Common Igbo Verbs

This page contains a list of the some of most common Igbo verbs you will run into in your everyday conversations. Please review my other tutorial pages to learn how to conjugate these verbs in the present tense, future tense, past tense, and in their negated forms.


to bathe (wash body) – ịsa ahụ

to be –  ịbụ, ịdị, ịnọ

to bring – iweta

to buy (something) – ịzụta (ihe)


to call – ịkpọ

to come – ịbịa 

to come in/enter – ịbata

to come/get out – ịpụta


to cook (food) – isi (nri)

to count – ịgụ ọgụ

to cry – ibe akwa

to dance – ịgba egwu

to do/make (something) – ime (ihe)

to draw (something) – ise (ihe)

to drink (water) – ñụ (mmiri)


to eat (food) – iri (nri)

to get –  inweta

to give – inye

to go – ije, ịga

to have/own –  inwere / inwe

to hear – ịnụ

to hold – ijide

to know – ịma


to laugh – ịchị ọchị

to learn – ịmụta

to listen – ige ntị

to look/watch – ine

to pray (a prayer) – ikpe (ekpere)


to read (a book) – ịgụ (akwụkwọ)

to run – gba ọsọ

to say – ikwu

to see – ịhụ

to sing (a song) – ibu abụ / ikwe ukwe

to sit – ịnọdụ

to sleep – ihi ụra / ịrahụ ụra


to speak (a language) – ịsụ asụsụ

to stand – ikuni / ikuli

to stay (at a location) – ịnọ

to study – ịmụ

to take (something) – iwere (ihe)


to teach – ịkụzị

to tell – ịgwa

to think (a thought) – iche echiche


to walk – ịga ije

to work – ịrụ ọrụ

to write – ide


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