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English Phrasal Verbs

Alphabetical lists of English phrasal verbs with meaning and examples.

What is a phrasal verb?

A phrasal verb is a verb followed by a preposition or an adverb; the combination creates a meaning different from the original verb alone.

Example :
To get  =  to obtain  I need to get a new battery for my camera. 
To get together  =  to meet   Why don’t we all get together for lunch one day? 

Phrasal verbs are part of a large group of verbs called “multi-part” or "multi-word” verbs.
The preposition or adverb that follows the verb is sometimes called a particle.

Phrasal verbs and other multi-word verbs are an important part of the English language.
They are mainly used in spoken English and informal texts.

In academic writing it is preferable to use a formal verb such as, for example, “to postpone” rather than “to put off”.
However, the use of phrasal verbs in formal writing cannot be ruled out, as some of them would be difficult to avoid.
Here are some examples:
account for, bring about, carry out, consist of, dispense with, follow up, phase in, put forward...

Transitive and intransitive phrasal verbs:

Some phrasal verbs are transitive(A transitive verb always has an object.)
Example : I made up an excuse. ('Excuse' is the object of the verb.)

Some phrasal verbs are intransitive . (An intransitive verb does not have an object.)
Example : My car broke down.

Separable or inseparable phrasal verbs:

Some transitive phrasal verbs are separable. (Object between the verb and the preposition.)
Example : I looked the word up in the dictionary.

Some transitive phrasal verbs are inseparable. (Object after the preposition.)
Example : I will look into the matter as soon as possible.

Some transitive phrasal verbscan take an object in both places.
Example : I picked up the book.  /   I picked the book up.

However, if the object is a pronoun, it must be placed between the verb and the preposition.
Example : I picked it up.

Below you will find lists of the most commonly-used phrasal verbs in English.
The table below shows the first and last verb in each list.

Alphabetical lists of Phrasal Verbs

Phrasal verbs A abide by →   avail (oneself) of 
Phrasal verbs B back away  →   butt in (on) 
Phrasal verbs C call back  →  cut out
Phrasal verbs D deal with  →  drown out
Phrasal verbs E-F ease off  →  focus on
Phrasal verbs G get along (with)  →  grow up
Phrasal verbs H hand back  →  hurry up
Phrasal verbs I-J-K iron out →  knock out
Phrasal verbs L lay off  →  look up to
Phrasal verbs M-N make fun of  →  note down
Phrasal verbs O-P-Q opt out →  point out
Phrasal verbs R-S reel off  →  stick up for
Phrasal verbs T take after  →  turn down
Phrasal verbs U-Z use up  →  wipe off

 Phrasal Verb exercises:

Phrasal verb - BREAK (online)
Phrasal verb - GET (online)
Phrasal verb - GO (online)
Phrasal verb - LOOK (online)
Phrasal verb - MAKE (online)
Phrasal verb - PUT (online)
Phrasal verb - TAKE (online)
Phrasal verb quiz 1 - mixed (online)
Phrasal verb quiz-1 - mixed (printable)
Phrasal verb quiz 2 - mixed (online)
Phrasal verb quiz-2 - mixed (printable)
Phrasal verb quiz 3 - mixed (online)
Phrasal verb quiz-3 - mixed (printable)
Phrasal verb quiz 4 - mixed (online)
Phrasal verb quiz-4 - mixed (printable)
Phrasal verb crosswords (online)

Please note that British English spelling is used on this website.