Intransitive Verbs Starting with D
Dab (v. i.) To strike or touch gently, as with a soft or moist substance; to tap; hence, to besmear with a dabber.
Dab (v. i.) To strike by a thrust; to hit with a sudden blow or thrust.
Dabble (v. i.) To play in water, as with the hands; to paddle or splash in mud or water.
Dabble (v. i.) To work in slight or superficial manner; to do in a small way; to tamper; to meddle.
Dadle (v. i.) To toddle; to walk unsteadily, like a child or an old man; hence, to do anything slowly or feebly.
Dade (v. i.) To walk unsteadily, as a child in leading strings, or just learning to walk; to move slowly.
Daff (v. i.) To act foolishly; to be foolish or sportive; to toy.
Dag (v. i.) To be misty; to drizzle.
Daggle (v. i.) To run, go, or trail one's self through water, mud, or slush; to draggle.
Dally (v. i.) To waste time in effeminate or voluptuous pleasures, or in idleness; to fool away time; to delay unnecessarily; to tarry; to trifle.
Dally (v. i.) To interchange caresses, especially with one of the opposite sex; to use fondling; to wanton; to sport.
Damage (v. i.) To receive damage or harm; to be injured or impaired in soudness or value; as. some colors in /oth damage in sunlight.
Damn (v. i.) To invoke damnation; to curse.
Dampen (v. i.) To become damp; to deaden.
Dance (v. i.) To move with measured steps, or to a musical accompaniment; to go through, either alone or in company with others, with a regulated succession of movements, (commonly) to the sound of music; to trip or leap rhythmically.
Dance (v. i.) To move nimbly or merrily; to express pleasure by motion; to caper; to frisk; to skip about.
Dance (v. i.) The leaping, tripping, or measured stepping of one who dances; an amusement, in which the movements of the persons are regulated by art, in figures and in accord with music.
Dance (v. i.) A tune by which dancing is regulated, as the minuet, the waltz, the cotillon, etc.
Dander (v. i.) To wander about; to saunter; to talk incoherently.
Dangle (v. i.) To hang loosely, or with a swinging or jerking motion.
Dap (v. i.) To drop the bait gently on the surface of the water.
Dare (v. i.) To have adequate or sufficient courage for any purpose; to be bold or venturesome; not to be afraid; to venture.
Dare (v. i.) To lurk; to lie hid.
Darken (v. i.) To grow or darker.
Darkle (v. i.) To grow dark; to show indistinctly.
Dart (v. i.) To fly or pass swiftly, as a dart.
Dart (v. i.) To start and run with velocity; to shoot rapidly along; as, the deer darted from the thicket.
Dasewe (v. i.) To become dim-sighted; to become dazed or dazzled.
Dash (v. i.) To rust with violence; to move impetuously; to strike violently; as, the waves dash upon rocks.
Daswe (v. i.) See Dasewe
Date (v. i.) To have beginning; to begin; to be dated or reckoned; -- with from.
Daub (v. i.) To smear; to play the flatterer.
Daw (v. i.) To dawn.
Dawdle (v. i.) To waste time in trifling employment; to trifle; to saunter.
Dawn (v. i.) To begin to grow light in the morning; to grow light; to break, or begin to appear; as, the day dawns; the morning dawns.
Dawn (v. i.) To began to give promise; to begin to appear or to expand.
Dazzle (v. i.) To be overpoweringly or intensely bright; to excite admiration by brilliancy.
Dazzle (v. i.) To be overpowered by light; to be confused by excess of brightness.
Dead (v. i.) To die; to lose life or force.
Deal (v. i.) To make distribution; to share out in portions, as cards to the players.
Deal (v. i.) To do a distributing or retailing business, as distinguished from that of a manufacturer or producer; to traffic; to trade; to do business; as, he deals in flour.
Deal (v. i.) To act as an intermediary in business or any affairs; to manage; to make arrangements; -- followed by between or with.
Deal (v. i.) To conduct one's self; to behave or act in any affair or towards any one; to treat.
Deal (v. i.) To contend (with); to treat (with), by way of opposition, check, or correction; as, he has turbulent passions to deal with.
Deambulate (v. i.) To walk abroad.
Death (v. i.) The cessation of all vital phenomena without capability of resuscitation, either in animals or plants.
Death (v. i.) Total privation or loss; extinction; cessation; as, the death of memory.
Death (v. i.) Manner of dying; act or state of passing from life.
Death (v. i.) Cause of loss of life.
Death (v. i.) Personified: The destroyer of life, -- conventionally represented as a skeleton with a scythe.
Death (v. i.) Danger of death.
Death (v. i.) Murder; murderous character.
Death (v. i.) Loss of spiritual life.
Death (v. i.) Anything so dreadful as to be like death.
Debacchate (v. i.) To rave as a bacchanal.
Debate (v. i.) To engage in strife or combat; to fight.
Debate (v. i.) To contend in words; to dispute; hence, to deliberate; to consider; to discuss or examine different arguments in the mind; -- often followed by on or upon.
Debouch (v. i.) To march out from a wood, defile, or other confined spot, into open ground; to issue.
Debulliate (v. i.) To boil over.
Decamp (v. i.) To break up a camp; to move away from a camping ground, usually by night or secretly.
Decamp (v. i.) Hence, to depart suddenly; to run away; -- generally used disparagingly.
Decay (v. i.) To pass gradually from a sound, prosperous, or perfect state, to one of imperfection, adversity, or dissolution; to waste away; to dec
Decease (v. i.) To depart from this life; to die; to pass away.
Decide (v. i.) To determine; to form a definite opinion; to come to a conclusion; to give decision; as, the court decided in favor of the defendant.
Declaim (v. i.) To speak rhetorically; to make a formal speech or oration; to harangue; specifically, to recite a speech, poem, etc., in public as a rhetorical exercise; to practice public speaking; as, the students declaim twice a week.
Declaim (v. i.) To speak for rhetorical display; to speak pompously, noisily, or theatrically; to make an empty speech; to rehearse trite arguments in debate; to rant.
Declare (v. i.) To make a declaration, or an open and explicit avowal; to proclaim one's self; -- often with for or against; as, victory declares against the allies.
Declare (v. i.) To state the plaintiff's cause of action at law in a legal form; as, the plaintiff declares in trespass.
Decompose (v. i.) To become resolved or returned from existing combinations; to undergo dissolution; to decay; to rot.
Decree (v. i.) To make decrees; -- used absolutely.
Decrepitate (v. i.) To crackle, as salt in roasting.
Decrew (v. i.) To decrease.
Deem (v. i.) To be of opinion; to think; to estimate; to opine; to suppose.
Deem (v. i.) To pass judgment.
Deepen (v. i.) To become deeper; as, the water deepens at every cast of the lead; the plot deepens.
Defalcate (v. i.) To commit defalcation; to embezzle money held in trust.
Default (v. i.) To fail in duty; to offend.
Default (v. i.) To fail in fulfilling a contract, agreement, or duty.
Default (v. i.) To fail to appear in court; to let a case go by default.
Defecate (v. i.) To become clear, pure, or free.
Defecate (v. i.) To void excrement.
Defect (v. i.) To fail; to become deficient.
Defer (v. i.) To put off; to delay to act; to wait.
Defer (v. i.) To yield deference to the wishes of another; to submit to the opinion of another, or to authority; -- with to.
Defile (v. i.) To march off in a
Define (v. i.) To determine; to decide.
Deflagrate (v. i.) To burn with a sudden and sparkling combustion, as niter; also, to snap and crackle with slight explosions when heated, as salt.
Deflect (v. i.) To turn aside; to deviate from a right or a horizontal
Deflow (v. i.) To flow down.
Degender (v. i.) Alt. of Degener
Degener (v. i.) To degenerate.
Degenerate (v. i.) To be or grow worse than one's kind, or than one was originally; hence, to be inferior; to grow poorer, meaner, or more vicious; to dec
Degenerate (v. i.) To fall off from the normal quality or the healthy structure of its kind; to become of a lower type.
Degrade (v. i.) To degenerate; to pass from a higher to a lower type of structure; as, a family of plants or animals degrades through this or that genus or group of genera.
Dehisce (v. i.) To gape; to open by dehiscence.
Deign (v. i.) To think worthy; to vouchsafe; to condescend; - - followed by an infinitive.
Dejerate (v. i.) To swear solemnly; to take an oath.
Delapse (v. i.) To pass down by inheritance; to lapse.
Delate (v. i.) To dilate.
Delay (v. i.) To move slowly; to stop for a time; to linger; to tarry.
Deliberate (v. i.) To take counsel with one's self; to weigh the arguments for and against a proposed course of action; to reflect; to consider; to hesitate in deciding; -- sometimes with on, upon, about, concerning.
Delight (v. i.) To have or take great delight or pleasure; to be greatly pleased or rejoiced; -- followed by an infinitive, or by in.
Deliquate (v. i.) To melt or be dissolved; to deliquesce.
Deliquesce (v. i.) To dissolve gradually and become liquid by attracting and absorbing moisture from the air, as certain salts, acids, and alkalies.
Deliquiate (v. i.) To melt and become liquid by absorbing water from the air; to deliquesce.
Delitigate (v. i.) To chide; to rail heartily.
Delve (v. i.) To dig or labor with a spade, or as with a spade; to labor as a drudge.
Demand (v. i.) To make a demand; to inquire.
Demerit (v. i.) To deserve praise or blame.
Demigrate (v. i.) To emigrate.
Demount (v. i.) To dismount.
Demur (v. i.) To linger; to stay; to tarry.
Demur (v. i.) To delay; to pause; to suspend proceedings or judgment in view of a doubt or difficulty; to hesitate; to put off the determination or conclusion of an affair.
Demur (v. i.) To scruple or object; to take exception; as, I demur to that statement.
Demur (v. i.) To interpose a demurrer. See Demurrer, 2.
Demur (v. i.) Stop; pause; hesitation as to proceeding; suspense of decision or action; scruple.
Demure (v. i.) To look demurely.
Den (v. i.) To live in, or as in, a den.
Deny (v. i.) To answer in /// negative; to declare an assertion not to be true.
Depart (v. i.) To part; to divide; to separate.
Depart (v. i.) To go forth or away; to quit, leave, or separate, as from a place or a person; to withdraw; -- opposed to arrive; -- often with from before the place, person, or thing left, and for or to before the destination.
Depart (v. i.) To forsake; to abandon; to desist or deviate (from); not to adhere to; -- with from; as, we can not depart from our rules; to depart from a title or defense in legal pleading.
Depart (v. i.) To pass away; to perish.
Depart (v. i.) To quit this world; to die.
Department (v. i.) Act of departing; departure.
Department (v. i.) A part, portion, or subdivision.
Department (v. i.) A distinct course of life, action, study, or the like; appointed sphere or walk; province.
Department (v. i.) Subdivision of business or official duty; especially, one of the principal divisions of executive government; as, the treasury department; the war department; also, in a university, one of the divisions of instruction; as, the medical department; the department of physics.
Department (v. i.) A territorial division; a district; esp., in France, one of the districts composed of several arrondissements into which the country is divided for governmental purposes; as, the Department of the Loire.
Department (v. i.) A military subdivision of a country; as, the Department of the Potomac.
Depend (v. i.) To hang down; to be sustained by being fastened or attached to something above.
Depend (v. i.) To hang in suspense; to be pending; to be undetermined or undecided; as, a cause depending in court.
Depend (v. i.) To rely for support; to be conditioned or contingent; to be connected with anything, as a cause of existence, or as a necessary condition; -- followed by on or upon, formerly by of.
Depend (v. i.) To trust; to rest with confidence; to rely; to confide; to be certain; -- with on or upon; as, we depend on the word or assurance of our friends; we depend on the mail at the usual hour.
Depend (v. i.) To serve; to attend; to act as a dependent or retainer.
Depend (v. i.) To impend.
Deplore (v. i.) To lament.
Depone (v. i.) To testify under oath; to depose; to bear witness.
Depopulate (v. i.) To become dispeopled.
Depose (v. i.) To bear witness; to testify under oath; to make deposition.
Depreciate (v. i.) To fall in value; to become of less worth; to sink in estimation; as, a paper currency will depreciate, unless it is convertible into specie.
Depredate (v. i.) To take plunder or prey; to commit waste; as, the troops depredated on the country.
Derive (v. i.) To flow; to have origin; to descend; to proceed; to be deduced.
Derogate (v. i.) To take away; to detract; to withdraw; -- usually with from.
Derogate (v. i.) To act beneath one-s rank, place, birth, or character; to degenerate.
Descant (v. i.) Originally, a double song; a melody or counterpoint sung above the plain song of the tenor; a variation of an air; a variation by ornament of the main subject or plain song.
Descant (v. i.) The upper voice in part music.
Descant (v. i.) The canto, cantus, or soprano voice; the treble.
Descant (v. i.) A discourse formed on its theme, like variations on a musical air; a comment or comments.
Descant (v. i.) To sing a variation or accomplishment.
Descant (v. i.) To comment freely; to discourse with fullness and particularity; to discourse at large.
Descend (v. i.) To pass from a higher to a lower place; to move downwards; to come or go down in any way, as by falling, flowing, walking, etc.; to plunge; to fall; to inc
Descend (v. i.) To enter mentally; to retire.
Descend (v. i.) To make an attack, or incursion, as if from a vantage ground; to come suddenly and with violence; -- with on or upon.
Descend (v. i.) To come down to a lower, less fortunate, humbler, less virtuous, or worse, state or station; to lower or abase one's self; as, he descended from his high estate.
Descend (v. i.) To pass from the more general or important to the particular or less important matters to be considered.
Descend (v. i.) To come down, as from a source, original, or stock; to be derived; to proceed by generation or by transmission; to fall or pass by inheritance; as, the beggar may descend from a prince; a crown descends to the heir.
Descend (v. i.) To move toward the south, or to the southward.
Descend (v. i.) To fall in pitch; to pass from a higher to a lower tone.
Describe (v. i.) To use the faculty of describing; to give a description; as, Milton describes with uncommon force and beauty.
Desert (v. i.) To abandon a service without leave; to quit military service without permission, before the expiration of one's term; to abscond.
Deserve (v. i.) To be worthy of recompense; -- usually with ill or with well.
Desiccate (v. i.) To become dry.
Design (v. i.) To form a design or designs; to plan.
Desist (v. i.) To cease to proceed or act; to stop; to forbear; -- often with from.
Despair (v. i.) To be hopeless; to have no hope; to give up all hope or expectation; -- often with of.
Despond (v. i.) To give up, the will, courage, or spirit; to be thoroughly disheartened; to lose all courage; to become dispirited or depressed; to take an unhopeful view.
Desquamate (v. i.) To peel off in the form of scales; to scale off, as the skin in certain diseases.
Detach (v. i.) To push asunder; to come off or separate from anything; to disengage.
Deteriorate (v. i.) To grow worse; to be impaired in quality; to degenerate.
Determine (v. i.) To come to an end; to end; to terminate.
Determine (v. i.) To come to a decision; to decide; to resolve; -- often with on.
Detonate (v. i.) To explode with a sudden report; as, niter detonates with sulphur.
Detract (v. i.) To take away a part or something, especially from one's credit; to lessen reputation; to derogate; to defame; -- often with from.
Develop (v. i.) To go through a process of natural evolution or growth, by successive changes from a less perfect to a more perfect or more highly organized state; to advance from a simpler form of existence to one more complex either in structure or function; as, a blossom develops from a bud; the seed develops into a plant; the embryo develops into a well-formed animal; the mind develops year by year.
Develop (v. i.) To become apparent gradually; as, a picture on sensitive paper develops on the application of heat; the plans of the conspirators develop.
Devest (v. i.) To be taken away, lost, or alienated, as a title or an estate.
Deviate (v. i.) To go out of the way; to turn aside from a course or a method; to stray or go astray; to err; to digress; to diverge; to vary.
Devise (v. i.) To form a scheme; to lay a plan; to contrive; to consider.
Devolve (v. i.) To pass by transmission or succession; to be handed over or down; -- generally with on or upon, sometimes with to or into; as, after the general fell, the command devolved upon (or on) the next officer in rank.
Deye (v. i.) To die.
Dialogue (v. i.) To take part in a dialogue; to dialogize.
Diaper (v. i.) To draw flowers or figures, as upon cloth.
Dib (v. i.) To dip.
Dibble (v. i.) A pointed implement used to make holes in the ground in which no set out plants or to plant seeds.
Dibble (v. i.) To dib or dip frequently, as in angling.
Dice (v. i.) To play games with dice.
Dice (v. i.) To ornament with squares, diamonds, or cubes.
Dich (v. i.) To ditch.
Dichotomize (v. i.) To separate into two parts; to branch dichotomously; to become dichotomous.
Dictate (v. i.) To speak as a superior; to command; to impose conditions (on).
Dictate (v. i.) To compose literary works; to tell what shall be written or said by another.
Diddle (v. i.) To totter, as a child in walking.
Die (v. i.) To pass from an animate to a lifeless state; to cease to live; to suffer a total and irreparable loss of action of the vital functions; to become dead; to expire; to perish; -- said of animals and vegetables; often with of, by, with, from, and rarely for, before the cause or occasion of death; as, to die of disease or hardships; to die by fire or the sword; to die with horror at the thought.
Die (v. i.) To suffer death; to lose life.
Die (v. i.) To perish in any manner; to cease; to become lost or extinct; to be extinguished.
Die (v. i.) To sink; to faint; to pine; to languish, with weakness, discouragement, love, etc.
Die (v. i.) To become indifferent; to cease to be subject; as, to die to pleasure or to sin.
Die (v. i.) To recede and grow fainter; to become imperceptible; to vanish; -- often with out or away.
Die (v. i.) To disappear gradually in another surface, as where moldings are lost in a sloped or curved face.
Die (v. i.) To become vapid, flat, or spiritless, as liquor.
Diet (v. i.) To eat; to take one's meals.
Diet (v. i.) To eat according to prescribed rules; to ear sparingly; as, the doctor says he must diet.
Differ (v. i.) To be or stand apart; to disagree; to be unlike; to be distinguished; -- with from.
Differ (v. i.) To be of unlike or opposite opinion; to disagree in sentiment; -- often with from or with.
Differ (v. i.) To have a difference, cause of variance, or quarrel; to dispute; to contend.
Differentiate (v. i.) To acquire a distinct and separate character.
Diffide (v. i.) To be distrustful.
Diffuse (v. i.) To pass by spreading every way, to diffuse itself.
Dig (v. i.) To work with a spade or other like implement; to do servile work; to delve.
Dig (v. i.) To take ore from its bed, in distinction from making excavations in search of ore.
Dig (v. i.) To work like a digger; to study ploddingly and laboriously.
Digest (v. i.) To undergo digestion; as, food digests well or ill.
Digest (v. i.) To suppurate; to generate pus, as an ulcer.
Digladiate (v. i.) To fight like gladiators; to contend fiercely; to dispute violently.
Digress (v. i.) To step or turn aside; to deviate; to swerve; especially, to turn aside from the main subject of attention, or course of argument, in writing or speaking.
Digress (v. i.) To turn aside from the right path; to transgress; to offend.
Dijudicate (v. i.) To make a judicial decision; to decide; to determine.
Dike (v. i.) To work as a ditcher; to dig.
Dilapidate (v. i.) To get out of repair; to fall into partial ruin; to become decayed; as, the church was suffered to dilapidate.
Dilate (v. i.) To grow wide; to expand; to swell or extend in all directions.
Dilate (v. i.) To speak largely and copiously; to dwell in narration; to enlarge; -- with on or upon.
Dilly-dally (v. i.) To loiter or trifle; to waste time.
Dilute (v. i.) To become attenuated, thin, or weak; as, it dilutes easily.
Diluviate (v. i.) To run as a flood.
Dim (v. i.) To grow dim.
Diminish (v. i.) To become or appear less or smaller; to lessen; as, the apparent size of an object diminishes as we recede from it.
Dimple (v. i.) To form dimples; to sink into depressions or little inequalities.
Din (v. i.) To sound with a din; a ding.
Dine (v. i.) To eat the principal regular meal of the day; to take dinner.
Ding (v. i.) To strike; to thump; to pound.
Ding (v. i.) To sound, as a bell; to ring; to clang.
Ding (v. i.) To talk with vehemence, importunity, or reiteration; to bluster.
Dip (v. i.) To immerse one's self; to become plunged in a liquid; to sink.
Dip (v. i.) To perform the action of plunging some receptacle, as a dipper, ladle. etc.; into a liquid or a soft substance and removing a part.
Dip (v. i.) To pierce; to penetrate; -- followed by in or into.
Dip (v. i.) To enter slightly or cursorily; to engage one's self desultorily or by the way; to partake limitedly; -- followed by in or into.
Dip (v. i.) To inc
Dip (v. i.) To dip snuff.
Direct (v. i.) To give direction; to point out a course; to act as guide.
Disaccord (v. i.) To refuse to assent.
Disagree (v. i.) To fail to accord; not to agree; to lack harmony; to differ; to be unlike; to be at variance.
Disagree (v. i.) To differ in opinion; to hold discordant views; to be at controversy; to quarrel.
Disagree (v. i.) To be unsuited; to have unfitness; as, medicine sometimes disagrees with the patient; food often disagrees with the stomach or the taste.
Disappear (v. i.) To cease to appear or to be perceived; to pass from view, gradually or suddenly; to vanish; to be no longer seen; as, darkness disappears at the approach of light; a ship disappears as she sails from port.
Disappear (v. i.) To cease to be or exist; as, the epidemic has disappeared.
Disassent (v. i.) To dissent.
Disband (v. i.) To become separated, broken up, dissolved, or scattered; especially, to quit military service by breaking up organization.
Disburden (v. i.) To relieve one's self of a burden; to ease the mind.
Discandy (v. i.) To melt; to dissolve; to thaw.
Discard (v. i.) To make a discard.
Discede (v. i.) To yield or give up; to depart.
Discept (v. i.) To debate; to discuss.
Discern (v. i.) To see or understand the difference; to make distinction; as, to discern between good and evil, truth and falsehood.
Discern (v. i.) To make cognizance.
Discharge (v. i.) To throw off or deliver a load, charge, or burden; to unload; to emit or give vent to fluid or other contents; as, the water pipe discharges freely.
Discoast (v. i.) To depart; to quit the coast (that is, the side or border) of anything; to be separated.
Discosent (v. i.) To differ; to disagree; to dissent.
Discontinue (v. i.) To lose continuity or cohesion of parts; to be disrupted or broken off.
Discontinue (v. i.) To be separated or severed; to part.
Discord (v. i.) Want of concord or agreement; absence of unity or harmony in sentiment or action; variance leading to contention and strife; disagreement; -- applied to persons or to things, and to thoughts, feelings, or purposes.
Discord (v. i.) Union of musical sounds which strikes the ear harshly or disagreeably, owing to the incommensurability of the vibrations which they produce; want of musical concord or harmony; a chord demanding resolution into a concord.
Discost (v. i.) Same as Discoast.
Discount (v. i.) To lend, or make a practice of lending, money, abating the discount; as, the discount for sixty or ninety days.
Discourse (v. i.) To exercise reason; to employ the mind in judging and inferring; to reason.
Discourse (v. i.) To express one's self in oral discourse; to expose one's views; to talk in a continuous or formal manner; to hold forth; to speak; to converse.
Discourse (v. i.) To relate something; to tell.
Discourse (v. i.) To treat of something in writing and formally.
Discover (v. i.) To discover or show one's self.
Discriminate (v. i.) To make a difference or distinction; to distinguish accurately; as, in judging of evidence, we should be careful to discriminate between probability and slight presumption.
Discriminate (v. i.) To treat unequally.
Discriminate (v. i.) To impose unequal tariffs for substantially the same service.
Disdain (v. i.) To be filled with scorn; to feel contemptuous anger; to be haughty.
Disembark (v. i.) To go ashore out of a ship or boat; to leave a ship; to debark.
Disembogue (v. i.) To become discharged; to flow out; to find vent; to pour out contents.
Disencrese (v. i.) To decrease.
Disengage (v. i.) To release one's self; to become detached; to free one's self.
Disenroll (v. i.) To erase from a roll or list.
Disgorge (v. i.) To vomit forth what anything contains; to discharge; to make restitution.
Disgospel (v. i.) To be inconsistent with, or act contrary to, the precepts of the gospel; to pervert the gospel.
Dishevel (v. i.) To be spread in disorder or hang negligently, as the hair.
Disimprove (v. i.) To grow worse; to deteriorate.
Disintegrate (v. i.) To decompose into integrant parts; as, chalk rapidly disintegrates.
Disjoin (v. i.) To become separated; to part.
Disjoint (v. i.) To fall in pieces.
Dislodge (v. i.) To go from a place of rest.
Dismarch (v. i.) To march away.
Dismay (v. i.) To disable with alarm or apprehensions; to depress the spirits or courage of; to deprive or firmness and energy through fear; to daunt; to appall; to terrify.
Dismay (v. i.) To render lifeless; to subdue; to disquiet.
Dismay (v. i.) To take dismay or fright; to be filled with dismay.
Dismount (v. i.) To come down; to descend.
Dismount (v. i.) To alight from a horse; to descend or get off, as a rider from his beast; as, the troops dismounted.
Disobey (v. i.) To refuse or neglect to obey; to violate commands; to be disobedient.
Dispace (v. i.) To roam.
Dispart (v. i.) To separate, to open; to cleave.
Dispatch (v. i.) To make haste; to conclude an affair; to finish a matter of business.
Dispense (v. i.) To compensate; to make up; to make amends.
Dispense (v. i.) To give dispensation.
Disperse (v. i.) To separate; to go or move into different parts; to vanish; as, the company dispersed at ten o'clock; the clouds disperse.
Disperse (v. i.) To distribute wealth; to share one's abundance with others.
Display (v. i.) To make a display; to act as one making a show or demonstration.
Displease (v. i.) To give displeasure or offense.
Displode (v. i.) To burst with a loud report; to explode.
Disport (v. i.) Play; sport; pastime; diversion; playfulness.
Disport (v. i.) To play; to wanton; to move in gayety; to move lightly and without restraint; to amuse one's self.
Disport (v. i.) To divert or amuse; to make merry.
Disport (v. i.) To remove from a port; to carry away.
Dispose (v. i.) To bargain; to make terms.
Dispread (v. i.) To extend or expand itself.
Disputable (v. i.) Capable of being disputed; liable to be called in question, controverted, or contested; or doubtful certainty or propriety; controvertible; as, disputable opinions, propositions, points, or questions.
Disputable (v. i.) Disputatious; contentious.
Disputacity (v. i.) Proneness to dispute.
Disputant (v. i.) Disputing; engaged in controversy.
Disputation (v. i.) The act of disputing; a reasoning or argumentation in opposition to something, or on opposite sides; controversy in words; verbal contest respecting the truth of some fact, opinion, proposition, or argument.
Disputation (v. i.) A rhetorical exercise in which parties reason in opposition to each other on some question proposed.
Dispute (v. i.) To contend in argument; to argue against something maintained, upheld, or claimed, by another; to discuss; to reason; to debate; to altercate; to wrangle.
Dispute (v. i.) Verbal controversy; contest by opposing argument or expression of opposing views or claims; controversial discussion; altercation; debate.
Dispute (v. i.) Contest; struggle; quarrel.
Disrout (v. i.) To put to rout.
Dissemble (v. i.) To conceal the real fact, motives, /tention, or sentiments, under some pretense; to assume a false appearance; to act the hypocrite.
Dissent (v. i.) To differ in opinion; to be of unlike or contrary sentiment; to disagree; -- followed by from.
Dissent (v. i.) To differ from an established church in regard to doctrines, rites, or government.
Dissent (v. i.) To differ; to be of a contrary nature.
Dissentient (v. i.) Disagreeing; declaring dissent; dissenting.
Dissert (v. i.) To discourse or dispute; to discuss.
Dissertate (v. i.) To deal in dissertation; to write dissertations; to discourse.
Dissever (v. i.) To part; to separate.
Dissheathe (v. i.) To become unsheathed.
Dissimulate (v. i.) To dissemble; to feign; to pretend.
Dissipate (v. i.) To separate into parts and disappear; to waste away; to scatter; to disperse; to vanish; as, a fog or cloud gradually dissipates before the rays or heat of the sun; the heat of a body dissipates.
Dissipate (v. i.) To be extravagant, wasteful, or dissolute in the pursuit of pleasure; to engage in dissipation.
Dissolve (v. i.) To waste away; to be dissipated; to be decomposed or broken up.
Dissolve (v. i.) To become fluid; to be melted; to be liquefied.
Dissolve (v. i.) To fade away; to fall to nothing; to lose power.
Distaste (v. i.) To be distasteful; to taste ill or disagreeable.
Distend (v. i.) To become expanded or inflated; to swell.
Distinguish (v. i.) To make distinctions; to perceive the difference; to exercise discrimination; -- with between; as, a judge distinguishes between cases apparently similar, but differing in principle.
Distinguish (v. i.) To become distinguished or distinctive; to make one's self or itself discernible.
Distrain (v. i.) To levy a distress.
Distream (v. i.) To flow.
Distribute (v. i.) To make distribution.
Disunite (v. i.) To part; to fall asunder; to become separated.
Ditch (v. i.) To dig a ditch or ditches.
Ditty (v. i.) To sing; to warble a little tune.
Divaricate (v. i.) To part into two branches; to become bifid; to fork.
Divaricate (v. i.) To diverge; to be divaricate.
Dive (v. i.) To plunge into water head foremost; to thrust the body under, or deeply into, water or other fluid.
Dive (v. i.) Fig.: To plunge or to go deeply into any subject, question, business, etc.; to penetrate; to explore.
Diverge (v. i.) To extend from a common point in different directions; to tend from one point and recede from each other; to tend to spread apart; to turn aside or deviate (as from a given direction); -- opposed to converge; as, rays of light diverge as they proceed from the sun.
Diverge (v. i.) To differ from a typical form; to vary from a normal condition; to dissent from a creed or position generally held or taken.
Diverse (v. i.) To turn aside.
Divert (v. i.) To turn aside; to digress.
Divide (v. i.) To be separated; to part; to open; to go asunder.
Divide (v. i.) To cause separation; to disunite.
Divide (v. i.) To break friendship; to fall out.
Divide (v. i.) To have a share; to partake.
Divide (v. i.) To vote, as in the British Parliament, by the members separating themselves into two parties (as on opposite sides of the hall or in opposite lobbies), that is, the ayes dividing from the noes.
Divine (v. i.) To use or practice divination; to foretell by divination; to utter prognostications.
Divine (v. i.) To have or feel a presage or foreboding.
Divine (v. i.) To conjecture or guess; as, to divine rightly.
Divulge (v. i.) To become publicly known.
Do (v. i.) To act or behave in any manner; to conduct one's self.
Do (v. i.) To fare; to be, as regards health; as, they asked him how he did; how do you do to-day?
Do (v. i.) To succeed; to avail; to answer the purpose; to serve; as, if no better plan can be found, he will make this do.
Doat (v. i.) See Dote.
Doctor (v. i.) To practice physic.
Dodge (v. i.) To start suddenly aside, as to avoid a blow or a missile; to shift place by a sudden start.
Dodge (v. i.) To evade a duty by low craft; to practice mean shifts; to use tricky devices; to play fast and loose; to quibble.
Doff (v. i.) To put off dress; to take off the hat.
Dogmatize (v. i.) To assert positively; to teach magisterially or with bold and undue confidence; to advance with arrogance.
Dolt (v. i.) To behave foolishly.
Dominate (v. i.) To be dominant.
Dop (v. i.) To dip.
Dot (v. i.) To make dots or specks.
Dotage (v. i.) Feebleness or imbecility of understanding or mind, particularly in old age; the childishness of old age; senility; as, a venerable man, now in his dotage.
Dotage (v. i.) Foolish utterance; drivel.
Dotage (v. i.) Excessive fondness; weak and foolish affection.
Dotard (v. i.) One whose mind is impaired by age; one in second childhood.
Dote (v. i.) To act foolishly.
Dote (v. i.) To be weak-minded, silly, or idiotic; to have the intellect impaired, especially by age, so that the mind wanders or wavers; to drivel.
Dote (v. i.) To be excessively or foolishly fond; to love to excess; to be weakly affectionate; -- with on or upon; as, the mother dotes on her child.
Dotterel (v. i.) A European bird of the Plover family (Eudromias, / Charadrius, morinellus). It is tame and easily taken, and is popularly believed to imitate the movements of the fowler.
Dotterel (v. i.) A silly fellow; a dupe; a gull.
Double (v. i.) To be increased to twice the sum, number, quantity, length, or value; to increase or grow to twice as much.
Double (v. i.) To return upon one's track; to turn and go back over the same ground, or in an opposite direction.
Double (v. i.) To play tricks; to use sleights; to play false.
Double (v. i.) To set up a word or words a second time by mistake; to make a doublet.
Doubt (v. i.) To waver in opinion or judgment; to be in uncertainty as to belief respecting anything; to hesitate in belief; to be undecided as to the truth of the negative or the affirmative proposition; to b e undetermined.
Doubt (v. i.) To suspect; to fear; to be apprehensive.
Doubt (v. i.) A fluctuation of mind arising from defect of knowledge or evidence; uncertainty of judgment or mind; unsettled state of opinion concerning the reality of an event, or the truth of an assertion, etc.; hesitation.
Doubt (v. i.) Uncertainty of condition.
Doubt (v. i.) Suspicion; fear; apprehension; dread.
Doubt (v. i.) Difficulty expressed or urged for solution; point unsettled; objection.
Douse (v. i.) To fall suddenly into water.
Down (v. i.) To go down; to descend.
Dowse (v. i.) To use the dipping or divining rod, as in search of water, ore, etc.
Doxologize (v. i.) To give glory to God, as in a doxology; to praise God with doxologies.
Doze (v. i.) To slumber; to sleep lightly; to be in a dull or stupefied condition, as if half asleep; to be drowsy.
Drab (v. i.) To associate with strumpets; to wench.
Drabble (v. i.) To fish with a long
Drag (v. i.) To be drawn along, as a rope or dress, on the ground; to trail; to be moved onward along the ground, or along the bottom of the sea, as an anchor that does not hold.
Drag (v. i.) To move onward heavily, laboriously, or slowly; to advance with weary effort; to go on lingeringly.
Drag (v. i.) To serve as a clog or hindrance; to hold back.
Drag (v. i.) To fish with a dragnet.
Draggle (v. i.) To be dragged on the ground; to become wet or dirty by being dragged or trailed in the mud or wet grass.
Drain (v. i.) To flow gradually; as, the water of low ground drains off.
Drain (v. i.) To become emptied of liquor by flowing or dropping; as, let the vessel stand and drain.
Drape (v. i.) To make cloth.
Drape (v. i.) To design drapery, arrange its folds, etc., as for hangings, costumes, statues, etc.
Draw (v. i.) To pull; to exert strength in drawing anything; to have force to move anything by pulling; as, a horse draws well; the sails of a ship draw well.
Draw (v. i.) To draw a liquid from some receptacle, as water from a well.
Draw (v. i.) To exert an attractive force; to act as an inducement or enticement.
Draw (v. i.) To have efficiency as an epispastic; to act as a sinapism; -- said of a blister, poultice, etc.
Draw (v. i.) To have draught, as a chimney, flue, or the like; to furnish transmission to smoke, gases, etc.
Draw (v. i.) To unsheathe a weapon, especially a sword.
Draw (v. i.) To perform the act, or practice the art, of de
Draw (v. i.) To become contracted; to shrink.
Draw (v. i.) To move; to come or go; literally, to draw one's self; -- with prepositions and adverbs; as, to draw away, to move off, esp. in racing, to get in front; to obtain the lead or increase it; to draw back, to retreat; to draw level, to move up even (with another); to come up to or overtake another; to draw off, to retire or retreat; to draw on, to advance; to draw up, to form in array; to draw near, nigh, or towards, to approach; to draw together, to come together, to collect.
Draw (v. i.) To make a draft or written demand for payment of money deposited or due; -- usually with on or upon.
Draw (v. i.) To admit the action of pulling or dragging; to undergo draught; as, a carriage draws easily.
Draw (v. i.) To sink in water; to require a depth for floating.
Drawl (v. i.) To speak with slow and lingering utterance, from laziness, lack of spirit, affectation, etc.
Dread (v. i.) To be in dread, or great fear.
Drecche (v. i.) To delay.
Dree (v. i.) To be able to do or endure.
Drein (v. i.) To drain.
Dress (v. i.) To arrange one's self in due position in a
Dress (v. i.) To clothe or apparel one's self; to put on one's garments; to pay particular regard to dress; as, to dress quickly.
Dreul (v. i.) To drool.
Dribble (v. i.) To fall in drops or small drops, or in a quick succession of drops; as, water dribbles from the eaves.
Dribble (v. i.) To slaver, as a child or an idiot; to drivel.
Dribble (v. i.) To fall weakly and slowly.
Drift (v. i.) To float or be driven along by, or as by, a current of water or air; as, the ship drifted astern; a raft drifted ashore; the balloon drifts slowly east.
Drift (v. i.) To accumulate in heaps by the force of wind; to be driven into heaps; as, snow or sand drifts.
Drift (v. i.) to make a drift; to examine a vein or ledge for the purpose of ascertaining the presence of metals or ores; to follow a vein; to prospect.
Drill (v. i.) To practice an exercise or exercises; to train one's self.
Drill (v. i.) To trickle.
Drill (v. i.) To sow in drills.
Drink (v. i.) To swallow anything liquid, for quenching thirst or other purpose; to imbibe; to receive or partake of, as if in satisfaction of thirst; as, to drink from a spring.
Drink (v. i.) To quaff exhilarating or intoxicating liquors, in merriment or feasting; to carouse; to revel; hence, to lake alcoholic liquors to excess; to be intemperate in the /se of intoxicating or spirituous liquors; to tipple.
Drip (v. i.) To fall in drops; as, water drips from the eaves.
Drip (v. i.) To let fall drops of moisture or liquid; as, a wet garment drips.
Drive (v. i.) To rush and press with violence; to move furiously.
Drive (v. i.) To be forced along; to be impelled; to be moved by any physical force or agent; to be driven.
Drive (v. i.) To go by carriage; to pass in a carriage; to proceed by directing or urging on a vehicle or the animals that draw it; as, the coachman drove to my door.
Drive (v. i.) To press forward; to aim, or tend, to a point; to make an effort; to strive; -- usually with at.
Drive (v. i.) To distrain for rent.
Drivel (v. i.) To slaver; to let spittle drop or flow from the mouth, like a child, idiot, or dotard.
Drivel (v. i.) To be weak or foolish; to dote; as, a driveling hero; driveling love.
Drizzle (v. i.) To rain slightly in very small drops; to fall, as water from the clouds, slowly and in fine particles; as, it drizzles; drizzling drops or rain.
Droil (v. i.) To work sluggishly or slowly; to plod.
Droll (v. i.) To jest; to play the buffoon.
Drone (v. i.) The male of bees, esp. of the honeybee. It gathers no honey. See Honeybee.
Drone (v. i.) One who lives on the labors of others; a lazy, idle fellow; a sluggard.
Drone (v. i.) That which gives out a grave or monotonous tone or dull sound; as: (a) A drum. [Obs.] Halliwell. (b) The part of the bagpipe containing the two lowest tubes, which always sound the key note and the fifth.
Drone (v. i.) A humming or deep murmuring sound.
Drone (v. i.) A monotonous bass, as in a pastoral composition.
Drool (v. i.) To drivel, or drop saliva; as, the child drools.
Droop (v. i.) To hang bending downward; to sink or hang down, as an animal, plant, etc., from physical inability or exhaustion, want of nourishment, or the like.
Droop (v. i.) To grow weak or faint with disappointment, grief, or like causes; to be dispirited or depressed; to languish; as, her spirits drooped.
Droop (v. i.) To proceed downward, or toward a close; to dec
Drop (v. i.) To fall in drops.
Drop (v. i.) To fall, in general, literally or figuratively; as, ripe fruit drops from a tree; wise words drop from the lips.
Drop (v. i.) To let drops fall; to discharge itself in drops.
Drop (v. i.) To fall dead, or to fall in death.
Drop (v. i.) To come to an end; to cease; to pass out of mind; as, the affair dropped.
Drop (v. i.) To come unexpectedly; -- with in or into; as, my old friend dropped in a moment.
Drop (v. i.) To fall or be depressed; to lower; as, the point of the spear dropped a little.
Drop (v. i.) To fall short of a mark.
Drop (v. i.) To be deep in extent; to descend perpendicularly; as, her main topsail drops seventeen yards.
Drown (v. i.) To be suffocated in water or other fluid; to perish in water.
Drowse (v. i.) To sleep imperfectly or unsoundly; to slumber; to be heavy with sleepiness; to doze.
Droyle (v. i.) See Droil.
Drudge (v. i.) To perform menial work; to labor in mean or unpleasant offices with toil and fatigue.
Drug (v. i.) To drudge; to toil laboriously.
Drug (v. i.) To prescribe or administer drugs or medicines.
Drum (v. i.) To beat a drum with sticks; to beat or play a tune on a drum.
Drum (v. i.) To beat with the fingers, as with drumsticks; to beat with a rapid succession of strokes; to make a noise like that of a beaten drum; as, the ruffed grouse drums with his wings.
Drum (v. i.) To throb, as the heart.
Drum (v. i.) To go about, as a drummer does, to gather recruits, to draw or secure partisans, customers, etc,; -- with for.
Drumble (v. i.) To be sluggish or lazy; to be confused.
Drumble (v. i.) To mumble in speaking.
Drunken (v. i.) Overcome by strong drink; intoxicated by, or as by, spirituous liquor; inebriated.
Drunken (v. i.) Saturated with liquid or moisture; drenched.
Drunken (v. i.) Pertaining to, or proceeding from, intoxication.
Dry (v. i.) To grow dry; to become free from wetness, moisture, or juice; as, the road dries rapidly.
Dry (v. i.) To evaporate wholly; to be exhaled; -- said of moisture, or a liquid; -- sometimes with up; as, the stream dries, or dries up.
Dry (v. i.) To shrivel or wither; to lose vitality.
Dub (v. i.) To make a noise by brisk drumbeats.
Dubitate (v. i.) To doubt.
Duck (v. i.) To go under the surface of water and immediately reappear; to dive; to plunge the head in water or other liquid; to dip.
Duck (v. i.) To drop the head or person suddenly; to bow.
Dudder (v. i.) To shiver or tremble; to dodder.
Duke (v. i.) To play the duke.
Dull (v. i.) To become dull or stupid.
Dung (v. i.) To void excrement.
Dusk (v. i.) To grow dusk.
Dwarf (v. i.) To become small; to diminish in size.
Dwaul (v. i.) Alt. of Dwaule
Dwaule (v. i.) To be delirious.
Dwell (v. i.) To delay; to linger.
Dwell (v. i.) To abide; to remain; to continue.
Dwell (v. i.) To abide as a permanent resident, or for a time; to live in a place; to reside.
Dwindle (v. i.) To diminish; to become less; to shrink; to waste or consume away; to become degenerate; to fall away.
Dwine (v. i.) To waste away; to pine; to languish.
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Author: Mark McCracken is a corporate trainer and author living in Higashi Osaka, Japan. He is the author of thousands of online articles as well as the Business English textbook, "25 Business Skills in English".