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ALPHABETICAL LIST OF ENGLISH PHRASAL VERBS
A phrasal verb is a verb plus a preposition or adverb; the combination creates a meaning different from the original verb.

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Phrasal Verb A abide by account for add up

Meaning

Example

respect or obey. (the law, a decision, If you want to stay at this school, you must abide by the rules. a rule) explain, give a I hope you can account for the money you spent! reason Her story just doesn't add up. I agree with you. I think she deserves the award too.

make sense, seem reasonable have the same agree with opinion as somebody else. take into consideration, allow for include in a calculation answer reply rudely back make a formal request for apply for something (job, permit, loan etc.) avail take advantage of (oneself) something (an of opportunity)

You'd better leave early to allow for traffic jams.

Don't answer back your mother!

He applied for the job he saw advertised in the newspaper.

When the company is privatized, you should avail yourself of the opportunity and buy some shares.

B back away back down

move backwards, in When he saw the dog, he backed away. fear or dislike withdraw, concede defeat 1) give support or encouragement 2) make a copy of (file, program, etc.) faint, lose consciousness Separate using a barrier. 1) explode; 2) be destroyed by an explosion be summarized as 1) go out of order, cease to function 2) lose control of Local authorities backed down on their plans to demolish the building. 1) If I tell the boss we've got too much work, will you back me up? 2) It is recommended to back up all files in a secure location. When he fell off the horse he blacked out. The area was blocked off during the demonstration. 1) The terrorists said the bomb would blow up at 9 o'clock. 2) The car blew up but luckily there was nobody in it. The problem boils down to a lack of money. 1) John's car broke down so he had to take the bus. 2) The parents broke down when they heard the bad news.

back up

black out block off blow up boil down to break down

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experiment) register at a hotel or check in For security reasons you have to check in two hours before your flight. After her marriage broke up. 1) The car conked out on the motorway. The police have asked any witnesses to come forward.com/phrasal-verbs/phrasal-verb-list. restaurant. cinema). an order. refresh one's knowledge of something meet by accident or bump into unexpectedly 1) stop (something) working burn out 2) become exhausted from over-working butt in (on interrupt impolitely sthg) C call back call off call on/upon sby return a phone call cancel formally invite or request I'll call you back as soon as possible.learn-english-today. He carried on gardening in spite of the rain. carry out a threat) 2) Tests are carried out to determine the efficiency of a new drug. become more calm down relaxed.htm 07/08/2009 . he conked out in front of the TV. 1) find by chance 2) appear. 2) investigate clam up clamp down on close down come across come forward come up against conk out count on refuse to speak act strictly to prevent something stop operating (company. 1) Julie came across some photographs of her grandparents in the attic. Pedro bumped into his English teacher at the supermarket. 2) The candidate came across as a dynamic person during the interview. 1) The fuse has burnt out. 2) Tom will burn himself out if he doesn't slow down. I'm counting on the taxi driver to find the theatre. I'll check it out. he checked out this morning. less angry or upset carry on continue 1) do something as specified (a plan. The project came up against a lot of criticism. break out escape from a place Three prisoners broke out of jail. relationship) bring up brush up on raise (a child) She stopped working in order to bring up her children. 1) The plan was carried out to perfection. The meeting was called off because of the strike. check out leave (a hotel) 2) I don't know if the address is still valid. I now call upon the President to address the assembly. Rioting broke out as a result of the strike. When the factory closed down. make an impression present oneself be faced with or opposed by 1) stop working 2) stop or fall asleep (from exhaustion) rely or depend on (for help) remove by drawing When the teacher arrived she clammed up. the employees lost their jobs. Blair still at the hotel? No.List of English phrasal verbs Page 2 sur 7 one's emotions break into enter by force break out start suddenly Burglars broke into the house around midnight. Emma went to live in London. He was angry at first but he eventually calmed down. airport 1) pay one's bill and 1) Is Mr. http://www. 2) He was so exhausted. Mary had to brush up on her Spanish before going to South America. seem. 2) perform or conduct (test. The government has decided to clamp down on smoking in public places. It's rude to butt in on a conversation like that! improve. of by force come to an end break up (marriage.

D deal with die down handle. 2) I'm going to cut out eating between meals. The doctor told him to cut down on cigarettes. become less severe or slow down (pain. situation) calm down. 1) Do people dress up to go to the opera in your country? 2) Children love to dress up at Halloween. become When the applause died down.List of English phrasal verbs Page 3 sur 7 cross out a line through cut down reduce in number or on size 1) remove using scissors cut out 2) stop doing something In some exercises. understand. find a solution I'm going to call the cinema to find out what time the film starts. less strong The shops are closed so we'll have to do without sugar. work) 1) eliminate differences of opinion. answer complete (a form/an Please fill out the enclosed form and return it as soon as possible. traffic.com/phrasal-verbs/phrasal-verb-list. 1) I'll drop you off at the bus stop if you like. take care of The manager is good at dealing with difficult customers. find the I'm trying to figure out how to assemble the bookshelves. do without manage without drag on draw up dress up drop in drop off drop out last longer than expected write (contract. document) 1) wear elegant clothes 2) disguise oneself visit. The advertising campaign will focus on the quality of the product. I sometimes drop in to see my grandparents on my way home from school. she started to sing. We expected a short speech but it dragged on and on! An agreement was drawn up and signed by the two parties. 1) After a long discussion they managed to even out their differences. F fall through figure out fill out find out focus on figure out fail. G get at get away get by get in get into (+noun) imply escape manage to cope or to survive enter enter What exactly are you trying to get at? The robbers got away in a black car. application) discover or obtain information concentrate on something understand.learn-english-today. How did the burglar get in? How did the burglar get into the house? http://www. 2) The road was evened out to make it safer. 2) become level or regular After Christmas the workload generally eases off. usually on the way somewhere 1) deliver someone or something 2) fall asleep leave school without finishing E ease off even out reduce. She decided to go to art school then dropped out after the first term. (problem. 2) Granddad often drops off in front of the TV. 1) She cut out a picture in a magazine. We'll have to figure out a way to deliver the goods faster. agreement. doesn't happen Our planned boat trip fell through because of the storm. It's difficult to get by on a low salary.htm 07/08/2009 . you are asked to cross out the incorrect word.

com/phrasal-verbs/phrasal-verb-list. plane) 1) You should get off the bus at Trafalgar Square. Let's get together for lunch on day. a member of . hang out hang up hit at hit back hit on/upon hold on hurry up retaliate. eliminate The meeting tomorrow will be an opportunity to iron out difficulties. become an adult H hand in hand out submit (report.htm 07/08/2009 . It's difficult to get rid of old habits. I get on very well with my colleagues. or with a group of friends end a phone conversation aim a blow at All application forms must be handed in before the end of the month. My grandmother had pneumonia but she got over it. train.List of English phrasal verbs Page 4 sur 7 get off get on 1) leave (bus. Be quiet and get on with your homework.She held on to the railing as she crossed the bridge. act speedily . Samples will be handed out at the end of the demonstration. plane) 2) remove board (bus. I usually get up at 7 o'clock. (something) make progress get on have a good (well) with relationship with (somebody) get out get out of (+noun) get out of get over get rid of get together get up give up leave leave avoid doing something recover from (illness. leave bed stop doing something go through experience grow up spend one's childhood. differences J join in join up participate She was too shy to join in the game. How did he get out? How did he get out of the house? Some husbands manage to get out of doing any housework.The two groups of tourists joined up at the hotel. You can pay when you get on the bus. -engage in. train. I'll put you through to Mr. 2) She can't get the stain off her sweater. homework) distribute spend time in a particular place. Brown. . Sarah gave up smoking 5 years ago.learn-english-today.'Hold on please." He hit at the wasp with the newspaper. Hurry up! We'll miss the bus. by inspiration -wait -grip tightly be quick.meet and unite with http://www." . the boy hit back. reply to an When he was attacked by the others. I haven't finished yet. disappointment) eliminate meet each other rise.John was in the Army and Tom joined up as soon as he left school. develop. I iron out resolve by discussion. attack find unexpectedly or She hit upon an idea for her new collection. Pete went through a lot of pain after the accident. get on with continue to do. He grew up in a small village in the mountains. become . Where does he hang out these days? Who does he hang out with? "Don't hang up.

The boy owned up. You promised to come to the party. Some employees make up excuses when they arrive late for work. L leave out let down look after omit. something stay at the same level as someone or Bill walks so fast it's difficult to keep up with him. mistake one thing or I don't know my neighbours' names yet. It's time to forget the past and look ahead. http://www. arrive in a new home or office leave your move out home/office for another one. He was a wonderful teacher and many students looked up to him. not mention disappoint take care of The child's name was left out of the report. She passed out when she heard the bad news.List of English phrasal verbs Page 5 sur 7 jot down take quick notes I jotted down the address while watching the programme on TV. note down write something O opt out own up leave a system or decide not to participate admit or confess something I enjoy tennis but I'm so busy I had to opt out of the tournament. K keep on keep up with kick off continue doing It told him to be quiet but he kept on making noise. on look on look for be a spectator at an Billy didn't take part in the fight. My neighbour is leaving. I'll lend you 20 provided you pay me back before the end of the week. He said he kicked the ball through the window. I look forward to seeing you soon. event try to find something Jane went to the shops to look for a pair of shoes. N nod off fall asleep My grandfather often nods off in front of the television. something begin. P pass away die pass out pay back faint reimburse postpone. look await or anticipate forward to with pleasure look up to admire M make fun of make up mix up move in laugh at/ make jokes about invent (excuse. person for another You've bought a new house? When are you moving in?. He just looked on. I'll call the station and note down the departure times. look ahead think of the future look down consider as inferior He tends to look down on anyone who is not successful.htm 07/08/2009 . arrange a The old lady passed away peacefully. start The football match kicked off at 3 o'clock. story) The old lady dresses so strangely that the kids make fun of her. He's moving out next Saturday. I keep mixing them up.com/phrasal-verbs/phrasal-verb-list. so don't let me down! A babysitter looks after the children when they go out.learn-english-today.

accommodate.learn-english-today. It's always wise to shop around before buying anything. I'll have to think over the proposal before I decide. in T take after appearance or character take care look after of take off take on tell off leave the ground Jamie really takes after his dad. R rely on rule out run away count on. stop (impolite) talking sit down stick up for take a seat defend resemble. The plane took off at 6 a.htm 07/08/2009 . She pointed out the mistake. shut up be silent. There's David showing off in his new sports car! We expected David to come but he didn't show up. Could you put on the light please? It took a long time to put out the fire. you idiot! Please come in and sit down. something. Oh shut up.m. depend on. The police ruled out political motives. escape from a place He ran away from home at the age of fourteen.com/phrasal-verbs/phrasal-verb-list. reprimand/criticize severely The teacher told her off for not doing her homework. Can I try it on? I couldn't turn down an offer like that! think over consider try on wear something to see if it suits or fits turn down refuse http://www. You can rely on me. I'll take care of your plants while you're away. hire or engage staff Business is good so the company is taking on extra staff. bump into) have no more of run out of What a nuisance! We've run out of coffee. give We can put you up if you'd like to come for a week-end. It's important to stick up for one's principles. S set off set up shop around show off show up start a journey. start a business compare prices brag or want to be admired appear/arrive Early Saturday morning we set off for the ski slopes . somebody a bed collect somebody indicate/direct attention to something I'll pick you up at the station when you arrive.List of English phrasal verbs Page 6 sur 7 put off put on put out put up pick up point out later date turn on. I'm not sure about the size. or suddenly leave meet by accident or run into unexpectedly (also: Sophie ran into Maria at the shopping centre. I can keep a secret. trust eliminate Don't worry. switch on extinguish The meeting was put off because of the strike. She set up her own company 10 years ago.

com phrasal verb quiz phrasal verb crossword top of page home copyright © k.List of English phrasal verbs Page 7 sur 7 U use up finish a product (so that there's none The kids have used up all the toothpaste. The teacher asked Lee to wipe off the board.learn-english-today. work out wipe off clean (board. Try it now.soundsenglish. or guarantee something You can give the keys to Andy. Starter to Advanced.com Study English Berkeley Premier English language schools in Berkeley. 1) Julie wore out her shoes visiting the city. http://www.lsi-america. California www. W watch out be careful wear out 1) become unusable 2) become very tired 1) do physical exercise 2) find a solution or calculate something Watch out! There's a car coming. left) express confidence V vouch for in. table). I can vouch for him. www.htm 07/08/2009 . all rights reserved. 1) I work out twice a week at the gym club. 2) It's expensive but I haven't worked out the exact cost yet. speaking24.com EnglishListeningPractice Free Online Exercises.beke. English speaking tips Here you will find some tips on how to improve your English speaking. 2) At the end of the day Julie was worn out.com/phrasal-verbs/phrasal-verb-list.

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