Phrasal Verbs List (EnglishClub.

This is a list of about 200 common phrasal verbs, with meanings and examples. Phrasal 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 you come across them, rather than trying to memorize many at once. Use the list below as a reference guide when you find an expression that you don't recognize. The examples will help you understand the meanings. If you think of each phrasal verb as a separate verb with a specific meaning, you will be able to remember it more easily. Like many other verbs, phrasal verbs often have more than one meaning. 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. Some phrasal verbs can be separated by the object, while others cannot. Review the grammar lesson on phrasal verbs from time to time so that you don't forget the rules! Most phrasal verbs consist of two words, but a few consist of three words, which always stay together. Verb ask someone out ask around add up to something back something up Meaning invite on a date ask many people the same question equal reverse Example Brian asked Judy out to dinner and a movie. I asked around but nobody has seen my wallet. Your purchases add up to $205.32. You'll have to back up your car so that I can get out. My wife backed me up over my decision to quit my job. The racing car blew up after it crashed into the fence. We have to blow 50 balloons up for the party. Our car broke down at the side of the highway in the snowstorm. The woman broke down when the police told her that her son had died. Our teacher broke the final project down into three separate parts. Somebody broke in last night and stole our stereo. The firemen had to break into the room to rescue the children. I need to break these shoes in before we run next week. The TV station broke in to report the news of the president's death. My boyfriend and I broke up before I moved to America. The kids just broke up as soon as the clown started talking. The prisoners broke out of jail when the guards weren't looking.

back someone up


blow up


blow something up break down

add air stop functioning (vehicle, machine)

break down

get upset

break something down

divide into smaller parts

break in

force entry to a building

break into something

enter forcibly

break something in

wear something a few times so that it doesn't look/feel new interrupt

break in

break up

end a relationship

break up

start laughing (informal)

break out


You have to check out of the hotel before 11:00 AM. check in check out arrive and register at a hotel or airport leave a hotel check someone/something out check out someone/something cheer up cheer someone up chip in look at carefully. The professor called on me for question 1. I don't care for his behaviour. bring something up start talking about a subject bring something up vomit call around phone many different places/people call someone back return a phone call call something off cancel call on someone call on someone ask for an answer or opinion visit someone call someone up phone calm down relax after being angry not care for someone/something catch up not like (formal) get to the same point as someone else You'll have to run faster than that if you want to catch up with Marty. I called the company back but the offices were closed for the weekend. This sad music is bringing me down. I brought you some flowers to cheer you up. You are still mad. If everyone chips in we can get the kitchen painted by noon. Give me your phone number and I will call you up when we are in town.break out in something bring someone down bring someone up develop a skin condition make unhappy raise a child I broke out in a rash after our camping trip. We called around but we weren't able to find the car part we needed. investigate look at (informal) Check out the crazy hair on that guy! become happier make happier help She cheered up when she heard the good news. He drank so much that he brought his dinner up in the toilet. My mother walks out of the room when my father brings up sports. clean something up tidy. Jason called the wedding off because he wasn't in love with his fiancé. Please clean up your bedroom before you go outside. We will get the hotel keys when we check in. clean come across something find unexpectedly . The company checks out all new employees. My grandparents brought me up after my parents died. I came across these old photos when I was tidying the closet. You need to calm down before you drive the car. We called on you last night but you weren't home.

The bus driver got angry when that car cut in. It's time to do away with all of these old tax records.. I might drop in/by/over for tea some time this week. We had to cut the old tree in our yard down after the storm. Your father cut in while I was dancing with your uncle. close dress up drop back wear nice clothing move back in a position/group drop in/by/over come without an appointment . come down with something become sick come forward volunteer for a task or to give evidence come from somewhere count on someone/something cross something out originate in rely on draw a line through cut back on something consume less cut something down make something fall to the ground cut in interrupt cut in pull in too closely in front of another vehicle start operating (of an engine or electrical device) remove with something sharp cut in The air conditioner cuts in when the temperature gets to 22°C.) do away with something discard do something up fasten. I am counting on you to make dinner while I am out. Please cross out your old address and write your new one. do again (N. ransack (Br. Andrea dropped back to third place when she fell off her bike.Amer. My doctor wants me to cut back on sweets and fatty foods. My nephew came down with chicken pox this weekend. The phone company cut off our phone because we didn't pay the bill. The art of origami comes from Asia. The doctors cut off his leg because it was severely injured.come apart separate The top and bottom come apart if you pull hard enough. It's snowing! It's a fancy restaurant so we have to dress up. His shop was done over by a street gang. I cut this ad out of the newspaper. My grandparents cut my father off when he remarried. My teacher wants me to do my essay over because she doesn't like my topic.E. Do your coat up before you go outside. The woman came forward with her husband's finger prints. informal) do someone/something over do something over He's lucky to be alive. cut something off cut something off stop providing cut someone off take out of a will cut something out remove part of something (usually with scissors and paper) beat up.

I tried to get my point across/over to the judge but she wouldn't listen. eat out end up eat at a restaurant eventually reach/do/decide fall apart fall down break into pieces fall to the ground fall out fall out separate from an interior (of hair. His hair started to fall out when he was only 35. fill something in to write information in blanks (Br. I was surprised how well my new girlfriend and my sister got along/on.Amer. Jason always gets away with cheating in his maths tests. and phone number. but Samantha found it out. My grandfather can get around fine in his new wheelchair. I finally got back into my novel and finished it. My new dress fell apart in the washing machine. The form must be filled out in capital letters. school etc I have to drop my sister off at work before I come over. How can we find out? We tried to keep the time of the party a secret. make understandable get along/on like each other get around have mobility get away go on a vacation get away with something do without being noticed or punished get back get something back return receive something you had before get back at someone retaliate. She stole my favourite hat. Let's eat out. Please fill in the form with your name. We worked so hard this year that we had to get away for a week. I dropped out of Science because it was too difficult. My sister got back at me for stealing her shoes. We got back from our vacation last week.E. I always fill the water jug up when it is empty. The picture that you hung up last night fell down this morning. We're going to freeze out here if you don't let us get on the bus. Liz finally got her Science notes back from my room-mate. address. I don't feel like cooking tonight.drop someone/something off drop out take someone/something somewhere and leave them/it there quit a class. We don't know where he lives.) fill to the top discover find something out discover get something across/over communicate. find the answer figure something out I need to figure out how to fit the piano and the bookshelf in this room. take revenge get back into something get on something become interested in something again step onto a vehicle .) fill something out fill something up find out to write information in blanks (N. We ended up renting a movie instead of going to the theatre. teeth) become loose and unattached understand. The money must have fallen out of my pocket.

but he finally gave in. difficulty overcome a problem I just got over the flu and now my sister has it. My little sister gave the surprise party away by accident. My father gave me away at my wedding. My maths homework was too difficult so I gave up. They were giving out free perfume samples at the department store. I think I'll go over for an hour or two. Please go over your answers before you submit your test. We are going against the best soccer team in the city tonight. proceed go back go out go out with someone return to a place leave home to go on a social event date go over something review go over visit someone nearby .Amer. You should get up and give the elderly man your seat. My brother tried to go after the thief in his car. His wife gave him away to the police. oppose go ahead start. I went after my dream and now I am a published writer. get round to something finally find time to do (N. Jesse has been going out with Luke since they met last winter. I haven't seen Tina for a long time. My boyfriend didn't want to go to the ballet. loss. Please go ahead and eat before the food gets cold. I don't know when I am going to get round to writing the thank you cards. I am giving up smoking as of January 1st. I have to go back home and get my lunch. I have to give these skates back to Franz before his hockey game. The company will have to close if it can't get over the new regulations.get over something get over something recover from an illness. I got up early today to study for my exam. Let's get together for a BBQ this weekend. The library was giving away old books on Friday.: get around to something) meet (usually for social reasons) get out of bed stand get together get up get up give someone away give someone away give something away reveal hidden information about someone take the bride to the altar ruin a secret give something away give something to someone for free give something back return a borrowed item give in reluctantly stop fighting or arguing give something out give to many people (usually at no cost) give something up give up quit a habit stop trying go after someone go after something follow someone try to achieve something go against someone compete. We're going out for dinner tonight.

My roses grew back this summer. let someone down fail to support or help. disappoint . We kept our relationship from our parents for two years. A man in a black mask held the bank up this morning.. Hang on while I grab my coat and shoes! Instead of going to the party we are just going to hang out at my place. I'm sure you'll find a job very soon.Amer. grow apart stop being friends over time grow back grow up grow out of something regrow become an adult get too big for grow into something grow big enough to fit hand something down give something used to someone else hand something in hand something out hand something over submit to distribute to a group of people give (usually unwillingly) hang in stay positive (N. I had to hold my dog back because there was a cat in the park. Please hold on while I transfer you to the Sales Department. we went without winter boots. Hang in there. This bike is too big for him now. I have to hand in my essay by Friday. He didn't say goodbye before he hung up. Hold onto your hat because it's very windy outside.go without something suffer lack or deprivation When I was young. informal) hang on hang out wait a short time (informal) spend time relaxing (informal) hang up hold someone/something back hold something back end a phone call prevent from doing/going hide an emotion hold on wait a short time hold onto someone/something hold someone/somethingup hold firmly using your hands or arms rob keep on doing something keep something from someone keep someone/something out keep something up continue doing not tell stop from entering continue at the same rate If you keep those results up you will get into a great college. I handed my old comic books down to my little cousin. We will hand out the invitations at the door. I need you to be on time. Don't let me down this time. Elizabeth needs a new pair of shoes because she has grown out of her old ones. Try to keep the wet dog out of the living room. Keep on stirring until the liquid comes to a boil. My best friend and I grew apart after she changed schools. but he should grow into it by next year. The police asked the man to hand over his wallet and his weapons. Jamie held back his tears at his grandfather's funeral. When Jack grows up he wants to be a fireman.

The professor passed the textbooks out before class. and take notice be especially vigilant for check. . It was so hot in the church that an elderly lady passed out. That bully will pay for being mean to my little brother. I passed up the job because I am afraid of change. Josie made up a story about about why we were late. Look out! That car's going to hit you! Don't forget to look out for snakes on the hiking trail. lie about something look up to someone make something up make up forgive each other make someone up mix something up pass away apply cosmetics to confuse two or more things die pass out faint pass something out give the same thing to many people pass something up decline (usually something good) pay someone back return owed money pay for something be punished for doing something bad pick something out point someone/something out put something down choose indicate with your finger put what you are holding on a surface or floor You can put the groceries down on the kitchen counter. We were angry last night. Thanks for buying my ticket. We are going to look into the price of snowboards today. My sisters made me up for my graduation party. consider inferior Ever since we stole that chocolate bar your dad has looked down on me. I'll pay you back on Friday. I picked out three sweaters for you to try on. I'm looking for a red dress for the wedding. Can you look over my essay for spelling mistakes? We can look her phone number up on the Internet. I mixed up the twins' names again! His uncle passed away last night after a long illness. vigilant. I'll point my boyfriend out when he runs by. think less of. but we made up at breakfast. look for someone/something look forward to something look into something try to find be excited about the future investigate I'm looking forward to the Christmas break. examine look something up search and find information in a reference book or database have a lot of respect for invent.let someone in look after someone/something look down on someone allow to enter take care of Can you let the cat in before you go to school? I have to look after my sick grandmother. My little sister has always looked up to me. look out look out for someone/something look something over be careful.

limit yourself to one particular thing stop the energy flow. turn on switch something off switch something on The light's too bright. We ran out of shampoo so I had to wash my hair with soap. The neighbours put the fire out before the firemen arrived. We heard the news as soon as we switched on the car radio. organize set someone up trick. My letter got sent back to me because I used the wrong stamp. take after someone resemble a family member . We are both impatient. I have to put the crib together before the baby arrives. I take after my mother. I ran into an old school-friend at the mall. resolve a problem stick to something continue doing something. Our boss set a meeting up with the president of the company. We need to sort the bills out before the first of the month. Could you switch it off. You will lose weight if you stick to the diet. review leave unexpectedly. turn off start the energy flow. trap shop around compare prices show off act extra special for people watching (usually boastfully) stay somewhere for the night (informal) sleep over You should sleep over tonight if the weather is too bad to drive home. escape run out have none left send something back return (usually by mail) set something up arrange. sort something out organize. Don't forget to put on your new earrings for the party. make someone feel stupid The students put the substitute teacher down because his pants were too short. The child ran away from home and has been missing for three days.put someone down insult. We are putting off our trip until January because of the hurricane. Let's run over/through these lines one more time before the show. I want to shop around a little before I decide on these boots. He always shows off on his skateboard rehearse. put something off postpone put something out extinguish put something together assemble put up with someone/something put something on tolerate put clothing/accessories on your body run into someone/something run over someone/something run over/through something run away meet unexpectedly drive a vehicle over a person or thing I accidentally ran over your bicycle in the driveway. I don't think I can put up with three small children in the car. The police set up the car thief by using a hidden camera.

Can you turn the music up? This is my favourite song. I have to take our new TV back because it doesn't work. We threw our old furniture away when we won the lottery. The kids used all of the toothpaste up so we need to buy some more. sometimes + on) think something over consider throw something away dispose of turn something down decrease the volume or strength (heat. but I don't think they will fit. I tore up my ex-boyfriend's letters and gave them back to him. We have to wake up early for work on Monday. Let's turn some lights on. switch off turn something on turn something up start the energy. Please turn the TV down while the guests are here. Take off your socks and shoes and come in the lake! Can you take the garbage out to the street for me? My grandparents took us out for dinner and a movie. It's too dark in here. light etc) refuse turn something down turn something off stop the energy flow. I always warm up by doing sit-ups before I go for a run. switch on increase the volume or strength (heat. I'll have to think this job offer over before I make my final decision. My plane takes off in five minutes. I turned the job down because I don't want to move. I'm going to try these jeans on. Our cat turned up after we put posters up all over the neighbourhood. take something back return an item take off take something off start to fly remove something (usually clothing) take something out remove from a place or thing take someone out pay for someone to go somewhere with you rip into pieces tear something up think back remember (often + to. When I think back on my youth. I am going to try this new brand of detergent out. light etc) appear suddenly turn up try something on sample clothing try something out test use something up finish the supply wake up warm someone/something up warm up stop sleeping increase the temperature prepare body for exercise . I wish I had studied harder. You can warm your feet up in front of the fireplace.take something apart purposely break into pieces He took the car brakes apart and found the problem. Your mother wants you to turn the TV off and come for dinner.

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