In need of some action words that start with O? I’ve put together a list of some common action words – or positive verbs – to help you out.
Finding the right word to describe an action can be incredibly powerful, and that’s where verbs come in as they enable us to explain an action or a state.
Below you’ll find a list of verbs that can be used to describe an action – I hope you find what you’re looking for:
Action Words That Start With O
Obey – submit to the authority of (someone) or comply with (a law).
Obfuscate – make obscure, unclear, or unintelligible.
Object – to put forth in opposition or as an objection objected that the statement was misleading.
Objectify – degrade to the status of a mere object.
Obligate – require or compel (someone) to undertake a legal or moral duty.
Oblige – make (someone) legally or morally bound to do something.
Obliterate – destroy utterly; wipe out.
Obscure – keep from being seen; conceal.
Observe – notice or perceive (something) and register it as being significant.
Obsess – preoccupy or fill the mind of (someone) continually and to a troubling extent.
Obstruct – block (an opening, path, road, etc.); be or get in the way of.
Obtain – get, acquire, or secure (something).
Occasion – cause (something).
Occur – happen; take place.
Offend – cause to feel upset, annoyed, or resentful.
Offer – present or proffer (something) for (someone) to accept or reject as desired.
Officer – provide with military officers.
Ogle – stare at in a lecherous manner.
Oil – lubricate, coat, or impregnate with oil.
Oink – make an oink.
Omit – leave out or exclude (someone or something), either intentionally or forgetfully.
Ooze – (of a fluid) slowly trickle or seep out of something.
Open – move (a door or window) so as to leave a space allowing access and vision.
Operate – (of a person) control the functioning of (a machine, process, or system).
Opine – hold and state as one’s opinion.
Oppose – disagree with and attempt to prevent, especially by argument.
Oppress – keep (someone) in subjection and hardship, especially by the unjust exercise of authority.
Opt – make a choice from a range of possibilities.
Optimize – make the best or most effective use of (a situation or resource).
Orbit – (of a celestial object or spacecraft) move in orbit round (a star or planet).
Orchestrate – arrange or score (music) for orchestral performance.
Ordain – make (someone) a priest or minister; confer holy orders on.
Order – give an authoritative instruction to do something.
Organize – arrange systematically; order.
Orient – align or position (something) relative to the points of a compass or other specified positions.
Originate – have a specified beginning.
Osculate – (of a curve or surface) touch (another curve or surface) so as to have a common tangent at the point of contact.
Oust – drive out or expel (someone) from a position or place.
Outgrow – grow too big for.
Outline – draw, trace, or define the outer edge or shape.
Outsmart – defeat or get the better of (someone) by being clever or cunning.
Outsource – obtain (goods or a service) by contract from an outside supplier.
Overawe – impress (someone) so much that they are silent or inhibited.
Overcome – succeed in dealing with (a problem or difficulty).
Overcook – cook too much or for too long.
Overflow – (especially of a liquid) flow over the brim of a receptacle.
Overhaul – take apart (a piece of machinery or equipment) in order to examine it and repair it if necessary.
Overjoy – take apart (a piece of machinery or equipment) in order to examine it and repair it if necessary.
Overload – load with too great a burden or cargo.
Overpower – defeat or overcome with superior strength.
Overrate – have a higher opinion of (someone or something) than is deserved.
Owe – have an obligation to pay or repay (something, especially money) in return for something received.
Oxidize – combine chemically with oxygen.
If there are any action words beginning with O 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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Phil lives in England, UK, and has around 20 years experience as a professional life, career and executive coach. He started this blog to help others find and define their own self development journey. Blogging about a wide range of topics to help facilitate a better future.