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English Phrasal Verbs


A phrasal verb is a verb followed by a preposition or an adverb;
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  - M-N


Phrasal Verb

Meaning

Example

make for move in the direction of/head for Let's make for the exit before the crowd starts to leave.
make fun of Laugh at / make jokes about The old lady dresses so strangely that the children make fun of her.
make (sthg) into Convert or change into We've made our garage into a TV room.
make of have an opinion about something What do you make of his latest suggestion?
make off with Steal and hurry away He made off with my briefcase while I was checking the timetable.
make out be able to hear or read something I can't make out what's written on the board
make out fill in the details (e.g. cheque) Just make out the cheque to our company.
make oneself out
(to be)
claim to be
He made himself out to be a journalist but it wasn't true.
make up Invent (excuse, story) Some employees make up excuses when they arrive late for work.
make up put on powder, lipstick, etc. She spends ages making herself up/putting on make-up
make up prepare a bed for use You can stay here tonight. I'll make up a bed for you in the spare room.
make up form, constitute What qualities make up his character?.
make up (with) End a quarrel/become friends again It's time to shake hands and make up.
make up for Compensate for With hard work I can make up for the days
I was absent.
mark down Reduce the price. The coat was marked down by 40%  -
a real bargain!
miss out (on) Lose an opportunity to do something. If you leave before Saturday you'll miss out on the party.
mix up Mistake one thing or person for another I don't know the members' names yet.
I tend to mix them up
move in Arrive in a new home or office You've bought a new house?  When are you moving in?
move out Leave your home/office for another one. My neighbour is leaving.  He's moving out next Saturday.
 
nail down Make someone say something precisely He promised to come but we'll have to nail him down to a date.
name after Give the same name as another person William was named after his grandfather.
narrow down Reduce a list or a number of options. The list of suspects has been narrowed down to three people.
nod off Fall asleep My grandfather often nods off in front of the television.
nose about/around Try to discover by searching. I don't like people nosing around my desk.
note down Write something down I'll call the station and note down the departure times.
 
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