Definition : Inchoative verbs describe a change of state. Examples : bloom - The roses bloomed. dry - The washing dried. evaporate - The water evaporated. melt - The snow melted. open - The door opened. Further information: Some inchoative verbs have a transitive, causative verb as a counterpart : melt - The snow melted. / The sun melted the snow. open - The door opened. / Marian opened the door.