Russian imperfective verbs

Learn Russian imperfective verbs from our series “Russian Word of the Day”. Every verb comes with two examples and audio.

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приземля́ться [pree-zeem-lyá-tsa] Verb , imperfective
to land, to touch down
смерка́ться [smeer-ká-tsa] Verb , imperfective
to grow dusky
чо́каться [chó-ka-tsa] Verb , imperfective
to clink (glasses)
цвести́ [tsvees-tée] Verb , imperfective
to bloom, to blossom
выздора́вливать [vy-zda-ráv-lee-vat'] Verb , imperfective
to recover, to get well, to recuperate
лежа́ть [lee-zhát'] Verb , imperfective
to lie (position), to be somewhere (about inanimate objects)
печь [pyech'] Verb , imperfective
to bake
суши́ться [su-shée-tsa] Verb , imperfective
to dry up (to be in the process of drying up)
прихора́шиваться [pree-ha-rá-shee-va-tsa] Verb , imperfective
to smarten oneself up, to spruce up
тарато́рить [ta-ra-tó-reet'] Verb , imperfective
to talk very fast, to gabble
волнова́ться [val-na-vá-tsa] Verb , imperfective
to worry, to be worried, to be nervous, to be agitated
пережива́ть [pee-ree-zhee-vát'] Verb , imperfective
to worry, to be upset, to take hard; to experience, to go through, to undergo, to suffer
выключа́ть [vy-klyu-chát'] Verb , imperfective
to switch off, to turn off
обнима́ться [ab-nee-má-tsa] Verb , imperfective
to hug one another, to embrace
наряжа́ться [na-ree-zhá-tsa] Verb , imperfective
включа́ть [fklyu-chát'] Verb , imperfective
to turn on, to switch on; to include
отмеча́ть [at-mee-chát'] Verb , imperfective
to celebrate; to commemorate; to mark, to check, to note
умыва́ться [u-my-vá-tsa] Verb , imperfective
to wash (one's face and hands)
пра́здновать [prázd-na-vat'] Verb , imperfective
стыди́ться [sty-dée-tsa] Verb , imperfective
to be ashamed
фотографи́ровать [fa-ta-gra-fée-ra-vat'] Verb , imperfective
to take pictures, to photograph
целова́ться [tse-la-vá-tsa] Verb , imperfective
to kiss (one another)
расти́ [ras-tée] Verb , imperfective
to grow, to rise, to go up
ве́рить [vyé-reet'] Verb , imperfective
to believe, to trust
у́жинать [ú-zhee-nat'] Verb , imperfective
to take / have supper
обе́дать [a-byé-dat'] Verb , imperfective
to have dinner / lunch, to dine
одева́ться [a-dee-vá-tsa] Verb , imperfective
to dress, to put one's clothes on
за́втракать [záft-ra-kat'] Verb , imperfective
to have breakfast

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