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

Looking for action words that start with N? I’ve put together a list of some of the more popular and useful action words beginning with N to help you out!

Action words are verbs. Verbs are words that help us express an action or a state of being, and are great at helping articulate an action.

If you’re looking for the perfect action word and it has to start with the letter N – you should find what you’re looking for from the list below!

Action Words That Start With N

Nab – catch (someone) doing something wrong.

Nag – harass (someone) constantly to do something that they are averse to.

Nail – fasten with a nail or nails.

Name – give a name to.

Nap – sleep lightly or briefly, especially during the day.

Narrate – give a spoken or written account of.

Narrow – become or make less wide.

Nationalize – transfer (a major branch of industry or commerce) from private to state ownership or control.

Natter – talk casually, especially on unimportant matters; chat.

Naturalize – admit (a foreigner) to the citizenship of a country.

Nauseate – affect with nausea.

Navigate – plan and direct the course of a ship, aircraft, or other form of transport, especially by using instruments or maps.

Neaten – make (something) tidy.

Necessitate – make (something) necessary as a result or consequence.

Need – require (something) because it is essential or very important rather than just desirable.

Needle – prick or pierce with or as if with a needle.

Negate – make ineffective; nullify.

Neglect – fail to care for properly.

Negotiate – obtain or bring about by discussion.

Neigh – (of a horse) utter a neigh.

Neighbor – (of a place or object) be situated next to or very near (another).

Nest – (of a bird or other animal) use or build a nest.

Nestle – settle or lie comfortably within or against something.

Nettle – irritate or annoy (someone).

Network – connect as or operate with a network.

Neuter – castrate or spay (a domestic animal).

Neutralize – make (something) ineffective by applying an opposite force or effect.

Never – at no time in the past or future; not ever.

New – To make new; to recreate; to renew.

Nibble – take small bites out of.

Nick – make a nick or nicks in.

Nickname – give a nickname to.

Nictate – blink.

Niggle – cause slight but persistent annoyance, discomfort, or anxiety.

Nip – bite or pinch sharply.

Nitpick – engage in fussy or pedantic fault-finding.

Nod – lower and raise one’s head slightly and briefly, especially in greeting, assent, or understanding, or to give someone a signal.

Nominate – propose or formally enter as a candidate for election or for an honor or award.

Nonconform – propose or formally enter as a candidate for election or for an honor or award.

Noon – To relax or sleep around midday.

Normalize – bring or return to a normal or standard condition or state.

Notarize – have (the signature on a document) attested to by a notary.

Notate – write (something, typically music) in notation.

Note – notice or pay particular attention to (something).

Notice – become aware of.

Notify – inform (someone) of something, typically in a formal or official manner.

Nourish – provide with the food or other substances necessary for growth, health, and good condition.

Novelize – convert (a story, typically one in the form of a film or screenplay) into a novel.

Nudge – prod (someone) gently with one’s elbow in order to attract attention.

Nullify – make legally null and void; invalidate.

Numb – deprived of feeling or responsiveness.

Nurse – give medical and other attention to (a sick person).

Nurture – care for and protect (someone or something) while they are growing.

Nuzzle – rub or push against gently with the nose and mouth.

If there are any action words beginning with N 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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