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Glossary of Swahili Verbs

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kuabudu
to worship
kuacha
to leave/divorce
kuachia
to leave/let go
kuachilia
to forgive
to achisha maziwa
to wean
kuachwa
to be left/divorced
kuadhibika
to be punished/tormented
kuadhibisha
to punish/persecute
kuadhibiwa
to be punished/persecuted
kuadhibu
to punish/persecute
kuadhimisha
to honor
kuadibisha
to teach good manners to
kuadilisha
to teach right conduct
kuadimika
to be scarce
kuafiki
to agree with
afikana
to make an agreement
kuafu
to deliver/save
kuaga
to take leave of
kuagana
to say goodbye or agree
kuagiza
to order/direct
kuagua
to divine/predict
kuahidi
to promise
kuahidiana
to promise one another
kuahirisha
to postpone
kuaibika
to be disgraced
kuaibisha
to put to shame
kufanya aibu
to do something disgraceful
kuaili
to blame
kuainisha
to classify/distinguish
kuajiri
to hire
kuajirisha
to hire out or subcontract
kualika
to invite or summon
kualisha
to click/crackle
kuamba
to slander
kuambata
to stick to
kuambatana
to hug/clasp
kuambatisha
to glue or stick together
kuambia
to tell/say to
kuambika
to bait a trap
kuambilika
to be amenable to
kuambiwa
to be told
kuambua
to peel off
kuambuka
to be peeled/to come loose
kuambukiza
to infect
kuamia
to "scarecrow"
kuamini
to believe or have faith in
kuaminika
to be trustworthy
kuaminisha
to entrust, to take a risk
kuamka
to awake
kuamkia
to greet
kuamrisha
to give orders
kuamsha
to awaken someone
kuamua
to arbitrate
kuamuru
to command
kuamwa
to suckle
kuandaa
to prepare/entertain
kuandalia
to prepare for
kuandama
to follow
kuandamana
to walk in a procession
kuandamwa
to be followed
kuandika
to write, enroll, set up
kuandikia
to write to
kuangaa
to shine, to give light
kuangalia
to pay attention to
kuangama
to hang in mid-air
kuangamia
to be damned, to perish
kuangamiza
to destroy
kuangaza
to keep awake, to elucidate
kuangika
to hang up
kuangua
to bring down, to thrown down
kuanguka
to fall
kangusha
to allow to fall, to drop
kuanika
to put out to dry
kuanua
to bring in laundry
kuanuka
to clear up (weather)
anwani
the address
kuanza
to start, to begin
kuanzisha
to start out, to initiate
kuapa
to swear, to take an oath
kuapisha
to be sworn to
kuapiza
to curse
kuarifwa
to be informed
kuarifu
to inform
kuashiki
to have a strong desire, to be infatuated
kuashiria
to make a sign to
kuasi
to disobey, to rebel against
kuatamia
to sit on eggs
kuathiri
to affect, to touch the heart
kuaua
to survey; to inspect
kuauni
to help/assist
kuazima
to borrow or lend anything but money
kuazimia
to intend, to be resolved
kubabaika
to be confused
kubabaisha
to cause confusion
kubabuka
to be disfigured
kubadili
to change/exchange
kubadilika
to be changed
kubadilisha
to change/exchange something
kubagua
to separate/segregate/discriminate
kubahatisha
to guess, to take a chance
kubainika
to be clear, manifest
kubainisha
to show clearly
kubakisha
to leave over
kubalehe
to reach puberty
kubali
to care
kubamba
to hold, to arrest
kubana
to squeeze
kubandika
to attach, to stick on
kubandua
to strip off
kubanduka
to get detached from
kubanja
to crack nuts
kubariki
to bless
kubarizi
to hold a reception, to attend a council
kubatili
to annul
kubatilika
to be annulled or cancelled
kubatilisha
to annul
kubatiza
to baptize
kubeba
to carry on one's back
kubekua
to parry
kebemba
to flatter or seduce
kubenuka
to bulge or protrude
kubeza
to scorn
kubidi
to be obligatory
kubikiri
to deflower
kubikiriwa
to lose one's virginity
kubisha
to knock, to oppose
kubishana
to wrangle
kuboboka
to blurt out, to have a loose toungue
kubokoka
to come off
kubomoa
to break down
kubomoka
to collapse
kubomolewa
to be broken down
kubonyeka
to be dented
kubonyeza
to press in
kuboronga
to bungle
kububujika
to be bubbling up
kububurushana
to scuffle
kubumbuaza
to confuse, to perplex
kubumburuka
to be startled; to rush off
kubumburusha
to startle; to frighten
kubuni
to compose, to build, to set up
kuburudika
to be refreshed
kuburudisha
to cool, to refresh
kuburuga
to stir up
kuburura
to drag
kubusu
to kiss
kubwaga
to throw down
kubwaga moyo
to cast off one's cares, to rest
kucha
to revere
kuchacha
to ferment or go sour
kuchafua
to mess up or confuse
kuchafuka
to be in disorder
kuchaga
to insist, to prevail upon
kuchagiza
to be insistent, to pester
kuchagua
to choose, to vote for
kuchakaa
to wear out or wither
kuchakura
to scratch the ground
kuchamba
to "wipe" after defecating
kuchambua
to shell peas
kuchana
to comb or split
kuchanga
to collect money
kuchangamsha
to enliven or freshen
kuchanganya
to mix
kuchangua
to dismember
kuchanja
to vaccinate, to incise
kuchanua
to flower or blossom
kuchanyata
to wash lightly
kuchapa
to print
kuchapua
to speed up or accelerate
kuchapukia
to be well seasoned or flavored
kucharaza
to move feet and body in a dance
kuchaua
to regurgitate, to "blurple"
kuchechemea
to limp
kucheka
to laugh
kuchekecha
to sieve
kuchekelea
to be happy about something
kuchekesha
to cause laughter
kuchelea
to fear, to have misgivings
kuchelewa
to be late
kuchemka
to bubble up, to boil
kuchemsha
to boil (transitive)
chenga
to dodging motion
kucheua
to chew the cud
kucheza
to play
kuchezea
to play with, to pick on
kuchimba
to dig
kuchimbua
to dig out
kuchimbuka
to appear
kuchinja
to slaughter
kuchipuka
to sprout
kuchipuza
to sprout
kuchocha
to prod, to get wasted
kuchochea
to stir up or provoke
kuchoka
to tire
kuchokoa
to poke out
kuchokoza
to provoke, to tease
kuchoma
to stab, burn, roast
kuchomeka
to stick into
kuchomoa
to withdraw
kuchomoza
to burst forth, appear
kuchonga
to cut to shape
kuchongea
to make trouble for
kuchongoka
to be straightened or streamlined
kuchonyota
to smart or sting
kuchopoa
to take from, to snatch
kuchopoka
to let slip
kuchora
to draw, to engrave
kuchorachora
to scribble
kuchosha
to exhaust or wear down
kuchota
to draw liquid or scoop up
kuchovya
to dip, to immerse
kuchuba
to graze the skin
kuchubuka
to be grazed
kuchuchumia
to tiptoe
kuchuja
to filter or strain
kuchujuka
to fade
kuchukia
to hate, to dislike
kuchukiza
to cause or inspire hatred
kuchukua
to take, to carry
kuchukuana
to agree with
kuchukuliana
to bear with one another
kuchukuza
to employ as a porter
kuchuma
to earn, gather
kuchuna
to skin
kuchunga
to guard, shepherd, or sift
kuchungua
to investigate
kuchungulia
to peep at, to inspect carefully
kuchupa
to jump down or dive
kuchuruzika
to trickle away
kuchuuza
to trade
kuchwa
to set in
kuchewa
to be overtaken by darkness
kudadisi
to be inquisitive
kudaiwa
to be indebted to
kudaka
to catch
kudakiza
to interrupt
kudanganya
to deceive
kudanganyika
to be deceived
kudeka
to be conceited or spoiled
kudekeza
to spoil
kudhamini
to guarantee
kudhani
to think, to suppose
kudharau
to despise or look down on
kudhihaki
to ridicule
kudhihirika
to be evident
kudhihirisha
to show clearly
kudhikika
to be hard pressed
kudhili
to humiliate
kudhoofika
to become weak
kudhoofisha
to weaken

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