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 bath – ịsa ahụ

to be –  ịbụ, ịdị, ịnọ

to bring – iweta

to buy (something) – ịzụta (ihe)

to call – ịkpọ

to come – ịbịa 

to come in – ịbata

to come out – ịpụta

to cook (food) – isi (nri)

to count – ịgụ ọgụ

to cry – ibe akwa

to dance – ite egwu

to do (something) – ime (ihe)

to draw – ise

to drink – ñ

to eat (food) – iri (nri)

to get – inwe / inweta

to give – inye

to go – ije, ịga

to have/own – inwe / inwere

to hear – ịnụ

to hold – iji

to know – ịma

to laugh – ịchị ọchị

to learn – ịmụta

to listen – ịna nti

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 sleep – ihi ụra / ịrahụ ụra

to speak (a language) – ịsụ asụsụ

to stand – ikuni

to stay – ịnọdụ

to study – ịmụ

to take (something) – iwere (ihe)

to teach – ikuzi

to tell – ịgwa

to think – iche echiche

to walk – ịga ije

to work – ịrụ ọrụ

to write – ide


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