List of Action Words That Start With D (Positive Verbs)

In need of some action words that start with D? In this post I’ve put together a list of positive verbs to help you find what you’re looking for.

First of all, if you’re looking for action words, you’re looking for verbs.

Verbs are words that describe a state, occurrences, or actions – and they play a pivotal role in forming sentences.

In this post, I’ve put together a list of positive verbs or action words beginning with D to help you find the perfect word you’re looking for.

Action Words That Start With D

Dabble – immerse (one’s hands or feet) partially in water and move them around gently.

Daintify – to render dainty, delicate, or fastidious.

Dance – move rhythmically to music, typically following a set sequence of steps.

Deck – decorate or adorn brightly or festively.

Declare – say something in a solemn and emphatic manner.

Decorate – make (something) look more attractive by adding extra items or images to it.

Decree – order (something) by decree.

Deduce – arrive at (a fact or a conclusion) by reasoning; draw as a logical conclusion.

Deepen – make or become deep or deeper.

Defend – resist an attack made on (someone or something); protect from harm or danger.

Define – state or describe exactly the nature, scope, or meaning of.

Deliberate – engage in long and careful consideration.

Delight – please (someone) greatly.

Deliver – bring and hand over (a letter, parcel, or goods) to the proper recipient or address.

Depict – represent by a drawing, painting, or other art form.

Deposit – put or set down (something or someone) in a specific place.

Depreciate – diminish in value over a period of time.

Depute – appoint or instruct (someone) to perform a task for which one is responsible.

Describe – give a detailed account in words of.

Deserve – do something or have or show qualities worthy of (a reaction which rewards or punishes as appropriate).

Desire – strongly wish for or want (something).

Detect – discover or identify the presence or existence of.

Determine – cause (something) to occur in a particular way or to have a particular nature.

Develop – grow or cause to grow and become more mature, advanced, or elaborate.

Dig – break up and move earth with a tool or machine, or with hands, paws, snout, etc.

Dignify – make (something) seem worthy and impressive.

Ding – make a ringing sound.

Direct – control the operations of; manage or govern.

Disciple – a follower or pupil of a teacher, leader, or philosopher.

Discover – find unexpectedly or during a search.

Discretize – to convert a continuous space into an equivalent discrete space for the purposes of easier calculation.

Discuss – talk about (something) with a person or people.

Disenchant – cause (someone) to be disappointed.

Disillusion – cause (someone) to realize that a belief they hold is false.

Disband – (with reference to an organized group) break up or cause to break up.

Dispense – distribute or provide (a service or information) to a number of people.

Display – put (something) in a prominent place in order that it may readily be seen.

Distribute – give a share or a unit of (something) to each of a number of recipients.

Do – perform (an action, the precise nature of which is often unspecified).

Document – record (something) in written, photographic, or other form.

Donate – give (money or goods) for a good cause, for example to a charity.

Draft – prepare a preliminary version of (a document).

Drain – cause the water or other liquid in (something) to run out, leaving it empty or dry.

Draw – produce (a picture or diagram) by making lines and marks on paper with a pencil, pen, etc.

Dream – experience dreams during sleep.

Drink – take (a liquid) into the mouth and swallow.

Drive – operate and control the direction and speed of a motor vehicle.

Drop – let or make (something) fall vertically.

Dulcify – sweeten.

Dye – add a color to or change the color of (something) by soaking it in a solution impregnated with a dye.

If there are any action words beginning with D that you think are missing from the list, please drop me a comment below and I’ll add them to help others.

Additionally, if you want more action words or verbs starting with other letters of the alphabet, just click one of the letters of the alphabet from the grid below:

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