Transitive Verbs Starting with K

Kan (v. t.) To know; to ken.

Kaolinize (v. t.) To convert into kaolin.

Keckle (v. t.) To wind old rope around, as a cable, to preserve its surface from being fretted, or to wind iron chains around, to defend from the friction of a rocky bottom, or from the ice.

Kedge (v. t.) A small anchor used whenever a large one can be dispensed witch. See Kedge, v. t., and Anchor, n.

Keelrake (v. t.) Same as Keelhaul.

Keen (v. t.) To sharpen; to make cold.

Keep (v. t.) To care; to desire.

Keep (v. t.) To hold; to restrain from departure or removal; not to let go of; to retain in one's power or possession; not to lose; to retain; to detain.

Keep (v. t.) To cause to remain in a given situation or condition; to maintain unchanged; to hold or preserve in any state or tenor.

Keep (v. t.) To have in custody; to have in some place for preservation; to take charge of.

Keep (v. t.) To preserve from danger, harm, or loss; to guard.

Keep (v. t.) To preserve from discovery or publicity; not to communicate, reveal, or betray, as a secret.

Keep (v. t.) To attend upon; to have the care of; to tend.

Keep (v. t.) To record transactions, accounts, or events in; as, to keep books, a journal, etc. ; also, to enter (as accounts, records, etc. ) in a book.

Keep (v. t.) To maintain, as an establishment, institution, or the like; to conduct; to manage; as, to keep store.

Keep (v. t.) To supply with necessaries of life; to entertain; as, to keep boarders.

Keep (v. t.) To have in one's service; to have and maintain, as an assistant, a servant, a mistress, a horse, etc.

Keep (v. t.) To have habitually in stock for sale.

Keep (v. t.) To continue in, as a course or mode of action; not to intermit or fall from; to hold to; to maintain; as, to keep silence; to keep one's word; to keep possession.

Keep (v. t.) To observe; to adhere to; to fulfill; not to swerve from or violate; to practice or perform, as duty; not to neglect; to be faithful to.

Keep (v. t.) To confine one's self to; not to quit; to remain in; as, to keep one's house, room, bed, etc. ; hence, to haunt; to frequent.

Keep (v. t.) To observe duty, as a festival, etc. ; to celebrate; to solemnize; as, to keep a feast.

Keeve (v. t.) To set in a keeve, or tub, for fermentation.

Keeve (v. t.) To heave; to tilt, as a cart.

Kele (v. t.) To cool.

Kemb (v. t.) To comb.

Kennel (v. t.) To put or keep in a kennel.

Kenning (v. t.) Range of sight.

Kenning (v. t.) The limit of vision at sea, being a distance of about twenty miles.

Kern (v. t.) To form with a kern. See 2d Kern.

Kerve (v. t.) To carve.

Kess (v. t.) To kiss.

Ketch (v. t.) To catch.

Key (v. t.) To fasten or secure firmly; to fasten or tighten with keys or wedges.

Keyseat (v. t.) To form a key seat, as by cutting. See Key seat, under Key.

Kibble (v. t.) To bruise; to grind coarsely; as, kibbled oats.

Kick (v. t.) To strike, thrust, or hit violently with the foot; as, a horse kicks a groom; a man kicks a dog.

Kid (v. t.) See Kiddy, v. t.

Kiddy (v. t.) To deceive; to outwit; to hoax.

Kidnap (v. t.) To take (any one) by force or fear, and against one's will, with intent to carry to another place.

Kill (v. t.) To deprive of life, animal or vegetable, in any manner or by any means; to render inanimate; to put to death; to slay.

Kill (v. t.) To destroy; to ruin; as, to kill one's chances; to kill the sale of a book.

Kill (v. t.) To cause to cease; to quell; to calm; to still; as, in seamen's language, a shower of rain kills the wind.

Kill (v. t.) To destroy the effect of; to counteract; to neutralize; as, alkali kills acid.

Kiln-dry (v. t.) To dry in a kiln; as, to kiln-dry meal or grain.

Kilt (v. t.) To tuck up; to truss up, as the clothes.

Kind (v. t.) To beget.

Kindle (v. t.) To set on fire; to cause to burn with flame; to ignite; to cause to begin burning; to start; to light; as, to kindle a match, or shavings.

Kindle (v. t.) Fig.: To inflame, as the passions; to rouse; to provoke; to excite to action; to heat; to fire; to animate; to incite; as, to kindle anger or wrath; to kindle the flame of love, or love into a flame.

Kipper (v. t.) To cure, by splitting, salting, and smoking.

Kiss (v. t.) To salute with the lips, as a mark of affection, reverence, submission, forgiveness, etc.

Kiss (v. t.) To touch gently, as if fondly or caressingly.

Kit (v. t.) To cut.

Kitchen (v. t.) To furnish food to; to entertain with the fare of the kitchen.

Kithe (v. t.) See Kythe.

Kittel (v. t.) See Kittle, v. t.

Kittle (v. t.) To tickle.

Kiver (v. t.) To cover.

Knab (v. t.) To seize with the teeth; to gnaw.

Knab (v. t.) To nab. See Nab, v. t.

Knap (v. t.) To bite; to bite off; to break short.

Knap (v. t.) To strike smartly; to rap; to snap.

Knapsack (v. t.) A case of canvas or leather, for carrying on the back a soldier's necessaries, or the clothing, etc., of a traveler.

Knaw (v. t.) See Gnaw.

Knead (v. t.) To work and press into a mass, usually with the hands; esp., to work, as by repeated pressure with the knuckles, into a well mixed mass, as the materials of bread, cake, etc.; as, to knead dough.

Knead (v. t.) Fig.: To treat or form as by kneading; to beat.

Knee (v. t.) To supplicate by kneeling.

Knell (v. t.) To summon, as by a knell.

Knife (v. t.) To prune with the knife.

Knife (v. t.) To cut or stab with a knife.

Knight (v. t.) To dub or create (one) a knight; -- done in England by the sovereign only, who taps the kneeling candidate with a sword, saying: Rise, Sir ---.

Knit (v. t.) To form into a knot, or into knots; to tie together, as cord; to fasten by tying.

Knit (v. t.) To form, as a textile fabric, by the interlacing of yarn or thread in a series of connected loops, by means of needles, either by hand or by machinery; as, to knit stockings.

Knit (v. t.) To join; to cause to grow together.

Knit (v. t.) To unite closely; to connect; to engage; as, hearts knit together in love.

Knit (v. t.) To draw together; to contract into wrinkles.

Knock (v. t.) To strike with something hard or heavy; to move by striking; to drive (a thing) against something; as, to knock a ball with a bat; to knock the head against a post; to knock a lamp off the table.

Knock (v. t.) To strike for admittance; to rap upon, as a door.

Knoll (v. t.) To ring, as a bell; to strike a knell upon; to toll; to proclaim, or summon, by ringing.

Knot (v. t.) To tie in or with, or form into, a knot or knots; to form a knot on, as a rope; to entangle.

Knot (v. t.) To unite closely; to knit together.

Knot (v. t.) To entangle or perplex; to puzzle.

Knout (v. t.) To punish with the knout.

Knowledge (v. t.) To acknowledge.

Knuckle (v. t.) To beat with the knuckles; to pommel.

Knurl (v. t.) To provide with ridges, to assist the grasp, as in the edge of a flat knob, or coin; to mill.

Kon (v. t.) To know. See Can, and Con.

Kudos (v. t.) To praise; to extol; to glorify.

Kyanize (v. t.) To render (wood) proof against decay by saturating with a solution of corrosive sublimate in open tanks, or under pressure.

Kythe (v. t.) Alt. of Kithe

Kithe (v. t.) To make known; to manifest; to show; to declare.

Kythe (v. t.) To come into view; to appear.

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