Intransitive Verbs Starting with E
Ear (v. i.) To put forth ears in growing; to form ears, as grain; as, this corn ears well.
Earn (v. i.) To long; to yearn.
Earn (v. i.) To curdle, as milk.
Earth (v. i.) To burrow.
East (v. i.) To move toward the east; to veer from the north or south toward the east; to orientate.
Easter (v. i.) To veer to the east; -- said of the wind.
Eat (v. i.) To take food; to feed; especially, to take solid, in distinction from liquid, food; to board.
Eat (v. i.) To taste or relish; as, it eats like tender beef.
Eat (v. i.) To make one's way slowly.
Eavesdrop (v. i.) To stand under the eaves, near a window or at the door, of a house, to listen and learn what is said within doors; hence, to listen secretly to what is said in private.
Ebb (v. i.) To flow back; to return, as the water of a tide toward the ocean; -- opposed to flow.
Ebb (v. i.) To return or fall back from a better to a worse state; to dec
Ebulliate (v. i.) To boil or bubble up.
Echelon (v. i.) To take position in echelon.
Echo (v. i.) To give an echo; to resound; to be sounded back; as, the hall echoed with acclamations.
Eclipse (v. i.) To suffer an eclipse.
Economize (v. i.) To be prudently sparing in expenditure; to be frugal and saving; as, to economize in order to grow rich.
Eddy (v. i.) To move as an eddy, or as in an eddy; to move in a circle.
Edge (v. i.) To move sideways; to move gradually; as, edge along this way.
Edge (v. i.) To sail close to the wind.
Edify (v. i.) To build; to construct.
Edify (v. i.) To instruct and improve, especially in moral and religious knowledge; to teach.
Edify (v. i.) To teach or persuade.
Edify (v. i.) To improve.
Effeminate (v. i.) To grow womanish or weak.
Effervesce (v. i.) To be in a state of natural ebullition; to bubble and hiss, as fermenting liquors, or any fluid, when some part escapes in a gaseous form.
Effervesce (v. i.) To exhibit, in lively natural expression, feelings that can not be repressed or concealed; as, to effervesce with joy or merriment.
Effloresce (v. i.) To blossom forth.
Effloresce (v. i.) To change on the surface, or throughout, to a whitish, mealy, or crystal
Effloresce (v. i.) To become covered with a whitish crust or light crystallization, from a slow chemical change between some of the ingredients of the matter covered and an acid proceeding commonly from an external source; as, the walls of limestone caverns sometimes effloresce with nitrate of calcium in consequence of the action in consequence of nitric acid formed in the atmosphere.
Efflorescent (v. i.) That effloresces, or is liable to effloresce on exposure; as, an efflorescent salt.
Efflorescent (v. i.) Covered with an efflorescence.
Effluviate (v. i.) To give forth effluvium.
Efflux (v. i.) To run out; to flow forth; to pass away.
Effulge (v. i.) To shine forth; to beam.
Effuse (v. i.) To emanate; to issue.
Egerminate (v. i.) To germinate.
Egotize (v. i.) To talk or write as an egotist.
Egress (v. i.) To go out; to depart; to leave.
Ejaculate (v. i.) To utter ejaculations; to make short and hasty exclamations.
Elapse (v. i.) To slip or glide away; to pass away silently, as time; -- used chiefly in reference to time.
Elbow (v. i.) To jut into an angle; to project or to bend after the manner of an elbow.
Elbow (v. i.) To push rudely along; to elbow one's way.
Eld (v. i.) To age; to grow old.
Electioneer (v. i.) To make interest for a candidate at an election; to use arts for securing the election of a candidate.
Electrify (v. i.) To become electric.
Elenchize (v. i.) To dispute.
Elongate (v. i.) To depart to, or be at, a distance; esp., to recede apparently from the sun, as a planet in its orbit.
Eluctate (v. i.) To struggle out; -- with out.
Elucubrate (v. i.) See Lucubrate.
Emaciate (v. i.) To lose flesh gradually and become very lean; to waste away in flesh.
Emanate (v. i.) To issue forth from a source; to flow out from more or less constantly; as, fragrance emanates from flowers.
Emanate (v. i.) To proceed from, as a source or fountain; to take origin; to arise, to originate.
Embark (v. i.) To go on board a vessel or a boat for a voyage; as, the troops embarked for Lisbon.
Embark (v. i.) To engage in any affair.
Embattle (v. i.) To be arrayed for battle.
Embillow (v. i.) To swell or heave like a ///// of the sea.
Embody (v. i.) To unite in a body, a mass, or a collection; to coalesce.
Embogue (v. i.) To disembogue; to discharge, as a river, its waters into the sea or another river.
Emboil (v. i.) To boil with anger; to effervesce.
Emboss (v. i.) To seek the bushy forest; to hide in the woods.
Embower (v. i.) To lodge or rest in a bower.
Embrace (v. i.) To join in an embrace.
Emerge (v. i.) To rise out of a fluid; to come forth from that in which anything has been plunged, enveloped, or concealed; to issue and appear; as, to emerge from the water or the ocean; the sun emerges from behind the moon in an eclipse; to emerge from poverty or obscurity.
Emigrant (v. i.) Removing from one country to another; emigrating; as, an emigrant company or nation.
Emigrant (v. i.) Pertaining to an emigrant; used for emigrants; as, an emigrant ship or hospital.
Emigrate (v. i.) To remove from one country or State to another, for the purpose of residence; to migrate from home.
Empty (v. i.) To discharge itself; as, a river empties into the ocean.
Empty (v. i.) To become empty.
Enamel (v. i.) To practice the art of enameling.
Encamp (v. i.) To form and occupy a camp; to prepare and settle in temporary habitations, as tents or huts; to halt on a march, pitch tents, or form huts, and remain for the night or for a longer time, as an army or a company traveling.
Enclitic (v. i.) Alt. of Enclitical
Enclitical (v. i.) Affixed; subjoined; -- said of a word or particle which leans back upon the preceding word so as to become a part of it, and to lose its own independent accent, generally varying also the accent of the preceding word.
Encounter (v. i.) To meet face to face; to have a meeting; to meet, esp. as enemies; to engage in combat; to fight; as, three armies encountered at Waterloo.
Encroach (v. i.) To enter by gradual steps or by stealth into the possessions or rights of another; to trespass; to intrude; to trench; -- commonly with on or upon; as, to encroach on a neighbor; to encroach on the highway.
End (v. i.) To come to the ultimate point; to be finished; to come to a close; to cease; to terminate; as, a voyage ends; life ends; winter ends.
Endeavor (v. i.) To exert one's self; to work for a certain end.
Endure (v. i.) To continue in the same state without perishing; to last; to remain.
Endure (v. i.) To remain firm, as under trial or suffering; to suffer patiently or without yielding; to bear up under adversity; to hold out.
Energize (v. i.) To use strength in action; to act or operate with force or vigor; to act in producing an effect.
Enfeeblish (v. i.) To enfeeble.
Enforce (v. i.) To attempt by force.
Enforce (v. i.) To prove; to evince.
Enforce (v. i.) To strengthen; to grow strong.
Engage (v. i.) To promise or pledge one's self; to enter into an obligation; to become bound; to warrant.
Engage (v. i.) To embark in a business; to take a part; to employ or involve one's self; to devote attention and effort; to enlist; as, to engage in controversy.
Engage (v. i.) To enter into conflict; to join battle; as, the armies engaged in a general battle.
Engage (v. i.) To be in gear, as two cogwheels working together.
Engender (v. i.) To assume form; to come into existence; to be caused or produced.
Engender (v. i.) To come together; to meet, as in sexual embrace.
Engorge (v. i.) To feed with eagerness or voracity; to stuff one's self with food.
Engrail (v. i.) To form an edging or border; to run in curved or indented
Enhance (v. i.) To be raised up; to grow larger; as, a debt enhances rapidly by compound interest.
Enigmatize (v. i.) To make, or talk in, enigmas; to deal in riddles.
Enjoy (v. i.) To take satisfaction; to live in happiness.
Enlarge (v. i.) To grow large or larger; to be further extended; to expand; as, a plant enlarges by growth; an estate enlarges by good management; a volume of air enlarges by rarefaction.
Enlarge (v. i.) To speak or write at length; to be diffuse in speaking or writing; to expatiate; to dilate.
Enlarge (v. i.) To get more astern or parallel with the vessel's course; to draw aft; -- said of the wind.
Enlist (v. i.) To enroll and bind one's self for military or naval service; as, he enlisted in the regular army; the men enlisted for the war.
Enlist (v. i.) To enter heartily into a cause, as if enrolled.
Enquere (v. i.) To inquire.
Enrheum (v. i.) To contract a rheum.
Ensearch (v. i.) To make search; to try to find something.
Ensue (v. i.) To follow or come afterward; to follow as a consequence or in chronological succession; to result; as, an ensuing conclusion or effect; the year ensuing was a cold one.
Entend (v. i.) To attend to; to apply one's self to.
Enter (v. i.) To go or come in; -- often with in used pleonastically; also, to begin; to take the first steps.
Enter (v. i.) To get admission; to introduce one's self; to penetrate; to form or constitute a part; to become a partaker or participant; to share; to engage; -- usually with into; sometimes with on or upon; as, a ball enters into the body; water enters into a ship; he enters into the plan; to enter into a quarrel; a merchant enters into partnership with some one; to enter upon another's land; the boy enters on his tenth year; to enter upon a task; lead enters into the composition of pewter>
Enter (v. i.) To penetrate mentally; to consider attentively; -- with into.
Entermete (v. i.) To interfere; to intermeddle.
Enterplead (v. i.) Same as Interplead.
Enterprise (v. i.) To undertake an enterprise, or something hazardous or difficult.
Entertain (v. i.) To receive, or provide entertainment for, guests; as, he entertains generously.
Entomologize (v. i.) To collect specimens in the study of entomology.
Entrain (v. i.) To go aboard a railway train; as, the troops entrained at the station.
Entreat (v. i.) To treat or discourse; hence, to enter into negotiations, as for a treaty.
Entreat (v. i.) To make an earnest petition or request.
Entwine (v. i.) To be twisted or twined.
Enunciate (v. i.) To utter words or syllables articulately.
Envie (v. i.) To vie; to emulate; to strive.
Envy (v. i.) To be filled with envious feelings; to regard anything with grudging and longing eyes; -- used especially with at.
Envy (v. i.) To show malice or ill will; to rail.
Epicurize (v. i.) To profess or tend towards the doctrines of Epicurus.
Epicurize (v. i.) To feed or indulge like an epicure.
Episcopate (v. i.) To act as a bishop; to fill the office of a prelate.
Episcopize (v. i.) To perform the duties of a bishop.
Epistolize (v. i.) To write epistles.
Epitaph (v. i.) To write or speak after the manner of an epitaph.
Equiponderate (v. i.) To be equal in weight; to weigh as much as another thing.
Eradiate (v. i.) To shoot forth, as rays of light; to beam; to radiate.
Erect (v. i.) To rise upright.
Erme (v. i.) To grieve; to feel sad.
Ern (v. i.) To stir with strong emotion; to grieve; to mourn. [Corrupted into yearn in modern editions of Shakespeare.]
Err (v. i.) To wander; to roam; to stray.
Err (v. i.) To deviate from the true course; to miss the thing aimed at.
Err (v. i.) To miss intellectual truth; to fall into error; to mistake in judgment or opinion; to be mistaken.
Err (v. i.) To deviate morally from the right way; to go astray, in a figurative sense; to do wrong; to sin.
Err (v. i.) To offend, as by erring.
Escape (v. i.) To flee, and become secure from danger; -- often followed by from or out of.
Escape (v. i.) To get clear from danger or evil of any form; to be passed without harm.
Escape (v. i.) To get free from that which confines or holds; -- used of persons or things; as, to escape from prison, from arrest, or from slavery; gas escapes from the pipes; electricity escapes from its conductors.
Escheat (v. i.) To revert, or become forfeited, to the lord, the crown, or the State, as lands by the failure of persons entitled to hold the same, or by forfeiture.
Espy (v. i.) To look or search narrowly; to look about; to watch; to take notice; to spy.
Essentiate (v. i.) To become assimilated; to be changed into the essence.
Esteem (v. i.) To form an estimate; to have regard to the value; to consider.
Estray (v. i.) To stray.
Estuate (v. i.) To boil up; to swell and rage; to be agitated.
Etch (v. i.) To practice etching; to make etchings.
Etiolate (v. i.) To become white or whiter; to be whitened or blanched by excluding the light of the sun, as, plants.
Etiolate (v. i.) To become pale through disease or absence of light.
Evacuate (v. i.) To let blood
Evanesce (v. i.) To vanish away; to become dissipated and disappear, like vapor.
Evangelize (v. i.) To preach the gospel.
Evanish (v. i.) To vanish.
Even (v. i.) To be equal.
Evene (v. i.) To happen.
Eventuate (v. i.) To come out finally or in conclusion; to result; to come to pass.
Evesdrop (v. i.) See Eavesdrop.
Evolve (v. i.) To become open, disclosed, or developed; to pass through a process of evolution.
Exact (v. i.) To practice exaction.
Exceed (v. i.) To go too far; to pass the proper bounds or measure.
Exceed (v. i.) To be more or greater; to be paramount.
Excel (v. i.) To surpass others in good qualities, laudable actions, or acquirements; to be distinguished by superiority; as, to excel in mathematics, or classics.
Except (v. i.) To take exception; to object; -- usually followed by to, sometimes by against; as, to except to a witness or his testimony.
Exchange (v. i.) To be changed or received in exchange for; to pass in exchange; as, dollar exchanges for ten dimes.
Excogitate (v. i.) To cogitate.
Excrementize (v. i.) To void excrement.
Execute (v. i.) To do one's work; to act one's part of purpose.
Execute (v. i.) To perform musically.
Exercise (v. i.) To exercise one's self, as under military training; to drill; to take exercise; to use action or exertion; to practice gymnastics; as, to exercise for health or amusement.
Exestuate (v. i.) To be agitated; to boil up; to effervesce.
Exfoliate (v. i.) To separate and come off in scales or laminae, as pieces of carious bone or of bark.
Exfoliate (v. i.) To split into scales, especially to become converted into scales at the result of heat or decomposition.
Exhale (v. i.) To rise or be given off, as vapor; to pass off, or vanish.
Exhilarate (v. i.) To become joyous.
Exhort (v. i.) To deliver exhortation; to use words or arguments to incite to good deeds.
Exist (v. i.) To be as a fact and not as a mode; to have an actual or real being, whether material or spiritual.
Exist (v. i.) To be manifest in any manner; to continue to be; as, great evils existed in his reign.
Exist (v. i.) To live; to have life or the functions of vitality; as, men can not exist water, nor fishes on land.
Exorbitate (v. i.) To go out of the track; to deviate.
Expand (v. i.) To become widely opened, spread apart, dilated, distended, or enlarged; as, flowers expand in the spring; metals expand by heat; the heart expands with joy.
Expatiate (v. i.) To range at large, or without restraint.
Expatiate (v. i.) To enlarge in discourse or writing; to be copious in argument or discussion; to descant.
Expectorate (v. i.) To discharge matter from the lungs or throat by hawking and spitting; to spit.
Expend (v. i.) To be laid out, used, or consumed.
Expend (v. i.) To pay out or disburse money.
Experimentalize (v. i.) To make experiments (upon); to experiment.
Expire (v. i.) To emit the breath.
Expire (v. i.) To emit the last breath; to breathe out the life; to die; as, to expire calmly; to expire in agony.
Expire (v. i.) To come to an end; to cease; to terminate; to perish; to become extinct; as, the flame expired; his lease expires to-day; the month expired on Saturday.
Expire (v. i.) To burst forth; to fly out with a blast.
Explain (v. i.) To give an explanation.
Explode (v. i.) To become suddenly expanded into a great volume of gas or vapor; to burst violently into flame; as gunpowder explodes.
Explode (v. i.) To burst with force and a loud report; to detonate, as a shell filled with powder or the like material, or as a boiler from too great pressure of steam.
Explode (v. i.) To burst forth with sudden violence and noise; as, at this, his wrath exploded.
Expostulate (v. i.) To reason earnestly with a person on some impropriety of his conduct, representing the wrong he has done or intends, and urging him to make redress or to desist; to remonstrate; -- followed by with.
Extemporize (v. i.) To speak extempore; especially, to discourse without special preparation; to make an offhand address.
Extenuate (v. i.) To become thinner; to make excuses; to advance palliating considerations.
Extill (v. i.) To drop or distill.
Extort (v. i.) To practice extortion.
Extravagate (v. i.) To rove.
Extuberate (v. i.) To swell out.
Exude (v. i.) To flow from a body through the pores, or by a natural discharge, as juice.
Exult (v. i.) To be in high spirits; figuratively, to leap for joy; to rejoice in triumph or exceedingly; to triumph; as, an exulting heart.
Exundate (v. i.) To overflow; to inundate.
Exuviate (v. i.) To shed an old covering or condition preliminary to taking on a new one; to molt.
Eye (v. i.) To appear; to look.
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