Phrasal Verbs List

Phrasal Verbs List



Most Common Phrasal Verbs , With Meanings 



Phrasal Verb
Meaning

abide by



To respect or obey a decision, a law or a rule

account for


To explain, give a reason

add up


To make sense, seem reasonable

advise against


To recommend not doing something

agree with


To have the same opinion as someone else.

allow for


To take into consideration


appeal to


1.   To plead or make a request
2.   To be attractive or interesting



apply for


To make a formal request for something (job, permit, loan etc.)


back away


To move backwards, in fear or dislike


back down


To withdraw, concede defeat


back up


1.   To give support or encouragement
2.   To make a copy of (file, program, etc.)



bank on




To base your hopes on something / someone


black out


To faint, lose consciousness

block off


To separate using a barrier.

blow up


1.   To explode
2.   To get angry


boil down to


To be summarized as

boot up


To start a computer by loading an operating system or program


break away


To separate from a crowd

break down


1.   To go out of order, cease to function
2.   To lose control of one’s emotions


break into


To enter by force

break out

To start suddenly


break out of


To escape from a place by force


break up



To come to an end (marriage, relationship)

bring up


To raise (a child)

brush up on


To improve, refresh one’s knowledge of something


bump into


To meet by chance or unexpectedly


burn out


1.   stop (something) working
2.   become exhausted from over-working



call back



To return a phone call


call off


To cancel


calm down



To become more relaxed, less angry or upset


carry on


To continue


carry out

1.   To do something as specified (a plan, an order, a threat)
2.   To perform or conduct (test, experiment)


check in


To register at a hotel or airport

check out

1.   To pay one’s bill and leave (a hotel)
2.   To investigate

clam up


To refuse to speak

clamp down on


To act strictly to prevent something


come across

1.   To find by chance
2.   To appear, seem, make an impression


come forward


To present oneself

count on


To rely or depend on (for help)

cut down on


To reduce in number or size

cut out


1.   To remove using scissors
2.   To stop doing something


deal with


To handle, take care of (problem, situation)


die down


To calm down, become less strong

do without


To manage without

drag on


To last longer than expected

draw up


To write (contract, agreement, document)

dress up


wear elegant clothes

drop in


To visit, usually on the way somewhere

drop off


1.   To deliver someone or something
2.   To fall asleep


drop out


To leave school without finishing

ease off


To reduce, become less severe or slow down (pain, traffic, work)


end in

To finish in a certain way; result in


end up


To finally reach a state, place or action

fall through


To fail; doesn’t happen

figure out


To understand, find the answer

fill out


To complete (a form/an application)

find out


To discover or obtain information

focus on


To concentrate on something

get along (with)


To be on good terms; work well with

get at


To imply

get away


To escape

get by


To manage to cope or to survive

get in


To enter

get into (+noun)


To enter

get off

1.   To leave (bus, train, plane)
2.   To remove


get on


To board (bus, train, plane)

get on with (something)


To continue to do; make progress

get on (well) with (somebody)


To have a good relationship with

get out


To leave

get out of


To avoid doing something

get over


To recover from (illness, disappointment)

get over


To recover from (illness, disappointment)

get rid of


To eliminate

get together


To meet each other

get up


To rise, leave bed


give in


1.   To cease opposition; yield
2.   To To hand in; submit

give up


To stop doing something

go through


To experience

grow up


To spend one’s childhood; develop; become an adult


hand in


To submit (report, homework)

hand out


To distribute

hang out


To spend time in a particular place or with a group of friends

hang up


To end a phone conversation

hold on


1.   To wait
2.   To grip tightly


hurry up


To be quick, act speedily

iron out


To resolve by discussion, eliminate differences


join in


To participate

join up


1.   To engage in, become a member of
2.   To meet and unite with

keep on


To continue doing something

keep up with


To stay at the same level as someone or something


kick off


To begin, start

leave out


To omit, not mention

let down


To disappoint

look after


To take care of

look down on


To consider as inferior

look on


To be a spectator at an event

look for


To try to find something

look forward to


To await or anticipate with pleasure

look up to


To admire

make fun of


To laugh at/ make jokes about

make up


To invent (excuse, story)

mix up


To mistake one thing or person for another

move in


To arrive in a new home or office

move out


To leave your home/office for another one.

nod off


To fall asleep

own up


To admit or confess something

pass away


To die

pass out


To faint

pay back


To reimburse

put off


To postpone, arrange a later date

put on


To turn on, switch on

put out


To extinguish

put up


To accommodate, give somebody a bed

pick up


To collect somebody

point out


To indicate/direct attention to something

rely on


To count on, depend on, trust

rule out


To eliminate

run away


To escape from a place or suddenly leave

run into


To meet by accident or unexpectedly (also: bump into)

run out of


To have no more of something.

set off


To start a journey;

set up


To start a business

shop around


To compare prices

show off


To brag or want to be admired

show up


To appear/arrive

shut up (impolite)


To be silent, stop talking

sit down


To take a seat

stand up


To rise from a sitting position

stick up for


To defend

take after


To resemble, in appearance or character

take care of


To look after

take off


To leave the ground

take on


To hire or engage staff

take out


To remove; extract

tell off


To reprimand/criticize severely

think over


To consider

try on


To wear something to see if it suits or fits

turn down


To refuse

use up


To finish a product (so that there’s none left)

watch out


To be careful

wear out


1.  To become unusable
2.  To become very tired

work out


1.  To do physical exercise
2.  To find a solution or calculate something

wipe off


To clean (board, table).
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