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 - U-Z
|use up||Finish a product ( so that there's none left)||The kids have used up all the toothpaste.|
|veer away from||Avoid, stay away from||I veer away from hypochondriacs if I can.|
|vie with||Compete or rival with someone||The athletes vied with each other for first place.|
|vouch for||Express confidence in, or guarantee something||You can give the keys to Andy. I can vouch for him.|
|ward off||Keep away or repel (something dangerous or unpleasant).||I take plenty of vitamin C to ward off colds.|
1) Reheat something.
2) Make more lively or more
1) She warmed up
some left-over soup.
2) He told a few jokes to warm up the
|wash up||Wash the dishes after a meal.||Who's going to help me wash up?|
|watch out||Be careful||Watch out! There's a car coming.|
1) Dilute or make weaker by
2) Make less severe
1) If you water down
the medicine it will be
easier to take.
2) He watered down his remarks so as not
to offend anyone.
|wear away||To disappear after use or over time.||The words on the cover had worn away.|
|wear down||Make someone feel weary/tired.||The baby's constant crying wore her down.|
|wear off||Gradually disappear.||The effect of the painkiller began to wear off.|
1) Become unusable
2) Become very tired
Julie wore out
2) At the end of the day Julie was worn out.
|whip up||Prepare quickly.||I can whip up something to eat if you're hungry.|
|wolf down||Eat greedily and quickly.||The boys wolfed down the whole cake in no time!|
1) Do physical exercise
2) Find a solution or calculate
1) I work out
twice a week at the
2) It's expensive but I haven't worked out
the exact cost yet.
Finish or put an end to
- Before winding up
his speech he thanked
everyone for their presence.
- He decided to wind up his business and
|wind up||Arrive finally in a place.||We finally wound up in a village with a spectacular view.|
|wipe off||Clean (board, table)||The teacher asked Lee to wipe off the board.|
|wrap up||Cover; enclose||She's busy wrapping up her Christmas presents.|
|wrap up||Complete (a task, a discussion)||The salesman hoped to wrap up a few deals.|
|write back||Reply to a letter||I wrote back to accept the invitation.|
|write (sth) down||Note something on a piece of paper.||He wrote down the address of the hotel.|
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