Verb Meaning Exampleask someone out invite on a date Brian asked Judy out to dinner and a movie. I asked around but nobody has seen myask around ask many people the same question wallet.add up to something equal Your purchases add up to $205.32. Youll have to back up your car so that I canback something up reverse get out. My wife backed me up over my decision toback someone up support quit my job. The racing car blew up after it crashed into theblow up explode fence.blow something up add air We have to blow 50 balloons up for the party. Our car broke down at the side of the highwaybreak down stop functioning (vehicle, machine) in the snowstorm. The woman broke down when the police toldbreak down get upset her that her son had died. Our teacher broke the final project down intobreak something down divide into smaller parts three separate parts. Somebody broke in last night and stole ourbreak in force entry to a building stereo. The firemen had to break into the room tobreak into something enter forcibly rescue the children. wear something a few times so that it I need to break these shoes in before we runbreak something in doesnt look/feel new next week. The TV station broke in to report the news ofbreak in interrupt the presidents death. My boyfriend and I broke up before I movedbreak up end a relationship to America. The kids just broke up as soon as the clownbreak up start laughing (informal) started talking. The prisoners broke out of jail when thebreak out escape guards werent looking.break out in something develop a skin condition I broke out in a rash after our camping trip.bring someone down make unhappy This sad music is bringing me down. My grandparents brought me up after mybring someone up raise a child parents died.
My mother walks out of the room when mybring something up start talking about a subject father brings up sports. He drank so much that he brought his dinnerbring something up vomit up in the toilet. We called around but we werent able to findcall around phone many different places/people the car part we needed. I called the company back but the offices werecall someone back return a phone call closed for the weekend. Jason called the wedding off because he wasntcall something off cancel in love with his fiancé.call on someone ask for an answer or opinion The professor called on me for question 1. We called on you last night but you werentcall on someone visit someone home. Give me your phone number and I will call youcall someone up phone up when we are in town. You are still mad. You need to calm downcalm down relax after being angry 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 that if you wantcatch up get to the same point as someone else to catch up with Marty.check in arrive and register at a hotel or airport We will get the hotel keys when we check in. You have to check out of the hotel beforecheck out leave a hotel 11:00 AM.check someone/something look at carefully, investigate The company checks out all new employees.outcheck out look at (informal) Check out the crazy hair on that guy!someone/something She cheered up when she heard the goodcheer up become happier news.cheer someone up make happier I brought you some flowers to cheer you up. If everyone chips in we can get the kitchenchip in help painted by noon. Please clean up your bedroom before you goclean something up tidy, clean outside. I came across these old photos when I wascome across something find unexpectedly tidying the closet.
The top and bottom come apart if you pullcome apart separate hard enough.come down with My nephew came down with chicken pox this become sicksomething weekend. The woman came forward with her husbandscome forward volunteer for a task or to give evidence finger prints.come from somewhere originate in The art of origami comes from Asia.count on I am counting on you to make dinner while I rely onsomeone/something am out. Please cross out your old address and writecross something out draw a line through your new one. My doctor wants me to cut back on sweets andcut back on something consume less fatty foods. We had to cut the old tree in our yard downcut something down make something fall to the ground after the storm. Your father cut in while I was dancing withcut in interrupt your uncle. pull in too closely in front of anothercut in The bus driver got angry when that car cut in. vehicle start operating (of an engine or electrical The air conditioner cuts in when thecut in device) temperature gets to 22°C. The doctors cut off his leg because it wascut something off remove with something sharp severely injured. The phone company cut off our phone becausecut something off stop providing we didnt pay the bill. My grandparents cut my father off when hecut someone off take out of a will remarried. remove part of something (usually withcut something out I cut this ad out of the newspaper. scissors and paper)do someone/something Hes lucky to be alive. His shop was done over beat up, ransack (Br.E., informal)over by a street gang. My teacher wants me to do my essay overdo something over do again (N.Amer.) because she doesnt like my topic. Its time to do away with all of these old taxdo away with something discard records. Do your coat up before you go outside. Itsdo something up fasten, close snowing!
dress up wear nice clothing Its a fancy restaurant so we have to dress up. Andrea dropped back to third place when shedrop back move back in a position/group fell off her bike. I might drop in/by/over for tea sometime thisdrop in/by/over come without an appointment week.drop someone/something take someone/something somewhere and I have to drop my sister off at work before Ioff leave them/it there come over. I dropped out of Science because it was toodrop out quit a class, school etc difficult.eat out eat at a restaurant I dont feel like cooking tonight. Lets eat out. We ended up renting a movie instead of goingend up eventually reach/do/decide to the theatre. My new dress fell apart in the washingfall apart break into pieces machine. The picture that you hung up last night fellfall down fall to the ground down this morning.fall out separate from an interior The money must have fallen out of my pocket. (of hair, teeth) become loose and His hair started to fall out when he was onlyfall out unattached 35. I need to figure out how to fit the piano andfigure something out understand, find the answer the bookshelf in this room. Please fill in the form with your name, address,fill something in to write information in blanks (Br.E.) and phone number.fill something out to write information in blanks (N.Amer.) The form must be filled out in capital letters.fill something up fill to the top I always fill the water jug up when it is empty. We dont know where he lives. How can wefind out discover find out? We tried to keep the time of the party a secret,find something out discover but Samantha found it out. I tried to get my point across/over to the judgeget something across/over communicate, make understandable but she wouldnt listen. I was surprised how well my new girlfriendget along/on like each other and my sister got along/on. My grandfather can get around fine in his newget around have mobility wheelchair.get away go on a vacation We worked so hard this year that we had to get
away for a week. Jason always gets away with cheating in hisget away with something do without being noticed or punished maths tests.get back return We got back from our vacation last week. Liz finally got her Science notes back from myget something back receive something you had before room-mate. My sister got back at me for stealing herget back at someone retaliate, take revenge shoes. She stole my favourite hat. I finally got back into my novel and finishedget back into something become interested in something again it. Were going to freeze out here if you dont letget on something step onto a vehicle us get on the bus.get over something recover from an illness, loss, difficulty I just got over the flu and now my sister has it. The company will have to close if it cant getget over something overcome a problem over the new regulations. finally find time to do (N.Amer.: get I dont know when I am going to get round toget round to something around to something) writing the thank you cards.get together meet (usually for social reasons) Lets get together for a BBQ this weekend.get up get out of bed I got up early today to study for my exam. You should get up and give the elderly manget up stand your seat.give someone away reveal hidden information about someone His wife gave him away to the police.give someone away take the bride to the altar My father gave me away at my wedding. My little sister gave the surprise party away bygive something away ruin a secret accident. The library was giving away old books ongive something away give something to someone for free Friday. I have to give these skates back to Franzgive something back return a borrowed item before his hockey game. My boyfriend didnt want to go to the ballet,give in reluctantly stop fighting or arguing but he finally gave in. They were giving out free perfume samples atgive something out give to many people (usually at no cost) the department store.give something up quit a habit I am giving up smoking as of January 1st.give up stop trying My maths homework was too difficult so I
gave up.go after someone follow someone My brother tried to go after the thief in his car. I went after my dream and now I am ago after something try to achieve something published writer. We are going against the best soccer team ingo against someone compete, oppose the city tonight. Please go ahead and eat before the food getsgo ahead start, proceed cold.go back return to a place I have to go back home and get my lunch.go out leave home to go on a social event Were going out for dinner tonight. Jesse has been going out with Luke since theygo out with someone date met last winter. Please go over your answers before you submitgo over something review your test. I havent seen Tina for a long time. I think Illgo over visit someone nearby go over for an hour or two. When I was young, we went without wintergo without something suffer lack or deprivation boots. My best friend and I grew apart after shegrow apart stop being friends over time changed schools.grow back regrow My roses grew back this summer.grow up become an adult When Jack grows up he wants to be a fireman. Elizabeth needs a new pair of shoes becausegrow out of something get too big for she has grown out of her old ones. This bike is too big for him now, but he shouldgrow into something grow big enough to fit grow into it by next year. I handed my old comic books down to myhand something down give something used to someone else little cousin.hand something in submit I have to hand in my essay by Friday.hand something out to distribute to a group of people We will hand out the invitations at the door. The police asked the man to hand over hishand something over give (usually unwillingly) wallet and his weapons. Hang in there. Im sure youll find a job veryhang in stay positive (N.Amer., informal) soon.hang on wait a short time (informal) Hang on while I grab my coat and shoes!
Instead of going to the party we are just goinghang out spend time relaxing (informal) to hang out at my place.hang up end a phone call He didnt say goodbye before he hung up.hold someone/something I had to hold my dog back because there was a prevent from doing/goingback cat in the park. Jamie held back his tears at his grandfathershold something back hide an emotion funeral. Please hold on while I transfer you to the Saleshold on wait a short time Department.hold onto Hold onto your hat because its very windy hold firmly using your hands or armssomeone/something outside.hold A man in a black mask held the bank up this robsomeone/somethingup morning. Keep on stirring until the liquid comes to akeep on doing something continue doing boil.keep something from We kept our relationship from our parents for not tellsomeone two years.keep someone/something stop from entering Try to keep the wet dog out of the living room.out If you keep those results up you will get into akeep something up continue at the same rate great college. I need you to be on time. Dont let me downlet someone down fail to support or help, disappoint this time.let someone in allow to enter Can you let the cat in before you go to school?look after take care of I have to look after my sick grandmother.someone/something Ever since we stole that chocolate bar your dadlook down on someone think less of, consider inferior has looked down on me.look for try to find Im looking for a red dress for the wedding.someone/somethinglook forward to something be excited about the future Im looking forward to the Christmas break. We are going to look into the price oflook into something investigate snowboards today.look out be careful, vigilant, and take notice Look out! That cars going to hit you!look out for Dont forget to look out for snakes on the be especially vigilant forsomeone/something hiking trail.
Can you look over my essay for spellinglook something over check, examine mistakes? search and find information in a We can look her phone number up on thelook something up reference book or database Internet.look up to someone have a lot of respect for My little sister has always looked up to me.make something up invent, lie about something Josie made up a story about why we were late. We were angry last night, but we made up atmake up forgive each other breakfast. My sisters made me up for my graduationmake someone up apply cosmetics to party.mix something up confuse two or more things I mixed up the twins names again! His uncle passed away last night after a longpass away die illness. It was so hot in the church that an elderly ladypass out faint passed out. The professor passed the textbooks out beforepass something out give the same thing to many people class. I passed up the job because I am afraid ofpass something up decline (usually something good) change. Thanks for buying my ticket. Ill pay you backpay someone back return owed money on Friday. That bully will pay for being mean to my littlepay for something be punished for doing something bad brother.pick something out choose I picked out three sweaters for you to try on.point someone/something indicate with your finger Ill point my boyfriend out when he runs by.out put what you are holding on a surface or You can put the groceries down on the kitchenput something down floor counter. The students put the substitute teacher downput someone down insult, make someone feel stupid because his pants were too short. We are putting off our trip until Januaryput something off postpone because of the hurricane. The neighbours put the fire out before theput something out extinguish firemen arrived. I have to put the crib together before the babyput something together assemble arrives.
put up with I dont think I can put up with three small toleratesomeone/something children in the car. Dont forget to put on your new earrings forput something on put clothing/accessories on your body the party.run into meet unexpectedly I ran into an old school-friend at the mall.someone/somethingrun over I accidentally ran over your bicycle in the drive a vehicle over a person or thingsomeone/something driveway.run over/through Lets run over/through these lines one more rehearse, reviewsomething time before the show. The child ran away from home and has beenrun away leave unexpectedly, escape missing for three days. We ran out of shampoo so I had to wash myrun out have none left hair with soap. My letter got sent back to me because I usedsend something back return (usually by mail) the wrong stamp. Our boss set a meeting up with the president ofset something up arrange, organize the company. The police set up the car thief by using aset someone up trick, trap hidden camera. I want to shop around a little before I decideshop around compare prices on these boots. act extra special for people watchingshow off He always shows off on his skateboard (usually boastfully) You should sleep over tonight if the weather issleep over stay somewhere for the night (informal) too bad to drive home. We need to sort the bills out before the first ofsort something out organize, resolve a problem the month. continue doing something, limit yourselfstick to something You will lose weight if you stick to the diet. to one particular thingswitch something off stop the energy flow, turn off The lights too bright. Could you switch it off. We heard the news as soon as we switched onswitch something on start the energy flow, turn on the car radio.take after someone resemble a family member I take after my mother. We are both impatient. He took the car brakes apart and found thetake something apart purposely break into pieces problem.take something back return an item I have to take our new TV back because it
doesnt work.take off start to fly My plane takes off in five minutes. Take off your socks and shoes and come in thetake something off remove something (usually clothing) lake! Can you take the garbage out to the street fortake something out remove from a place or thing me? pay for someone to go somewhere with My grandparents took us out for dinner and atake someone out you movie. I tore up my ex-boyfriends letters and gavetear something up rip into pieces them back to him. When I think back on my youth, I wish I hadthink back remember (often + to, sometimes + on) studied harder. Ill have to think this job offer over before Ithink something over consider make my final decision. We threw our old furniture away when wethrow something away dispose of won the lottery. decrease the volume or strength (heat, Please turn the TV down while the guests areturn something down light etc) here. I turned the job down because I dont want toturn something down refuse move. Your mother wants you to turn the TV off andturn something off stop the energy flow, switch off come for dinner.turn something on start the energy, switch on Its too dark in here. Lets turn some lights on. increase the volume or strength (heat, Can you turn the music up? This is myturn something up light etc) favourite song. Our cat turned up after we put posters up allturn up appear suddenly over the neighbourhood. Im going to try these jeans on, but I donttry something on sample clothing think they will fit. I am going to try this new brand of detergenttry something out test out. The kids used all of the toothpaste up so weuse something up finish the supply need to buy some more. We have to wake up early for work onwake up stop sleeping Monday.warm someone/something You can warm your feet up in front of the increase the temperatureup fireplace.
I always warm up by doing sit-ups before I gowarm up prepare body for exercise for a run. Most of my make-up wore off before I got towear off fade away the party.work out exercise I work out at the gym three times a week.work out be successful Our plan worked out fine. We have to work out the total cost before wework something out make a calculation buy the house.