English Phrasal verbs.txt

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  1. ask someone out
    invite on a date (i.e.:Brian asked Judy out to dinner and a movie.)
  2. ask around
    ask many people the same question (i.e.:I asked around but nobody has seen my wallet.)
  3. add up to something
    equal (i.e.:Your purchases add up to $205.32.)
  4. back something up
    reverse (i.e.:You'll have to back up your car so that I can get out.)
  5. back someone up
    support (i.e.:My wife backed me up over my decision to quit my job.)
  6. blow up
    explode (i.e.:The racing car blew up after it crashed into the fence.)
  7. blow something up
    add air (i.e.:We have to blow 50 balloons up for the party.)
  8. break down
    stop functioning (vehicle
  9. break down
    get upset (i.e.:The woman broke down when the police told her that her son had died.)
  10. break something down
    divide into smaller parts (i.e.:Our teacher broke the final project down into three separate parts.)
  11. break in
    force entry to a building (i.e.:Somebody broke in last night and stole our stereo.)
  12. break into something
    enter forcibly (i.e.:The firemen had to break into the room to rescue the children.)
  13. break something in
    wear something a few times so that it doesn't look/feel new (i.e.:I need to break these shoes in before we run next week.)
  14. break in
    interrupt (i.e.:The TV station broke in to report the news of the president's death.)
  15. break up
    end a relationship (i.e.:My boyfriend and I broke up before I moved to America.)
  16. break up
    start laughing (informal) (i.e.:The kids just broke up as soon as the clown started talking.)
  17. break out
    escape (i.e.:The prisoners broke out of jail when the guards weren't looking.)
  18. break out in something
    develop a skin condition (i.e.:I broke out in a rash after our camping trip.)
  19. bring someone down
    make unhappy (i.e.:This sad music is bringing me down.)
  20. bring someone up
    raise a child (i.e.:My grandparents brought me up after my parents died.)
  21. bring something up
    start talking about a subject (i.e.:My mother walks out of the room when my father brings up sports.)
  22. bring something up
    vomit (i.e.:He drank so much that he brought his dinner up in the toilet.)
  23. call around
    phone many different places/people (i.e.:We called around but we weren't able to find the car part we needed.)
  24. call someone back
    return a phone call (i.e.:I called the company back but the offices were closed for the weekend.)
  25. call something off
    cancel (i.e.:Jason called the wedding off because he wasn't in love with his fianc.)
  26. call on someone
    ask for an answer or opinion (i.e.:The professor called on me for question 1.)
  27. call on someone
    visit someone (i.e.:We called on you last night but you weren't home.)
  28. call someone up
    phone (i.e.:Give me your phone number and I will call you up when we are in town.)
  29. calm down
    relax after being angry (i.e.:You are still mad. You need to calm down before you drive the car.)
  30. not care for someone/something
    not like (formal) (i.e.:I don't care for his behaviour.)
  31. catch up
    get to the same point as someone else (i.e.:You'll have to run faster than that if you want to catch up with Marty.)
  32. check in
    arrive and register at a hotel or airport (i.e.:We will get the hotel keys when we check in.)
  33. check out
    leave a hotel (i.e.:You have to check out of the hotel before 11:00 AM.)
  34. check someone/something out
    look at carefully
  35. check out someone/something
    look at (informal) (i.e.:Check out the crazy hair on that guy!)
  36. cheer up
    become happier (i.e.:She cheered up when she heard the good news.)
  37. cheer someone up
    make happier (i.e.:I brought you some flowers to cheer you up.)
  38. chip in
    help (i.e.:If everyone chips in we can get the kitchen painted by noon.)
  39. clean something up
  40. come across something
    find unexpectedly (i.e.:I came across these old photos when I was tidying the closet.)
  41. come apart
    separate (i.e.:The top and bottom come apart if you pull hard enough.)
  42. come down with something
    become sick (i.e.:My nephew came down with chicken pox this weekend.)
  43. come forward
    volunteer for a task or to give evidence (i.e.:The woman came forward with her husband's finger prints.)
  44. come from somewhere
    originate in (i.e.:The art of origami comes from Asia.)
  45. count on someone/something
    rely on (i.e.:I am counting on you to make dinner while I am out.)
  46. cross something out
    draw a line through (i.e.:Please cross out your old address and write your new one.)
  47. cut back on something
    consume less (i.e.:My doctor wants me to cut back on sweets and fatty foods.)
  48. cut something down
    make something fall to the ground (i.e.:We had to cut the old tree in our yard down after the storm.)
  49. cut in
    interrupt (i.e.:Your father cut in while I was dancing with your uncle.)
  50. cut in
    pull in too closely in front of another vehicle (i.e.:The bus driver got angry when that car cut in.)
  51. cut in
    start operating (of an engine or electrical device) (i.e.:The air conditioner cuts in when the temperature gets to 22C.)
  52. cut something off
    remove with something sharp (i.e.:The doctors cut off his leg because it was severely injured.)
  53. cut something off
    stop providing (i.e.:The phone company cut off our phone because we didn't pay the bill.)
  54. cut someone off
    take out of a will (i.e.:My grandparents cut my father off when he remarried.)
  55. cut something out
    remove part of something (usually with scissors and paper) (i.e.:I cut this ad out of the newspaper.)
  56. do someone/something over
    beat up
  57. do something over
    do again (N.Amer.) (i.e.:My teacher wants me to do my essay over because she doesn't like my topic.)
  58. do away with something
    discard (i.e.:It's time to do away with all of these old tax records.)
  59. do something up
  60. dress up
    wear nice clothing (i.e.:It's a fancy restaurant so we have to dress up.)
  61. drop back
    move back in a position/group (i.e.:Andrea dropped back to third place when she fell off her bike.)
  62. drop in/by/over
    come without an appointment (i.e.:I might drop in/by/over for tea sometime this week.)
  63. drop someone/something off
    take someone/something somewhere and leave them/it there (i.e.:I have to drop my sister off at work before I come over.)
  64. drop out
    quit a class
  65. eat out
    eat at a restaurant (i.e.:I don't feel like cooking tonight. Let's eat out.)
  66. end up
    eventually reach/do/decide (i.e.:We ended up renting a movie instead of going to the theatre.)
  67. fall apart
    break into pieces (i.e.:My new dress fell apart in the washing machine.)
  68. fall down
    fall to the ground (i.e.:The picture that you hung up last night fell down this morning.)
  69. fall out
    separate from an interior (i.e.:The money must have fallen out of my pocket.)
  70. fall out
    (of hair
  71. figure something out
  72. fill something in
    to write information in blanks (Br.E.) (i.e.:Please fill in the form with your name
  73. fill something out
    to write information in blanks (N.Amer.) (i.e.:The form must be filled out in capital letters.)
  74. fill something up
    fill to the top (i.e.:I always fill the water jug up when it is empty.)
  75. find out
    discover (i.e.:We don't know where he lives. How can we find out?)
  76. find something out
    discover (i.e.:We tried to keep the time of the party a secret
  77. get something across/over
  78. get along/on
    like each other (i.e.:I was surprised how well my new girlfriend and my sister got along/on.)
  79. get around
    have mobility (i.e.:My grandfather can get around fine in his new wheelchair.)
  80. get away
    go on a vacation (i.e.:We worked so hard this year that we had to get away for a week.)
  81. get away with something
    do without being noticed or punished (i.e.:Jason always gets away with cheating in his maths tests.)
  82. get back
    return (i.e.:We got back from our vacation last week.)
  83. get something back
    receive something you had before (i.e.:Liz finally got her Science notes back from my room-mate.)
  84. get back at someone
  85. get back into something
    become interested in something again (i.e.:I finally got back into my novel and finished it.)
  86. get on something
    step onto a vehicle (i.e.:We're going to freeze out here if you don't let us get on the bus.)
  87. get over something
    recover from an illness
  88. get over something
    overcome a problem (i.e.:The company will have to close if it can't get over the new regulations.)
  89. get round to something
    finally find time to do (N.Amer.: get around to something) (i.e.:I don't know when I am going to get round to writing the thank you cards.)
  90. get together
    meet (usually for social reasons) (i.e.:Let's get together for a BBQ this weekend.)
  91. get up
    get out of bed (i.e.:I got up early today to study for my exam.)
  92. get up
    stand (i.e.:You should get up and give the elderly man your seat.)
  93. give someone away
    reveal hidden information about someone (i.e.:His wife gave him away to the police.)
  94. give someone away
    take the bride to the altar (i.e.:My father gave me away at my wedding.)
  95. give something away
    ruin a secret (i.e.:My little sister gave the surprise party away by accident.)
  96. give something away
    give something to someone for free (i.e.:The library was giving away old books on Friday.)
  97. give something back
    return a borrowed item (i.e.:I have to give these skates back to Franz before his hockey game.)
  98. give in
    reluctantly stop fighting or arguing (i.e.:My boyfriend didn't want to go to the ballet
  99. give something out
    give to many people (usually at no cost) (i.e.:They were giving out free perfume samples at the department store.)
  100. give something up
    quit a habit (i.e.:I am giving up smoking as of January 1st.)
  101. give up
    stop trying (i.e.:My maths homework was too difficult so I gave up.)
  102. go after someone
    follow someone (i.e.:My brother tried to go after the thief in his car.)
  103. go after something
    try to achieve something (i.e.:I went after my dream and now I am a published writer.)
  104. go against someone
  105. go ahead
  106. go back
    return to a place (i.e.:I have to go back home and get my lunch.)
  107. go out
    leave home to go on a social event (i.e.:We're going out for dinner tonight.)
  108. go out with someone
    date (i.e.:Jesse has been going out with Luke since they met last winter.)
  109. go over something
    review (i.e.:Please go over your answers before you submit your test.)
  110. go over
    visit someone nearby (i.e.:I haven't seen Tina for a long time. I think I'll go over for an hour or two.)
  111. go without something
    suffer lack or deprivation (i.e.:When I was young
  112. grow apart
    stop being friends over time (i.e.:My best friend and I grew apart after she changed schools.)
  113. grow back
    regrow (i.e.:My roses grew back this summer.)
  114. grow up
    become an adult (i.e.:When Jack grows up he wants to be a fireman.)
  115. grow out of something
    get too big for (i.e.:Elizabeth needs a new pair of shoes because she has grown out of her old ones.)
  116. grow into something
    grow big enough to fit (i.e.:This bike is too big for him now
  117. hand something down
    give something used to someone else (i.e.:I handed my old comic books down to my little cousin.)
  118. hand something in
    submit (i.e.:I have to hand in my essay by Friday.)
  119. hand something out
    to distribute to a group of people (i.e.:We will hand out the invitations at the door.)
  120. hand something over
    give (usually unwillingly) (i.e.:The police asked the man to hand over his wallet and his weapons.)
  121. hang in
    stay positive (N.Amer.
  122. hang on
    wait a short time (informal) (i.e.:Hang on while I grab my coat and shoes!)
  123. hang out
    spend time relaxing (informal) (i.e.:Instead of going to the party we are just going to hang out at my place.)
  124. hang up
    end a phone call (i.e.:He didn't say goodbye before he hung up.)
  125. hold someone/something back
    prevent from doing/going (i.e.:I had to hold my dog back because there was a cat in the park.)
  126. hold something back
    hide an emotion (i.e.:Jamie held back his tears at his grandfather's funeral.)
  127. hold on
    wait a short time (i.e.:Please hold on while I transfer you to the Sales Department.)
  128. hold onto someone/something
    hold firmly using your hands or arms (i.e.:Hold onto your hat because it's very windy outside.)
  129. hold someone/somethingup
    rob (i.e.:A man in a black mask held the bank up this morning.)
  130. keep on doing something
    continue doing (i.e.:Keep on stirring until the liquid comes to a boil.)
  131. keep something from someone
    not tell (i.e.:We kept our relationship from our parents for two years.)
  132. keep someone/something out
    stop from entering (i.e.:Try to keep the wet dog out of the living room.)
  133. keep something up
    continue at the same rate (i.e.:If you keep those results up you will get into a great college.)
  134. let someone down
    fail to support or help
  135. let someone in
    allow to enter (i.e.:Can you let the cat in before you go to school?)
  136. look after someone/something
    take care of (i.e.:I have to look after my sick grandmother.)
  137. look down on someone
    think less of
  138. look for someone/something
    try to find (i.e.:I'm looking for a red dress for the wedding.)
  139. look forward to something
    be excited about the future (i.e.:I'm looking forward to the Christmas break.)
  140. look into something
    investigate (i.e.:We are going to look into the price of snowboards today.)
  141. look out
    be careful
  142. look out for someone/something
    be especially vigilant for (i.e.:Don't forget to look out for snakes on the hiking trail.)
  143. look something over
  144. look something up
    search and find information in a reference book or database (i.e.:We can look her phone number up on the Internet.)
  145. look up to someone
    have a lot of respect for (i.e.:My little sister has always looked up to me.)
  146. make something up
  147. make up
    forgive each other (i.e.:We were angry last night
  148. make someone up
    apply cosmetics to (i.e.:My sisters made me up for my graduation party.)
  149. mix something up
    confuse two or more things (i.e.:I mixed up the twins' names again!)
  150. pass away
    die (i.e.:His uncle passed away last night after a long illness.)
  151. pass out
    faint (i.e.:It was so hot in the church that an elderly lady passed out.)
  152. pass something out
    give the same thing to many people (i.e.:The professor passed the textbooks out before class.)
  153. pass something up
    decline (usually something good) (i.e.:I passed up the job because I am afraid of change.)
  154. pay someone back
    return owed money (i.e.:Thanks for buying my ticket. I'll pay you back on Friday.)
  155. pay for something
    be punished for doing something bad (i.e.:That bully will pay for being mean to my little brother.)
  156. pick something out
    choose (i.e.:I picked out three sweaters for you to try on.)
  157. point someone/something out
    indicate with your finger (i.e.:I'll point my boyfriend out when he runs by.)
  158. put something down
    put what you are holding on a surface or floor (i.e.:You can put the groceries down on the kitchen counter.)
  159. put someone down
  160. put something off
    postpone (i.e.:We are putting off our trip until January because of the hurricane.)
  161. put something out
    extinguish (i.e.:The neighbours put the fire out before the firemen arrived.)
  162. put something together
    assemble (i.e.:I have to put the crib together before the baby arrives.)
  163. put up with someone/something
    tolerate (i.e.:I don't think I can put up with three small children in the car.)
  164. put something on
    put clothing/accessories on your body (i.e.:Don't forget to put on your new earrings for the party.)
  165. run into someone/something
    meet unexpectedly (i.e.:I ran into an old school-friend at the mall.)
  166. run over someone/something
    drive a vehicle over a person or thing (i.e.:I accidentally ran over your bicycle in the driveway.)
  167. run over/through something
  168. run away
    leave unexpectedly
  169. run out
    have none left (i.e.:We ran out of shampoo so I had to wash my hair with soap.)
  170. send something back
    return (usually by mail) (i.e.:My letter got sent back to me because I used the wrong stamp.)
  171. set something up
  172. set someone up
  173. shop around
    compare prices (i.e.:I want to shop around a little before I decide on these boots.)
  174. show off
    act extra special for people watching (usually boastfully) (i.e.:He always shows off on his skateboard)
  175. sleep over
    stay somewhere for the night (informal) (i.e.:You should sleep over tonight if the weather is too bad to drive home.)
  176. sort something out
  177. stick to something
    continue doing something
  178. switch something off
    stop the energy flow
  179. switch something on
    start the energy flow
  180. take after someone
    resemble a family member (i.e.:I take after my mother. We are both impatient.)
  181. take something apart
    purposely break into pieces (i.e.:He took the car brakes apart and found the problem.)
  182. take something back
    return an item (i.e.:I have to take our new TV back because it doesn't work.)
  183. take off
    start to fly (i.e.:My plane takes off in five minutes.)
  184. take something off
    remove something (usually clothing) (i.e.:Take off your socks and shoes and come in the lake!)
  185. take something out
    remove from a place or thing (i.e.:Can you take the garbage out to the street for me?)
  186. take someone out
    pay for someone to go somewhere with you (i.e.:My grandparents took us out for dinner and a movie.)
  187. tear something up
    rip into pieces (i.e.:I tore up my ex-boyfriend's letters and gave them back to him.)
  188. think back
    remember (often + to
  189. think something over
    consider (i.e.:I'll have to think this job offer over before I make my final decision.)
  190. throw something away
    dispose of (i.e.:We threw our old furniture away when we won the lottery.)
  191. turn something down
    decrease the volume or strength (heat
  192. turn something down
    refuse (i.e.:I turned the job down because I don't want to move.)
  193. turn something off
    stop the energy flow
  194. turn something on
    start the energy
  195. turn something up
    increase the volume or strength (heat
  196. turn up
    appear suddenly (i.e.:Our cat turned up after we put posters up all over the neighbourhood.)
  197. try something on
    sample clothing (i.e.:I'm going to try these jeans on
  198. try something out
    test (i.e.:I am going to try this new brand of detergent out.)
  199. use something up
    finish the supply (i.e.:The kids used all of the toothpaste up so we need to buy some more.)
  200. wake up
    stop sleeping (i.e.:We have to wake up early for work on Monday.)
  201. warm someone/something up
    increase the temperature (i.e.:You can warm your feet up in front of the fireplace.)
  202. warm up
    prepare body for exercise (i.e.:I always warm up by doing sit-ups before I go for a run.)
  203. wear off
    fade away (i.e.:Most of my make-up wore off before I got to the party.)
  204. work out
    exercise (i.e.:I work out at the gym three times a week.)
  205. work out
    be successful (i.e.:Our plan worked out fine.)
  206. work something out
    make a calculation (i.e.:We have to work out the total cost before we buy the house.)
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English Phrasal verbs.txt
2013-09-26 22:30:35
English Phrasal verbs

200 English Phrasal verbs with meaning and an example.
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