Phrasal Verbs, Phrasal Verbs
Terms in this set (193)
e.g.Fill up the tank with petrol.
E.g. Drop by my office later and we'll chat.
informal. To get very nervous and excited
E.g. Don't freak out about the exam tomorrow. Just study and you'll be fine.
find the solution to a problem or question.
E.g. I'll try to figure out what's wrong with the computer tomorrow.
E.g. We need to find out what time the train leaves.
Eg. The match was called off due to rain.
exhibit proudly (and arrogantly)
E.g. AHe's wearing a sleeveless shirt to show off his biceps.
Speak to angrily for doing something bad.
E.g. . I told him off after he arrived late for the third time.
put off (an event)
E.g. Let's put the meeting off until after the summer so everyone will be here.
put up with
to tolerate something bad
E.g. I don't know how you put up with your partner's horrible dog!
E.g. It took 10 firefighters to put out the fire at the school.
E.g. Put on your shoes before you go outside.
put something in its appropriate place.
E.g. All your books are on the table. Please put them away on the shelf.
E.g. It's my job to hand out advertisements for a fast food restaurant.
to spend a lot of time in a place
E.g. They always hang out at that bar on the corner.
make up one's mind
make a decision
Ex. Should I have red wine or white wine? I can't make up my mind!
subject to laughter or ridicule.
accept, come to terms with something that is second best.
make a gift of.
emit pollution or something else unpleasant.
submit or yield to another's wish or opinion.
stop doing something, surrender.
remove or detached by cutting
remove part of something (usually with scissors and paper)
cause to fall by or as if by delivering a blow
get rid of
to throw away, eliminate.
be unable to move forward.
move out or away
leave a vehicle, aircraft, etc.
get away with
to do something wrong or illegal without being punished.
get along with
have a good relationship with.
enter or board of (trains, buses, ships, aircraft, etc.)
to come or go into.
move away or escape suddenly.
come to an end
enter someone's property in an unauthorized manner, usually with the intent to steal or commit a violent act.
divide into smaller parts
stop operating or functioning.
take from a person or place.
remove clothes or things.
run out of
to have no more of (something)
escape from the control of.
injured by a vehicle.
to test something by using it.
put on clothing to see if it fits
take a seat
change to an upright sitting position
have desire or wish for
to lose consciousness.
die, kick the bucket.
to be very nice to someone because you want something
simplify, reduce to the essentials.
look forward to
want, wish, anticipate, to be eager for something to happen.
take care of, protect.
to investigate; to carefully examine a situation or event
and try to discover the reasons for it.
find information about.
look up to
feel admiration for.
sleep lightly; nap
lower the top half of your body.
appear or become visible
put something in the garbage / trash, discard.
increase the volume.
refuse to accept.
arrange or order by classes or categories
persuade somebody to do something.
write a note on a piece of paper
to spend time doing nothing imponant or behaving in a silly way, to play and have fun.
accompany a guest to your front door when they are leaving your house, office.
raise a child.
to provide money for something you do not want to
stop something from happening.
draw attention to.
reduce the speed of.
make a sudden loud noise
to improve your knowledge, skill, or memory of
something you used to know, or do, but have now partly
fire, discharge,dismiss, usually for economic reasons.
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.