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An Extensive List of Phrasal

Verbs
Phrasal Verb Meaning Example

To respect or obey a If you want to keep your job here,
abide by
decision, a law or a rule you must abide by our rules.

I hope you can account for the time
account for To explain, give a reason
you were out!

To make sense, seem The facts in the case just don’t add
add up
reasonable up.

To recommend not doing I advise against walking alone in this
advise against
something neighborhood.

To have the same opinion I agree with you. I think you should
agree with
as someone else. go as well.

We need to allow for unexpected
allow for To take into consideration
charges along the way.

1. To plead or make a 1. He appealed to the court to
appeal to request change its decision.

2. To be attractive or 2. A vacation of sunbathing
interesting doesn’t appeal to me.

apply for To make a formal request He applied for a scholarship for next

1. To explode blow up 2. system or program One of the wolves broke away from break away To separate from a crowd his pack. Don’t blow up at me. loan etc. Local authorities backed down on To withdraw. he backed back away fear or dislike away in fright. the explosion. To start a computer by You need to boot up your computer boot up loading an operating before you begin to work. I’m going to be very strict with 1. 1. semester. You should back up all your (file.Phrasal Verb Meaning Example for something (job. . It’s not my 2. To get angry fault. etc. 1.) computer files in a secure location. Tommy blew up the red balloon. concede back down their threats to build on that part of defeat the beach. in When he saw the bear. To make a copy of 2. program. To give support or him. To base your hopes on I’m banking on you to help with the bank on something / someone charity event. lose Jenna fell in the parking lot black out consciousness and blacked out. To faint. permit. It all boils down to who has more boil down to To be summarized as power. To separate using a The police blocked off the street after block off barrier.) To move backwards. I hope you’ll back me up on encouragement back up this? 2.

stop (something) 1. To lose control of 2. burn out 2. To go out of order. To improve. The light bulb burnt out. become exhausted 2. John broke down when he heard one’s emotions the news. relationship) dating him for five years. To escape from a place by break out of Several prisoners broke out of jail. 1.Phrasal Verb Meaning Example 1. She needs to work fewer hours. The washing machine broke 1. To meet by chance or I bumped into Adam at the bank. from over-working Otherwise she will burn out. down so we had to call in the repair cease to function break down technician. Could please call back in ten call back To return a phone call minutes? The game was called off because of call off To cancel bad weather. Please working change it. 2. . Burglars broke into my car last break into To enter by force night. He bump into unexpectedly says “hello”. Rioting broke out after the break out To start suddenly government raised the fuel prices again. force To come to an end She broke up with Daniel after break up (marriage. refresh one’s I must brush up on my French brush up on knowledge of something before going to Paris next month. Sara is bringing up her children by bring up To raise (a child) herself.

To do something as specified (a plan.Phrasal Verb Meaning Example To become more relaxed. come across 2. 1. That company does not carry conduct (test. 1. 2. check out leave (a hotel) 2. I don’t know if this price is 2. The politician came across as a make an impression complete fool during the TV interview. Has the owner of the winning lotto come forward To present oneself ticket come forward? . the suspect clammed up. To find by chance across some old photos of you. His orders were carried out to the order. I’ll check it out online. It took Kylie several hours to calm calm down less angry or upset down after she saw the accident. The soldiers carried on walking in carry on To continue order to get to their post before dark. To investigate correct. experiment) To register at a hotel or They said I must check in at least check in airport three hours before my flight. 1. an 1. The local authorities have decided clamp down To act strictly to prevent to clamp down on illegal parking in on something handicapped parking places. When the police started asking clam up To refuse to speak questions. To perform or 2. a threat) letter. out tests on animals. seem. To appear. To pay one’s bill and this morning. I was cleaning up and came 1. carry out 2. Donna checked out of the hotel 1.

They drew up a contract and had me draw up agreement. You need to cut out all red meat something from your diet. take care of Catherine is not good at dealing deal with (problem. To fall asleep To leave school without Zack dropped out of college and drop out finishing joined the army. I often drop off in front of the TV.Phrasal Verb Meaning Example To rely or depend on (for You can count on me to keep your count on help) secret. we went To calm down. Their wedding gave us a chance dress up wear elegant clothes to dress up and get out of the house. . To last longer than The suspect’s trial dragged on longer drag on expected than we had expected! To write (contract. drop off or something 2. so do without To manage without she’ll have to do without extra treats. cut out 2. situation) with stress. To handle. I’ll drop off the papers later today. She cut out a coupon from the scissors newspaper. To reduce in number or I’ve decided to cut down on the cut down on size amount of sweets I eat. document) sign it. 1. After the storm died down. usually on the Why don’t you drop in to see us on drop in way somewhere your way home? 1. To stop doing 2. To deliver someone 1. To visit. She didn’t get a salary this month. To remove using 1. 2. become die down outside to see the damage it had less strong caused.

If you don’t improve your work end up place or action habits. His plans to trek through South fall through To fail. To complete (a form/an Please fill out the enclosed form and fill out application) return it as soon as possible. result in To finally reach a state. To manage to cope or to Students without jobs have a hard get by survive time getting by. become less ease off severe or slow down Traffic usually eases off about 7pm (pain. traffic. doesn’t happen America fell through when he got sick. you’ll end up being fired. To discover or obtain I’m going to to find out who’s find out information responsible for the power cut. find the figure out enough money to go on the trip to answer Spain. He’s trying to figure out how to earn To understand. end in Her marriage ended in divorce. To concentrate on Tom had difficultty focusing on work focus on something the day before his holiday started. What are you getting at? Do you get at To imply think I’m to blame? I think we should get away for the get away To escape weekend. work) To finish in a certain way. get along To be on good terms. It’s important to get along with your (with) work well with team supervisor. get in To enter When did you get in last night? get into How did you get into your car To enter (+noun) without the keys? .Phrasal Verb Meaning Example To reduce.

Phrasal Verb Meaning Example 1. get on (well) To have a good He doesnt get on very well with the with relationship with other members of the committee. I’m trying to get on the flight to get on plane) Brussels. To To hand in. To remove shirt. . We will never give in to the yield terrorists’ demands. 2. It’s get rid of To eliminate so ragged. Mary had the chickenpox last week get over disappointment) but she got over it. leave bed class in 20 minutes. To recover from (illness. To cease opposition. (somebody) He had a hard time getting out of get out To leave Newark because of the snow? Edna’s trying to get out of working get out of To avoid doing something the night shift. she had a hard (something) progress time getting on with her life. get over Has she gotten over the flu? disappointment) To recover from (illness. get on with To continue to do. To board (bus. To leave (bus. train. Let’s get together for your birthday get together To meet each other on Saturday. give in 1. make After they split up. train. Will you please get up? You’ve got a get up To rise. get off plane) 2. I can’t get the ink stain off my 2. 2. You should get off the train in 1. I’ll give in my paper tomorrow. 1. Kings Heath. Please get rid of that old t-shirt.

To grip tightly rollercoaster ride that she held on for dear life. Andy went through a lot of pain go through To experience after his mother died. . He’s like Peter Pan.Phrasal Verb Meaning Example submit Morris gave up drinking 10 years give up To stop doing something ago. To spend one’s childhood. 1. 1. The two countries met at the To resolve by discussion. To wait hold on 2. Yes David. Please hold on and a representative will answer your call. He never grow up develop. become an adult really grew up at all. To spend time in a Which pub does the team hang out at hang out particular place or with a after the game? group of friends To end a phone If you hang up now. iron out conference to iron out their eliminate differences differences. To submit (report. act speedily we’ll miss the train. She was so scared on the 2. Hurry up and finish your lunch or hurry up To be quick. I’ll never speak hang up conversation to you again. Susan volunteered at the shelter hand out To distribute where she handed out warm clothes. Please hand in your papers before hand in homework) Friday. you can join in the join in To participate discussion any time you like.

look forward To await or anticipate I’m looking forward to my birthday.Phrasal Verb Meaning Example 1. She always looks look down on To consider as inferior down on anyone who is poor. 2. To meet and unite 2. make fun of To laugh at/ make jokes It’s not nice to make fun of people in . Let’s separate now and join with up later at the restaurant. I feel so let down because they let down To disappoint promised me a puppy but all I got was a doll. He look up to To admire was a great man. To stay at the same level I read the paper every day to keep up keep up with as someone or something with the news. Harry went to the shop to look for a look for To try to find something new computer. I always looked up to my father. to with pleasure It’s in two days time. Please check your form again and leave out To omit. To be a spectator at an If you don’t want to take part in the look on event game you can look on for now. not mention make sure nothing is left out. were only sixteen when they joined become a member of join up up. Andy can you look after your sister look after To take care of until I get back? She’s such a snob. To continue doing If you keep on making that noise I keep on something will get annoyed. To engage in. There was a war on. start o’clock. The rugby match kicked off at 3 kick off To begin. so some kids 1.

I’ll pick you up at around 7:00 to pick up To collect somebody take you to the airport. He didn’t drink enough water so pass out To faint he passed out at the end of the race. It’s very dark in here. I’ll pay you back as soon as I get the pay back To reimburse loan. To admit or confess Come on. To accommodate.Phrasal Verb Meaning Example about wheelchairs. story) up it up yourself? To mistake one thing or She had so many cats that she mix up person for another kept mixing up their names. To arrive in a new home Did you hear? Our new neighbors move in or office are moving in this afternoon. Own up. arrange a Don’t put off until tomorrow. what put off later date you can do today. That’s a good excuse. To leave your home/office When are you moving out? We need move out for another one. To postpone. You were so tired after the game that nod off To fall asleep you nodded off on the couch. Did you make make up To invent (excuse. switch on on the light on. The fire fighters were able to put put out To extinguish out fire in ten minutes. . We know you did own up something it! Your grandfather passed pass away To die away peacefully in his sleep last night. Please put put on To turn on. your office for the new guy. give I can put you up until the weekend put up somebody a bed but then I’m going away.

into) To have no more of We’ve run out of milk. Don’t buy that. hour traffic. I don’t think she’ll show up tonight. Let’s set off early to miss the rush set off To start a journey. To rise from a sitting The whole stadium stood up for the stand up position national anthem. the rule out To eliminate police ruled him out as a suspect. I always arrive rely on trust on time. To brag or want to be He’s such a show off. there was a point out attention to something mistake in your calculation. To meet by accident or I’m so glad I ran into you. To count on. stop talking Shut up. He has to tell show off admired everybody about his new computer. To escape from a place or He ran away from home and joined run away suddenly leave the circus. shut up To be silent. Let’s shop shop around To compare prices around and see if we can find something cheaper. It’s bad sit down To take a seat news. you’re spoiling the movie! (impolite) I think you should sit down. Since he had a sound alibi. I need to run into unexpectedly (also: bump ask you something. . I’ll just pop run out of something. You can rely on me. next door to borrow some.Phrasal Verb Meaning Example To indicate/direct As I already pointed out. show up To appear/arrive Her daughter is sick. They set up their own company when set up To start a business they were still in high school. depend on.

extract and turn them off. wear out 2. Julie was worn out after all that running.Phrasal Verb Meaning Example My big brother always stuck up stick up for To defend for me when I got into a fight. try it on and see if it fits? if it suits or fits I asked her out but turn down To refuse she turned me down flat. in Angie really takes after her take after appearance or character grandmother. Please take care of my cat when I’m take care of To look after away. To wear something to see try on Go ahead. I hear they’re taking on extra staff take on To hire or engage staff for this event. To resemble. To reprimand/criticize The coach told her off for not trying tell off severely hard enough. To become unusable the marathons. To finish a product (so use up Your parents used up all the coffee! that there’s none left) watch out To be careful Watch out! There’s a dog in the road. To become very tired 2. . 1. The plane will take off as soon as the take off To leave the ground fog lifts. Take your time think over To consider and think it over before you decide. Julie wore out her shoes running 1. Please take out your mobile phones take out To remove.

wipe off To clean (board.Phrasal Verb Meaning Example 1. . You should work out twice a exercise week at the gym. To do physical 1. I’ll wash up if you wipe off the table. table). Can you work this out? I’m no calculate something good at math. To find a solution or 2. work out 2.