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Top 1000 most used verbs

The following top is based on the British National Corpus, so it is representative for the British English.

  1. be
  2. have
  3. do
  4. say
  5. get
  6. make
  7. go
  8. see
  9. know
  10. take
  11. think
  12. come
  13. give
  14. look
  15. use
  16. find
  17. want
  18. tell
  19. put
  20. mean
  21. become
  22. leave
  23. work
  24. need
  25. feel
  26. seem
  27. ask
  28. show
  29. try
  30. call
  31. keep
  32. provide
  33. hold
  34. turn
  35. follow
  36. begin
  37. bring
  38. like
  39. going
  40. help
  41. start
  42. run
  43. write
  44. set
  45. move
  46. play
  47. pay
  48. hear
  49. include
  50. believe
  51. allow
  52. meet
  53. lead
  54. live
  55. stand
  56. happen
  57. carry
  58. talk
  59. appear
  60. produce
  61. sit
  62. offer
  63. consider
  64. expect
  65. suggest
  66. let
  67. read
  68. require
  69. continue
  70. lose
  71. add
  72. change
  73. fall
  74. remain
  75. remember
  76. buy
  77. speak
  78. stop
  79. send
  80. receive
  81. decide
  82. win
  83. understand
  84. describe
  85. develop
  86. agree
  87. open
  88. reach
  89. build
  90. involve
  91. spend
  92. return
  93. draw
  94. die
  95. hope
  96. create
  97. walk
  98. sell
  99. wait
  100. cause
  101. pass
  102. lie
  103. accept
  104. watch
  105. raise
  106. base
  107. apply
  108. break
  109. explain
  110. learn
  111. increase
  112. cover
  113. grow
  114. claim
  115. report
  116. support
  117. cut
  118. form
  119. stay
  120. contain
  121. reduce
  122. establish
  123. join
  124. wish
  125. achieve
  126. seek
  127. choose
  128. deal
  129. face
  130. fail
  131. serve
  132. end
  133. kill
  134. occur
  135. drive
  136. represent
  137. rise
  138. discuss
  139. love
  140. pick
  141. place
  142. argue
  143. prove
  144. wear
  145. catch
  146. enjoy
  147. eat
  148. introduce
  149. enter
  150. present
  151. arrive
  152. ensure
  153. point
  154. plan
  155. pull
  156. refer
  157. act
  158. relate
  159. affect
  160. close
  161. identify
  162. manage
  163. thank
  164. compare
  165. announce
  166. obtain
  167. note
  168. forget
  169. indicate
  170. wonder
  171. maintain
  172. publish
  173. suffer
  174. avoid
  175. express
  176. suppose
  177. finish
  178. determine
  179. design
  180. listen
  181. save
  182. tend
  183. treat
  184. control
  185. share
  186. remove
  187. throw
  188. visit
  189. exist
  190. encourage
  191. force
  192. reflect
  193. admit
  194. assume
  195. smile
  196. prepare
  197. replace
  198. fill
  199. improve
  200. mention
  201. fight
  202. intend
  203. miss
  204. discover
  205. drop
  206. hit
  207. push
  208. prevent
  209. refuse
  210. regard
  211. lay
  212. reveal
  213. teach
  214. answer
  215. operate
  216. state
  217. depend
  218. enable
  219. record
  220. check
  221. complete
  222. cost
  223. sound
  224. laugh
  225. realise
  226. extend
  227. arise
  228. notice
  229. define
  230. examine
  231. fit
  232. study
  233. bear
  234. hang
  235. recognise
  236. shake
  237. sign
  238. attend
  239. fly
  240. gain
  241. perform
  242. result
  243. travel
  244. adopt
  245. confirm
  246. protect
  247. demand
  248. stare
  249. imagine
  250. attempt
  251. beat
  252. born
  253. associate
  254. care
  255. marry
  256. collect
  257. voice
  258. employ
  259. issue
  260. release
  261. emerge
  262. mind
  263. aim
  264. deny
  265. mark
  266. shoot
  267. appoint
  268. order
  269. supply
  270. drink
  271. observe
  272. reply
  273. ignore
  274. link
  275. propose
  276. ring
  277. settle
  278. strike
  279. press
  280. respond
  281. arrange
  282. survive
  283. concentrate
  284. lift
  285. approach
  286. cross
  287. test
  288. charge
  289. experience
  290. touch
  291. acquire
  292. commit
  293. demonstrate
  294. grant
  295. prefer
  296. repeat
  297. sleep
  298. threaten
  299. feed
  300. insist
  301. launch
  302. limit
  303. promote
  304. deliver
  305. measure
  306. own
  307. retain
  308. assess
  309. attract
  310. belong
  311. consist
  312. contribute
  313. hide
  314. promise
  315. reject
  316. cry
  317. impose
  318. invite
  319. sing
  320. vary
  321. warn
  322. address
  323. declare
  324. destroy
  325. worry
  326. divide
  327. head
  328. name
  329. stick
  330. nod
  331. recognize
  332. train
  333. attack
  334. clear
  335. combine
  336. handle
  337. influence
  338. realize
  339. recommend
  340. shout
  341. spread
  342. undertake
  343. account
  344. select
  345. climb
  346. contact
  347. recall
  348. secure
  349. step
  350. transfer
  351. welcome
  352. conclude
  353. disappear
  354. display
  355. dress
  356. illustrate
  357. imply
  358. organise
  359. direct
  360. escape
  361. generate
  362. investigate
  363. remind
  364. advise
  365. afford
  366. earn
  367. hand
  368. inform
  369. rely
  370. succeed
  371. approve
  372. burn
  373. fear
  374. vote
  375. conduct
  376. cope
  377. derive
  378. elect
  379. gather
  380. jump
  381. last
  382. match
  383. matter
  384. persuade
  385. ride
  386. shut
  387. blow
  388. estimate
  389. recover
  390. score
  391. slip
  392. count
  393. hate
  394. attach
  395. exercise
  396. house
  397. lean
  398. roll
  399. wash
  400. accompany
  401. accuse
  402. bind
  403. explore
  404. judge
  405. rest
  406. steal
  407. comment
  408. exclude
  409. focus
  410. hurt
  411. stretch
  412. withdraw
  413. back
  414. fix
  415. justify
  416. knock
  417. pursue
  418. switch
  419. appreciate
  420. benefit
  421. lack
  422. list
  423. occupy
  424. permit
  425. surround
  426. abandon
  427. blame
  428. complain
  429. connect
  430. construct
  431. dominate
  432. engage
  433. paint
  434. quote
  435. view
  436. acknowledge
  437. dismiss
  438. incorporate
  439. interpret
  440. proceed
  441. search
  442. separate
  443. stress
  444. alter
  445. analyse
  446. arrest
  447. bother
  448. defend
  449. expand
  450. implement
  451. possess
  452. review
  453. suit
  454. tie
  455. assist
  456. calculate
  457. glance
  458. mix
  459. question
  460. resolve
  461. rule
  462. suspect
  463. wake
  464. appeal
  465. challenge
  466. clean
  467. damage
  468. guess
  469. reckon
  470. restore
  471. restrict
  472. specify
  473. constitute
  474. convert
  475. distinguish
  476. submit
  477. trust
  478. urge
  479. feature
  480. land
  481. locate
  482. predict
  483. preserve
  484. solve
  485. sort
  486. struggle
  487. cast
  488. cook
  489. dance
  490. invest
  491. lock
  492. owe
  493. pour
  494. shift
  495. kick
  496. kiss
  497. light
  498. purchase
  499. race
  500. retire
  501. bend
  502. breathe
  503. celebrate
  504. date
  505. fire
  506. monitor
  507. print
  508. register
  509. resist
  510. behave
  511. comprise
  512. decline
  513. detect
  514. finance
  515. organize
  516. overcome
  517. range
  518. swing
  519. differ
  520. drag
  521. guarantee
  522. oppose
  523. pack
  524. pause
  525. relax
  526. resign
  527. rush
  528. store
  529. waste
  530. compete
  531. expose
  532. found
  533. install
  534. mount
  535. negotiate
  536. sink
  537. split
  538. whisper
  539. assure
  540. award
  541. borrow
  542. bury
  543. capture
  544. deserve
  545. distribute
  546. doubt
  547. enhance
  548. phone
  549. sweep
  550. tackle
  551. advance
  552. cease
  553. concern
  554. emphasise
  555. exceed
  556. qualify
  557. slide
  558. strengthen
  559. transform
  560. favour
  561. grab
  562. lend
  563. participate
  564. perceive
  565. pose
  566. practise
  567. satisfy
  568. scream
  569. smoke
  570. sustain
  571. tear
  572. adapt
  573. adjust
  574. ban
  575. consult
  576. dig
  577. dry
  578. highlight
  579. outline
  580. reinforce
  581. shrug
  582. snap
  583. absorb
  584. amount
  585. block
  586. confine
  587. delay
  588. encounter
  589. entitle
  590. plant
  591. pretend
  592. request
  593. rid
  594. sail
  595. trace
  596. trade
  597. wave
  598. cite
  599. dream
  600. flow
  601. fulfil
  602. lower
  603. process
  604. react
  605. seize
  606. allocate
  607. burst
  608. communicate
  609. defeat
  610. double
  611. exploit
  612. fund
  613. govern
  614. hurry
  615. injure
  616. pray
  617. protest
  618. sigh
  619. smell
  620. stir
  621. swim
  622. undergo
  623. wander
  624. anticipate
  625. collapse
  626. compose
  627. confront
  628. ease
  629. eliminate
  630. evaluate
  631. grin
  632. interview
  633. remark
  634. suspend
  635. weigh
  636. wipe
  637. wrap
  638. attribute
  639. balance
  640. bet
  641. bound
  642. cancel
  643. condemn
  644. convince
  645. correspond
  646. dare
  647. devise
  648. free
  649. gaze
  650. guide
  651. inspire
  652. modify
  653. murder
  654. prompt
  655. reverse
  656. rub
  657. slow
  658. spot
  659. swear
  660. telephone
  661. wind
  662. admire
  663. bite
  664. crash
  665. disturb
  666. greet
  667. hesitate
  668. induce
  669. integrate
  670. knit
  671. line
  672. load
  673. murmur
  674. render
  675. shine
  676. swallow
  677. tap
  678. translate
  679. yield
  680. accommodate
  681. age
  682. assert
  683. await
  684. book
  685. brush
  686. chase
  687. comply
  688. copy
  689. criticise
  690. devote
  691. evolve
  692. flee
  693. forgive
  694. initiate
  695. interrupt
  696. leap
  697. mutter
  698. overlook
  699. risk
  700. shape
  701. spell
  702. squeeze
  703. trap
  704. undermine
  705. witness
  706. beg
  707. drift
  708. echo
  709. emphasize
  710. enforce
  711. exchange
  712. fade
  713. float
  714. freeze
  715. hire
  716. in
  717. object
  718. pop
  719. provoke
  720. recruit
  721. research
  722. sense
  723. situate
  724. stimulate
  725. abolish
  726. administer
  727. allege
  728. command
  729. consume
  730. convey
  731. correct
  732. educate
  733. equip
  734. execute
  735. fetch
  736. frown
  737. invent
  738. march
  739. park
  740. progress
  741. reserve
  742. respect
  743. twist
  744. unite
  745. value
  746. assign
  747. cater
  748. concede
  749. conceive
  750. disclose
  751. envisage
  752. exhibit
  753. export
  754. extract
  755. fancy
  756. inherit
  757. insert
  758. instruct
  759. interfere
  760. isolate
  761. opt
  762. peer
  763. persist
  764. plead
  765. price
  766. regret
  767. regulate
  768. repair
  769. resemble
  770. resume
  771. speed
  772. spin
  773. spring
  774. update
  775. advocate
  776. assemble
  777. boost
  778. breed
  779. cling
  780. commission
  781. conceal
  782. contemplate
  783. criticize
  784. decorate
  785. descend
  786. drain
  787. edit
  788. embrace
  789. excuse
  790. explode
  791. facilitate
  792. flash
  793. fold
  794. function
  795. grasp
  796. incur
  797. intervene
  798. label
  799. please
  800. rescue
  801. strip
  802. tip
  803. upset
  804. advertise
  805. aid
  806. centre
  807. classify
  808. coincide
  809. confess
  810. contract
  811. crack
  812. creep
  813. decrease
  814. deem
  815. dispose
  816. dissolve
  817. dump
  818. endorse
  819. formulate
  820. import
  821. impress
  822. market
  823. reproduce
  824. scatter
  825. schedule
  826. ship
  827. shop
  828. spare
  829. sponsor
  830. stage
  831. suck
  832. sue
  833. tempt
  834. vanish
  835. access
  836. commence
  837. contrast
  838. depict
  839. discharge
  840. draft
  841. enclose
  842. enquire
  843. erect
  844. file
  845. halt
  846. hunt
  847. inspect
  848. omit
  849. originate
  850. praise
  851. precede
  852. relieve
  853. reward
  854. round
  855. seal
  856. signal
  857. smash
  858. spoil
  859. subject
  860. target
  861. taste
  862. tighten
  863. top
  864. tremble
  865. tuck
  866. warm
  867. activate
  868. amend
  869. arouse
  870. bang
  871. bid
  872. bow
  873. campaign
  874. characterise
  875. circulate
  876. clarify
  877. compensate
  878. compile
  879. cool
  880. couple
  881. depart
  882. deprive
  883. desire
  884. diminish
  885. drown
  886. embark
  887. entail
  888. entertain
  889. figure
  890. fling
  891. guard
  892. manufacture
  893. melt
  894. neglect
  895. plunge
  896. project
  897. rain
  898. reassure
  899. rent
  900. revive
  901. sentence
  902. shed
  903. slam
  904. spill
  905. stem
  906. sum
  907. summon
  908. supplement
  909. suppress
  910. surprise
  911. tax
  912. thrust
  913. tour
  914. transmit
  915. transport
  916. weaken
  917. widen
  918. bounce
  919. calm
  920. characterize
  921. chat
  922. clutch
  923. confer
  924. conform
  925. confuse
  926. convict
  927. counter
  928. debate
  929. dedicate
  930. dictate
  931. disagree
  932. effect
  933. flood
  934. forbid
  935. grip
  936. heat
  937. long
  938. manipulate
  939. merge
  940. part
  941. pin
  942. position
  943. prescribe
  944. proclaim
  945. punish
  946. rebuild
  947. regain
  948. sack
  949. strain
  950. stroke
  951. substitute
  952. supervise
  953. term
  954. time
  955. toss
  956. underline
  957. abuse
  958. accumulate
  959. alert
  960. arm
  961. attain
  962. boast
  963. boil
  964. carve
  965. cheer
  966. colour
  967. compel
  968. crawl
  969. crush
  970. curl
  971. deposit
  972. differentiate
  973. dip
  974. dislike
  975. divert
  976. embody
  977. exert
  978. exhaust
  979. fine
  980. frighten
  981. fuck
  982. gasp
  983. honour
  984. inhibit
  985. motivate
  986. multiply
  987. narrow
  988. obey
  989. penetrate
  990. picture
  991. presume
  992. prevail
  993. pronounce
  994. rate
  995. renew
  996. revise
  997. rip
  998. scan
  999. scratch
  1000. shiver

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