Some Serbian verbs by frequency and needfulness. Note: a grave accent indicates rising stress (when known), a circumflex denotes long syllable. With verbs of regular conjugation, only the infinitive is given. Depending on the degree of irregularity, the 1st person singular present tense, 3rd person plural, and possibly past participle, are added. Change of accent is taken into account with irregular forms. Imperfective verbs are indicated by [I].

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  • biti, (je)sam

    be

    znati, znâm

    know

    moći, mogu

    can, be able to

    misliti

    think, mean

    imati

    have

    trebati

    need, require

    moliti

    ask for, request

    želeti

    want, wish, desire

    ići, idem

    go

    voleti, volîm

    love, like

    sànjati, sanjam

    dream

    zamisliti

    imagine, conceive (of)

    pìtati

    ask

    sèdeti

    sit, be sitting [I]

    sesti, sednem; seo, sela

    sit (down)

    sedati

    sit (down) [I]

    ožèniti, òženim

    marry, marry (off)

    žaliti

    feel sorry, sorrow, grieve

    vesèliti se, veselim se

    be glad [I]

    òstaviti

    leave (behind)

    bòraviti

    stay, dwell

    ozdraviti

    heal, get better

    tràžiti, tražim

    look for, seek

    razùmeti, razùmem, razùmeju

    understand

    spàvati

    sleep

    naspàvati se

    get enough sleep

    svìđati se, sviđam se

    be pleasing to, like

    zabòraviti

    forget

    krènuti, krenem

    go, set out, make a start

    ćaskati

    chat

    povrediti

    hurt, wound, violate

    ràđati se, rađam se, ràđaju se

    be born

    prezirati, prezirem

    loathe, despise, detest

    opòraviti se

    recover, get better

    pòpraviti

    repair, fix

    obèćati

    promise

    videti, vidîm

    see

    mòrati, moram

    must, have to, need to

    kàzati, kažem

    say, tell

    pìsati, pišem

    write

    piti, pijem

    drink

    ràditi, radim

    work; do [I]

    uràditi, ùradim

    do; write

    baviti se

    do, occupy oneself with

    zanìmati se, zànimam se, zanìmaju se

    be interested (in) [I]

    čìniti, činim

    make, do [I]

    učìniti, ùčinim

    make, do

    ùzeti, ùzmem

    take

    dòći, dođem; dòšao, dòšla

    come, arrive

    dòlaziti

    come, arrive [I]

    dati, dâm

    give

    dàvati, dajem

    give [I]

    gledati

    look at, watch [I]

    pògledati

    glance at

    kòristiti

    use [I]

    nàći, nađem; nàšao, nàšla

    find

    nàlaziti

    find [I]

    staviti

    put

    znàčiti, znači

    mean [3rd person only] [I]

    pòstati, pòstanem

    become

    pòstajati, postojim

    become, exist [I]

    stati, stanem

    1. stand up, get up; 2. stop; 3. start [doing something]

    stajati, stajem

    1. stand up, get up; 2. stop; 3. start [doing something] [I]

    trebati

    1. need; 2. ought, must [I]

    òsetiti se

    feel

    čìniti se, čìni se

    seem, appear [3rd person only] [I]

    izglèdati, ìzgledam, izglèdaju

    look, appear, seem [I]

    pokàzati, pòkažem

    show, demonstrate

    pòkušati

    try, attempt

    pokušàvati, pokùšavam, pokušàvaju

    try, attempt [I]

    držati, držim

    hold, keep [I]

    setiti se

    remember, think of

    sećati se

    remember [I]

    čìtati

    read [I]

    pròčitati

    read

    obožavati

    adore, worship, idolize

    pòmoći, pòmognem; pòmogao, pòmogla

    [+Dat] help

    nàdati se

    hope [I]

    verovati, verujem

    believe [I]

    pòverovati, pòverujêm

    believe

    čuti, čujem

    hear

    čuti se, čujem se

    talk to one another, be in contact, be in touch

    slušati

    listen to; obey

    čekati

    wait [I]

    vràtiti se, vratim se

    return

    òtići, odem; òtišao, òtišla

    leave, depart, go away

    òteti se, otmem se

    escape

    žìveti, žìvim

    live [I]

    pòčeti, počnem

    begin, start

    pòčinjati, pòčinjem

    begin, start [I]

    dozvòliti, dòzvolim

    let, allow, permit

    ljubiti se

    kiss, smooch, neck

    poljubiti

    kiss, peck

    pratiti

    follow, accompany [I]

    ispratiti

    follow, accompany

    jesti, jedem; jeo, jela

    eat [I]

    pòjesti,pòjedem; pòjeo, pòjela

    eat up

    bùditi, budim

    wake [someone] up [I]

    probùditi, pròbudim

    wake [someone] up

    buditi se, budim se

    wake up [I]

    probùditi se, pròbudim se

    wake up

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