Intransitive Verbs Starting with H
Haberdash (v. i.) To deal in small wares.
Hack (v. i.) To cough faintly and frequently, or in a short, broken manner; as, a hacking cough.
Hack (v. i.) To be exposed or offered or to common use for hire; to turn prostitute.
Hack (v. i.) To live the life of a drudge or hack.
Hade (v. i.) To deviate from the vertical; -- said of a vein, fault, or lode.
Haffle (v. i.) To stammer; to speak unintelligibly; to prevaricate.
Haggle (v. i.) To be difficult in bargaining; to stick at small matters; to chaffer; to higgle.
Hail (v. i.) To pour down particles of ice, or frozen vapors.
Hail (v. i.) To declare, by hailing, the port from which a vessel sails or where she is registered; hence, to sail; to come; -- used with from; as, the steamer hails from New York.
Hail (v. i.) To report as one's home or the place from whence one comes; to come; -- with from.
Halloo (v. i.) To cry out; to exclaim with a loud voice; to call to a person, as by the word halloo.
Hallucinate (v. i.) To wander; to go astray; to err; to blunder; -- used of mental processes.
Halt (v. i.) To hold one's self from proceeding; to hold up; to cease progress; to stop for a longer or shorter period; to come to a stop; to stand still.
Halt (v. i.) To stand in doubt whether to proceed, or what to do; to hesitate; to be uncertain.
Hammer (v. i.) To be busy forming anything; to labor hard as if shaping something with a hammer.
Hammer (v. i.) To strike repeated blows, literally or figuratively.
Hand (v. i.) To cooperate.
Handle (v. i.) To use the hands.
Hang (v. i.) To suspend; to fasten to some elevated point without support from below; -- often used with up or out; as, to hang a coat on a hook; to hang up a sign; to hang out a banner.
Hang (v. i.) To fasten in a manner which will allow of free motion upon the point or points of suspension; -- said of a pendulum, a swing, a door, gate, etc.
Hang (v. i.) To fit properly, as at a proper angle (a part of an implement that is swung in using), as a scythe to its snath, or an ax to its helve.
Hang (v. i.) To put to death by suspending by the neck; -- a form of capital punishment; as, to hang a murderer.
Hang (v. i.) To cover, decorate, or furnish by hanging pictures trophies, drapery, and the like, or by covering with paper hangings; -- said of a wall, a room, etc.
Hang (v. i.) To paste, as paper hangings, on the walls of a room.
Hang (v. i.) To hold or bear in a suspended or inc
Hang (v. i.) To be suspended or fastened to some elevated point without support from below; to dangle; to float; to rest; to remain; to stay.
Hang (v. i.) To be fastened in such a manner as to allow of free motion on the point or points of suspension.
Hang (v. i.) To die or be put to death by suspension from the neck.
Hang (v. i.) To hold for support; to depend; to cling; -- usually with on or upon; as, this question hangs on a single point.
Hang (v. i.) To be, or be like, a suspended weight.
Hang (v. i.) To hover; to impend; to appear threateningly; -- usually with over; as, evils hang over the country.
Hang (v. i.) To lean or inc
Hang (v. i.) To slope down; as, hanging grounds.
Hang (v. i.) To be undetermined or uncertain; to be in suspense; to linger; to be delayed.
Hanker (v. i.) To long (for) with a keen appetite and uneasiness; to have a vehement desire; -- usually with for or after; as, to hanker after fruit; to hanker after the diversions of the town.
Hanker (v. i.) To linger in expectation or with desire.
Hap (v. i.) To happen; to befall; to chance.
Happen (v. i.) To come by chance; to come without previous expectation; to fall out.
Happen (v. i.) To take place; to occur.
Harangue (v. i.) To make an harangue; to declaim.
Harbor (v. i.) To lodge, or abide for a time; to take shelter, as in a harbor.
Harden (v. i.) To become hard or harder; to acquire solidity, or more compactness; as, mortar hardens by drying.
Harden (v. i.) To become confirmed or strengthened, in either a good or a bad sense.
Hark (v. i.) To listen; to hearken.
Harlot (v. i.) To play the harlot; to practice lewdness.
Harlotize (v. i.) To harlot.
Harmonize (v. i.) To agree in action, adaptation, or effect on the mind; to agree in sense or purport; as, the parts of a mechanism harmonize.
Harmonize (v. i.) To be in peace and friendship, as individuals, families, or public organizations.
Harmonize (v. i.) To agree in vocal or musical effect; to form a concord; as, the tones harmonize perfectly.
Harry (v. i.) To make a predatory incursion; to plunder or lay waste.
Hasten (v. i.) To move celerity; to be rapid in motion; to act speedily or quickly; to go quickly.
Hatch (v. i.) To produce young; -- said of eggs; to come forth from the egg; -- said of the young of birds, fishes, insects, etc.
Haul (v. i.) To change the direction of a ship by hauling the wind. See under Haul, v. t.
Haunt (v. i.) To persist in staying or visiting.
Haver (v. i.) To maunder; to talk foolishly; to chatter.
Haw (v. i.) To stop, in speaking, with a sound like haw; to speak with interruption and hesitation.
Haw (v. i.) To turn to the near side, or toward the driver; -- said of cattle or a team: a word used by teamsters in guiding their teams, and most frequently in the imperative. See Gee.
Hawhaw (v. i.) To laugh boisterously.
Hawk (v. i.) To catch, or attempt to catch, birds by means of hawks trained for the purpose, and let loose on the prey; to practice falconry.
Hawk (v. i.) To make an attack while on the wing; to soar and strike like a hawk; -- generally with at; as, to hawk at flies.
Hawk (v. i.) To clear the throat with an audible sound by forcing an expiratory current of air through the narrow passage between the depressed soft palate and the root of the tongue, thus aiding in the removal of foreign substances.
Hawker (v. i.) To sell goods by outcry in the street.
Hawm (v. i.) To lounge; to loiter.
Hay (v. i.) To lay snares for rabbits.
Hay (v. i.) To cut and cure grass for hay.
Hazard (v. i.) To try the chance; to encounter risk or danger.
Haze (v. i.) To be hazy, or tick with haze.
Head (v. i.) To originate; to spring; to have its source, as a river.
Head (v. i.) To go or point in a certain direction; to tend; as, how does the ship head?
Head (v. i.) To form a head; as, this kind of cabbage heads early.
Heal (v. i.) To grow sound; to return to a sound state; as, the limb heals, or the wound heals; -- sometimes with up or over; as, it will heal up, or over.
Hear (v. i.) To have the sense or faculty of perceiving sound.
Hear (v. i.) To use the power of perceiving sound; to perceive or apprehend by the ear; to attend; to listen.
Hear (v. i.) To be informed by oral communication; to be told; to receive information by report or by letter.
Hearken (v. i.) To listen; to lend the ear; to attend to what is uttered; to give heed; to hear, in order to obey or comply.
Hearken (v. i.) To inquire; to seek information.
Heart (v. i.) To form a compact center or heart; as, a hearting cabbage.
Heat (v. i.) To grow warm or hot by the action of fire or friction, etc., or the communication of heat; as, the iron or the water heats slowly.
Heat (v. i.) To grow warm or hot by fermentation, or the development of heat by chemical action; as, green hay heats in a mow, and manure in the dunghill.
Heave (v. i.) To be thrown up or raised; to rise upward, as a tower or mound.
Heave (v. i.) To rise and fall with alternate motions, as the lungs in heavy breathing, as waves in a heavy sea, as ships on the billows, as the earth when broken up by frost, etc.; to swell; to dilate; to expand; to distend; hence, to labor; to struggle.
Heave (v. i.) To make an effort to raise, throw, or move anything; to strain to do something difficult.
Heave (v. i.) To make an effort to vomit; to retch; to vomit.
Hebraize (v. i.) To speak Hebrew, or to conform to the Hebrew idiom, or to Hebrew customs.
Hector (v. i.) To play the bully; to bluster; to be turbulent or insolent.
Hedge (v. i.) To shelter one's self from danger, risk, duty, responsibility, etc., as if by hiding in or behind a hedge; to skulk; to slink; to shirk obligations.
Hedge (v. i.) To reduce the risk of a wager by making a bet against the side or chance one has bet on.
Hedge (v. i.) To use reservations and qualifications in one's speech so as to avoid committing one's self to anything definite.
Heed (v. i.) To mind; to consider.
Heel (v. i.) To lean or tip to one side, as a ship; as, the ship heels aport; the boat heeled over when the squall struck it.
Hellenize (v. i.) To use the Greek language; to play the Greek; to Grecize.
Help (v. i.) To lend aid or assistance; to contribute strength or means; to avail or be of use; to assist.
Hem (v. i.) To make the sound expressed by the word hem; hence, to hesitate in speaking.
Herborize (v. i.) To search for plants, or new species of plants, with a view to classifying them.
Herd (v. i.) To unite or associate in a herd; to feed or run together, or in company; as, sheep herd on many hills.
Herd (v. i.) To associate; to ally one's self with, or place one's self among, a group or company.
Herd (v. i.) To act as a herdsman or a shepherd.
Hesitate (v. i.) To stop or pause respecting decision or action; to be in suspense or uncertainty as to a determination; as, he hesitated whether to accept the offer or not; men often hesitate in forming a judgment.
Hesitate (v. i.) To stammer; to falter in speaking.
Hibernate (v. i.) To winter; to pass the season of winter in close quarters, in a torpid or lethargic state, as certain mammals, reptiles, and insects.
Hiccough (v. i.) To have a hiccough or hiccoughs.
Hide (v. i.) To lie concealed; to keep one's self out of view; to be withdrawn from sight or observation.
Hie (v. i.) To hasten; to go in haste; -- also often with the reciprocal pronoun.
Higgle (v. i.) To hawk or peddle provisions.
Higgle (v. i.) To chaffer; to stickle for small advantages in buying and selling; to haggle.
High (v. i.) To hie.
High (v. i.) To rise; as, the sun higheth.
Hinder (v. i.) To interpose obstacles or impediments; to be a hindrance.
Hinge (v. i.) To stand, depend, hang, or turn, as on a hinge; to depend chiefly for a result or decision or for force and validity; -- usually with on or upon; as, the argument hinges on this point.
Hinniate (v. i.) Alt. of Hinny
Hinny (v. i.) To neigh; to whinny.
Hint (v. i.) To make an indirect reference, suggestion, or allusion; to allude vaguely to something.
Hiss (v. i.) To make with the mouth a prolonged sound like that of the letter s, by driving the breath between the tongue and the teeth; to make with the mouth a sound like that made by a goose or a snake when angered; esp., to make such a sound as an expression of hatred, passion, or disapproval.
Hiss (v. i.) To make a similar noise by any means; to pass with a sibilant sound; as, the arrow hissed as it flew.
Hit (v. i.) To meet or come in contact; to strike; to clash; -- followed by against or on.
Hit (v. i.) To meet or reach what was aimed at or desired; to succeed, -- often with implied chance, or luck.
Hive (v. i.) To take shelter or lodgings together; to reside in a collective body.
Hizz (v. i.) To hiss.
Hoard (v. i.) To lay up a store or hoard, as of money.
Hobanob (v. i.) Alt. of Hobandnob
Hobandnob (v. i.) Same as Hobnob.
Hobnob (v. i.) To drink familiarly (with another).
Hobnob (v. i.) To associate familiarly; to be on intimate terms.
Hoe (v. i.) To use a hoe; to labor with a hoe.
Hog (v. i.) To become bent upward in the middle, like a hog's back; -- said of a ship broken or strained so as to have this form.
Hoiden (v. i.) To romp rudely or indecently.
Hoit (v. i.) To leap; to caper; to romp noisily.
Hole (v. i.) To go or get into a hole.
Holla (v. i.) See Hollo, v. i.
Hollow (v. i.) To shout; to hollo.
Hone (v. i.) To pine; to lament; to long.
Honey (v. i.) To be gentle, agreeable, or coaxing; to talk fondly; to use endearments; also, to be or become obsequiously courteous or complimentary; to fawn.
Hoof (v. i.) To walk as cattle.
Hoof (v. i.) To be on a tramp; to foot.
Hook (v. i.) To bend; to curve as a hook.
Hoop (v. i.) To utter a loud cry, or a sound imitative of the word, by way of call or pursuit; to shout.
Hoop (v. i.) To whoop, as in whooping cough. See Whoop.
Hoot (v. i.) To cry out or shout in contempt.
Hoot (v. i.) To make the peculiar cry of an owl.
Hop (v. i.) To move by successive leaps, as toads do; to spring or jump on one foot; to skip, as birds do.
Hop (v. i.) To walk lame; to limp; to halt.
Hop (v. i.) To dance.
Hop (v. i.) To gather hops. [Perhaps only in the form Hopping, vb. n.]
Hope (v. i.) To entertain or indulge hope; to cherish a desire of good, or of something welcome, with expectation of obtaining it or belief that it is obtainable; to expect; -- usually followed by for.
Hope (v. i.) To place confidence; to trust with confident expectation of good; -- usually followed by in.
Horse (v. i.) To get on horseback.
Hospitate (v. i.) To receive hospitality; to be a guest.
Host (v. i.) To lodge at an inn; to take up entertainment.
House (v. i.) To take shelter or lodging; to abide to dwell; to lodge.
House (v. i.) To have a position in one of the houses. See House, n., 8.
Hove (v. i.) To hover around; to loiter; to lurk.
Hover (v. i.) To hang fluttering in the air, or on the wing; to remain in flight or floating about or over a place or object; to be suspended in the air above something.
Hover (v. i.) To hang about; to move to and fro near a place, threateningly, watchfully, or irresolutely.
Howl (v. i.) To utter a loud, protraced, mournful sound or cry, as dogs and wolves often do.
Howl (v. i.) To utter a sound expressive of distress; to cry aloud and mournfully; to lament; to wail.
Howl (v. i.) To make a noise resembling the cry of a wild beast.
Howp (v. i.) To cry out; to whoop.
Hubbub (v. i.) A loud noise of many confused voices; a tumult; uproar.
Huck (v. i.) To higgle in trading.
Huckster (v. i.) To deal in small articles, or in petty bargains.
Huddle (v. i.) To press together promiscuously, from confusion, apprehension, or the like; to crowd together confusedly; to press or hurry in disorder; to crowd.
Huff (v. i.) To enlarge; to swell up; as, bread huffs.
Huff (v. i.) To bluster or swell with anger, pride, or arrogance; to storm; to take offense.
Huff (v. i.) To remove from the board a man which could have captured a piece but has not done so; -- so called because it was the habit to blow upon the piece.
Hug (v. i.) To cower; to crouch; to curl up.
Hug (v. i.) To crowd together; to cuddle.
Hull (v. i.) To toss or drive on the water, like the hull of a ship without sails.
Hum (v. i.) To make a low, prolonged sound, like that of a bee in flight; to drone; to murmur; to buzz; as, a top hums.
Hum (v. i.) To make a nasal sound, like that of the letter m prolonged, without opening the mouth, or articulating; to mumble in monotonous undertone; to drone.
Hum (v. i.) To make an inarticulate sound, like h'm, through the nose in the process of speaking, from embarrassment or a affectation; to hem.
Hum (v. i.) To express satisfaction by a humming noise.
Hum (v. i.) To have the sensation of a humming noise; as, my head hums, -- a pathological condition.
Humanize (v. i.) To become or be made more humane; to become civilized; to be ameliorated.
Hunt (v. i.) To follow the chase; to go out in pursuit of game; to course with hounds.
Hunt (v. i.) To seek; to pursue; to search; -- with for or after.
Hurl (v. i.) To hurl one's self; to go quickly.
Hurl (v. i.) To perform the act of hurling something; to throw something (at another).
Hurl (v. i.) To play the game of hurling. See Hurling.
Hurr (v. i.) To make a rolling or burring sound.
Hurrah (v. i.) To utter hurrahs; to huzza.
Hurry (v. i.) To move or act with haste; to proceed with celerity or precipitation; as, let us hurry.
Hush (v. i.) To become or to keep still or quiet; to become silent; -- esp. used in the imperative, as an exclamation; be still; be silent or quiet; make no noise.
Hustle (v. i.) To push or crows; to force one's way; to move hustily and with confusion; a hurry.
Huzz (v. i.) To buzz; to murmur.
Huzza (v. i.) To shout huzza; to cheer.
Hyemate (v. i.) To pass the winter.
Hymn (v. i.) To sing in praise or adoration.
Hyperbolize (v. i.) To speak or write with exaggeration.
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