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Ergative verbs

List compiled by Julia Miller from Collins Cobuild dictionary (1996) and The Grammar Book (Celce-Murcia, M & Larssen-Freeman,
D 1999, The grammar book, 2nd edn, Heinle Cengage Learning, Boston, MA)
The words in bold, underlined font are found in the Academic Word List
http://www.victoria.ac.nz/lals/resources/academicwordlist/

accelerate conflict emanate march


accumulate connect empty marinate
adjust contort end mark(=stain)
age contract engage marry
amalgamate contribute enrol mass
assimilate convene erode match
average out convert evaporate match up
awake convulse even out meet (with)
bake cook expand melt
balance cool fade mesh
beat condense fasten mist (over)
begin co-ordinate fatten mix
belch out correlate fill move
bend crack finish move along
blacken crash flatten multiply
blare crash land float muster
blister crease flutter mutate
blow crisp focus narrow
blow up crumple up fold up naturalise
blur crystallise form navigate
boil curl fray nestle
boil away darken freak (out) nose
boil down decompose funnel open
boil down to decrease fuse open up
bond deepen graze open out
break deflate grill operate
break off demobilise group organise
break up derail grow originate
brighten derive grow out ossify
bruise detach gush overheat
buckle develop halt pair off
budge devolve hang pair up
build up dig harden pan
bulk up dilute heal parachute
bulk out dim hush pass
burn diminish ignite peel
burn down disband inch percolate
burn up disengage incline petrify
burst disperse increase pile up
capsize dissipate industrialise play
catapult dissolve inflate plop
centre divide integrate plunge
change dock interlink pour
cheer up double interlock prick up
clear double-park interweave puff
click drain jam put up
clink dress up jerk quadruple
clip dribble kick off qualify
clog up drip knot quieten
close drive land quieten down
close up drop leak radiate
close down drown lengthen rain down
coil dry off lessen rank
combine dry out lighten rate
commence dry up line up rattle
compress ease liven up rearm
conflate edge lower redouble
Ergative verbs
List compiled by Julia Miller from Collins Cobuild dictionary (1996) and The Grammar Book (Celce-Murcia, M & Larssen-Freeman,
D 1999, The grammar book, 2nd edn, Heinle Cengage Learning, Boston, MA)
The words in bold, underlined font are found in the Academic Word List
http://www.victoria.ac.nz/lals/resources/academicwordlist/

reflect sound topple


reform speed up touch
refuel spew train
register spill transfer
relate spill out translate
relax spin transmute
reopen splash treble
reorganise splinter trickle
resettle split triple
rest split up turn
restart spray twang
return spread twine
reunite sprout twirl
rev square with twist
rev up squeeze unfold
revive stall unfurl
rewind stampede unravel
rhyme start unroll
ring stick unzip
ripen stiffen (up) vaporise
rock still vibrate
roll stir waft
rotate stop waggle
ruffle straighten wake (up)
run strengthen waken
rupture stretch warm up
rush (into) strike up wash
scuff submerge weaken
sell suckle wear away
separate suffocate wear down
settle sweep wear out
sharpen up swell whirl
shatter swerve widen
shear off swill wind down
shorten swing winter
shrivel swirl withdraw
shut swivel worsen
shut down tack wrinkle
shut up tan
shuttle tangle
sign up taper
sink tarnish
slacken taxi
slam tear
slew tense (up)
slide terminate
slim down thaw
slop thaw out
slot thicken
slow thin
slow up thrash about
slow down thump
slur tie in/up with
snap tighten
sober up tilt
soften toll
solidify toot

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