Being able to use the correct action is an important part of being able to express yourself effectively. Your goal is to convey each message using words that accurately describe actions that you or others take.
The following is a list of verbs to use that will help build your vocabulary. Review each word, its definition, and how it can be used in a sentence. Then, choose a few per week to memorize and use in your daily conversations. You should feel comfortable using new words before beginning others.
1.consider: to think carefully about, especially in order to make a decision Example: We will consider your suggestions and get back to you very soon.
2. intend: to have a purpose or design Example: We intend to complete phase 1 of our project by April 2.
3. concern: to be of interest or importance to, to trouble or worry Example 1: I am concerned with your health problems (worried) Example 2: Your recent lack of performance concerns me. (is important or of interest)
4. establish: form, organize or found, verify, prove Example: Our company was established 20 years ago. (organized or founded)
5. verify: confirm, prove, authenticate Example: Did you verify the data before you completed your analysis? (confirm)
6. conduct: manage or control, to direct in action or course Example: All of our meetings are conducted via video conferencing (managed)
7. obtain: gain, get, earn, win, acquire Example: Did you obtain the information you needed to complete your project?
8. authorize: give power or control Example: Who authorized you to complete that project without me?
9. engage: involve oneself in a conversation, participate Example: My manager and I were engaged in a serious conversation when we were interrupted by his assistant.
10. generate: produce, create Example: Following this meeting, I will generate an outline of your suggestions.
11. inhibit: prevent someone from doing something, restrict, hinder Example: John felt inhibited to show me his work after I made a negative comment regarding another employee.
12. snoop: go about in a sneaky way, spy Example: John always snoops around my desk to see what project I am working on.
13. approach: come nearer Example: The plane approached the airport right on time. 14. tiptoe: walk on toes, walk quietly or carefully Example: Sally tiptoed past me to sneak outside. 15. strut: to walk with head held high and chest out, as if expecting to impress others Example: Bob is very pompous; he always struts into a room. 16. observe: watch, perceive, notice Example: My manager observes me when I give presentations. 17. participate: take part in an activity Example: I would like you to actively participate in today's brainstorming session. 18. snatch: take without permission Example: The little girl was snatched from the school playground on Monday. 19: grimace: scowl, a facial expression that indicates disapproval or pain Example: My daughter grimaces when we have fish for dinner because she doesn't like it. 20: squint: look with one's eyes partly closed Example: You squint at me every time when I say something you don't like. 21. chuckle: laugh softly Example: We all chuckled when Sarah did her ballet routine for us at dinner; she was adorable. 22. detect: discover the existence of something or a person committing an act Example: Paul can detect even the slightest sound because his hearing is excellent. 23. admire: hold in high regard Example: My husband has always admired his grandfather for his hard work and perseverance. 24. glance: look briefly or quickly, glimpse Example: The bank teller glanced quickly at the bank robber. 25. obstruct: prevent, restrict, block Example: The door to my office building was obstructed by a delivery truck.
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