An Extensive List of Phrasal Verbs
|To respect or obey a decision, a law or a rule
|If you want to keep your job here, you must abide by our rules.
|To explain, give a reason
|I hope you can account for the time you were out!
|To make sense, seem reasonable
|The facts in the case just don't add up.
|To recommend not doing something
|I advise against walking alone in this neighborhood.
|To have the same opinion as someone else.
|I agree with you. I think you should go as well.
|To take into consideration
|We need to allow for unexpected charges along the way.
|To make a formal request for something (job, permit, loan etc.)
|He applied for a scholarship for next semester.
|To move backwards, in fear or dislike
|When he saw the bear, he backed away in fright.
|To withdraw, concede defeat
|Local authorities backed down on their threats to build on that part of the beach.
|To base your hopes on something / someone
|I'm banking on you to help with the charity event.
|To faint, lose consciousness
|Jenna fell in the parking lot and blacked out.
|To separate using a barrier.
|The police blocked off the street after the explosion.
|boil down to
|To be summarized as
|It all boils down to who has more power.
|To start a computer by loading an operating system or program
|You need to boot up your computer before you begin to work.
|To separate from a crowd
|One of the wolves broke away from his pack.
|To enter by force
|Burglars broke into my car last night.
|To start suddenly
|Rioting broke out after the government raised the fuel prices again.
|break out of
|To escape from a place by force
|Several prisoners broke out of jail.
|To come to an end (marriage, relationship)
|She broke up with Daniel after dating him for five years.
|To raise (a child)
|Sara is bringing up her children by herself.
|brush up on
|To improve, refresh one's knowledge of something
|I must brush up on my French before going to Paris next month.
|To meet by chance or unexpectedly
|I bumped into Adam at the bank. He says "hello".
|To return a phone call
|Could please call back in ten minutes?
|The game was called off because of bad weather.
|To become more relaxed, less angry or upset
|It took Kylie several hours to calm down after she saw the accident.
|The soldiers carried on walking in order to get to their post before dark.
|To register at a hotel or airport
|They said I must check in at least three hours before my flight.
|To refuse to speak
|When the police started asking questions, the suspect clammed up.
|clamp down on
|To act strictly to prevent something
|The local authorities have decided to clamp down on illegal parking in handicapped parking places.
|To present oneself
|Has the owner of the winning lotto ticket come forward?
|To rely or depend on (for help)
|You can count on me to keep your secret.
|cut down on
|To reduce in number or size
|I've decided to cut down on the amount of sweets I eat.
|To handle, take care of (problem, situation)
|Catherine is not good at dealing with stress.
|To calm down, become less strong
|After the storm died down, we went outside to see the damage it had caused.
|To manage without
|She didn't get a salary this month, so she'll have to do without extra treats.
|To last longer than expected
|The suspect's trial dragged on longer than we had expected!
|To write (contract, agreement, document)
|They drew up a contract and had me sign it.
|wear elegant clothes
|Their wedding gave us a chance to dress up and get out of the house.
|To visit, usually on the way somewhere
|Why don't you drop in to see us on your way home?
|To leave school without finishing
|Zack dropped out of college and joined the army.
|To reduce, become less severe or slow down (pain, traffic, work)
|Traffic usually eases off about 7pm
|To finish in a certain way; result in
|Her marriage ended in divorce.
|To finally reach a state, place or action
|If you don't improve your work habits, you'll end up being fired.
|To fail; doesn't happen
|His plans to trek through South America fell through when he got sick.
|To understand, find the answer
|He's trying to figure out how to earn enough money to go on the trip to Spain.
|To complete (a form/an application)
|Please fill out the enclosed form and return it as soon as possible.
|To discover or obtain information
|I'm going to to find out who's responsible for the power cut.
|To concentrate on something
|Tom had difficultty focusing on work the day before his holiday started.
|get along (with)
|To be on good terms; work well with
|It's important to get along with your team supervisor.
|What are you getting at? Do you think I’m to blame?
|I think we should get away for the weekend.
|To manage to cope or to survive
|Students without jobs have a hard time getting by.
|When did you get in last night?
|get into (+noun)
|How did you get into your car without the keys?
|To board (bus, train, plane)
|I'm trying to get on the flight to Brussels.
|get on with (something)
|To continue to do; make progress
|After they split up, she had a hard time getting on with her life.
|get on (well) with (somebody)
|To have a good relationship with
|He doesnt get on very well with the other members of the committee.
|He had a hard time getting out of Newark because of the snow?
|get out of
|To avoid doing something
|Edna's trying to get out of working the night shift.
|To recover from (illness, disappointment)
|Has she gotten over the flu?
|To recover from (illness, disappointment)
|Mary had the chickenpox last week but she got over it.
|get rid of
|Please get rid of that old t-shirt. It’s so ragged.
|To meet each other
|Let's get together for your birthday on Saturday.
|To rise, leave bed
|Will you please get up? You’ve got a class in 20 minutes.
|To stop doing something
|Morris gave up drinking 10 years ago.
|Andy went through a lot of pain after his mother died.
|To spend one's childhood; develop; become an adult
|He's like Peter Pan. He never really grew up at all.
|To submit (report, homework)
|Please hand in your papers before Friday.
|Susan volunteered at the shelter where she handed out warm clothes.
|To spend time in a particular place or with a group of friends
|Which pub does the team hang out at after the game?
|To end a phone conversation
|If you hang up now, I'll never speak to you again.
|To be quick, act speedily
|Hurry up and finish your lunch or we’ll miss the train.
|To resolve by discussion, eliminate differences
|The two countries met at the conference to iron out their differences.
|Yes David, you can join in the discussion any time you like.
|To continue doing something
|If you keep on making that noise I will get annoyed.
|keep up with
|To stay at the same level as someone or something
|I read the paper every day to keep up with the news.
|To begin, start
|The rugby match kicked off at 3 o'clock.
|To omit, not mention
|Please check your form again and make sure nothing is left out.
|I feel so let down because they promised me a puppy but all I got was a doll.
|To take care of
|Andy can you look after your sister until I get back?
|look down on
|To consider as inferior
|She's such a snob. She always looks down on anyone who is poor.
|To be a spectator at an event
|If you don't want to take part in the game you can look on for now.
|To try to find something
|Harry went to the shop to look for a new computer.
|look forward to
|To await or anticipate with pleasure
|I'm looking forward to my birthday. It's in two days time.
|look up to
|I always looked up to my father. He was a great man.
|make fun of
|To laugh at/ make jokes about
|It's not nice to make fun of people in wheelchairs.
|To invent (excuse, story)
|That's a good excuse. Did you make up it up yourself?
|To mistake one thing or person for another
|She had so many cats that she kept mixing up their names.
|To arrive in a new home or office
|Did you hear? Our new neighbors are moving in this afternoon.
|To leave your home/office for another one.
|When are you moving out? We need your office for the new guy.
|To fall asleep
|You were so tired after the game that you nodded off on the couch.
|To admit or confess something
|Come on. Own up. We know you did it!
|Your grandfather passed away peacefully in his sleep last night.
|He didn't drink enough water so he passed out at the end of the race.
|I'll pay you back as soon as I get the loan.
|To postpone, arrange a later date
|Don't put off until tomorrow, what you can do today.
|To turn on, switch on
|It's very dark in here. Please put on the light on.
|The fire fighters were able to put out fire in ten minutes.
|To accommodate, give somebody a bed
|I can put you up until the weekend but then I’m going away.
|To collect somebody
|I'll pick you up at around 7:00 to take you to the airport.
|To indicate/direct attention to something
|As I already pointed out, there was a mistake in your calculation.
|To count on, depend on, trust
|You can rely on me. I always arrive on time.
|Since he had a sound alibi, the police ruled him out as a suspect.
|To escape from a place or suddenly leave
|He ran away from home and joined the circus.
|To meet by accident or unexpectedly (also: bump into)
|I'm so glad I ran into you. I need to ask you something.
|run out of
|To have no more of something.
|We've run out of milk. I'll just pop next door to borrow some.
|To start a journey;
|Let's set off early to miss the rush hour traffic.
|To start a business
|They set up their own company when they were still in high school.
|To compare prices
|Don't buy that. Let's shop around and see if we can find something cheaper.
|To brag or want to be admired
|He's such a show off. He has to tell everybody about his new computer.
|I don’t think she'll show up tonight. Her daughter is sick.
|shut up (impolite)
|To be silent, stop talking
|Shut up, you're spoiling the movie!
|To take a seat
|I think you should sit down. It's bad news.
|To rise from a sitting position
|The whole stadium stood up for the national anthem.
|stick up for
|My big brother always stuck up for me when I got into a fight.
|To resemble, in appearance or character
|Angie really takes after her grandmother.
|take care of
|To look after
|Please take care of my cat when I'm away.
|To leave the ground
|The plane will take off as soon as the fog lifts.
|To hire or engage staff
|I hear they're taking on extra staff for this event.
|To remove; extract
|Please take out your mobile phones and turn them off.
|To reprimand/criticize severely
|The coach told her off for not trying hard enough.
|Take your time and think it over before you decide.
|To wear something to see if it suits or fits
|Go ahead, try it on and see if it fits?
|I asked her out but she turned me down flat.
|To finish a product (so that there's none left)
|Your parents used up all the coffee!
|To be careful
|Watch out! There's a dog in the road.
|To clean (board, table).
|I'll wash up if you wipe off the table.