B2-C1 level Phrasal Verbs
It is important to stress the appropriate word in each phrase in order to be understood. Most often it is the second word, even when the phrase has 3 words. I have indicated where it is not the second word.
Terms in this set (113)
To be cancelled (an event/an arrangement, etc.);
usually used in the present tense
to be finished (an event or activity)
be taken aback
to be surprised and confused (stress the last word; used in the passive)
to hurt someone badly by hitting and punching.
to destroy (something or someone) by explosion; to
to fill with air; to inflate a balloon / a tire / a football, etc.
to stop working (machinery)
to lose control emotionally or mentally
to use a new (or reconditioned) engine carefully until it
is ready for normal use. _____ a motor cycle / a new car / a machine etc.
to enter somewhere (e.g. a house) illegally, especially by
to end; to interrupt; to discontinue. _______ talks / negotiations / an engagement / a relationship / an agreement / etc.
to start, usually suddenly (about unpleasant things, e.g. wars, epidemics, fires, violence, etc.)
break out in
to become covered by (something) such as spots / a rash / a cold sweat [stress the 2nd word]
to end; to separate (a marriage / a family / a relationship / etc.)
to stop an activity such as a fight
to take care of a child until he/she is fully grown and able to
care for himself/herself; to train and prepare a child for adult life.
to improve your knowledge, skill, or memory of (something you used to know, or do, but have now partly forgotten).
to destroy with fire (usually buildings)
to cancel something; to abandon something that has already begun, such as an event / an arrangement / an activity / etc. (often
used in the passive)
to become less excited and tense; to help someone (or a
difficult situation) to become less excited and tense.
to fulfill or perform (instructions / a duty / an order / a threat / a trial / etc.)
to become popular (an idea or a style)
to report one's arrival (at a hotel, an airport, etc.)
to become happier
to find or meet (something or someone) by chance
to receive something (usually money or property) after someone's death
to regain consciousness (remember that you must stress the second word in order to be understood)
come up with
to think of; to produce (an idea / a plan / a suggestion / etc.)
cut down on
to reduce in size or amount (smoking / cigarettes / drinking / spending / production / etc.)
to disconnect, interrupt, or discontinue something or someone
to disappear completely; to become extinct
to pay a short visit, often without warning
to stop a vehicle and let someone get out; to take something (or someone) to a place and leave it there
to fall asleep (often unintentionally)
to withdraw from, or stop taking part in (a competition, a social roup, a school, a university, a job, etc.).
to fail to happen or be completed (plans, arrangements, schemes, etc.).
to complete (a form, a questionnaire, etc.)
to make an effort to discover or get to know something (the truth / a secret / an address / the time)
get away with
to do something wrong or illegal without being punished (usually without even being discovered or caught)
to recover from (an illness / a failure / a difficulty / a shock / etc.)
to successfully make contact with someone (usually by telephone)
to finish; to complete (some work / a task / a book / etc.)
to stop resisting; to surrender
to surrender oneself (usually to someone).
to stop trying to do something (often because it is too difficult).
to stop doing or having (something, such as a habitual activity, smoking, drinking, a job, etc.)
to become less swollen
to explode (bombs); to fire (guns); to ring suddenly (alarms or alarm clocks)
to examine (something)
to match or suit (something) [in this phrase you must stress the first word]
to develop from a child into an adult
to wait (especially on the telephone)
to stop; to delay (usually used in the passive)
to rob, especially using a weapon (e.g. a gun)
to stop employing (a worker), often for a short time because there is not enough work (often passive)
to disappoint someone (often by breaking a promise or an agreement)
to excuse (someone) from (a punishment, a duty, or doing something)
to allow (a person or an animal) to leave (a place); to release.
to take care of someone or something
to remember and think about the past.
look down on
to think that someone (or something) is inferior, low or worthless; to disapprove of (someone or something).
to try to find (something or someone), often a thing or person that is lost (in this phrase we stress the verb, not the particle)
look forward to
to think with pleasure about a future event that you expect to enjoy.
to investigate; to carefully examine a situation or event and try to discover the reasons for it.
to examine (someone or something) carefully and completely
to visit and tour a place
to find (or try to find) something (e.g. a word in a dictionary)
look up to
to respect (someone); to admire (someone).
to see, hear, or understand (something or someone), often with difficulty [Often used in negative with can't and couldn't]
to write (a bank check)
to become friends again after a quarrel.
to invent, sometimes with the purpose of deception (a story / a
poem / an excuse / an explanation /etc.)
make up for
to compensate for (a mistake / doing or not doing something / etc.)
to think wrongly that (one thing or person) is (another
thing or person). (in this phrase we stress the verb, not the particle)
to tell (someone) that you have done something wrong or that you are at fault ("eat crow").
to die (usually a person)
to give (something or things) to each person in a group of people; to distribute (books / papers / etc.)
to lose consciousness
to give someone a ride in a vehicle; to collect someone or something (sometimes in a vehicle).
to draw attention to something or someone
to offer (a proposal / a plan / etc.) for consideration
to delay doing something until a later date; to delay an event or arrangement until a later date.
to dress oneself
to extinguish (a fire)
to connect a telephone caller to the number he or she wants
put up with
to suffer or tolerate (a difficult situation or person) without complaining.
to encounter a person by chance
to use all of (something) and have no more left (coffee / sugar / money / patience / time / etc.)
to say goodbye to someone who is going on a journey at
the place (e.g. airport, station, etc.) where the journey
to start a journey
to absorb; to become filled with (a liquid / information / knowledge / etc.)
to talk louder (often used in the imperative)
to represent or mean; to be a sign or short form of something else. (in this phrase we stress the verb, not the particle)
to look or be like an older relative
to record in writing (a statement / a telephone number / some
Information / etc.)
to deceive (someone); to cheat (someone) [often used in the passive]
to rise from the ground
to remove anything that is worn on the body (especially
to assume responsibility for, or control of (something or a situation) from someone else.
to begin to study, practice, or do (a hobby / a sport / a job / etc.).
to destroy completely by ripping
to speak very angrily to someone who has done something wrong (usually used when a person is simply expressing his/her anger rather than trying to help the other person improve)
to consider (something) carefully [a problem / a proposal / a situation / etc.]
to put on an article of clothing to see if it fits and how it looks
to test something (or someone) by using it
to refuse or reject (something or someone)
to change into something or someone; to become something or someone
to disappear gradually
to use (something) until it becomes unfit for further use; to become unusable after excessive use.
to tire greatly; to exhaust [often used in the passive]
to solve a problem by calculation or study; to produce a way of dealing with a problem or situation by thinking.