Intransitive Verbs Starting with P
Pace (v. i.) To go; to walk; specifically, to move with regular or measured steps.
Pace (v. i.) To proceed; to pass on.
Pace (v. i.) To move quickly by lifting the legs on the same side together, as a horse; to amble with rapidity; to rack.
Pace (v. i.) To pass away; to die.
Pack (v. i.) To make up packs, bales, or bundles; to stow articles securely for transportation.
Pack (v. i.) To admit of stowage, or of making up for transportation or storage; to become compressed or to settle together, so as to form a compact mass; as, the goods pack conveniently; wet snow packs well.
Pack (v. i.) To gather in flocks or schools; as, the grouse or the perch begin to pack.
Pack (v. i.) To depart in haste; -- generally with off or away.
Pack (v. i.) To unite in bad measures; to confederate for ill purposes; to join in collusion.
Packet (v. i.) To ply with a packet or dispatch boat.
Pad (v. i.) To travel heavily or slowly.
Pad (v. i.) To rob on foot.
Pad (v. i.) To wear a path by walking.
Paddle (v. i.) To use the hands or fingers in toying; to make caressing strokes.
Paddle (v. i.) To dabble in water with hands or feet; to use a paddle, or something which serves as a paddle, in swimming, in paddling a boat, etc.
Paddle (v. i.) An implement with a broad blade, which is used without a fixed fulcrum in propelling and steering canoes and boats.
Paddle (v. i.) The broad part of a paddle, with which the stroke is made; hence, any short, broad blade, resembling that of a paddle.
Paddle (v. i.) One of the broad boards, or floats, at the circumference of a water wheel, or paddle wheel.
Paddle (v. i.) A small gate in sluices or lock gates to admit or let off water; -- also called clough.
Paddle (v. i.) A paddle-shaped foot, as of the sea turtle.
Paddle (v. i.) A paddle-shaped implement for string or mixing.
Paddle (v. i.) See Paddle staff (b), below.
Paganize (v. i.) To behave like pagans.
Pair (v. i.) To be joined in paris; to couple; to mate, as for breeding.
Pair (v. i.) To suit; to fit, as a counterpart.
Pair (v. i.) Same as To pair off. See phrase below.
Pairing (v. i.) The act or process of uniting or arranging in pairs or couples.
Pairing (v. i.) See To pair off, under Pair, v. i.
Pale (v. i.) Wanting in color; not ruddy; dusky white; pallid; wan; as, a pale face; a pale red; a pale blue.
Pale (v. i.) Not bright or brilliant; of a faint luster or hue; dim; as, the pale light of the moon.
Pale (v. i.) To turn pale; to lose color or luster.
Palpitate (v. i.) To beat rapidly and more strongly than usual; to throb; to bound with emotion or exertion; to pulsate violently; to flutter; -- said specifically of the heart when its action is abnormal, as from excitement.
Palter (v. i.) To haggle.
Palter (v. i.) To act in insincere or deceitful manner; to play false; to equivocate; to shift; to dodge; to trifle.
Palter (v. i.) To babble; to chatter.
Pamphlet (v. i.) To write a pamphlet or pamphlets.
Pamphleteer (v. i.) To write or publish pamphlets.
Pan (v. i.) To yield gold in, or as in, the process of panning; -- usually with out; as, the gravel panned out richly.
Pan (v. i.) To turn out (profitably or unprofitably); to result; to develop; as, the investigation, or the speculation, panned out poorly.
Pandarize (v. i.) To pander.
Pander (v. i.) To act the part of a pander.
Panegyrize (v. i.) To indulge in panegyrics.
Pant (v. i.) To breathe quickly or in a labored manner, as after exertion or from eagerness or excitement; to respire with heaving of the breast; to gasp.
Pant (v. i.) Hence: To long eagerly; to desire earnestly.
Pant (v. i.) To beat with unnatural violence or rapidity; to palpitate, or throb; -- said of the heart.
Pant (v. i.) To sigh; to flutter; to languish.
Papalize (v. i.) To conform to popery.
Parade (v. i.) To make an exhibition or spectacle of one's self, as by walking in a public place.
Parade (v. i.) To assemble in military order for evolutions and inspection; to form or march, as in review.
Paragon (v. i.) To be equal; to hold comparison.
Parallel (v. i.) To be parallel; to correspond; to be like.
Paralogize (v. i.) To reason falsely; to draw conclusions not warranted by the premises.
Paraphrase (v. i.) To make a paraphrase.
Parch (v. i.) To become scorched or superficially burnt; to be very dry.
Parget (v. i.) To lay on plaster.
Parget (v. i.) To paint, as the face.
Parle (v. i.) To talk; to converse; to parley.
Parley (v. i.) To speak with another; to confer on some point of mutual concern; to discuss orally; hence, specifically, to confer orally with an enemy; to treat with him by words, as on an exchange of prisoners, an armistice, or terms of peace.
Parrot (v. i.) To chatter like a parrot.
Parry (v. i.) To ward off, evade, or turn aside something, as a blow, argument, etc.
Part (v. i.) To be broken or divided into parts or pieces; to break; to become separated; to go asunder; as, rope parts; his hair parts in the middle.
Part (v. i.) To go away; to depart; to take leave; to quit each other; hence, to die; -- often with from.
Part (v. i.) To perform an act of parting; to relinquish a connection of any kind; -- followed by with or from.
Part (v. i.) To have a part or share; to partake.
Partake (v. i.) To take a part, portion, lot, or share, in common with others; to have a share or part; to participate; to share; as, to partake of a feast with others.
Partake (v. i.) To have something of the properties, character, or office; -- usually followed by of.
Participate (v. i.) To have a share in common with others; to take a part; to partake; -- followed by in, formely by of; as, to participate in a debate.
Particularize (v. i.) To mention or attend to particulars; to give minute details; to be circumstantial; as, to particularize in a narrative.
Parturiate (v. i.) To bring forth young.
Pass (v. i.) To go; to move; to proceed; to be moved or transferred from one point to another; to make a transit; -- usually with a following adverb or adverbal phrase defining the kind or manner of motion; as, to pass on, by, out, in, etc.; to pass swiftly, directly, smoothly, etc.; to pass to the rear, under the yoke, over the bridge, across the field, beyond the border, etc.
Pass (v. i.) To move or be transferred from one state or condition to another; to change possession, condition, or circumstances; to undergo transition; as, the business has passed into other hands.
Pass (v. i.) To move beyond the range of the senses or of knowledge; to pass away; hence, to disappear; to vanish; to depart; specifically, to depart from life; to die.
Pass (v. i.) To move or to come into being or under notice; to come and go in consciousness; hence, to take place; to occur; to happen; to come; to occur progressively or in succession; to be present transitorily.
Pass (v. i.) To go by or glide by, as time; to elapse; to be spent; as, their vacation passed pleasantly.
Pass (v. i.) To go from one person to another; hence, to be given and taken freely; as, clipped coin will not pass; to obtain general acceptance; to be held or regarded; to circulate; to be current; -- followed by for before a word denoting value or estimation.
Pass (v. i.) To advance through all the steps or stages necessary to validity or effectiveness; to be carried through a body that has power to sanction or reject; to receive legislative sanction; to be enacted; as, the resolution passed; the bill passed both houses of Congress.
Pass (v. i.) To go through any inspection or test successfully; to be approved or accepted; as, he attempted the examination, but did not expect to pass.
Pass (v. i.) To be suffered to go on; to be tolerated; hence, to continue; to live along.
Pass (v. i.) To go unheeded or neglected; to proceed without hindrance or opposition; as, we let this act pass.
Pass (v. i.) To go beyond bounds; to surpass; to be in excess.
Pass (v. i.) To take heed; to care.
Pass (v. i.) To go through the intestines.
Pass (v. i.) To be conveyed or transferred by will, deed, or other instrument of conveyance; as, an estate passes by a certain clause in a deed.
Pass (v. i.) To make a lunge or pass; to thrust.
Pass (v. i.) To dec
Pass (v. i.) In football, hockey, etc., to make a pass; to transfer the ball, etc., to another player of one's own side.
Pass (v. i.) An opening, road, or track, available for passing; especially, one through or over some dangerous or otherwise impracticable barrier; a passageway; a defile; a ford; as, a mountain pass.
Pass (v. i.) A thrust or push; an attempt to stab or strike an adversary.
Pass (v. i.) A movement of the hand over or along anything; the manipulation of a mesmerist.
Pass (v. i.) A single passage of a bar, rail, sheet, etc., between the rolls.
Pass (v. i.) State of things; condition; predicament.
Pass (v. i.) Permission or license to pass, or to go and come; a psssport; a ticket permitting free transit or admission; as, a railroad or theater pass; a military pass.
Pass (v. i.) Fig.: a thrust; a sally of wit.
Pass (v. i.) Estimation; character.
Pass (v. i.) A part; a division.
Passade (v. i.) Alt. of Passado
Passado (v. i.) A pass or thrust.
Passado (v. i.) A turn or course of a horse backward or forward on the same spot of ground.
Passage (v. i.) The act of passing; transit from one place to another; movement from point to point; a going by, over, across, or through; as, the passage of a man or a carriage; the passage of a ship or a bird; the passage of light; the passage of fluids through the pores or channels of the body.
Passage (v. i.) Transit by means of conveyance; journey, as by water, carriage, car, or the like; travel; right, liberty, or means, of passing; conveyance.
Passage (v. i.) Price paid for the liberty to pass; fare; as, to pay one's passage.
Passage (v. i.) Removal from life; decease; departure; death.
Passage (v. i.) Way; road; path; channel or course through or by which one passes; way of exit or entrance; way of access or transit. Hence, a common avenue to various apartments in a building; a hall; a corridor.
Passage (v. i.) A continuous course, process, or progress; a connected or continuous series; as, the passage of time.
Passage (v. i.) A separate part of a course, process, or series; an occurrence; an incident; an act or deed.
Passage (v. i.) A particular portion constituting a part of something continuous; esp., a portion of a book, speech, or musical composition; a paragraph; a clause.
Passage (v. i.) Reception; currency.
Passage (v. i.) A pass or en encounter; as, a passage at arms.
Passage (v. i.) A movement or an evacuation of the bowels.
Passage (v. i.) In parliamentary proceedings: (a) The course of a proposition (bill, resolution, etc.) through the several stages of consideration and action; as, during its passage through Congress the bill was amended in both Houses. (b) The advancement of a bill or other proposition from one stage to another by an affirmative vote; esp., the final affirmative action of the body upon a proposition; hence, adoption; enactment; as, the passage of the bill to its third reading was delayed.>
Passant (v. i.) Passing from one to another; in circulation; current.
Passant (v. i.) Curs/ry, careless.
Passant (v. i.) Surpassing; excelling.
Passant (v. i.) Walking; -- said of any animal on an escutcheon, which is represented as walking with the dexter paw raised.
Passion (v. i.) To suffer pain or sorrow; to experience a passion; to be extremely agitated.
Passionate (v. i.) To affect with passion; to impassion.
Passionate (v. i.) To express feelingly or sorrowfully.
Pastime (v. i.) To sport; to amuse one's self.
Pasture (v. i.) To feed on growing grass; to graze.
Path (v. i.) To walk or go.
Patrizate (v. i.) To imitate one's father.
Patrol (v. i.) To go the rounds along a chain of sentinels; to traverse a police district or beat.
Patrol (v. i.) A going of the rounds along the chain of sentinels and between the posts, by a guard, usually consisting of three or four men, to insure greater security from attacks on the outposts.
Patrol (v. i.) A movement, by a small body of troops beyond the
Patrol (v. i.) The guard or men who go the rounds for observation; a detachment whose duty it is to patrol.
Patrol (v. i.) Any perambulation of a particular
Patter (v. i.) To strike with a quick succession of slight, sharp sounds; as, pattering rain or hail; pattering feet.
Patter (v. i.) To mutter; to mumble; as, to patter with the lips.
Patter (v. i.) To talk glibly; to chatter; to harangue.
Patter (v. i.) To mutter; as prayers.
Paw (v. i.) To draw the forefoot along the ground; to beat or scrape with the forefoot.
Pay (v. i.) To give a recompense; to make payment, requital, or satisfaction; to discharge a debt.
Pay (v. i.) Hence, to make or secure suitable return for expense or trouble; to be remunerative or profitable; to be worth the effort or pains required; as, it will pay to ride; it will pay to wait; politeness always pays.
Peach (v. i.) To turn informer; to betray one's accomplice.
Peak (v. i.) To rise or extend into a peak or point; to form, or appear as, a peak.
Peak (v. i.) To acquire sharpness of figure or features; hence, to look thin or sicky.
Peak (v. i.) To pry; to peep slyly.
Peal (v. i.) To appeal.
Peal (v. i.) To utter or give out loud sounds.
Peal (v. i.) To resound; to echo.
Pearl (v. i.) To resemble pearl or pearls.
Pearl (v. i.) To give or hunt for pearls; as, to go pearling.
Peck (v. i.) To make strokes with the beak, or with a pointed instrument.
Peck (v. i.) To pick up food with the beak; hence, to eat.
Pectize (v. i.) To congeal; to change into a gelatinous mass.
Peculate (v. i.) To appropriate to one's own use the property of the public; to steal public moneys intrusted to one's care; to embezzle.
Pedantize (v. i.) To play the pedant; to use pedantic expressions.
Peddle (v. i.) To travel about with wares for sale; to go from place to place, or from house to house, for the purpose of retailing goods; as, to peddle without a license.
Peddle (v. i.) To do a small business; to be busy about trifles; to piddle.
Pedestrianize (v. i.) To practice walking; to travel on foot.
Peek (v. i.) To look slyly, or with the eyes half closed, or through a crevice; to peep.
Peel (v. i.) To lose the skin, bark, or rind; to come off, as the skin, bark, or rind does; -- often used with an adverb; as, the bark peels easily or readily.
Peenge (v. i.) To complain.
Peep (v. i.) To cry, as a chicken hatching or newly hatched; to chirp; to cheep.
Peep (v. i.) To begin to appear; to look forth from concealment; to make the first appearance.
Peep (v. i.) To look cautiously or slyly; to peer, as through a crevice; to pry.
Peer (v. i.) To come in sight; to appear.
Peer (v. i.) To look narrowly or curiously or intently; to peep; as, the peering day.
Peg (v. i.) To work diligently, as one who pegs shoes; -- usually with on, at, or away; as, to peg away at a task.
Pelt (v. i.) To throw missiles.
Pelt (v. i.) To throw out words.
Pend (v. i.) To hang; to depend.
Pend (v. i.) To be undecided, or in process of adjustment.
Pendulate (v. i.) To swing as a pendulum.
Penetrate (v. i.) To pass; to make way; to pierce. Also used figuratively.
Pepper (v. i.) To fire numerous shots (at).
Perambulate (v. i.) To walk about; to ramble; to stroll; as, he perambulated in the park.
Perch (v. i.) To alight or settle, as a bird; to sit or roost.
Percher (v. i.) One who, or that which, perches.
Percher (v. i.) One of the Insessores.
Percher (v. i.) A Paris candle anciently used in England; also, a large wax candle formerly set upon the altar.
Percolate (v. i.) To pass through fine interstices; to filter; as, water percolates through porous stone.
Percuss (v. i.) To strike or tap in an examination by percussion. See Percussion, 3.
Perdure (v. i.) To last or endure for a long time; to be perdurable or lasting.
Peregrinate (v. i.) To travel from place to place, or from one country to another; hence, to sojourn in foreign countries.
Perform (v. i.) To do, execute, or accomplish something; to acquit one's self in any business; esp., to represent sometimes by action; to act a part; to play on a musical instrument; as, the players perform poorly; the musician performs on the organ.
Peril (v. i.) To be in danger.
Period (v. i.) To come to a period; to conclude. [Obs.] "You may period upon this, that," etc.
Periphrase (v. i.) To use circumlocution.
Perish (v. i.) To be destroyed; to pass away; to become nothing; to be lost; to die; hence, to wither; to waste away.
Perisse (v. i.) To perish.
Perk (v. i.) To exalt one's self; to bear one's self loftily.
Perk (v. i.) To peer; to look inquisitively.
Permit (v. i.) To grant permission; to allow.
Perorate (v. i.) To make a peroration; to harangue.
Perpend (v. i.) To attend; to be attentive.
Persever (v. i.) To persevere.
Persevere (v. i.) To persist in any business or enterprise undertaken; to pursue steadily any project or course begun; to maintain a purpose in spite of counter influences, opposition, or discouragement; not to give or abandon what is undertaken.
Persist (v. i.) To stand firm; to be fixed and unmoved; to stay; to continue steadfastly; especially, to continue fixed in a course of conduct against opposing motives; to persevere; -- sometimes conveying an unfavorable notion, as of doggedness or obstinacy.
Personate (v. i.) To play or assume a character.
Perspire (v. i.) To excrete matter through the skin; esp., to excrete fluids through the pores of the skin; to sweat.
Perspire (v. i.) To be evacuated or excreted, or to exude, through the pores of the skin; as, a fluid perspires.
Persuade (v. i.) To use persuasion; to plead; to prevail by persuasion.
Pert (v. i.) To behave with pertness.
Pertain (v. i.) To belong; to have connection with, or dependence on, something, as an appurtenance, attribute, etc.; to appertain; as, saltness pertains to the ocean; flowers pertain to plant life.
Pertain (v. i.) To have relation or reference to something.
Pervert (v. i.) To become perverted; to take the wrong course.
Pessimize (v. i.) To hold or advocate the doctrine of pessimism.
Pet (v. i.) To be a pet.
Peter (v. i.) To become exhausted; to run out; to fail; -- used generally with out; as, that mine has petered out.
Petition (v. i.) To make a petition or solicitation.
Petrify (v. i.) To become stone, or of a stony hardness, as organic matter by calcareous deposits.
Petrify (v. i.) Fig.: To become stony, callous, or obdurate.
Pettifog (v. i.) To do a petty business as a lawyer; also, to do law business in a petty or tricky way.
Pettifogulize (v. i.) To act as a pettifogger; to use contemptible tricks.
Philander (v. i.) To make love to women; to play the male flirt.
Philippize (v. i.) To support or advocate the cause of Philip of Macedon.
Philippize (v. i.) To write or speak in the style of a philippic.
Philologize (v. i.) To study, or make critical comments on, language.
Philosophate (v. i.) To play the philosopher; to moralize.
Philosophize (v. i.) To reason like a philosopher; to search into the reason and nature of things; to investigate phenomena, and assign rational causes for their existence.
Phosphoresce (v. i.) To shine as phosphorus; to be phosphorescent; to emit a phosphoric light.
Photograph (v. i.) To practice photography; to take photographs.
Phrase (v. i.) To use proper or fine phrases.
Phrase (v. i.) To group notes into phrases; as, he phrases well. See Phrase, n., 4.
Physiologize (v. i.) To speculate in physiology; to make physiological investigations.
Pick (v. i.) To eat slowly, sparingly, or by morsels; to nibble.
Pick (v. i.) To do anything nicely or carefully, or by attending to small things; to select something with care.
Pick (v. i.) To steal; to pilfer.
Pickeer (v. i.) To make a raid for booty; to maraud; also, to skirmish in advance of an army. See Picaroon.
Picnic (v. i.) To go on a picnic, or pleasure excursion; to eat in public fashion.
Piddle (v. i.) To deal in trifles; to concern one's self with trivial matters rather than with those that are important.
Piddle (v. i.) To be squeamishly nice about one's food.
Piddle (v. i.) To urinate; -- child's word.
Piece (v. i.) To unite by a coalescence of parts; to fit together; to join.
Pierce (v. i.) To enter; to penetrate; to make a way into or through something, as a pointed instrument does; -- used literally and figuratively.
Pilfer (v. i.) To steal in small quantities, or articles of small value; to practice petty theft.
Pilgrim (v. i.) To journey; to wander; to ramble.
Pilgrimize (v. i.) To wander as a pilgrim; to go on a pilgrimage.
Pill (v. i.) To be peeled; to peel off in flakes.
Pillage (v. i.) To strip of money or goods by open violence; to plunder; to spoil; to lay waste; as, to pillage the camp of an enemy.
Pillage (v. i.) To take spoil; to plunder; to ravage.
Pimp (v. i.) To procure women for the gratification of others' lusts; to pander.
Pinch (v. i.) To act with pressing force; to compress; to squeeze; as, the shoe pinches.
Pinch (v. i.) To take hold; to grip, as a dog does.
Pinch (v. i.) To spare; to be niggardly; to be covetous.
Pine (v. i.) To suffer; to be afflicted.
Pine (v. i.) To languish; to lose flesh or wear away, under any distress or anexiety of mind; to droop; -- often used with away.
Pine (v. i.) To languish with desire; to waste away with longing for something; -- usually followed by for.
Ping (v. i.) To make the sound called ping.
Pink (v. i.) To wink; to blink.
Pip (v. i.) To cry or chirp, as a chicken; to peep.
Pipe (v. i.) To play on a pipe, fife, flute, or other tubular wind instrument of music.
Pipe (v. i.) To call, convey orders, etc., by means of signals on a pipe or whistle carried by a boatswain.
Pipe (v. i.) To emit or have a shrill sound like that of a pipe; to whistle.
Pipe (v. i.) To become hollow in the process of solodifying; -- said of an ingot, as of steel.
Pique (v. i.) To cause annoyance or irritation.
Piqueer (v. i.) See Pickeer.
Pirate (v. i.) To play the pirate; to practice robbery on the high seas.
Pirouette (v. i.) To perform a pirouette; to whirl, like a dancer.
Pish (v. i.) To express contempt.
Pitch (v. i.) To fix or place a tent or temporary habitation; to encamp.
Pitch (v. i.) To light; to settle; to come to rest from flight.
Pitch (v. i.) To fix one's choise; -- with on or upon.
Pitch (v. i.) To plunge or fall; esp., to fall forward; to dec
Pitter (v. i.) To make a pattering sound; to murmur; as, pittering streams.
Pittle-pattle (v. i.) To talk unmeaningly; to chatter or prattle.
Pity (v. i.) To be compassionate; to show pity.
Plagiary (v. i.) To commit plagiarism.
Plain (v. i.) To lament; to bewail; to complain.
Plant (v. i.) To perform the act of planting.
Plash (v. i.) To dabble in water; to splash.
Platitudinize (v. i.) To utter platitudes or truisms.
Platonize (v. i.) To adopt the opinion of Plato or his followers.
Please (v. i.) To afford or impart pleasure; to excite agreeable emotions.
Please (v. i.) To have pleasure; to be willing, as a matter of affording pleasure or showing favor; to vouchsafe; to consent.
Pleasure (v. i.) To take pleasure; to seek pursue pleasure; as, to go pleasuring.
Plim (v. i.) To swell, as grain or wood with water.
Plod (v. i.) To travel slowly but steadily; to trudge.
Plod (v. i.) To toil; to drudge; especially, to study laboriously and patiently.
Plot (v. i.) To form a scheme of mischief against another, especially against a government or those who administer it; to conspire.
Plot (v. i.) To contrive a plan or stratagem; to scheme.
Plow (v. i.) Alt. of Plough
Plough (v. i.) To labor with, or as with, a plow; to till or turn up the soil with a plow; to prepare the soil or bed for anything.
Ploy (v. i.) To form a column from a
Pluck (v. i.) To make a motion of pulling or twitching; -- usually with at; as, to pluck at one's gown.
Plunge (v. i.) To thrust or cast one's self into water or other fluid; to submerge one's self; to dive, or to rush in; as, he plunged into the river. Also used figuratively; as, to plunge into debt.
Plunge (v. i.) To pitch or throw one's self headlong or violently forward, as a horse does.
Plunge (v. i.) To bet heavily and with seeming recklessness on a race, or other contest; in an extended sense, to risk large sums in hazardous speculations.
Pluralize (v. i.) To take a plural; to assume a plural form; as, a noun pluralizes.
Pluralize (v. i.) To hold more than one benefice at the same time.
Ply (v. i.) To bend; to yield.
Ply (v. i.) To act, go, or work diligently and steadily; especially, to do something by repeated actions; to go back and forth; as, a steamer plies between certain ports.
Ply (v. i.) To work to windward; to beat.
Poach (v. i.) To steal or pocket game, or to carry it away privately, as in a bag; to kill or destroy game contrary to law, especially by night; to hunt or fish unlawfully; as, to poach for rabbits or for salmon.
Poach (v. i.) To become soft or muddy.
Pod (v. i.) To swell; to fill; also, to produce pods.
Poetize (v. i.) To write as a poet; to compose verse; to idealize.
Point (v. i.) To direct the point of something, as of a finger, for the purpose of designating an object, and attracting attention to it; -- with at.
Point (v. i.) To indicate the presence of game by fixed and steady look, as certain hunting dogs do.
Point (v. i.) To approximate to the surface; to head; -- said of an abscess.
Poise (v. i.) To hang in equilibrium; to be balanced or suspended; hence, to be in suspense or doubt.
Poison (v. i.) To act as, or convey, a poison.
Poke (v. i.) To search; to feel one's way, as in the dark; to grope; as, to poke about.
Polish (v. i.) To become smooth, as from friction; to receive a gloss; to take a smooth and glossy surface; as, steel polishes well.
Politize (v. i.) To play the politician; to dispute as politicians do.
Poll (v. i.) To vote at an election.
Polygamize (v. i.) To practice polygamy; to marry several wives.
Polymerize (v. i.) To change into another substance having the same atomic proportions, but a higher molecular weight; to undergo polymerization; thus, aldehyde polymerizes in forming paraldehyde.
Polytheize (v. i.) To adhere to, advocate, or inculcate, the doctrine of polytheism.
Pomp (v. i.) To make a pompons display; to conduct.
Ponder (v. i.) To think; to deliberate; to muse; -- usually followed by on or over.
Ponderate (v. i.) To have weight or influence.
Pontificate (v. i.) To perform the duty of a pontiff.
Pool (v. i.) To combine or contribute with others, as for a commercial, speculative, or gambling transaction.
Poop (v. i.) To make a noise; to pop; also, to break wind.
Pop (v. i.) To make a pop, or sharp, quick sound; as, the muskets popped away on all sides.
Pop (v. i.) To enter, or issue forth, with a quick, sudden movement; to move from place to place suddenly; to dart; -- with in, out, upon, off, etc.
Pop (v. i.) To burst open with a pop, when heated over a fire; as, this corn pops well.
Popple (v. i.) To move quickly up and down; to bob up and down, as a cork on rough water; also, to bubble.
Populate (v. i.) To propagate.
Pore (v. i.) To look or gaze steadily in reading or studying; to fix the attention; to be absorbed; -- often with on or upon, and now usually with over.
Pose (v. i.) To assume and maintain a studied attitude, with studied arrangement of drapery; to strike an attitude; to attitudinize; figuratively, to assume or affect a certain character; as, she poses as a prude.
Post (v. i.) To travel with post horses; figuratively, to travel in haste.
Post (v. i.) To rise and sink in the saddle, in accordance with the motion of the horse, esp. in trotting.
Postexist (v. i.) To exist after; to live subsequently.
Postil (v. i.) To write postils, or marginal notes; to comment; to postillate.
Postillate (v. i.) To write postils; to comment.
Postillate (v. i.) To preach by expounding Scripture verse by verse, in regular order.
Posture (v. i.) To assume a particular posture or attitude; to contort the body into artificial attitudes, as an acrobat or contortionist; also, to pose.
Posture (v. i.) Fig.: To assume a character; as, to posture as a saint.
Pot (v. i.) To tipple; to drink.
Potch (v. i.) To thrust; to push.
Pother (v. i.) To make a bustle or stir; to be fussy.
Potter (v. i.) To busy one's self with trifles; to labor with little purpose, energy, of effect; to trifle; to pother.
Potter (v. i.) To walk lazily or idly; to saunter.
Pounce (v. i.) To fall suddenly and seize with the claws; -- with on or upon; as, a hawk pounces upon a chicken. Also used figuratively.
Pound (v. i.) To strike heavy blows; to beat.
Pound (v. i.) To make a jarring noise, as in running; as, the engine pounds.
Poup (v. i.) See Powp.
Pour (v. i.) To pore.
Pour (v. i.) To flow, pass, or issue in a stream, or as a stream; to fall continuously and abundantly; as, the rain pours; the people poured out of the theater.
Poussette (v. i.) To perform a certain movement in a dance.
Pout (v. i.) To shoot pouts.
Pout (v. i.) To thrust out the lips, as in sullenness or displeasure; hence, to look sullen.
Pout (v. i.) To protrude.
Powder (v. i.) To be reduced to powder; to become like powder; as, some salts powder easily.
Powder (v. i.) To use powder on the hair or skin; as, she paints and powders.
Powp (v. i.) See Poop, v. i.
Powwow (v. i.) To use conjuration, with noise and confusion, for the cure of disease, etc., as among the North American Indians.
Powwow (v. i.) Hence: To hold a noisy, disorderly meeting.
Practice (v. i.) To perform certain acts frequently or customarily, either for instruction, profit, or amusement; as, to practice with the broadsword or with the rifle; to practice on the piano.
Practice (v. i.) To learn by practice; to form a habit.
Practice (v. i.) To try artifices or stratagems.
Practice (v. i.) To apply theoretical science or knowledge, esp. by way of experiment; to exercise or pursue an employment or profession, esp. that of medicine or of law.
Prance (v. i.) To spring or bound, as a horse in high mettle.
Prance (v. i.) To ride on a prancing horse; to ride in an ostentatious manner.
Prance (v. i.) To walk or strut about in a pompous, showy manner, or with warlike parade.
Prank (v. i.) To make ostentatious show.
Prate (v. i.) To talk much and to little purpose; to be loquacious; to speak foolishly; to babble.
Prattle (v. i.) To talk much and idly; to prate; hence, to talk lightly and artlessly, like a child; to utter child's talk.
Pray (v. i.) To make request with earnestness or zeal, as for something desired; to make entreaty or supplication; to offer prayer to a deity or divine being as a religious act; specifically, to address the Supreme Being with adoration, confession, supplication, and thanksgiving.
Prayer (v. i.) The act of praying, or of asking a favor; earnest request or entreaty; hence, a petition or memorial addressed to a court or a legislative body.
Prayer (v. i.) The act of addressing supplication to a divinity, especially to the true God; the offering of adoration, confession, supplication, and thanksgiving to the Supreme Being; as, public prayer; secret prayer.
Prayer (v. i.) The form of words used in praying; a formula of supplication; an expressed petition; especially, a supplication addressed to God; as, a written or extemporaneous prayer; to repeat one's prayers.
Preach (v. i.) To proclaim or publish tidings; specifically, to proclaim the gospel; to discourse publicly on a religious subject, or from a text of Scripture; to deliver a sermon.
Preach (v. i.) To give serious advice on morals or religion; to discourse in the manner of a preacher.
Preachify (v. i.) To discourse in the manner of a preacher.
Preambulate (v. i.) To walk before.
Precipitate (v. i.) To dash or fall headlong.
Precipitate (v. i.) To hasten without preparation.
Precipitate (v. i.) To separate from a solution as a precipitate. See Precipitate, n.
Precontract (v. i.) To make a previous contract or agreement.
Prede (v. i.) To prey; to plunder.
Predetermine (v. i.) To determine beforehand.
Predicate (v. i.) To affirm something of another thing; to make an affirmation.
Predominate (v. i.) To be superior in number, strength, influence, or authority; to have controlling power or influence; to prevail; to rule; to have the mastery; as, love predominated in her heart.
Preexist (v. i.) To exist previously; to exist before something else.
Preface (v. i.) To make a preface.
Pregravitate (v. i.) To descend by gravity; to sink.
Prejudicate (v. i.) To prejudge.
Prelate (v. i.) To act as a prelate.
Prelatize (v. i.) To uphold or encourage prelacy; to exercise prelatical functions.
Prelect (v. i.) To discourse publicly; to lecture.
Prelook (v. i.) To look forward.
Prelude (v. i.) To play an introduction or prelude; to give a prefatory performance; to serve as prelude.
Premeditate (v. i.) To think, consider, deliberate, or revolve in the mind, beforehand.
Premise (v. i.) To make a premise; to set forth something as a premise.
Prepare (v. i.) To make all things ready; to put things in order; as, to prepare for a hostile invasion.
Prepare (v. i.) To make one's self ready; to get ready; to take the necessary previous measures; as, to prepare for death.
Prepense (v. i.) To deliberate beforehand.
Preponderate (v. i.) To exceed in weight; hence, to inc
Presage (v. i.) To form or utter a prediction; -- sometimes used with of.
Prescribe (v. i.) To give directions; to dictate.
Prescribe (v. i.) To influence by long use
Prescribe (v. i.) To write or to give medical directions; to indicate remedies; as, to prescribe for a patient in a fever.
Prescribe (v. i.) To claim by prescription; to claim a title to a thing on the ground of immemorial use and enjoyment, that is, by a custom having the force of law.
Present (v. i.) To appear at the mouth of the uterus so as to be perceptible to the finger in vaginal examination; -- said of a part of an infant during labor.
Preserve (v. i.) To make preserves.
Preserve (v. i.) To protect game for purposes of sport.
Preside (v. i.) To be set, or to sit, in the place of authority; to occupy the place of president, chairman, moderator, director, etc.; to direct, control, and regulate, as chief officer; as, to preside at a public meeting; to preside over the senate.
Preside (v. i.) To exercise superintendence; to watch over.
Press (v. i.) To exert pressure; to bear heavily; to push, crowd, or urge with steady force.
Press (v. i.) To move on with urging and crowding; to make one's way with violence or effort; to bear onward forcibly; to crowd; to throng; to encroach.
Press (v. i.) To urge with vehemence or importunity; to exert a strong or compelling influence; as, an argument presses upon the judgment.
Presume (v. i.) To suppose or assume something to be, or to be true, on grounds deemed valid, though not amounting to proof; to believe by anticipation; to infer; as, we may presume too far.
Presume (v. i.) To venture, go, or act, by an assumption of leave or authority not granted; to go beyond what is warranted by the circumstances of the case; to venture beyond license; to take liberties; -- often with on or upon before the ground of confidence.
Pretend (v. i.) To put in, or make, a claim, truly or falsely; to allege a title; to lay claim to, or strive after, something; -- usually with to.
Pretend (v. i.) To hold out the appearance of being, possessing, or performing; to profess; to make believe; to feign; to sham; as, to pretend to be asleep.
Prevail (v. i.) To overcome; to gain the victory or superiority; to gain the advantage; to have the upper hand, or the mastery; to succeed; -- sometimes with over or against.
Prevail (v. i.) To be in force; to have effect, power, or influence; to be predominant; to have currency or prevalence; to obtain; as, the practice prevails this day.
Prevail (v. i.) To persuade or induce; -- with on, upon, or with; as, I prevailedon him to wait.
Prevaricate (v. i.) To shift or turn from one side to the other, from the direct course, or from truth; to speak with equivocation; to shuffle; to quibble; as, he prevaricates in his statement.
Prevaricate (v. i.) To collude, as where an informer colludes with the defendant, and makes a sham prosecution.
Prevaricate (v. i.) To undertake a thing falsely and deceitfully, with the purpose of defeating or destroying it.
Prevent (v. i.) To come before the usual time.
Prick (v. i.) To be punctured; to suffer or feel a sharp pain, as by puncture; as, a sore finger pricks.
Prick (v. i.) To spur onward; to ride on horseback.
Prick (v. i.) To become sharp or acid; to turn sour, as wine.
Prick (v. i.) To aim at a point or mark.
Pride (v. i.) To be proud; to glory.
Prie (v. i.) To pry.
Prig (v. i.) To haggle about the price of a commodity; to bargain hard.
Prill (v. i.) To flow.
Prim (v. i.) To dress or act smartly.
Prime (v. i.) To be renewed, or as at first.
Prime (v. i.) To serve as priming for the charge of a gun.
Prime (v. i.) To work so that foaming occurs from too violent ebullition, which causes water to become mixed with, and be carried along with, the steam that is formed; -- said of a steam boiler.
Prince (v. i.) To play the prince.
Print (v. i.) To use or practice the art of typography; to take impressions of letters, figures, or electrotypes, engraved plates, or the like.
Print (v. i.) To publish a book or an article.
Privateer (v. i.) To cruise in a privateer.
Proach (v. i.) See Approach.
Proceed (v. i.) To move, pass, or go forward or onward; to advance; to continue or renew motion begun; as, to proceed on a journey.
Proceed (v. i.) To pass from one point, topic, or stage, to another; as, to proceed with a story or argument.
Proceed (v. i.) To issue or come forth as from a source or origin; to come from; as, light proceeds from the sun.
Proceed (v. i.) To go on in an orderly or regulated manner; to begin and carry on a series of acts or measures; to act by method; to prosecute a design.
Proceed (v. i.) To be transacted; to take place; to occur.
Proceed (v. i.) To have application or effect; to operate.
Proceed (v. i.) To begin and carry on a legal process.
Procession (v. i.) To march in procession.
Procession (v. i.) To honor with a procession.
Procrastinate (v. i.) To delay; to be dilatory.
Procure (v. i.) To pimp.
Procure (v. i.) To manage business for another in court.
Prodigalize (v. i.) To act as a prodigal; to spend liberally.
Produce (v. i.) To yield or furnish appropriate offspring, crops, effects, consequences, or results.
Profess (v. i.) To take a profession upon one's self by a public declaration; to confess.
Profess (v. i.) To declare friendship.
Profit (v. i.) To gain advantage; to make improvement; to improve; to gain; to advance.
Profit (v. i.) To be of use or advantage; to do or bring good.
Profound (v. i.) To dive deeply; to penetrate.
Prog (v. i.) To wander about and beg; to seek food or other supplies by low arts; to seek for advantage by mean shift or tricks.
Prog (v. i.) To steal; to rob; to filch.
Prog (v. i.) To prick; to goad; to progue.
Progress (v. i.) To make progress; to move forward in space; to continue onward in course; to proceed; to advance; to go on; as, railroads are progressing.
Progress (v. i.) To make improvement; to advance.
Progue (v. i.) To prog.
Proin (v. i.) To employed in pruning.
Project (v. i.) To shoot forward; to extend beyond something else; to be prominent; to jut; as, the cornice projects; branches project from the tree.
Project (v. i.) To form a project; to scheme.
Proke (v. i.) To poke; to thrust.
Prolapse (v. i.) To fall down or out; to protrude.
Proll (v. i.) To prowl about; to rob.
Prologize (v. i.) To deliver a Prologue.
Promenade (v. i.) To walk for pleasure, display, or exercise.
Promise (v. i.) To give assurance by a promise, or binding declaration.
Promise (v. i.) To afford hopes or expectation; to give ground to expect good; rarely, to give reason to expect evil.
Promote (v. i.) To urge on or incite another, as to strife; also, to inform against a person.
Pronounce (v. i.) To give a pronunciation; to articulate; as, to pronounce faultlessly.
Pronounce (v. i.) To make declaration; to utter on opinion; to speak with confidence.
Propagate (v. i.) To have young or issue; to be produced or multiplied by generation, or by new shoots or plants; as, rabbits propagate rapidly.
Propend (v. i.) To lean toward a thing; to be favorably inc
Prophesy (v. i.) To utter predictions; to make declaration of events to come.
Prophesy (v. i.) To give instruction in religious matters; to interpret or explain Scripture or religious subjects; to preach; to exhort; to expound.
Prophetize (v. i.) To give predictions; to foreshow events; to prophesy.
Propitiate (v. i.) To make propitiation; to atone.
Propose (v. i.) To speak; to converse.
Propose (v. i.) To form or declare a purpose or intention; to lay a scheme; to design; as, man proposes, but God disposes.
Propose (v. i.) To offer one's self in marriage.
Prose (v. i.) To write prose.
Prosecute (v. i.) To follow after.
Prosecute (v. i.) To institute and carry on a legal prosecution; as, to prosecute for public offenses.
Proselytize (v. i.) To make converts or proselytes.
Prospect (v. i.) To make a search; to seek; to explore, as for mines or the like; as, to prospect for gold.
Prosper (v. i.) To be successful; to succeed; to be fortunate or prosperous; to thrive; to make gain.
Prosper (v. i.) To grow; to increase.
Protest (v. i.) To affirm in a public or formal manner; to bear witness; to declare solemnly; to avow.
Protest (v. i.) To make a solemn declaration (often a written one) expressive of opposition; -- with against; as, he protest against your votes.
Protocol (v. i.) To make or write protocols, or first draughts; to issue protocols.
Protrude (v. i.) To shoot out or forth; to be thrust forward; to extend beyond a limit; to project.
Protuberate (v. i.) To swell, or be prominent, beyond the adjacent surface; to bulge out.
Prove (v. i.) To make trial; to essay.
Prove (v. i.) To be found by experience, trial, or result; to turn out to be; as, a medicine proves salutary; the report proves false.
Prove (v. i.) To succeed; to turn out as expected.
Proverb (v. i.) To write or utter proverbs.
Provide (v. i.) To procure supplies or means in advance; to take measures beforehand in view of an expected or a possible future need, especially a danger or an evil; -- followed by against or for; as, to provide against the inclemency of the weather; to provide for the education of a child.
Provide (v. i.) To stipulate previously; to condition; as, the agreement provides for an early completion of the work.
Provoke (v. i.) To cause provocation or anger.
Provoke (v. i.) To appeal. [A Latinism]
Prowl (v. i.) To rove or wander stealthily, esp. for prey, as a wild beast; hence, to prey; to plunder.
Proxy (v. i.) To act or vote by proxy; to do anything by the agency of another.
Prune (v. i.) To dress; to prink; -used humorously or in contempt.
Pry (v. i.) To peep narrowly; to gaze; to inspect closely; to attempt to discover something by a scrutinizing curiosity; -- often implying reproach.
Psalmodize (v. i.) To practice psalmody.
Pshaw (v. i.) To express disgust or contemptuous disapprobation, as by the exclamation " Pshaw!"
Pudder (v. i.) To make a tumult or bustle; to splash; to make a pother or fuss; to potter; to meddle.
Puddle (v. i.) To make a dirty stir.
Pue (v. i.) To make a low whistling sound; to chirp, as birds.
Puke (v. i.) To eject the contests of the stomach; to vomit; to spew.
Pule (v. i.) To cry like a chicken.
Pule (v. i.) To whimper; to whine, as a complaining child.
Pull (v. i.) To exert one's self in an act or motion of drawing or hauling; to tug; as, to pull at a rope.
Pullulate (v. i.) To germinate; to bud; to multiply abundantly.
Pulse (v. i.) To beat, as the arteries; to move in pulses or beats; to pulsate; to throb.
Pulverize (v. i.) To become reduced to powder; to fall to dust; as, the stone pulverizes easily.
Pump (v. i.) To work, or raise water, a pump.
Pun (v. i.) To make puns, or a pun; to use a word in a double sense, especially when the contrast of ideas is ludicrous; to play upon words; to quibble.
Punt (v. i.) To play at basset, baccara, faro. or omber; to gamble.
Pup (v. i.) To bring forth whelps or young, as the female of the canine species.
Pupate (v. i.) To become a pupa.
Puppy (v. i.) To bring forth whelps; to pup.
Pur (v. i.) To utter a low, murmuring, continued sound, as a cat does when pleased.
Purchase (v. i.) To put forth effort to obtain anything; to strive; to exert one's self.
Purchase (v. i.) To acquire wealth or property.
Purge (v. i.) To become pure, as by clarification.
Purge (v. i.) To have or produce frequent evacuations from the intestines, as by means of a cathartic.
Purify (v. i.) To grow or become pure or clear.
Puritanize (v. i.) To agree with, or teach, the doctrines of Puritans; to conform to the practice of Puritans.
Purl (v. i.) To run swiftly round, as a small stream flowing among stones or other obstructions; to eddy; also, to make a murmuring sound, as water does in running over or through obstructions.
Purloin (v. i.) To practice theft; to steal.
Purpose (v. i.) To have a purpose or intention; to discourse.
Purse (v. i.) To steal purses; to rob.
Pursue (v. i.) To go in pursuit; to follow.
Pursue (v. i.) To go on; to proceed, especially in argument or discourse; to continue.
Pursue (v. i.) To follow a matter judicially, as a complaining party; to act as a prosecutor.
Purvey (v. i.) To purchase provisions; to provide; to make provision.
Purvey (v. i.) To pander; -- with to.
Push (v. i.) To make a thrust; to shove; as, to push with the horns or with a sword.
Push (v. i.) To make an advance, attack, or effort; to be energetic; as, a man must push in order to succeed.
Push (v. i.) To burst pot, as a bud or shoot.
Put (v. i.) To go or move; as, when the air first puts up.
Put (v. i.) To steer; to direct one's course; to go.
Put (v. i.) To play a card or a hand in the game called put.
Putrefy (v. i.) To become putrid; to decay offensively; to rot.
Putter (v. i.) To act inefficiently or idly; to trifle; to potter.
Puzzle (v. i.) To be bewildered, or perplexed.
Puzzle (v. i.) To work, as at a puzzle; as, to puzzle over a problem.
Pythagorize (v. i.) To speculate after the manner of Pythagoras.
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Author: Mark McCracken is a corporate trainer and author living in Higashi Osaka, Japan. He is the author of thousands of online articles as well as the Business English textbook, "25 Business Skills in English".