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Top 50 Irregular verbs

These are the 50 most commonly used English Irregular verbs. This is useful for learning English quickly.

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  • verb:bear
  • 3rd person present:bears
  • past tense:bore
  • gerund or present participle:bearing
  • past participle:borne

1)carry the weight of; support.

"the bees form large colonies and need the thick branches of tall trees to bear the weight of their nests"

2)endure (an ordeal or difficulty).

"she bore the pain stoically"


  • verb:beat
  • 3rd person present:beats
  • past tense:beat
  • gerund or present participle:beating
  • past participle:beaten

1)strike (a person or an animal) repeatedly and violently so as to hurt or injure them, typically with an implement such as a club or whip.

"if we were caught we were beaten"

2)defeat (someone) in a game or other competitive situation.

"she beat him easily at chess"


  • verb:become
  • 3rd person present:becomes
  • past tense:became
  • gerund or present participle:becoming
  • past participle:become

1)begin to be.

"it is becoming clear that we are in a totally new situation"

2)(of clothing) look good on or suit (someone).

"the dress becomes her"


  • verb:befall
  • 3rd person present:befalls
  • past tense:befell
  • gerund or present participle:befalling
  • past participle:befallen

1)(of something bad) happen to someone.

"a tragedy befell his daughter"


  • verb:beget
  • 3rd person present:begets
  • past tense:begot
  • past tense:begat
  • gerund or present participle:begetting
  • past participle:begotten

1)(typically of a man, sometimes of a man and a woman) bring (a child) into existence by the process of reproduction.

"they hoped that the King might beget an heir by his new queen"

2)give rise to; bring about.

"success begets further success"


  • verb:begin
  • 3rd person present:begins
  • past tense:began
  • gerund or present participle:beginning
  • past participle:begun

1)start; perform or undergo the first part of (an action or activity).

"it was beginning to snow"

2)not have any chance or likelihood of doing a specified thing.

"circuitry that Karen could not begin to comprehend"


  • verb:behold
  • 3rd person present:beholds
  • past tense:beheld
  • past participle:beheld
  • gerund or present participle:beholding

1)see or observe (a thing or person, especially a remarkable or impressive one).

"the botanical gardens were a wonder to behold"


  • verb:bend
  • 3rd person present:bends
  • past tense:bent
  • past participle:bent
  • gerund or present participle:bending

1)shape or force (something straight) into a curve or angle.

"the rising wind bent the long grass"

2)(of a person) incline the body downward from the vertical.

"I bent over my plate"


  • verb:bereave
  • 3rd person present:bereaves
  • past tense:bereaved
  • past participle:bereaved
  • gerund or present participle:bereaving

1)be deprived of a loved one through a profound absence, especially due to the loved one's death.

"those who counsel the bereaved"


  • verb:beseech
  • 3rd person present:beseeches
  • past tense:besought
  • past participle:besought
  • past tense:beseeched
  • past participle:beseeched
  • gerund or present participle:beseeching

1)ask (someone) urgently and fervently to do something; implore; entreat.

"they beseeched him to stay"


  • verb:beset
  • 3rd person present:besets
  • past tense:beset
  • past participle:beset
  • gerund or present participle:besetting

1)(of a problem or difficulty) trouble or threaten persistently.

"the social problems that beset the inner city"

2)be covered or studded with.

"blades of grass beset with glistening drops of dew"


  • verb:bespeak
  • 3rd person present:bespeaks
  • past tense:bespoke
  • gerund or present participle:bespeaking
  • past participle:bespoken

1)(of an appearance or action) suggest; be evidence of.

"the attractive tree-lined road bespoke money"

2)order or reserve (something) in advance.

"obtaining the affidavits that it has been necessary to bespeak"


  • verb:bestride
  • 3rd person present:bestrides
  • past tense:bestrode
  • gerund or present participle:bestriding
  • past participle:bestridden

1)stand astride over; span or straddle.

"he bestrode me, defending my prone body"


  • verb:bet
  • 3rd person present:bets
  • past tense:bet
  • past participle:bet
  • past tense:betted
  • past participle:betted
  • gerund or present participle:betting

1)risk something, usually a sum of money, against someone else's on the basis of the outcome of a future event, such as the result of a race or game.

"I would be prepared to bet that what he really wanted was to settle down"

2)feel sure.

"I bet this place is really spooky late at night"


  • verb:bid
  • 3rd person present:bids
  • past tense:bid
  • past participle:bid
  • gerund or present participle:bidding

1)offer (a certain price) for something, especially at an auction.

"a consortium of dealers bid a world record price for a snuff box"

  • verb:bid
  • 3rd person present:bids
  • past tense:bid
  • past tense:bade
  • gerund or present participle:bidding
  • past participle:bid

1)utter (a greeting or farewell) to.

2)command or order (someone) to do something.

"I did as he bade me"


  • verb:bind
  • 3rd person present:binds
  • past tense:bound
  • past participle:bound
  • gerund or present participle:binding

1)tie or fasten (something) tightly.

"the logs were bound together with ropes"

2)cohere or cause to cohere in a single mass.

"mix the flour with the coconut and enough egg white to bind them"


  • verb:bite
  • 3rd person present:bites
  • past tense:bit
  • gerund or present participle:biting
  • past participle:bitten

1)(of a person or animal) use the teeth to cut into or through something.

"he bit off a piece of cheese"

2)(of a fish) take the bait or lure on the end of a fishing line into the mouth.

"I marvel at how easily and eagerly a chub will bite"


  • verb:bleed
  • 3rd person present:bleeds
  • past tense:bled
  • past participle:bled
  • gerund or present participle:bleeding

1)lose blood from the body as a result of injury or illness.

"the cut was bleeding steadily"

2)draw blood from (someone), especially as a once-common method of treatment in medicine.

"he didn't bleed his patients with leeches"


  • verb:blow
  • 3rd person present:blows
  • past tense:blew
  • past participle:blown
  • gerund or present participle:blowing

1)(of wind) move creating an air current.

"a cold wind began to blow"

2)expel air through pursed lips.

"Will took a deep breath, and blew"

  • verb:blow
  • 3rd person present:blows
  • past tense:blew
  • gerund or present participle:blowing
  • past participle:blown

1)produce flowers or be in flower.

"I know a bank where the wild thyme blows"


  • verb:break
  • 3rd person present:breaks
  • past tense:broke
  • gerund or present participle:breaking
  • past participle:broken

1)separate or cause to separate into pieces as a result of a blow, shock, or strain.

"the branch broke with a loud snap"

2)interrupt (a sequence, course, or continuous state).

"his concentration was broken by a sound"

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