List of Commonly Used Windows Standard Powershell Verbs

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Windows PowerShell is an object-oriented automation engine and scripting language with an interactive command-line shell designed to help IT administrator professionals configure systems and automate various administrative tasks.

Windows PowerShell is a shell and scripting component of the Windows Management Framework, an automation/configuration management framework from Microsoft built on the .NET Framework. You can find Windows Powershell it in every modern Windows OS starting with Windows 2008R2.

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Verbs used to name CmdLets should be named from verbs from the list supplied be Get-Verb. The verbs express specific actions in Windows PowerShell, while the nouns describe specific types of objects. Verbs should be phrased in the present tense, and nouns should be singular.

Verb Meaning Synonyms
Add Adds a resource to a container or attaches an element to another element Append, Attach, Concatenate, Insert
Clear Removes all elements from a container Flush, Erase, Release, Unmark, Unset,
close Removes access to a resource Shut, Seal
Copy Copies a resource to another name or container Duplicate, Clone, Replicate
Enter Sets a resource as a context Push, Telnet, Open
Exit Returns to the context that was present before a new context was entered Pop, Disconnect
Find Searches within an unknown context for a desired item Dig, Discover
Format Converts an item to a specified structure or layout Layout, Arrange
Get Retrieves data Read, Open, Cat, Type, Dir, Obtain ,Dump, Acquire, Examine, Find, Search
Hide Makes a display not visible Suppress
Join Joins a resource Combine, Unite, Connect, Associate
Lock Locks a resource Restrict, Bar
Move Moves a resource Transfer, Name, Migrate
New Creates a new resource Create, Generate, Build, Make, Allocate
open Enables access to a resource Release, Unseal
Pop Removes an item from the top of a stack Remove Paste
Push Puts an item onto the top of a stack  Put, Add, Copy
Redo Repeats an action or reverts the action of an Undo Repeat, Retry, Revert
Remove Removes a resource from a container Delete, Kill
Rename Gives a resource a new name Ren , Swap
Reset Restores a resource to a predefined or original state Restore, Revert
Select Creates a subset of data from a larger data set Pick, Grep, Filter
Search Finds a resource (or summary information about that resource) in a collection (does not actually retrieve the resource but provides information to be used when retrieving it) Find , get , grep, select
Set Place data Write, Assign, Configure
Show Retrieves, formats, and displays information Bypass, Jump
Skip Bypasses an element in a seek or navigation Divide, Chop, Parse
split Separates data into smaller elements Next, Iterate
Step Moves a process or navigation forward by one unit Toggle, Alter, Flip
Switch Alternates the state of a resource between different alternatives or options Toggle, Alter ,flip
Unlock Unlocks a resource Free, Unrestricted
Use Applies or associates a resource with a context With , Having
Watch Continually monitors an item Monitor, Poll
Connect Connects a source to a destination Join, Telnet
Disconnect Disconnects a source from a destination Break, Logoff
Read Acquires information from a no connected source Prompt, Get
Receive Acquires information from a connected source Read, Accept, Peek
Send Writes information to a connected destination Put, Broadcast, Mail
Write Writes information to a no connected destination Puts, Print
Backup Backs up data Save, Burn
Checkpoint Creates a snapshot of the current state of data or its configuration Diff, Start Transaction
Compare Compares a resource with another resource Diff, Bc
Compress Reduces the size or resource usage of an item Zip, Squeeze, Archive
Convert Changes from one representation to another when the camlet supports Change, Resize, Resample
convert From Converts from one primary input to several supported outputs Export, Output, Out
Convert to Converts from several supported inputs to one primary output Import, Input, In
Dismount Detaches a name entity from a location in a namespace Dismount, Unlink
Edit Modifies an item in place Change, Modify, Alter
Expand Increases the size or resource usage of an item Extract ,  Unzip
Export Stores the primary input resource into a backing store or interchange format Extract, Backup
Group Combines an item with other related items Merge, Combine, Map
Import Creates a primary output resource from a backing store or interchange format Load , Read
Initialize Prepares a resource for use and initializes it to a default state Setup, Renew, Rebuild
Limit Applies constraints to a resource Quota , Enforce
Merge Creates a single data instance from multiple data sets Combine, Join
Mount Attaches a named entity to a location in a namespace Attach, Link
Out Sends data to a terminal location Print, Format, Sen
Publish Make a resource known or visible to other Deploy , Release , Install
Restore Restores a resource to a set of conditions that have been predefined or set by a checkpoint Repair , Retum, Fix
Save Stores pending changes to a recoverable store Write, Retain, Submi
Sync Synchronizes two resources with each other Push, Update
Unpublish Removes a resource from public visibility Uninstall, Revert
Update Updates or refreshes a resource Refresh, Renew, Index
Debug Examines a resource, diagnoses operational problems Attach, Diagnose
Measure Identifies resources consumed by an operation or retrieves statistics about a resource Calculate , Determine, Analyze
Ping Determines whether a resource is active and responsive (in most instances, this should be replaced by the verb Test) Connect, Debug
Repair Recovers an item from a damaged or broken state Fix, Recover, Rebuild
Resolve Maps a shorthand representation to a more complete one Expand, Determine
Test Verify the validity or consistency of a resource Diagnose, Verify, Analyze
Trace Follow the activities of the resource Inspect, Dig
Approve Gives approval or permission for an item or resource Allow, Let
Assert Declares the state of an item or fact  Finalizes a pending operation Verify, Check
Complete Finalizes a pending operation Finalize, End
Confirm Approves or acknowledges a resource or process Check, Validate
Deny Disapproves or disallowa a resource or process Fail, Halt
Disable Configures an item to be available Halt, Hide
Enable Configures an item to be available Allow, Perform
Install Places a resource in the specified location and optionally initializes it Setup Configure
Invoke Calls or launches an activity that cannot be stopped Run, Call, Perform
Register Adds an item to a monitored or publishing resource Record , Submit , Journal , Subscribe
Request Submits for consideration or approval Ask, Query
Restart Stops an operation and starts it again Recycle , Hup
Resume Begins an operation after it has been suspended Configure
Start Begins an activity Launch, Initiate
Stop Discontinues an activity Halt, End, Discontinue
Submit Adds to a list of pending actions or sends for approval Send Post
Suspend Pauses until an expected event occurs Pause, Sleep, Break
Uninstall Removes a resource from the specified location Remove, Clear, Clean
Unregister Removes an item from a monitored or publishing resource Unsubscribe , Erase,  Remover
Wait Pauses until an expected event occurs Sleep, Pause , Join
Block Restricts access to a resource Prevent, Limit, Deny
Grant Grants access to a resource Allow, Enable
Protect Limits access to a resource Encrypt, Seal
Revoke Removes access to a resource Remove, Disable
Unblock Removes a restriction of access to a resource Clear, Allow
Unprotect Removes restrictions from a protected resource Decrypt, Decode
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