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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.

Alphabetical lists of commonly-used phrasal verbs in English.

 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 (something) into
    • Convert or change into.
      "We're going to make our garage into a playroom."

  • make of
    • Have an opinion about something.
      "What do you make of his latest suggestion?"

  • make off with
    • Steal and hurry away.
      "A young man made off with my briefcase while I was checking the timetable."

  • make out
    • Be able to hear or read something.
      "I need glasses!  I can't make out what's written on the board."

    • Fill in the details (e.g. cheque).
      "Please make out the cheque to ABC Wizards."

  • make oneself out (to be)
    • Claim to be.
      "In an attempt to find more details, he made himself out to be a journalist ."

  • make up
    • Invent (excuse, story).
      "Some employees make up excuses when they arrive late for work."

    • Prepare a bed for use.
      "You can stay here tonight. I'll make up a bed for you in the spare room."

    • Form, constitute.
      "In your opinion what qualities make up his character?

    • Put on powder, lipstick, etc.
      "Cynthia spends ages making herself up/putting on make-up

  • make up (with)
    • End a quarrel and become friends again.
      "Come on you two! It's time to shake hands and make up."

  • make up for
    • Compensate for.
      "If I work longer the next few days I can make up for the time 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.
      "What a shame. 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.
      "Alex promised to come for a week-end but we'll have to nail him down to a date."

  • name after
    • Give the same name as another person.
      "My husband wanted William to be 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 very often nods off in front of the television."

  • nose about/around
    • Try to discover by searching.
      "The boss hates people nosing around his desk."

  • note down
    • Write something down.
      "I'll call the station and note down the departure times."

More Phrasal Verbs: 

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