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 - M-N
|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
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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