Phrasal Verbs ListPhrasal verbs are usually two-word phrases consisting of verb + adverb or verb +preposition. Think of them as you would any other English vocabulary. Study them as youcome across them, rather than trying to memorize many at once. Use the list below as areference guide when you find an expression that you dont recognize. The examples willhelp you understand the meanings. If you think of each phrasal verb as a separate verb witha specific meaning, you will be able to remember it more easily. Like many other verbs,phrasal verbs often have more than one meaning.This list shows about 200 common phrasal verbs, with meanings and examples. Only themost usual meanings are given. Some phrasal verbs may have additional meanings.As well as learning their meanings, you need to learn how to use phrasal verbs properly.Some phrasal verbs require a direct object (someone/something), while others do not. Somephrasal verbs can be separated by the object, while others cannot. Review this phrasal verbsgrammar from time to time so that you dont forget the rules!Verb Meaning Example Brian asked Judy out to dinnerask someone out invite on a date and a movie. ask many people the same I asked around but nobodyask around question has seen my wallet. Your purchases add up toadd up to something Equal $205.32. Youll have to back up yourback something up Reverse car so that I can get out. My wife backed me up overback someone up Support my decision to quit my job. The racing car blew up after itblow up Explode crashed into the fence. We have to blow 50 balloonsblow something up add air up for the party. Our car broke down at the stop functioning (vehicle,break down side of the highway in the machine) snowstorm.break down get upset The woman broke down when
the police told her that her son had died. Our teacher broke the finalbreak something down divide into smaller parts project down into three separate parts. Somebody broke in last nightbreak in force entry to a building and stole our stereo. The firemen had to break intobreak into something enter forcibly the room to rescue the children. wear something a few times I need to break these shoes inbreak something in so that it doesnt look/feel new before we run next week. The TV station broke in tobreak in Interrupt report the news of the presidents death. My boyfriend and I broke upbreak up end a relationship before I moved to America. The kids just broke up as soonbreak up start laughing (informal) as the clown started talking. The prisoners broke out of jailbreak out Escape when the guards werent looking. I broke out in a rash after ourbreak out in something develop a skin condition camping trip. This sad music is bringing mebring someone down make unhappy down. My grandparents brought mebring someone up raise a child up after my parents died. My mother walks out of thebring something up start talking about a subject room when my father brings up sports. He drank so much that hebring something up Vomit brought his dinner up in the toilet.
We called around but we phone many differentcall around werent able to find the car part places/people we needed. I called the company back butcall someone back return a phone call the offices were closed for the weekend. Jason called the wedding offcall something off Cancel because he wasnt in love with his fiancé. The professor called on me forcall on someone ask for an answer or opinion question 1. We called on you last nightcall on someone visit someone but you werent home. Give me your phone numbercall someone up Pone and I will call you up when we are in town. You are still mad. You need tocalm down relax after being angry calm down before you drive the car.not care for not like (formal) I dont care for his behaviour.someone/something Youll have to run faster than get to the same point ascatch up that if you want to catch up someone else with Marty. arrive and register at a hotel or We will get the hotel keyscheck in airport when we check in. You have to check out of thecheck out leave a hotel hotel before 11:00 AM.check The company checks out all look at carefully, investigatesomeone/something out new employees.check out Check out the crazy hair on look at (informal)someone/something that guy! She cheered up when shecheer up become happier heard the good news.
I brought you some flowers tocheer someone up make happier cheer you up. If everyone chips in we canchip in Help get the kitchen painted by noon. Please clean up your bedroomclean something up tidy, clean before you go outside. I came across these old photoscome across something find unexpectedly when I was tidying the closet. The top and bottom comecome apart Separate apart if you pull hard enough.come down with My nephew came down with become sicksomething chicken pox this weekend. The woman came forward volunteer for a task or to givecome forward with her husbands finger evidence prints. The art of origami comes fromcome from somewhere originate in Asia.count on I am counting on you to make rely onsomeone/something dinner while I am out. Please cross out your oldcross something out draw a line through address and write your new one. My doctor wants me to cutcut back on something consume less back on sweets and fatty foods. make something fall to the We had to cut the old tree incut something down ground our yard down after the storm. Your father cut in while I wascut in Interrupt dancing with your uncle. pull in too closely in front of The bus driver got angry whencut in another vehicle that car cut in.cut in start operating (of an engine The air conditioner cuts in
or electrical device) when the temperature gets to 22°C. The doctors cut off his legcut something off remove with something sharp because it was severely injured. The phone company cut offcut something off stop providing our phone because we didnt pay the bill. My grandparents cut my fathercut someone off take out of a will off when he remarried. remove part of something I cut this ad out of thecut something out (usually with scissors and newspaper. paper) Hes lucky to be alive. Hisdo someone/something beat up, ransack (Br.E., shop was done over by a streetover informal) gang. My teacher wants me to do mydo something over do again (N.Amer.) essay over because she doesnt like my topic.do away with Its time to do away with all of Discardsomething these old tax records. Do your coat up before you godo something up fasten, close outside. Its snowing! Its a fancy restaurant so wedress up wear nice clothing have to dress up. Andrea dropped back to thirddrop back move back in a position/group place when she fell off her bike. I might drop in/by/over fordrop in/by/over come without an appointment tea sometime this week. take someone/somethingdrop I have to drop my sister off at somewhere and leave them/itsomeone/something off work before I come over. theredrop out quit a class, school etc I dropped out of Science
because it was too difficult. I dont feel like cookingeat out eat at a restaurant tonight. Lets eat out. We ended up renting a movieend up eventually reach/do/decide instead of going to the theatre. My new dress fell apart in thefall apart break into pieces washing machine. The picture that you hung upfall down fall to the ground last night fell down this morning. The money must have fallenfall out separate from an interior out of my pocket. (of hair, teeth) become loose His hair started to fall outfall out and unattached when he was only 35. I need to figure out how to fitfigure something out understand, find the answer the piano and the bookshelf in this room. Please fill in the form with to write information in blanksfill something in your name, address, and phone (Br.E.) number. to write information in blanks The form must be filled out infill something out (N.Amer.) capital letters. I always fill the water jug upfill something up fill to the top when it is empty. We dont know where he lives.find out Discover How can we find out? We tried to keep the time offind something out Discover the party a secret, but Samantha found it out. I tried to get my pointget something communicate, make across/over to the judge butacross/over understandable she wouldnt listen.get along/on like each other I was surprised how well my
new girlfriend and my sister got along/on. My grandfather can getget around have mobility around fine in his new wheelchair. We worked so hard this yearget away go on a vacation that we had to get away for a week.get away with do without being noticed or Jason always gets away withsomething punished cheating in his maths tests. We got back from ourget back return vacation last week. Liz finally got her Science receive something you hadget something back notes back from my room- before mate. My sister got back at me forget back at someone retaliate, take revenge stealing her shoes. She stole my favourite hat. become interested in I finally got back into myget back into something something again novel and finished it. Were going to freeze out hereget on something step onto a vehicle if you dont let us get on the bus. recover from an illness, loss, I just got over the flu and nowget over something difficulty my sister has it. The company will have toget over something overcome a problem close if it cant get over the new regulations. finally find time to do I dont know when I am goingget round to something (N.Amer.: get around to to get round to writing the something) thank you cards. meet (usually for social Lets get together for a BBQget together reasons) this weekend.get up get out of bed I got up early today to study
for my exam. You should get up and giveget up stand the elderly man your seat. reveal hidden information His wife gave him away to thegive someone away about someone police. My father gave me away atgive someone away take the bride to the altar my wedding. My little sister gave thegive something away ruin a secret surprise party away by accident. give something to someone The library was giving awaygive something away for free old books on Friday. I have to give these skatesgive something back return a borrowed item back to Franz before his hockey game. My boyfriend didnt want to go reluctantly stop fighting orgive in to the ballet, but he finally arguing gave in. They were giving out free give to many people (usuallygive something out perfume samples at the at no cost) department store. I am giving up smoking as ofgive something up quit a habit January 1st. My maths homework was toogive up stop trying difficult so I gave up. My brother tried to go aftergo after someone follow someone the thief in his car. I went after my dream andgo after something try to achieve something now I am a published writer. We are going against the bestgo against someone compete, oppose soccer team in the city tonight. Please go ahead and eat beforego ahead start, proceed the food gets cold.
I have to go back home andgo back return to a place get my lunch. leave home to go on a social Were going out for dinnergo out event tonight. Jesse has been going out withgo out with someone date Luke since they met last winter. Please go over your answersgo over something review before you submit your test. I havent seen Tina for a longgo over visit someone nearby time. I think Ill go over for an hour or two. When I was young, we wentgo without something suffer lack or deprivation without winter boots. My best friend and I grewgrow apart stop being friends over time apart after she changed schools. My roses grew back thisgrow back regrow summer. When Jack grows up he wantsgrow up become an adult to be a fireman. Elizabeth needs a new pair ofgrow out of something get too big for shoes because she has grown out of her old ones. This bike is too big for himgrow into something grow big enough to fit now, but he should grow into it by next year. give something used to I handed my old comic bookshand something down someone else down to my little cousin. I have to hand in my essay byhand something in submit Friday. to distribute to a group of We will hand out thehand something out people invitations at the door.
The police asked the man tohand something over give (usually unwillingly) hand over his wallet and his weapons. stay positive (N.Amer., Hang in there. Im sure youllhang in informal) find a job very soon. Hang on while I grab my coathang on wait a short time (informal) and shoes! Instead of going to the partyhang out spend time relaxing (informal) we are just going to hang out at my place. He didnt say goodbye beforehang up end a phone call he hung up.hold I had to hold my dog backsomeone/something prevent from doing/going because there was a cat in theback park. Jamie held back his tears athold something back hide an emotion his grandfathers funeral. Please hold on while I transferhold on wait a short time you to the Sales Department.hold onto hold firmly using your hands Hold onto your hat becausesomeone/something or arms its very windy outside.hold A man in a black mask held robsomeone/somethingup the bank up this morning.keep on doing Keep on stirring until the continue doingsomething liquid comes to a boil.keep something from We kept our relationship from not tellsomeone our parents for two years.keep Try to keep the wet dog out of stop from enteringsomeone/something out the living room. If you keep those results upkeep something up continue at the same rate you will get into a great college.let someone down fail to support or help, I need you to be on time. Dont
disappoint let me down this time. Can you let the cat in beforelet someone in allow to enter you go to school?look after I have to look after my sick take care ofsomeone/something grandmother. Ever since we stole thatlook down on someone think less of, consider inferior chocolate bar your dad has looked down on me.look for Im looking for a red dress for try to findsomeone/something the wedding.look forward to Im looking forward to the be excited about the futuresomething Christmas break. We are going to look into thelook into something investigate price of snowboards today. be careful, vigilant, and take Look out! That cars going tolook out notice hit you!look out for Dont forget to look out for be especially vigilant forsomeone/something snakes on the hiking trail. Can you look over my essaylook something over check, examine for spelling mistakes? search and find information in We can look her phonelook something up a reference book or database number up on the Internet. My little sister has alwayslook up to someone have a lot of respect for looked up to me. Josie made up a story aboutmake something up invent, lie about something why we were late. We were angry last night, butmake up forgive each other we made up at breakfast. My sisters made me up for mymake someone up apply cosmetics to graduation party. I mixed up the twins namesmix something up confuse two or more things again!
His uncle passed away lastpass away die night after a long illness. It was so hot in the church thatpass out faint an elderly lady passed out. give the same thing to many The professor passed thepass something out people textbooks out before class. decline (usually something I passed up the job because Ipass something up good) am afraid of change. Thanks for buying my ticket.pay someone back return owed money Ill pay you back on Friday. be punished for doing That bully will pay for beingpay for something something bad mean to my little brother. I picked out three sweaters forpick something out choose you to try on.point Ill point my boyfriend out indicate with your fingersomeone/something out when he runs by. put what you are holding on a You can put the groceriesput something down surface or floor down on the kitchen counter. The students put the substitute insult, make someone feelput someone down teacher down because his stupid pants were too short. We are putting off our tripput something off postpone until January because of the hurricane. The neighbours put the fireput something out extinguish out before the firemen arrived. I have to put the crib togetherput something together assemble before the baby arrives.put up with I dont think I can put up with toleratesomeone/something three small children in the car. put clothing/accessories on Dont forget to put on yourput something on your body new earrings for the party.run into meet unexpectedly I ran into an old school-friend
someone/something at the mall.run over drive a vehicle over a person I accidentally ran over yoursomeone/something or thing bicycle in the driveway. Lets run over/through theserun over/through rehearse, review lines one more time before thesomething show. The child ran away fromrun away leave unexpectedly, escape home and has been missing for three days. We ran out of shampoo so Irun out have none left had to wash my hair with soap. My letter got sent back to mesend something back return (usually by mail) because I used the wrong stamp. Our boss set a meeting upset something up arrange, organize with the president of the company. The police set up the car thiefset someone up trick, trap by using a hidden camera. I want to shop around a littleshop around compare prices before I decide on these boots. act extra special for people He always shows off on hisshow off watching (usually boastfully) skateboard You should sleep over tonight stay somewhere for the nightsleep over if the weather is too bad to (informal) drive home. We need to sort the bills outsort something out organize, resolve a problem before the first of the month. continue doing something, You will lose weight if youstick to something limit yourself to one particular stick to the diet. thing The lights too bright. Couldswitch something off stop the energy flow, turn off you switch it off.
We heard the news as soon asswitch something on start the energy flow, turn on we switched on the car radio. I take after my mother. Wetake after someone resemble a family member are both impatient. He took the car brakes aparttake something apart purposely break into pieces and found the problem. I have to take our new TVtake something back return an item back because it doesnt work. My plane takes off in fivetake off start to fly minutes. remove something (usually Take off your socks and shoestake something off clothing) and come in the lake! Can you take the garbage outtake something out remove from a place or thing to the street for me? pay for someone to go My grandparents took us outtake someone out somewhere with you for dinner and a movie. I tore up my ex-boyfriendstear something up rip into pieces letters and gave them back to him. When I think back on my remember (often + to,think back youth, I wish I had studied sometimes + on) harder. Ill have to think this job offerthink something over consider over before I make my final decision. We threw our old furniturethrow something away dispose of away when we won the lottery. decrease the volume or Please turn the TV downturn something down strength (heat, light etc) while the guests are here. I turned the job down becauseturn something down refuse I dont want to move.turn something off stop the energy flow, switch Your mother wants you to
off turn the TV off and come for dinner. Its too dark in here. Lets turnturn something on start the energy, switch on some lights on. increase the volume or Can you turn the music up?turn something up strength (heat, light etc) This is my favourite song. Our cat turned up after we putturn up appear suddenly posters up all over the neighbourhood. Im going to try these jeans on,try something on sample clothing but I dont think they will fit. I am going to try this newtry something out test brand of detergent out. The kids used all of theuse something up finish the supply toothpaste up so we need to buy some more. We have to wake up early forwake up stop sleeping work on Monday.warm You can warm your feet up in increase the temperaturesomeone/something up front of the fireplace. I always warm up by doingwarm up prepare body for exercise sit-ups before I go for a run. Most of my make-up wore offwear off fade away before I got to the party. I work out at the gym threework out exercise times a week.work out be successful Our plan worked out fine. We have to work out the totalwork something out make a calculation cost before we buy the house.