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

In need of some action words that start with I, in particular? I’ve put together a list of positive verbs – which are action words – to help you find what you’re looking for.

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 I to help you find the perfect action word you’re looking for.

Action Words That Start With I

Idealize – regard or represent as perfect or better than in reality.

Identify – establish or indicate who or what (someone or something) is.

Idle – spend time doing nothing.

Idolize – admire, revere, or love greatly or excessively.

Ignite – catch fire or cause to catch fire.

Ignore – refuse to take notice of or acknowledge; disregard intentionally.

Illuminate – make (something) visible or bright by shining light on it; light up.

Illustrate – provide (a book, newspaper, etc.) with pictures.

Imagine – form a mental image or concept of.

Imbibe – drink (alcohol).

Imbue – inspire or permeate with (a feeling or quality).

Imitate – take or follow as a model.

Immerse – dip or submerge in a liquid.

Immigrate – come to live permanently in a foreign country.

Immobilize – prevent (something or someone) from moving or operating as normal.

Immortalize – confer enduring fame upon.

Immunize – make (a person or animal) immune to infection, typically by inoculation.

Impair – weaken or damage (something, especially a faculty or function).

Impart – make (information) known.

Impeach – (especially in the US) charge (the holder of a public office) with misconduct.

Impede – delay or prevent (someone or something) by obstructing them; hinder.

Impersonate – pretend to be (another person) for entertainment or fraud.

Implant – insert or fix (tissue or an artificial object) in a person’s body, especially by surgery.

Implement – put (a decision, plan, agreement, etc.) into effect.

Implicate – show (someone) to be involved in a crime.

Implode – collapse or cause to collapse violently inwards.

Implore – beg someone earnestly or desperately to do something.

Imply – indicate the truth or existence of (something) by suggestion rather than explicit reference.

Import – bring (goods or services) into a country from abroad for sale.

Impose – force (an unwelcome decision or ruling) on someone.

Impress – make (someone) feel admiration and respect.

Improve – make or become better.

Incarcerate – imprison or confine.

Incinerate – destroy (something, especially waste material) by burning.

Incite – encourage or stir up (violent or unlawful behaviour).

Include – comprise or contain as part of a whole.

Incorporate – take in or contain (something) as part of a whole; include.

Increase – become or make greater in size, amount, or degree.

Indicate – point out; show.

Indulge – allow oneself to enjoy the pleasure of.

Infantilize – To reduce (a person) to the state or status of an infant.

Infect – affect (a person, organism, etc.) with a disease-causing organism.

Influence – have an influence on.

Inform – give (someone) facts or information; tell.

Initiate – cause (a process or action) to begin.

Insert – place, fit, or push (something) into something else.

Inspire – fill (someone) with the urge or ability to do or feel something, especially to do something creative.

Install – place or fix (equipment or machinery) in position ready for use.

Insure – arrange for compensation in the event of damage to or loss of (property), or injury to or the death of (someone), in exchange for regular payments to a company or to the state.

Interest – excite the curiosity or attention of (someone).

Interpret – explain the meaning of (information or actions).

Interrupt – stop the continuous progress of (an activity or process).

Introduce – bring (something, especially a product, measure, or concept) into use or operation for the first time.

Intrude – put oneself deliberately into a place or situation where one is unwelcome or uninvited.

Inventory – make a complete list of.

Invest – put (money) into financial schemes, shares, property, or a commercial venture with the expectation of achieving a profit.

Investigate – carry out a systematic or formal inquiry to discover and examine the facts of (an incident, allegation, etc.) so as to establish the truth.

Issue – supply or distribute (something) for use or sale.

Itch – be the site of or cause an itch.

If there are any action words beginning with I 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:

Lists of Action Words and Verbs From Other Letters of the Alphabet:


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