Intransitive Verbs Starting with L
Lab (v. i.) To prate; to gossip; to babble; to blab.
Lace (v. i.) To be fastened with a lace, or laces; as, these boots lace.
Lachrymate (v. i.) To weep.
Lack (v. i.) To be wanting; often, impersonally, with of, meaning, to be less than, short, not quite, etc.
Lack (v. i.) To be in want.
Lackey (v. i.) To act or serve as lackey; to pay servile attendance.
Laconize (v. i.) To imitate the manner of the Laconians, especially in brief, pithy speech, or in frugality and austerity.
Ladder (v. i.) A frame usually portable, of wood, metal, or rope, for ascent and descent, consisting of two side pieces to which are fastened cross strips or rounds forming steps.
Ladder (v. i.) That which resembles a ladder in form or use; hence, that by means of which one attains to eminence.
Lag (v. i.) To walk or more slowly; to stay or fall behind; to linger or loiter.
Lake (v. i.) To play; to sport.
Lamb (v. i.) To bring forth a lamb or lambs, as sheep.
Lament (v. i.) To express or feel sorrow; to weep or wail; to mourn.
Laminate (v. i.) To separate into laminae.
Land (v. i.) To go on shore from a ship or boat; to disembark; to come to the end of a course.
Languish (v. i.) To become languid or weak; to lose strength or animation; to be or become dull, feeble or spiritless; to pine away; to wither or fade.
Languish (v. i.) To assume an expression of weariness or tender grief, appealing for sympathy.
Languish (v. i.) To cause to droop or pine.
Langure (v. i.) To languish.
Lap (v. i.) To be turned or folded; to lie partly upon or by the side of something, or of one another; as, the cloth laps back; the boats lap; the edges lap.
Lap (v. i.) To take up drink or food with the tongue; to drink or feed by licking up something.
Lap (v. i.) To make a sound like that produced by taking up drink with the tongue.
Lapidify (v. i.) To become stone or stony.
Lapse (v. i.) To pass slowly and smoothly downward, backward, or away; to slip downward, backward, or away; to glide; -- mostly restricted to figurative uses.
Lapse (v. i.) To slide or slip in moral conduct; to fail in duty; to fall from virtue; to deviate from rectitude; to commit a fault by inadvertence or mistake.
Lapse (v. i.) To fall or pass from one proprietor to another, or from the original destination, by the omission, negligence, or failure of some one, as a patron, a legatee, etc.
Lapse (v. i.) To become ineffectual or void; to fall.
Lard (v. i.) To grow fat.
Lark (v. i.) A frolic; a jolly time.
Lark (v. i.) To sport; to frolic.
Lark (v. i.) To catch larks; as, to go larking.
Lash (v. i.) To ply the whip; to strike; to utter censure or sarcastic language.
Last (v. i.) To continue in time; to endure; to remain in existence.
Last (v. i.) To endure use, or continue in existence, without impairment or exhaustion; as, this cloth lasts better than that; the fuel will last through the winter.
Last (v. i.) A wooden block shaped like the human foot, on which boots and shoes are formed.
Lather (v. i.) To form lather, or a froth like lather; to accumulate foam from profuse sweating, as a horse.
Latibulize (v. i.) To retire into a den, or hole, and lie dormant in winter; to retreat and lie hid.
Latinize (v. i.) To use words or phrases borrowed from the Latin.
Latinize (v. i.) To come under the influence of the Romans, or of the Roman Catholic Church.
Latrate (v. i.) To bark as a dog.
Lattice (v. i.) To make a lattice of; as, to lattice timbers.
Lattice (v. i.) To close, as an opening, with latticework; to furnish with a lattice; as, to lattice a window.
Laud (v. i.) High commendation; praise; honor; exaltation; glory.
Laud (v. i.) A part of divine worship, consisting chiefly of praise; -- usually in the pl.
Laud (v. i.) Music or singing in honor of any one.
Laud (v. i.) To praise in words alone, or with words and singing; to celebrate; to extol.
Laudable (v. i.) Worthy of being lauded; praiseworthy; commendable; as, laudable motives; laudable actions; laudable ambition.
Laudable (v. i.) Healthy; salubrious; normal; having a disposition to promote healing; not noxious; as, laudable juices of the body; laudable pus.
Laugh (v. i.) To show mirth, satisfaction, or derision, by peculiar movement of the muscles of the face, particularly of the mouth, causing a lighting up of the face and eyes, and usually accompanied by the emission of explosive or chuckling sounds from the chest and throat; to indulge in laughter.
Laugh (v. i.) Fig.: To be or appear gay, cheerful, pleasant, mirthful, lively, or brilliant; to sparkle; to sport.
Laughter (v. i.) A movement (usually involuntary) of the muscles of the face, particularly of the lips, with a peculiar expression of the eyes, indicating merriment, satisfaction, or derision, and usually attended by a sonorous and interrupted expulsion of air from the lungs. See Laugh, v. i.
Launch (v. i.) To throw, as a lance or dart; to hurl; to let fly.
Launch (v. i.) To strike with, or as with, a lance; to pierce.
Launch (v. i.) To cause to move or slide from the land into the water; to set afloat; as, to launch a ship.
Launch (v. i.) To send out; to start (one) on a career; to set going; to give a start to (something); to put in operation; as, to launch a son in the world; to launch a business project or enterprise.
Launch (v. i.) To move with force and swiftness like a sliding from the stocks into the water; to plunge; to make a beginning; as, to launch into the current of a stream; to launch into an argument or discussion; to launch into lavish expenditures; -- often with out.
Launder (v. i.) To wash, as clothes; to wash, and to smooth with a flatiron or mangle; to wash and iron; as, to launder shirts.
Launder (v. i.) To lave; to wet.
Laundress (v. i.) To act as a laundress.
Laureate (v. i.) To honor with a wreath of laurel, as formerly was done in bestowing a degree at the English universities.
Lave (v. i.) To bathe; to wash one's self.
Laveer (v. i.) To beat against the wind; to tack.
Lay (v. i.) To produce and deposit eggs.
Lay (v. i.) To take a position; to come or go; as, to lay forward; to lay aloft.
Lay (v. i.) To lay a wager; to bet.
Laze (v. i.) To be lazy or idle.
Leach (v. i.) To part with soluble constituents by percolation.
Lead (v. i.) To guide or conduct, as by accompanying, going before, showing, influencing, directing with authority, etc.; to have precedence or preeminence; to be first or chief; -- used in most of the senses of lead, v. t.
Leaf (v. i.) To shoot out leaves; to produce leaves; to leave; as, the trees leaf in May.
League (v. i.) To unite in a league or confederacy; to combine for mutual support; to confederate.
Lean (v. i.) To inc
Lean (v. i.) To inc
Lean (v. i.) To rest or rely, for support, comfort, and the like; -- with on, upon, or against.
Lean (v. i.) To cause to lean; to inc
Lean (v. i.) Wanting flesh; destitute of or deficient in fat; not plump; meager; thin; lank; as, a lean body; a lean cattle.
Lean (v. i.) Wanting fullness, richness, sufficiency, or productiveness; deficient in quality or contents; slender; scant; barren; bare; mean; -- used literally and figuratively; as, the lean harvest; a lean purse; a lean discourse; lean wages.
Lean (v. i.) Of a character which prevents the compositor from earning the usual wages; -- opposed to fat; as, lean copy, matter, or type.
Leap (v. i.) To spring clear of the ground, with the feet; to jump; to vault; as, a man leaps over a fence, or leaps upon a horse.
Leap (v. i.) To spring or move suddenly, as by a jump or by jumps; to bound; to move swiftly. Also Fig.
Learn (v. i.) To acquire knowledge or skill; to make progress in acquiring knowledge or skill; to receive information or instruction; as, this child learns quickly.
Lease (v. i.) To gather what harvesters have left behind; to glean.
Leave (v. i.) To send out leaves; to leaf; -- often with out.
Leave (v. i.) To depart; to set out.
Leave (v. i.) To cease; to desist; to leave off.
Lecher (v. i.) To practice lewdness.
Lecture (v. i.) To deliver a lecture or lectures.
Lee (v. i.) To lie; to speak falsely.
Leer (v. i.) To look with a leer; to look askance with a suggestive expression, as of hatred, contempt, lust, etc. ; to cast a sidelong lustful or malign look.
Legislate (v. i.) To make or enact a law or laws.
Leme (v. i.) To shine.
Lengthen (v. i.) To become longer.
Lessen (v. i.) To become less; to shrink; to contract; to decrease; to be diminished; as, the apparent magnitude of objects lessens as we recede from them; his care, or his wealth, lessened.
Lest (v. i.) To listen.
Let (v. i.) To forbear.
Let (v. i.) To be let or leased; as, the farm lets for $500 a year. See note under Let, v. t.
Levant (v. i.) To run away from one's debts; to decamp.
Leve (v. i.) To live.
Level (v. i.) To be level; to be on a level with, or on an equality with, something; hence, to accord; to agree; to suit.
Level (v. i.) To aim a gun, spear, etc., horizontally; hence, to aim or point a weapon in direct
Levitate (v. i.) To rise, or tend to rise, as if lighter than the surrounding medium; to become buoyant; -- opposed to gravitate.
Levy (v. i.) To seize property, real or personal, or subject it to the operation of an execution; to make a levy; as, to levy on property; the usual mode of levying, in England, is by seizing the goods.
Libel (v. i.) To spread defamation, written or printed; -- with against.
Librate (v. i.) To vibrate as a balance does before resting in equilibrium; hence, to be poised.
Lie (v. i.) To utter falsehood with an intention to deceive; to say or do that which is intended to deceive another, when he a right to know the truth, or when morality requires a just representation.
Lift (v. i.) To try to raise something; to exert the strength for raising or bearing.
Lift (v. i.) To rise; to become or appear raised or elevated; as, the fog lifts; the land lifts to a ship approaching it.
Lig (v. i.) To rec
Ligge (v. i.) To lie or rec
Light (v. i.) To become ignited; to take fire; as, the match will not light.
Light (v. i.) To be illuminated; to receive light; to brighten; -- with up; as, the room lights up very well.
Light (v. i.) To dismount; to descend, as from a horse or carriage; to alight; -- with from, off, on, upon, at, in.
Light (v. i.) To feel light; to be made happy.
Light (v. i.) To descend from flight, and rest, perch, or settle, as a bird or insect.
Light (v. i.) To come down suddenly and forcibly; to fall; -- with on or upon.
Light (v. i.) To come by chance; to happen; -- with on or upon; formerly with into.
Lighten (v. i.) To descend; to light.
Lighten (v. i.) To burst forth or dart, as lightning; to shine with, or like, lightning; to display a flash or flashes of lightning; to flash.
Lighten (v. i.) To grow lighter; to become less dark or lowering; to brighten; to clear, as the sky.
Lignify (v. i.) To become wood.
Like (v. i.) To be pleased; to choose.
Like (v. i.) To have an appearance or expression; to look; to seem to be (in a specified condition).
Like (v. i.) To come near; to avoid with difficulty; to escape narrowly; as, he liked to have been too late. Cf. Had like, under Like, a.
Lill (v. i.) To loll.
Lilt (v. i.) To do anything with animation and quickness, as to skip, fly, or hop.
Lilt (v. i.) To sing cheerfully.
Limit (v. i.) To beg, or to exercise functions, within a certain limited region; as, a limiting friar.
Limp (v. i.) To halt; to walk lamely. Also used figuratively.
Lin (v. i.) To yield; to stop; to cease.
Link (v. i.) To be connected.
Lipse (v. i.) To lisp.
Liquable (v. i.) Capable of being melted.
Liquate (v. i.) To melt; to become liquid.
Liquefy (v. i.) To become liquid.
Lisp (v. i.) To pronounce the sibilant letter s imperfectly; to give s and z the sound of th; -- a defect common among children.
Lisp (v. i.) To speak with imperfect articulation; to mispronounce, as a child learning to talk.
Lisp (v. i.) To speak hesitatingly with a low voice, as if afraid.
List (v. i.) To hearken; to attend; to listen.
List (v. i.) To desire or choose; to please.
List (v. i.) To lean; to inc
List (v. i.) To engage in public service by enrolling one's name; to enlist.
Listen (v. i.) To give close attention with the purpose of hearing; to give ear; to hearken; to attend.
Listen (v. i.) To give heed; to yield to advice; to follow admonition; to obey.
Litigate (v. i.) To carry on a suit by judicial process.
Litter (v. i.) To be supplied with litter as bedding; to sleep or make one's bed in litter.
Litter (v. i.) To produce a litter.
Live (v. i.) To be alive; to have life; to have, as an animal or a plant, the capacity of assimilating matter as food, and to be dependent on such assimilation for a continuance of existence; as, animals and plants that live to a great age are long in reaching maturity.
Live (v. i.) To pass one's time; to pass life or time in a certain manner, as to habits, conduct, or circumstances; as, to live in ease or affluence; to live happily or usefully.
Live (v. i.) To make one's abiding place or home; to abide; to dwell; to reside.
Live (v. i.) To be or continue in existence; to exist; to remain; to be permanent; to last; -- said of inanimate objects, ideas, etc.
Live (v. i.) To enjoy or make the most of life; to be in a state of happiness.
Live (v. i.) To feed; to subsist; to be nourished or supported; -- with on; as, horses live on grass and grain.
Live (v. i.) To have a spiritual existence; to be quickened, nourished, and actuated by divine influence or faith.
Live (v. i.) To be maintained in life; to acquire a livelihood; to subsist; -- with on or by; as, to live on spoils.
Live (v. i.) To outlast danger; to float; -- said of a ship, boat, etc.; as, no ship could live in such a storm.
Laving (v. i.) Being alive; having life; as, a living creature.
Laving (v. i.) Active; lively; vigorous; -- said esp. of states of the mind, and sometimes of abstract things; as, a living faith; a living principle.
Laving (v. i.) Issuing continually from the earth; running; flowing; as, a living spring; -- opposed to stagnant.
Laving (v. i.) Producing life, action, animation, or vigor; quickening.
Laving (v. i.) Ignited; glowing with heat; burning; live.
Loaf (v. i.) To spend time in idleness; to lounge or loiter about.
Loam (v. i.) To cover, smear, or fill with loam.
Loathe (v. i.) To feel disgust or nausea.
Lobby (v. i.) To address or solicit members of a legislative body in the lobby or elsewhere, with the purpose to influence their votes.
Locate (v. i.) To place one's self; to take up one's residence; to settle.
Lock (v. i.) To become fast, as by means of a lock or by interlacing; as, the door locks close.
Lodge (v. i.) To rest or remain a lodge house, or other shelter; to rest; to stay; to abide; esp., to sleep at night; as, to lodge in York Street.
Lodge (v. i.) To fall or lie down, as grass or grain, when overgrown or beaten down by the wind.
Lodge (v. i.) To come to a rest; to stop and remain; as, the bullet lodged in the bark of a tree.
Loffe (v. i.) To laugh.
Log (v. i.) To engage in the business of cutting or transporting logs for timber; to get out logs.
Log (v. i.) To move to and fro; to rock.
Loiter (v. i.) To be slow in moving; to delay; to linger; to be dilatory; to spend time idly; to saunter; to lag behind.
Loiter (v. i.) To wander as an idle vagrant.
Loll (v. i.) To act lazily or indolently; to rec
Loll (v. i.) To hand extended from the mouth, as the tongue of an ox or a log when heated with labor or exertion.
Loll (v. i.) To let the tongue hang from the mouth, as an ox, dog, or other animal, when heated by labor; as, the ox stood lolling in the furrow.
Lollop (v. i.) To move heavily; to lounge or idle; to loll.
Londonize (v. i.) To impart to (one) a manner or character like that which distinguishes Londoners.
Londonize (v. i.) To imitate the manner of the people of London.
Loof (v. i.) See Luff.
Look (v. i.) To direct the eyes for the purpose of seeing something; to direct the eyes toward an object; to observe with the eyes while keeping them directed; -- with various prepositions, often in a special or figurative sense. See Phrases below.
Look (v. i.) To direct the attention (to something); to consider; to examine; as, to look at an action.
Look (v. i.) To seem; to appear; to have a particular appearance; as, the patient looks better; the clouds look rainy.
Look (v. i.) To have a particular direction or situation; to face; to front.
Look (v. i.) In the imperative: see; behold; take notice; take care; observe; -- used to call attention.
Look (v. i.) To show one's self in looking, as by leaning out of a window; as, look out of the window while I speak to you. Sometimes used figuratively.
Look (v. i.) To await the appearance of anything; to expect; to anticipate.
Loom (v. i.) To appear above the surface either of sea or land, or to appear enlarged, or distorted and indistinct, as a distant object, a ship at sea, or a mountain, esp. from atmospheric influences; as, the ship looms large; the land looms high.
Loom (v. i.) To rise and to be eminent; to be elevated or ennobled, in a moral sense.
Loose (v. i.) To set sail.
Loosen (v. i.) To become loose; to become less tight, firm, or compact.
Lop (v. i.) To hang downward; to be pendent; to lean to one side.
Lope (v. i.) To leap; to dance.
Lope (v. i.) To move with a lope, as a horse.
Lopper (v. i.) To turn sour and coagulate from too long standing, as milk.
Lord (v. i.) To play the lord; to domineer; to rule with arbitrary or despotic sway; -- sometimes with over; and sometimes with it in the manner of a transitive verb.
Lose (v. i.) To suffer loss, disadvantage, or defeat; to be worse off, esp. as the result of any kind of contest.
Lote (v. i.) To lurk; to lie hid.
Lout (v. i.) To bend; to box; to stoop.
Love (v. i.) To have the feeling of love; to be in love.
Low (v. i.) To make the calling sound of cows and other bovine animals; to moo.
Low (v. i.) To burn; to blaze.
Lower (v. i.) To fall; to sink; to grow less; to diminish; to decrease; as, the river lowered as rapidly as it rose.
Lower (v. i.) To be dark, gloomy, and threatening, as clouds; to be covered with dark and threatening clouds, as the sky; to show threatening signs of approach, as a tempest.
Lower (v. i.) To frown; to look sullen.
Lubricitate (v. i.) See Lubricate.
Luff (v. i.) To turn the head of a vessel toward the wind; to sail nearer the wind; to turn the tiller so as to make the vessel sail nearer the wind.
Lug (v. i.) To pull with force; to haul; to drag along; to carry with difficulty, as something heavy or cumbersome.
Lug (v. i.) To move slowly and heavily.
Lull (v. i.) To become gradually calm; to subside; to cease or abate for a time; as, the storm lulls.
Lumber (v. i.) To move heavily, as if burdened.
Lumber (v. i.) To make a sound as if moving heavily or clumsily; to rumble.
Lumber (v. i.) To cut logs in the forest, or prepare timber for market.
Lumine (v. i.) To illumine.
Lump (v. i.) To throw into a mass; to unite in a body or sum without distinction of particulars.
Lump (v. i.) To take in the gross; to speak of collectively.
Lump (v. i.) To get along with as one can, although displeased; as, if he does n't like it, he can lump it.
Lunch (v. i.) To take luncheon.
Luncheon (v. i.) To take luncheon.
Lunge (v. i.) To make a lunge.
Lurch (v. i.) To swallow or eat greedily; to devour; hence, to swallow up.
Lurch (v. i.) To roll or sway suddenly to one side, as a ship or a drunken man.
Lurch (v. i.) To withdraw to one side, or to a private place; to lurk.
Lurch (v. i.) To dodge; to shift; to play tricks.
Lure (v. i.) To recall a hawk or other animal.
Lurk (v. i.) To lie hid; to lie in wait.
Lurk (v. i.) To keep out of sight.
Lusk (v. i.) To be idle or unemployed.
Lute (v. i.) To sound, as a lute. Piers Plowman. Keats.
Luxuriate (v. i.) To grow exuberantly; to grow to superfluous abundance.
Luxuriate (v. i.) To feed or live luxuriously; as, the herds luxuriate in the pastures.
Luxuriate (v. i.) To indulge with unrestrained delight and freedom; as, to luxuriate in description.
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