20 Advanced English Verbs You Need to Know

Hello everyone,

If you want to become really good at English, it’s important to learn fancy words that will make you sound smart.

There are so many words in English, but today we’ll look at 20 special words that will make you sound even more advanced.

These words will help you express yourself in a more detailed and accurate way.


To abide by something means to conform to or follow a rule, decision, or commitment.

For example, “All residents must abide by the community bylaws.”


To abrogate means to abolish or put an end to something by authority.

For example, “The new administration abrogated the previous environmental regulations.”


To acquiesce is to accept or comply passively with something, often unwillingly.

For example, “After weeks of protest, the activists eventually acquiesced to the government’s demands.”


To admonish someone is to warn or reprove them firmly.

For example, “The teacher admonished the students for their disruptive behavior.”


To aggrandize is to make something or someone appear larger, greater, or more important than it/they really are.

For example, “The dictator sought to aggrandize his political achievements through propaganda campaigns.”


To amalgamate is to combine, unite, or merge into one form or body.

For example, “The two companies decided to amalgamate their operations to reduce costs.”


To ameliorate means to make something better, more bearable, or more satisfactory.

For example, “The relief efforts aimed to ameliorate the suffering of those impacted by the natural disaster.”


To apprise someone of something is to inform or make them aware of it.

For example, “The CEO will apprise the shareholders of the company’s quarterly results.”


To arrogate is to claim or take something without justification or authority.

For example, “The totalitarian regime arrogated absolute power over its citizens.”


To ascertain is to find out something definitely, or make sure of its accuracy.


To assuage is to make something less intense or severe, such as an unpleasant feeling.

For example, “A sincere apology might assuage her anger towards you.”


To belie is to fail to give a true impression of something, or to contradict outward appearances.

For example, “His calm demeanor belied his inner turmoil.”


To berate is to scold or criticize someone angrily and at length.

For example, “The coach berated the players for their poor performance.”


To capitulate means to surrender or admit defeat under certain conditions.

For example, “After months of conflict, the rebels eventually capitulated to the government forces.”


To cavil is to raise trivial and frivolous objections or criticism.

For example, “Instead of caviling about minor details, we should focus on the larger issues at hand.”


Chagrin is a feeling of embarrassment, annoyance, or distress.

For example, “To her chagrin, she arrived late to the important meeting.”


To eschew something is to avoid or keep away from it.

For example, “Health experts recommend eschewing processed foods as much as possible.”


To expurgate is to remove objectionable or offensive parts from a book, document, etc.

For example, “The editor was tasked with expurgating explicit language from the manuscript.”


To impugn is to attack or call into question the integrity or validity of something.

For example, “The defense attorney sought to impugn the credibility of the key witness.”


To inculcate is to instill an idea, attitude, or habit by persistent instruction.

For example, “From a young age, the importance of hard work was inculcated in him by his parents.”

Learning these fancy C2 verbs will make you sound super smart when you speak or write in English.

Practice using them a lot so you can express your thoughts in a more detailed and fancy way.

Keep practicing and soon you’ll be a pro at using these advanced words!


Check out these awesome vocabulary books I recommend:


10 Minutes A Day Vocabulary, Ages 7-11 (Key Stage 2)

English Vocabulary In Use: Pre – Intermediate And Intermediate With CD

Word Power Made Easy By Norman Lewis 

Oxford Pocket English Dictionary

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