Intransitive Verbs Starting with I
Idealize (v. i.) To form ideals.
Identify (v. i.) To become the same; to coalesce in interest, purpose, use, effect, etc.
Idiotize (v. i.) To become stupid.
Idle (v. i.) To lose or spend time in inaction, or without being employed in business.
Idolatrize (v. i.) To worship idols; to pay idolatrous worship.
Idolize (v. i.) To practice idolatry.
Ignite (v. i.) To take fire; to begin to burn.
Illapse (v. i.) To fall or glide; to pass; -- usually followed by into.
Illapse (v. i.) A gliding in; an immisson or entrance of one thing into another; also, a sudden descent or attack.
Illuminate (v. i.) To light up in token or rejoicing.
Imagine (v. i.) To form images or conceptions; to conceive; to devise.
Imagine (v. i.) To think; to suppose.
Imbase (v. i.) To diminish in value.
Imbody (v. i.) To become corporeal; to assume the qualities of a material body. See Embody.
Imbosk (v. i.) To be concealed.
Imbrute (v. i.) To sink to the state of a brute.
Immerge (v. i.) To dissapear by entering into any medium, as a star into the light of the sun.
Immortalize (v. i.) To become immortal.
Imparl (v. i.) To hold discourse; to parley.
Imparl (v. i.) To have time before pleading; to have delay for mutual adjustment.
Impart (v. i.) To give a part or share.
Impart (v. i.) To hold a conference or consultation.
Impend (v. i.) To hang over; to be suspended above; to threaten frome near at hand; to menace; to be imminent. See Imminent.
Implead (v. i.) To sue at law.
Implore (v. i.) To entreat; to beg; to prey.
Import (v. i.) To signify; to purport; to be of moment.
Importune (v. i.) To require; to demand.
Impose (v. i.) To practice trick or deception.
Impregnate (v. i.) To become pregnant.
Impress (v. i.) To be impressed; to rest.
Impropriate (v. i.) To become an impropriator.
Improve (v. i.) To grow better; to advance or make progress in what is desirable; to make or show improvement; as, to improve in health.
Improve (v. i.) To advance or progress in bad qualities; to grow worse.
Improve (v. i.) To increase; to be enhanced; to rise in value; as, the price of cotton improves.
Improvise (v. i.) To produce or render extemporaneous compositions, especially in verse or in music, without previous preparation; hence, to do anything offhand.
Incarn (v. i.) To develop flesh.
Incarnate (v. i.) To form flesh; to granulate, as a wound.
Inch (v. i.) To advance or retire by inches or small degrees; to move slowly.
Incombine (v. i.) To be incapable of combining; to disagree; to differ.
Incorporate (v. i.) To unite in one body so as to make a part of it; to be mixed or blended; -- usually followed by with.
Incrassate (v. i.) To become thick or thicker.
Increase (v. i.) To become greater or more in size, quantity, number, degree, value, intensity, power, authority, reputation, wealth; to grow; to augment; to advance; -- opposed to decrease.
Increase (v. i.) To multiply by the production of young; to be fertile, fruitful, or prolific.
Increase (v. i.) To become more nearly full; to show more of the surface; to wax; as, the moon increases.
Increase (v. i.) Addition or enlargement in size, extent, quantity, number, intensity, value, substance, etc.; augmentation; growth.
Increase (v. i.) That which is added to the original stock by augmentation or growth; produce; profit; interest.
Increase (v. i.) Progeny; issue; offspring.
Increase (v. i.) Generation.
Increase (v. i.) The period of increasing light, or luminous phase; the waxing; -- said of the moon.
Incur (v. i.) To pass; to enter.
Indent (v. i.) To be cut, notched, or dented.
Indent (v. i.) To crook or turn; to wind in and out; to zigzag.
Indent (v. i.) To contract; to bargain or covenant.
Indenture (v. i.) To run or wind in and out; to be cut or notched; to indent.
Indigitate (v. i.) To communicative ideas by the fingers; to show or compute by the fingers.
Indite (v. i.) To compose; to write, as a poem.
Indulge (v. i.) To indulge one's self; to gratify one's tastes or desires; esp., to give one's self up (to); to practice a forbidden or questionable act without restraint; -- followed by in, but formerly, also, by to.
Indurate (v. i.) To grow hard; to harden, or become hard; as, clay indurates by drying, and by heat.
Inebriate (v. i.) To become drunk.
Inexist (v. i.) To exist within; to dwell within.
Infiltrate (v. i.) To enter by penetrating the pores or interstices of a substance; to filter into or through something.
Inflame (v. i.) To grow morbidly hot, congested, or painful; to become angry or incensed.
Inflate (v. i.) To expand; to fill; to distend.
Inflow (v. i.) To flow in.
Infringe (v. i.) To break, violate, or transgress some contract, rule, or law; to injure; to offend.
Infringe (v. i.) To encroach; to trespass; -- followed by on or upon; as, to infringe upon the rights of another.
Ingratiate (v. i.) To gain favor.
Ingress (v. i.) To go in; to enter.
Ingurgitate (v. i.) To guzzle; to swill.
Inhabit (v. i.) To have residence in a place; to dwell; to live; to abide.
Inhere (v. i.) To be inherent; to stick (in); to be fixed or permanently incorporated with something; to cleave (to); to belong, as attributes or qualities.
Inherit (v. i.) To take or hold a possession, property, estate, or rights by inheritance.
Initiate (v. i.) To do the first act; to perform the first rite; to take the initiative.
Inn (v. i.) To take lodging; to lodge.
Innovate (v. i.) To introduce novelties or changes; -- sometimes with in or on.
Inoculate (v. i.) To graft by inserting buds.
Inoculate (v. i.) To communicate disease by inoculation.
Inosculate (v. i.) To unite by apposition or contact, as two tubular vessels at their extremities; to anastomose.
Inosculate (v. i.) To intercommunicate; to interjoin.
Inoxidize (v. i.) To prevent or hinder oxidation, rust, or decay; as, inoxidizing oils or varnishes.
Inquire (v. i.) To ask a question; to seek for truth or information by putting queries.
Inquire (v. i.) To seek to learn anything by recourse to the proper means of knoledge; to make examination.
Inrush (v. i.) To rush in.
Inserve (v. i.) To be of use to an end; to serve.
Insinuate (v. i.) To creep, wind, or flow in; to enter gently, slowly, or imperceptibly, as into crevices.
Insinuate (v. i.) To ingratiate one's self; to obtain access or favor by flattery or cunning.
Insist (v. i.) To stand or rest; to find support; -- with in, on, or upon.
Insist (v. i.) To take a stand and refuse to give way; to hold to something firmly or determinedly; to be persistent, urgent, or pressing; to persist in demanding; -- followed by on, upon, or that; as, he insisted on these conditions; he insisted on going at once; he insists that he must have money.
Inspire (v. i.) To draw in breath; to inhale air into the lungs; -- opposed to expire.
Inspire (v. i.) To breathe; to blow gently.
Instance (v. i.) To give an example.
Insue (v. i.) See Ensue, v. i.
Insult (v. i.) To leap or jump.
Insult (v. i.) To behave with insolence; to exult.
Insure (v. i.) To underwrite; to make insurance; as, a company insures at three per cent.
Intensify (v. i.) To become intense, or more intense; to act with increasing power or energy.
Interact (v. i.) To act upon each other; as, two agents mutually interact.
Intercede (v. i.) To pass between; to intervene.
Intercede (v. i.) To act between parties with a view to reconcile differences; to make intercession; to beg or plead in behalf of another; to mediate; -- usually followed by with and for; as, I will intercede with him for you.
Interchange (v. i.) To make an interchange; to alternate.
Intercommune (v. i.) To intercommunicate.
Intercommune (v. i.) To have mutual communication or intercourse by conservation.
Intercommunicate (v. i.) To communicate mutually; to hold mutual communication.
Intercur (v. i.) To intervene; to come or occur in the meantime.
Interdeal (v. i.) To intrigue.
Interdigitate (v. i.) To interlock, as the fingers of two hands that are joined; to be interwoven; to commingle.
Interfere (v. i.) To come in collision; to be in opposition; to clash; as, interfering claims, or commands.
Interfere (v. i.) To enter into, or take a part in, the concerns of others; to intermeddle; to interpose.
Interfere (v. i.) To strike one foot against the opposite foot or ankle in using the legs; -- sometimes said of a human being, but usually of a horse; as, the horse interferes.
Interfere (v. i.) To act reciprocally, so as to augment, diminish, or otherwise affect one another; -- said of waves, rays of light, heat, etc. See Interference, 2.
Interfere (v. i.) To cover the same ground; to claim the same invention.
Interflow (v. i.) To flow in.
Interjangle (v. i.) To make a dissonant, discordant noise one with another; to talk or chatter noisily.
Interject (v. i.) To throw one's self between or among; to come between; to interpose.
Interlock (v. i.) To unite, embrace, communicate with, or flow into, one another; to be connected in one system; to lock into one another; to interlace firmly.
Interlope (v. i.) To run between parties and intercept without right the advantage that one should gain from the other; to traffic without a proper license; to intrude; to forestall others; to intermeddle.
Intermarry (v. i.) To become connected by marriage between their members; to give and take mutually in marriage; -- said of families, ranks, castes, etc.
Intermeddle (v. i.) To meddle with the affairs of others; to meddle officiously; to interpose or interfere improperly; to mix or meddle with.
Intermediate (v. i.) To come between; to intervene; to interpose.
Intermicate (v. i.) To flash or shine between or among.
Intermingle (v. i.) To be mixed or incorporated.
Intermit (v. i.) To cease for a time or at intervals; to moderate; to be intermittent, as a fever.
Intermix (v. i.) To be mixed together; to be intermingled.
Interpenetrate (v. i.) To penetrate each the other; to penetrate between bodies or their parts.
Interplead (v. i.) To plead against each other, or go to trial between themselves, as the claimants in an in an interpleader. See Interpleader.
Interpose (v. i.) To be or come between.
Interpose (v. i.) To step in between parties at variance; to mediate; as, the prince interposed and made peace.
Interpose (v. i.) To utter a sentiment by way of interruption.
Interpret (v. i.) To act as an interpreter.
Interrogate (v. i.) To ask questions.
Intersect (v. i.) To cut into one another; to meet and cross each other; as, the point where two
Intertalk (v. i.) To converse.
Intertwine (v. i.) To be twined or twisted together; to become mutually involved or enfolded.
Intervary (v. i.) To alter or vary between; to change.
Intervene (v. i.) To come between, or to be between, persons or things; -- followed by between; as, the Mediterranean intervenes between Europe and Africa.
Intervene (v. i.) To occur, fall, or come between, points of time, or events; as, an instant intervened between the flash and the report; nothing intervened ( i. e., between the intention and the execution) to prevent the undertaking.
Intervene (v. i.) To interpose; as, to intervene to settle a quarrel.
Intervene (v. i.) In a suit to which one has not been made a party, to put forward a defense of one's interest in the subject matter.
Intervisit (v. i.) To exchange visits.
Inthrong (v. i.) To throng or collect together.
Intonate (v. i.) To thunder.
Intonate (v. i.) To sound the tones of the musical scale; to practice the sol-fa.
Intonate (v. i.) To modulate the voice in a musical, sonorous, and measured manner, as in reading the liturgy; to intone.
Intone (v. i.) To utter a prolonged tone or a deep, protracted sound; to speak or recite in a measured, sonorous manner; to intonate.
Intrench (v. i.) To invade; to encroach; to infringe or trespass; to enter on, and take possession of, that which belongs to another; -- usually followed by on or upon; as, the king was charged with intrenching on the rights of the nobles, and the nobles were accused of intrenching on the prerogative of the crown.
Intrigue (v. i.) To form a plot or scheme; to contrive to accomplish a purpose by secret artifice.
Intrigue (v. i.) To carry on a secret and illicit love or amour.
Intrigue (v. i.) Intricacy; complication.
Intrigue (v. i.) A complicated plot or scheme intended to effect some purpose by secret artifice; conspiracy; stratagem.
Intrigue (v. i.) The plot or romance; a complicated scheme of designs, actions, and events.
Intrigue (v. i.) A secret and illicit love affair between two persons of different sexes; an amour; a liaison.
Intromit (v. i.) To intermeddle with the effects or goods of another.
Intrude (v. i.) To thrust one's self in; to come or go in without invitation, permission, or welcome; to encroach; to trespass; as, to intrude on families at unseasonable hours; to intrude on the lands of another.
Intumesce (v. i.) To enlarge or expand with heat; to swell; specifically, to swell up or bubble up under the action of heat, as before the blowpipe.
Intwine (v. i.) To be or to become intwined.
Inure (v. i.) To pass into use; to take or have effect; to be applied; to serve to the use or benefit of; as, a gift of lands inures to the heirs.
Invade (v. i.) To make an invasion.
Invect (v. i.) To inveigh.
Inveigh (v. i.) To declaim or rail (against some person or thing); to utter censorious and bitter language; to attack with harsh criticism or reproach, either spoken or written; to use invectives; -- with against; as, to inveigh against character, conduct, manners, customs, morals, a law, an abuse.
Invert (v. i.) To undergo inversion, as sugar.
Invest (v. i.) To make an investment; as, to invest in stocks; -- usually followed by in.
Investigate (v. i.) To pursue a course of investigation and study; to make investigation.
Invite (v. i.) To give invitation.
Irradiate (v. i.) To emit rays; to shine.
Is (v. i.) The third person singular of the substantive verb be, in the indicative mood, present tense; as, he is; he is a man. See Be.
Issue (v. i.) To pass or flow out; to run out, as from any inclosed place.
Issue (v. i.) To go out; to rush out; to sally forth; as, troops issued from the town, and attacked the besiegers.
Issue (v. i.) To proceed, as from a source; as, water issues from springs; light issues from the sun.
Issue (v. i.) To proceed, as progeny; to be derived; to be descended; to spring.
Issue (v. i.) To extend; to pass or open; as, the path issues into the highway.
Issue (v. i.) To be produced as an effect or result; to grow or accrue; to arise; to proceed; as, rents and profits issuing from land, tenements, or a capital stock.
Issue (v. i.) To close; to end; to terminate; to turn out; as, we know not how the cause will issue.
Issue (v. i.) In pleading, to come to a point in fact or law, on which the parties join issue.
Italianize (v. i.) To play the Italian; to speak Italian.
Italianize (v. i.) To render Italian in any respect; to Italianate.
Itch (v. i.) To have an uneasy sensation in the skin, which inc
Itch (v. i.) To have a constant desire or teasing uneasiness; to long for; as, itching ears.
Itinerate (v. i.) To wander without a settled habitation; to travel from place or on a circuit, particularly for the purpose of preaching, lecturing, etc.
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