VOCABULARY – Body Movements

One of my followers, @vryelamanchi, requested some examples to better illustrate these verbs of movement, so here you go:

  • BEND – incline the body downward from the vertical.
    “I bent over to give my little sister a kiss.”
  • LIFT – raise to a higher position or level.
    “He lifted his trophy over his head”
  • CARRY – support and move (someone or something) from one place to another.
    “She is carrying two buckets of water”
  • KNEEL – be in a position in which the body is supported the knees.
    “They knelt down and prayed.
  • HOLD – grasp, carry, or support with one’s arms or hands.
    “He was holding a stick in one hand and a leather suitcase in the other.”
  • SIT – be in a position in which one’s weight is supported by one’s buttocks.
    “You’d better sit down.
  • PUNCH – strike with the fist.
    “She punched him in the face and ran off”
  • PICK UP – collect something that has been left elsewhere.
    “Wanda picked up the book from the floor.”
  • LEAP – jump or spring a long way, to a great height, or with great force.
    “I leaped across the threshold.”
  • JUMP – push oneself off a surface and into the air by using the muscles in one’s legs and feet.
    “She jumped as high as she could.”
  • DRAG – pull (someone or something) along forcefully, roughly, or with difficulty.
    “He dragged the heavy bag behind him.”
  • DIVE  – swim underwater using breathing equipment.
    “He has been diving since he was young.”
  • PULL – exert force on (someone or something) so as to cause movement toward oneself.
    “He pulled the dog but she wouldn’t move.”
  • PUSH – exert force on (someone or something), typically with one’s hand, in order to move them away from oneself or the origin of the force.
    “She pushed the shopping cart in front of her.”
  • RUN – move at a speed faster than a walk, never having both feet on the ground at the same time.
    “The policeman ran across the road after the thief.”
  • LEAN – be in or move into a sloping position.
    “He leaned back against the fence.”
  • WALK  – move at a regular pace by lifting and setting down each foot in turn.
    “I walked to work every day”
  • THROW – propel (something) with force through the air by a movement of the arm and hand.
    “The Ninja threw his star at the killer.”
  • TIP-TOE – walk quietly and carefully with one’s heels raised and one’s weight on the balls of the feet.
    “The thief tiptoed out of the room so as not to be heard.”
  • HOP – move by jumping up and down on one foor.
    “He hopped along beside her”
  • SQUAT – crouch or sit with one’s knees bent.
    “I squatted down in front of him”


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