English Phrasal Verbs
the combination creates a meaning different from the original verb.
Below you will find a list of phrasal verbs in alphabetical order
with their meaning and an example of use.
Phrasal verbs - Alphabetical List - C
|call back||Return a phone call||I'll call you back as soon as possible.|
|call off||Cancel||The meeting was called off because of the strike.|
|call on/upon||Formally invite or request.||I now call upon the President to address the assembly.|
|calm down||Become more relaxed or less angry/upset.||He was angry at first, but he eventually calmed down.|
|carry on||Continue.||He carried on gardening in spite of the rain.|
1) Do something as specified
(plan, order, threat...)
2) Perform or conduct (test, experiment ...)
plan was carried out
2) Tests are carried out to determine the efficiency of a new drug.
|carry over||Postpone until later.||As regards holidays, can we carry over days from one year to the next?|
|catch up on||Acquire information you have missed.||I must call by mother to catch up on the latest family events.|
|catch up with||Reach the same stage as someone else.||I've missed some classes so I'll have to work hard to catch up with the others.|
|check in||Register at a hotel or airport.||For security reasons, you have to check in two hours before your flight.|
1) Pay one's bill and leave
2) Investigate or verify.
Mr. Bush still at the hotel?
No, he checked out
2) I don't know if the address is still valid.
I'll check it out.
|cheer up||Put someone in a better mood.||I told her a joke to try and cheer her up.|
|chip in||Contribute to, or participate in, something done by a group.||Bob has decided to retire and we're going to buy him a present. Do you want to chip in?|
|clam up||Refuse to speak.||When the teacher arrived, she clammed up.|
|clamp down on||Act strictly to prevent something.||The government decided to clamp down on smoking in public areas.|
|close down||Stop operating (company, restaurant, cinema ...)||When the factory closed down, the employees lost their jobs.|
1) Find by chance, encounter
2) Appear, seem, make an impression.
Julie came across
some photographs of her
grandparents in the attic.
2) The candidate came across as a dynamic person during the interview.
|come down with||Become ill with ...||The architect planned to attend the inauguration but unfortunately he came down with the flu over the weekend.|
|come forward||Present oneself; volunteer||The police have asked any witnesses to come forward.|
|come up against||Be faced with or opposed by.||The project came up against a lot of criticism.|
|come up with||Produce an idea or plan.||Sacha came up with a great idea for the party.|
1) Stop working.
2) Stop or fall asleep (from exhaustion).
car conked out
on the motorway.
2) He was so exhausted, he conked out in front of the TV.
|consist in||Have something as its principal or only feature||The elegance of the building consists in its simplicity.|
|consist of||Be composed or made up of||The jury consists of five members.|
|count on||Rely or depend on.||I'm counting on the taxi driver to find the theatre.|
|cross out||Remove by drawing a line through.||In some exercises you are asked to cross out the incorrect word.|
|cut down on||Reduce in number or size.||The doctor told him to cut down on cigarettes.|
1) Remove using scissors.
2) Stop doing something.
cut out a picture
in a magazine.
2) I'm going to cut out eating sweet food.
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