Intransitive Verbs Starting with M
Machinate (v. i.) To plan; to contrive; esp., to form a scheme with the purpose of doing harm; to contrive artfully; to plot.
Mad (v. i.) To be mad; to go mad; to rave. See Madding.
Madden (v. i.) To become mad; to act as if mad.
Maffle (v. i.) To stammer.
Magnify (v. i.) To have the power of causing objects to appear larger than they really are; to increase the apparent dimensions of objects; as, some lenses magnify but little.
Magnify (v. i.) To have effect; to be of importance or significance.
Mainswear (v. i.) To swear falsely.
Make (v. i.) To act in a certain manner; to have to do; to manage; to interfere; to be active; -- often in the phrase to meddle or make.
Make (v. i.) To proceed; to tend; to move; to go; as, he made toward home; the tiger made at the sportsmen.
Make (v. i.) To tend; to contribute; to have effect; -- with for or against; as, it makes for his advantage.
Make (v. i.) To increase; to augment; to accrue.
Make (v. i.) To compose verses; to write poetry; to versify.
Malign (v. i.) To entertain malice.
Malinger (v. i.) To act the part of a malingerer; to feign illness or inability.
Malt (v. i.) To become malt; also, to make grain into malt.
Mammer (v. i.) To hesitate; to mutter doubtfully.
Manage (v. i.) To direct affairs; to carry on business or affairs; to administer.
Manipulate (v. i.) To use the hands in dexterous operations; to do hand work; specifically, to manage the apparatus or instruments used in scientific work, or in artistic or mechanical processes; also, specifically, to use the hand in mesmeric operations.
Mansion (v. i.) To dwell; to reside.
Manswear (v. i.) To swear falsely. Same as Mainswear.
Mantle (v. i.) To unfold and spread out the wings, like a mantle; -- said of hawks. Also used figuratively.
Mantle (v. i.) To spread out; -- said of wings.
Mantle (v. i.) To spread over the surface as a covering; to overspread; as, the scum mantled on the pool.
Mantle (v. i.) To gather, assume, or take on, a covering, as froth, scum, etc.
Manufacture (v. i.) To be employed in manufacturing something.
Maraud (v. i.) To rove in quest of plunder; to make an excursion for booty; to plunder.
March (v. i.) To border; to be contiguous; to lie side by side.
March (v. i.) To move with regular steps, as a soldier; to walk in a grave, deliberate, or stately manner; to advance steadily.
March (v. i.) To proceed by walking in a body or in military order; as, the German army marched into France.
Mark (v. i.) To take particular notice; to observe critically; to note; to remark.
Market (v. i.) To deal in a market; to buy or sell; to make bargains for provisions or goods.
Marry (v. i.) To enter into the conjugal or connubial state; to take a husband or a wife.
Martel (v. i.) To make a blow with, or as with, a hammer.
Marvel (v. i.) To be struck with surprise, astonishment, or wonder; to wonder.
Mask (v. i.) To take part as a masker in a masquerade.
Mask (v. i.) To wear a mask; to be disguised in any way.
Masquerade (v. i.) To assemble in masks; to take part in a masquerade.
Masquerade (v. i.) To frolic or disport in disquise; to make a pretentious show of being what one is not.
Mass (v. i.) To celebrate Mass.
Master (v. i.) To be skillful; to excel.
Mat (v. i.) To grow thick together; to become interwoven or felted together like a mat.
Match (v. i.) To be united in marriage; to mate.
Match (v. i.) To be of equal, or similar, size, figure, color, or quality; to tally; to suit; to correspond; as, these vases match.
Mate (v. i.) To be or become a mate or mates, especially in sexual companionship; as, some birds mate for life; this bird will not mate with that one.
Materialize (v. i.) To appear as a material form; to take substantial shape.
Matriculate (v. i.) To go though the process of admission to membership, as by examination and enrollment, in a society or college.
Matter (v. i.) To be of importance; to import; to signify.
Matter (v. i.) To form pus or matter, as an abscess; to maturate.
Maturate (v. i.) To ripen; to become mature; specif/cally, to suppurate.
Mature (v. i.) To advance toward maturity; to become ripe; as, wine matures by age; the judgment matures by age and experience.
Mature (v. i.) Hence, to become due, as a note.
Maund (v. i.) Alt. of Maunder
Maunder (v. i.) To beg.
Maunder (v. i.) To mutter; to mumble; to grumble; to speak indistinctly or disconnectedly; to talk incoherently.
Maze (v. i.) To be bewildered.
Meach (v. i.) To skulk; to cower. See Mich.
Mean (v. i.) To have a purpose or intention.
Meander (v. i.) To wind or turn in a course or passage; to be intricate.
Measure (v. i.) To make a measurement or measurements.
Measure (v. i.) To result, or turn out, on measuring; as, the grain measures well; the pieces measure unequally.
Measure (v. i.) To be of a certain size or quantity, or to have a certain length, breadth, or thickness, or a certain capacity according to a standard measure; as, cloth measures three fourths of a yard; a tree measures three feet in diameter.
Meaw (v. i.) See Mew, to cry as a cat.
Meawl (v. i.) See Mewl, and Miaul.
Meddle (v. i.) To mix; to mingle.
Meddle (v. i.) To interest or engage one's self; to have to do; -- / a good sense.
Meddle (v. i.) To interest or engage one's self unnecessarily or impertinently, to interfere or busy one's self improperly with another's affairs; specifically, to handle or distrub another's property without permission; -- often followed by with or in.
Meditate (v. i.) To keep the mind in a state of contemplation; to dwell on anything in thought; to think seriously; to muse; to cogitate; to reflect.
Meech (v. i.) See Mich.
Melancholize (v. i.) To become gloomy or dejected in mind.
Meliorate (v. i.) To grow better.
Mellow (v. i.) To become mellow; as, ripe fruit soon mellows.
Melodize (v. i.) To make melody; to compose melodies; to harmonize.
Melt (v. i.) To be changed from a solid to a liquid state under the influence of heat; as, butter and wax melt at moderate temperatures.
Melt (v. i.) To dissolve; as, sugar melts in the mouth.
Melt (v. i.) Hence: To be softened; to become tender, mild, or gentle; also, to be weakened or subdued, as by fear.
Melt (v. i.) To lose distinct form or out
Melt (v. i.) To disappear by being dispersed or dissipated; as, the fog melts away.
Menace (v. i.) To act in threatening manner; to wear a threatening aspect.
Mend (v. i.) To grow better; to advance to a better state; to become improved.
Menge (v. i.) To mix.
Menstruate (v. i.) To discharge the menses; to have the catamenial flow.
Menuse (v. i.) See Amenuse.
Merchand (v. i.) To traffic.
Merchandise (v. i.) To trade; to carry on commerce.
Merchant (v. i.) To be a merchant; to trade.
Mercurialize (v. i.) To be sprightly, fantastic, or capricious.
Merge (v. i.) To be sunk, swallowed up, or lost.
Merit (v. i.) To acquire desert; to gain value; to receive benefit; to profit.
Merrimake (v. i.) See Merrymake, v.
Merrymake (v. i.) To make merry; to be jolly; to feast.
Mesh (v. i.) To engage with each other, as the teeth of wheels.
Mess (v. i.) To take meals with a mess; to belong to a mess; to eat (with others); as, I mess with the wardroom officers.
Mete (v. i.) To measure.
Meteorize (v. i.) To ascend in vapors; to take the form of a meteor.
Metrify (v. i.) To make verse.
Mew (v. i.) To cast the feathers; to molt; hence, to change; to put on a new appearance.
Mew (v. i.) To cry as a cat.
Mewl (v. i.) To cry, as a young child; to squall.
Mexicanize (v. i.) To become like the Mexicans, or their country or government.
Miaul (v. i.) To cry as a cat; to mew; to caterwaul.
Mich (v. i.) Alt. of Miche
Miche (v. i.) To lie hid; to skulk; to act, or carry one's self, sneakingly.
Midwife (v. i.) To perform the office of midwife.
Migrate (v. i.) To remove from one country or region to another, with a view to residence; to change one's place of residence; to remove; as, the Moors who migrated from Africa into Spain; to migrate to the West.
Migrate (v. i.) To pass periodically from one region or climate to another for feeding or breeding; -- said of certain birds, fishes, and quadrupeds.
Mildew (v. i.) To become tainted with mildew.
Militate (v. i.) To make war; to fight; to contend; -- usually followed by against and with.
Militiate (v. i.) To carry on, or prepare for, war.
Milk (v. i.) To draw or to yield milk.
Mill (v. i.) To swim under water; -- said of air-breathing creatures.
Mime (v. i.) To mimic.
Mince (v. i.) To walk with short steps; to walk in a prim, affected manner.
Mince (v. i.) To act or talk with affected nicety; to affect delicacy in manner.
Mind (v. i.) To give attention or heed; to obey; as, the dog minds well.
Mine (v. i.) To dig a mine or pit in the earth; to get ore, metals, coal, or precious stones, out of the earth; to dig in the earth for minerals; to dig a passage or cavity under anything in order to overthrow it by explosives or otherwise.
Mine (v. i.) To form subterraneous tunnel or hole; to form a burrow or lodge in the earth; as, the mining cony.
Mine (v. i.) A subterranean cavity or passage
Mine (v. i.) A pit or excavation in the earth, from which metallic ores, precious stones, coal, or other mineral substances are taken by digging; -- distinguished from the pits from which stones for architectural purposes are taken, and which are called quarries.
Mine (v. i.) A cavity or tunnel made under a fortification or other work, for the purpose of blowing up the superstructure with some explosive agent.
Mine (v. i.) Any place where ore, metals, or precious stones are got by digging or washing the soil; as, a placer mine.
Mine (v. i.) Fig.: A rich source of wealth or other good.
Mineral (v. i.) An inorganic species or substance occurring in nature, having a definite chemical composition and usually a distinct crystal
Mineral (v. i.) A mine.
Mineral (v. i.) Anything which is neither animal nor vegetable, as in the most general classification of things into three kingdoms (animal, vegetable, and mineral).
Mineralize (v. i.) To go on an excursion for observing and collecting minerals; to mineralogize.
Mineralogize (v. i.) To study mineralogy by collecting and examining minerals.
Mingle (v. i.) To become mixed or blended.
Mining (v. i.) The act or business of making mines or of working them.
Minister (v. i.) To act as a servant, attendant, or agent; to attend and serve; to perform service in any office, sacred or secular.
Minister (v. i.) To supply or to things needful; esp., to supply consolation or remedies.
Mire (v. i.) To stick in mire.
Misbelieve (v. i.) To believe erroneously, or in a false religion.
Miscarry (v. i.) To carry, or go, wrong; to fail of reaching a destination, or fail of the intended effect; to be unsuccessful; to suffer defeat.
Miscarry (v. i.) To bring forth young before the proper time.
Mischance (v. i.) To happen by mischance.
Mischoose (v. i.) To make a wrong choice.
Misconduct (v. i.) To behave amiss.
Misdo (v. i.) To do wrong; to commit a fault.
Misfare (v. i.) To fare ill.
Misfeign (v. i.) To feign with an evil design.
Misfortune (v. i.) To happen unluckily or unfortunately; to miscarry; to fail.
Misgive (v. i.) To give out doubt and apprehension; to be fearful or irresolute.
Migo (v. i.) To go astray.
Mishap (v. i.) To happen unluckily; -- used impersonally.
Mishappen (v. i.) To happen ill or unluckily.
Misinform (v. i.) To give untrue information; (with against) to calumniate.
Misle (v. i.) To rain in very fine drops, like a thick mist; to mizzle.
Mislive (v. i.) To live amiss.
Misplead (v. i.) To err in pleading.
Misprofess (v. i.) To make a false profession; to make pretensions to skill which is not possessed.
Misrepresent (v. i.) To make an incorrect or untrue representation.
Miss (v. i.) To fail to hit; to fly wide; to deviate from the true direction.
Miss (v. i.) To fail to obtain, learn, or find; -- with of.
Miss (v. i.) To go wrong; to err.
Miss (v. i.) To be absent, deficient, or wanting.
Missay (v. i.) To speak ill.
Misseem (v. i.) To make a false appearance.
Misseem (v. i.) To misbecome; to be misbecoming.
Missificate (v. i.) To perform Mass.
Missing (v. i.) Absent from the place where it was expected to be found; lost; wanting; not present when called or looked for.
Misspeak (v. i.) To err in speaking.
Misstep (v. i.) To take a wrong step; to go astray.
Misswear (v. i.) To swear falsely.
Mist (v. i.) To rain in very fine drops; as, it mists.
Mistake (v. i.) To err in knowledge, perception, opinion, or judgment; to commit an unintentional error.
Mister (v. i.) To be needful or of use.
Misthink (v. i.) To think wrongly.
Misthrive (v. i.) To thrive poorly; to be not thrifty or prosperous.
Mistide (v. i.) To happen or come to pass unfortunately; also, to suffer evil fortune.
Mistle (v. i.) To fall in very fine drops, as rain.
Mistress (v. i.) To wait upon a mistress; to be courting.
Mistrow (v. i.) To think wrongly.
Miswander (v. i.) To wander in a wrong path; to stray; to go astray.
Misween (v. i.) To ween amiss; to misjudge; to distrust; to be mistaken.
Miswend (v. i.) To go wrong; to go astray.
Miter (v. i.) Alt. of Mitre
Mitre (v. i.) To meet and match together, as two pieces of molding, on a
Mix (v. i.) To become united into a compound; to be blended promiscuously together.
Mix (v. i.) To associate; to mingle.
Mizzle (v. i.) To rain in very fine drops.
Mizzle (v. i.) To take one's self off; to go.
Moan (v. i.) To make a low prolonged sound of grief or pain, whether articulate or not; to groan softly and continuously.
Moan (v. i.) To emit a sound like moan; -- said of things inanimate; as, the wind moans.
Moan (v. i.) A low prolonged sound, articulate or not, indicative of pain or of grief; a low groan.
Moan (v. i.) A low mournful or murmuring sound; -- of things.
Moate (v. i.) To void the excrement, as a bird; to mute.
Mock (v. i.) To make sport contempt or in jest; to speak in a scornful or jeering manner.
Model (v. i.) To make a copy or a pattern; to design or imitate forms; as, to model in wax.
Moderate (v. i.) To become less violent, severe, rigorous, or intense; as, the wind has moderated.
Moderate (v. i.) To preside as a moderator.
Modulate (v. i.) To pass from one key into another.
Moe (v. i.) To make faces; to mow.
Moider (v. i.) To toil.
Moil (v. i.) To soil one's self with severe labor; to work with painful effort; to labor; to toil; to drudge.
Moither (v. i.) To toil; to labor.
Mold (v. i.) Alt. of Mould
Mould (v. i.) To become moldy; to be covered or filled, in whole or in part, with a mold.
Molder (v. i.) Alt. of Moulder
Moulder (v. i.) To crumble into small particles; to turn to dust by natural decay; to lose form, or waste away, by a gradual separation of the component particles, without the presence of water; to crumble away.
Monarchize (v. i.) To play the sovereign; to act the monarch.
Moo (v. i.) To make the noise of a cow; to low; -- child's word.
Moon (v. i.) To act if moonstruck; to wander or gaze about in an abstracted manner.
Moor (v. i.) To cast anchor; to become fast.
Moot (v. i.) To argue or plead in a supposed case.
Mop (v. i.) To make a wry mouth.
Mope (v. i.) To be dull and spiritless.
Moral (v. i.) To moralize.
Moralize (v. i.) To make moral reflections; to regard acts and events as involving a moral.
Mortify (v. i.) To lose vitality and organic structure, as flesh of a living body; to gangrene.
Mortify (v. i.) To practice penance from religious motives; to deaden desires by religious discip
Mortify (v. i.) To be subdued; to decay, as appetites, desires, etc.
Mother (v. i.) To become like, or full of, mother, or thick matter, as vinegar.
Motion (v. i.) To make a significant movement or gesture, as with the hand; as, to motion to one to take a seat.
Motion (v. i.) To make proposal; to offer plans.
Moule (v. i.) To contract mold; to grow moldy; to mold.
Mountaineer (v. i.) To lie or act as a mountaineer; to climb mountains.
Mountebank (v. i.) To play the mountebank.
Mourn (v. i.) To express or to feel grief or sorrow; to grieve; to be sorrowful; to lament; to be in a state of grief or sadness.
Mourn (v. i.) To wear the customary garb of a mourner.
Mouse (v. i.) To watch for and catch mice.
Mouse (v. i.) To watch for or pursue anything in a sly manner; to pry about, on the lookout for something.
Mouth (v. i.) To speak with a full, round, or loud, affected voice; to vociferate; to rant.
Mouth (v. i.) To put mouth to mouth; to kiss.
Mouth (v. i.) To make grimaces, esp. in ridicule or contempt.
Move (v. i.) To change place or posture; to stir; to go, in any manner, from one place or position to another; as, a ship moves rapidly.
Move (v. i.) To act; to take action; to stir; to begin to act; as, to move in a matter.
Move (v. i.) To change residence; to remove, as from one house, town, or state, to another.
Move (v. i.) To change the place of a piece in accordance with the rules of the game.
Mow (v. i.) To make mouths.
Mow (v. i.) To cut grass, etc., with a scythe, or with a machine; to cut grass for hay.
Mowburn (v. i.) To heat and ferment in the mow, as hay when housed too green.
Muddle (v. i.) To dabble in mud.
Muddle (v. i.) To think and act in a confused, aimless way.
Mue (v. i.) To mew; to molt.
Muffle (v. i.) To speak indistinctly, or without clear articulation.
Mull (v. i.) To work (over) mentally; to cogitate; to ruminate; -- usually with over; as, to mull over a thought or a problem.
Multiply (v. i.) To become greater in number; to become numerous.
Multiply (v. i.) To increase in extent and influence; to spread.
Multiply (v. i.) To increase amount of gold or silver by the arts of alchemy.
Mumm (v. i.) To sport or make diversion in a mask or disguise; to mask.
Mump (v. i.) To move the lips with the mouth closed; to mumble, as in sulkiness.
Mump (v. i.) To talk imperfectly, brokenly, or feebly; to chatter unintelligibly.
Mump (v. i.) To cheat; to deceive; to play the beggar.
Mump (v. i.) To be sullen or sulky.
Murmur (v. i.) A low, confused, and indistinct sound, like that of running water.
Murmur (v. i.) A complaint half suppressed, or uttered in a low, muttering voice.
Murmur (v. i.) To make a low continued noise, like the hum of bees, a stream of water, distant waves, or the wind in a forest.
Murmur (v. i.) To utter complaints in a low, half-articulated voice; to feel or express dissatisfaction or discontent; to grumble; -- often with at or against.
Musard (v. i.) A dreamer; an absent-minded person.
Muster (v. i.) To be gathered together for parade, inspection, exercise, or the like; to come together as parts of a force or body; as, his supporters mustered in force.
Mutine (v. i.) To mutiny.
Mutiny (v. i.) To rise against, or refuse to obey, lawful authority in military or naval service; to excite, or to be guilty of, mutiny or mutinous conduct; to revolt against one's superior officer, or any rightful authority.
Mutiny (v. i.) To fall into strife; to quarrel.
Mutter (v. i.) To utter words indistinctly or with a low voice and lips partly closed; esp., to utter indistinct complaints or angry expressions; to grumble; to growl.
Mutter (v. i.) To sound with a low, rumbling noise.
Muzzle (v. i.) The projecting mouth and nose of a quadruped, as of a horse; a snout.
Muzzle (v. i.) The mouth of a thing; the end for entrance or discharge; as, the muzzle of a gun.
Muzzle (v. i.) A fastening or covering (as a band or cage) for the mouth of an animal, to prevent eating or vicious biting.
Muzzle (v. i.) To bring the mouth or muzzle near.
Mythologize (v. i.) To relate, classify, and explain, or attempt to explain, myths; to write upon myths.
Mythologize (v. i.) To construct and propagate myths.
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