart is breaking.
Break (v. i.) To fall in business; to become bankrupt.
Break (v. i.) To make an abrupt or sudden change; to change the gait; as, to break into a run or gallop.
Break (v. i.) To fail in musical quality; as, a singer's voice breaks when it is strained beyond its compass and a tone or note is not completed, but degenerates into an unmusical sound instead. Also, to change in tone, as a boy's voice at puberty.
Break (v. i.) To fall out; to terminate friendship.
Breakfast (v. i.) To break one's fast in the morning; too eat the first meal in the day.
Breathe (v. i.) To respire; to inhale and exhale air; hence;, to live.
Breathe (v. i.) To take breath; to rest from action.
Breathe (v. i.) To pass like breath; noiselessly or gently; to exhale; to emanate; to blow gently.
Breed (v. i.) To bear and nourish young; to reproduce or multiply itself; to be pregnant.
Breed (v. i.) To be formed in the parent or dam; to be generated, or to grow, as young before birth.
Breed (v. i.) To have birth; to be produced or multiplied.
Breed (v. i.) To raise a breed; to get progeny.
Breeze (v. i.) To blow gently.
Brew (v. i.) To attend to the business, or go through the processes, of brewing or making beer.
Brew (v. i.) To be in a state of preparation; to be mixing, forming, or gathering; as, a storm brews in the west.
Bribe (v. i.) To commit robbery or theft.
Bribe (v. i.) To give a bribe to a person; to pervert the judgment or corrupt the action of a person in a position of trust, by some gift or promise.
Bridle (v. i.) To hold up the head, and draw in the chin, as an expression of pride, scorn, or resentment; to assume a lofty manner; -- usually with up.
Bright (v. i.) See Brite, v. i.
Brighten (v. i.) To grow bright, or more bright; to become less dark or gloomy; to clear up; to become bright or cheerful.
Brim (v. i.) To be full to the brim.
Bristle (v. i.) To rise or stand erect, like bristles.
Bristle (v. i.) To appear as if covered with bristles; to have standing, thick and erect, like bristles.
Bristle (v. i.) To show defiance or indignation.
Broil (v. i.) To be subjected to the action of heat, as meat over the fire; to be greatly heated, or to be made uncomfortable with heat.
Broke (v. i.) To transact business for another.
Broke (v. i.) To act as procurer in love matters; to pimp.
Brood (v. i.) To sit on and cover eggs, as a fowl, for the purpose of warming them and hatching the young; or to sit over and cover young, as a hen her chickens, in order to warm and protect them; hence, to sit quietly, as if brooding.
Brood (v. i.) To have the mind dwell continuously or moodily on a subject; to think long and anxiously; to be in a state of gloomy, serious thought; -- usually followed by over or on; as, to brood over misfortunes.
Brown (v. i.) To become brown.
Browse (v. i.) To feed on the tender branches or shoots of shrubs or trees, as do cattle, sheep, and deer.
Browse (v. i.) To pasture; to feed; to nibble.
Bruise (v. i.) To fight with the fists; to box.
Brush (v. i.) To move nimbly in haste; to move so lightly as scarcely to be perceived; as, to brush by.
Brustle (v. i.) To crackle; to rustle, as a silk garment.
Brustle (v. i.) To make a show of fierceness or defiance; to bristle.
Brutalize (v. i.) To become brutal, inhuman, barbarous, or coarse and beasty.
Buccaneer (v. i.) To act the part of a buccaneer; to live as a piratical adventurer or sea robber.
Buck (v. i.) To copulate, as bucks and does.
Buck (v. i.) To spring with quick plunging leaps, descending with the fore legs rigid and the head held as low down as possible; -- said of a vicious horse or mule.
Buckle (v. i.) To bend permanently; to become distorted; to bow; to curl; to kink.
Buckle (v. i.) To bend out of a true vertical plane, as a wall.
Buckle (v. i.) To yield; to give way; to cease opposing.
Buckle (v. i.) To enter upon some labor or contest; to join in close fight; to struggle; to contend.
Bud (v. i.) To put forth or produce buds, as a plant; to grow, as a bud does, into a flower or shoot.
Bud (v. i.) To begin to grow, or to issue from a stock in the manner of a bud, as a horn.
Bud (v. i.) To be like a bud in respect to youth and freshness, or growth and promise; as, a budding virgin.
Buddle (v. i.) To wash ore in a buddle.
Budge (v. i.) To move off; to stir; to walk away.
Buffet (v. i.) A blow with the hand; a slap on the face; a cuff.
Buffet (v. i.) A blow from any source, or that which affects like a blow, as the violence of winds or waves; a stroke; an adverse action; an affliction; a trial; adversity.
Buffet (v. i.) A small stool; a stool for a buffet or counter.
Buffet (v. i.) To exercise or play at boxing; to strike; to smite; to strive; to contend.
Buffet (v. i.) To make one's way by blows or struggling.
Buffle (v. i.) To puzzle; to be at a loss.
Buffoon (v. i.) To act the part of a buffoon.
Build (v. i.) To exercise the art, or practice the business, of building.
Build (v. i.) To rest or depend, as on a foundation; to ground one's self or one's hopes or opinions upon something deemed reliable; to rely; as, to build on the opinions or advice of others.
Bulb (v. i.) To take the shape of a bulb; to swell.
Bulge (v. i.) To swell or jut out; to bend outward, as a wall when it yields to pressure; to be protuberant; as, the wall bulges.
Bulge (v. i.) To bilge, as a ship; to founder.
Bulk (v. i.) To appear or seem to be, as to bulk or extent; to swell.
Bull (v. i.) To be in heat; to manifest sexual desire as cows do.
Bull (v. i.) A seal. See Bulla.
Bull (v. i.) A letter, edict, or respect, of the pope, written in Gothic characters on rough parchment, sealed with a bulla, and dated "a die Incarnationis," i. e., "from the day of the Incarnation." See Apostolical brief, under Brief.
Bull (v. i.) A grotesque blunder in language; an apparent congruity, but real incongruity, of ideas, contained in a form of expression; so called, perhaps, from the apparent incongruity between the dictatorial nature of the pope's bulls and his professions of humility.
Bullition (v. i.) The action of boiling; boiling. [Obs.] See Ebullition.
Bully (v. i.) To act as a bully.
Bumble (v. i.) To make a hollow or humming noise, like that of a bumblebee; to cry as a bittern.
Bump (v. i.) To come in violent contact with something; to thump.
Bump (v. i.) To make a loud, heavy, or hollow noise, as the bittern; to boom.
Bunch (v. i.) To swell out into a bunch or protuberance; to be protuberant or round.
Bundle (v. i.) To prepare for departure; to set off in a hurry or without ceremony.
Bundle (v. i.) To sleep on the same bed without undressing; -- applied to the custom of a man and woman, especially lovers, thus sleeping.
Bungle (v. i.) To act or work in a clumsy, awkward manner.
Bunk (v. i.) To go to bed in a bunk; -- sometimes with in.
Bunt (v. i.) To swell out; as, the sail bunts.
Buoy (v. i.) To float; to rise like a buoy.
Burgeon (v. i.) To bud. See Bourgeon.
Burlesque (v. i.) To employ burlesque.
Burn (v. i.) To be of fire; to flame.
Burn (v. i.) To suffer from, or be scorched by, an excess of heat.
Burn (v. i.) To have a condition, quality, appearance, sensation, or emotion, as if on fire or excessively heated; to act or rage with destructive violence; to be in a state of lively emotion or strong desire; as, the face burns; to burn with fever.
Burn (v. i.) To combine energetically, with evolution of heat; as, copper burns in chlorine.
Burn (v. i.) In certain games, to approach near to a concealed object which is sought.
Burnish (v. i.) To shine forth; to brighten; to become smooth and glossy, as from swelling or filling out; hence, to grow large.
Burr (v. i.) To speak with burr; to make a hoarse or guttural murmur.
Burrow (v. i.) To excavate a hole to lodge in, as in the earth; to lodge in a hole excavated in the earth, as conies or rabbits.
Burrow (v. i.) To lodge, or take refuge, in any deep or concealed place; to hide.
Burst (v. i.) To fly apart or in pieces; of break open; to yield to force or pressure, especially to a sudden and violent exertion of force, or to pressure from within; to explode; as, the boiler had burst; the buds will burst in spring.
Burst (v. i.) To exert force or pressure by which something is made suddenly to give way; to break through obstacles or limitations; hence, to appear suddenly and unexpectedly or unaccountably, or to depart in such manner; -- usually with some qualifying adverb or preposition, as forth, out, away, into, upon, through, etc.
Bush (v. i.) To branch thickly in the manner of a bush.
Bustle (v. i.) To move noisily; to be rudely active; to move in a way to cause agitation or disturbance; as, to bustle through a crowd.
But (v. i.) See Butt, v., and Abut, v.
Butt (v. i.) To join at the butt, end, or outward extremity; to terminate; to be bounded; to abut.
Butt (v. i.) To thrust the head forward; to strike by thrusting the head forward, as an ox or a ram. [See Butt, n.]
Button (v. i.) To be fastened by a button or buttons; as, the coat will not button.
Buy (v. i.) To negotiate or treat about a purchase.
Buzz (v. i.) To make a low, continuous, humming or sibilant sound, like that made by bees with their wings. Hence: To utter a murmuring sound; to speak with a low, humming voice.
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