PHRASAL VERBS

A phrasal verb is made up of a verb and an adverbial or a prepositional particle. It is used idiomatically to convey a special meaning completely different from the meaning expressed by the verb or the particle. The same verb followed by different particles conveys different meanings. Phrasal verbs consist of two or three parts – an ordinary verb and another word or words like in, for or off. They are very common in English.

A GROUP OF PHRASAL VERBS AND THEIR MEANINGS

PHRASAL VERB MEANING
BACK
back up support
back out withdraw
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BEAR
bear down defeat, overcome, crush
bear out carry
bear up have courage
bear with endure, tolerate
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BLOW
blow out extinguish
blow up explode
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BREAK
break up disperse, shatter
break down fall, stop working / collapse
break in / into enter by force
break out appear and force out escape, spread suddenly
break thro’ penetrate
break off end
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BRING
bring forth produce
bring about happen
bring down fall
bring out publish
bring up educate, rear
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CALL
call for demand, wanted
call in request to help, summon
call off cancel
call out shout
call on to pay a short visit to a person
call at to pay a short visit to a place
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CARRY
carry off win, snatch
carry on continue
carry out execute
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COME
come round recover
come over affected
come about happen, occur
come cross to meet by chance, discover
come off take place
come on hurry
come up move to a higher level or position
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DROP
drop in visit
drop out discountinue
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FALL
fall for admire
fall off decrease
fall out quarrel
fall through fail to be successfully completed, collapse
fall upon attack
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GET
get away escape
get on make progress, climb
get over overcome, recover
get round persuade
get through pass
get up rise
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GIVE
give in surrender, collapse
give out announce
give up discountinue
give way yield
give away present, distribute
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GO
go about preform, do
go after chase, follow
go down to be recorded, believe will be remembered
go into examine, investigate
go on continue, hurry
go through endure
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HOLD
hold on catch
hold out give, offer
hold back withhold
hold up delay
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KEEP
keep back with hold
keep down control, repress
keep going on continue
keep on continue
keep to adhere to
keep it up continue, maintain
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LAY
lay by save
lay down (arm) surrender
lay down (life) sacrifice
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LOOK
look back contemplate, reflect
look after take care of
look down despise, hate
look for to try to find / search
look into examine
look over into examine, investigate
look on consider, regard
look out watchful, beware
look to depend on
look up (book) scarch for, refer
look upto respect
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MAKE
make after follow
make for setout
make away steal
make out understand
make up compensate / invent
make fast secure
make off run away
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PASS
pass away die
pass for considered as
pass off falsely present, ignore
pass through undergo
pass out faint
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PUT
put across narrate
put by save
put down crush / write
put forth announce
put off postpone, delay
put on wear
put out extinguish
put through implement
put up stay / provide
put up with endure, tolerate
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RUN
run across meet
run after chase, seek
run down decline, collide, deteriorate
run out exhaust, expire, completely used up
run over overflow
run on hurry
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SEE
see about deal
see off witness one’s departure
see through detect / penetrate
see to attend
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SET
set against oppose
set about / on start
set in begin
set out / off start
set up establish
set to with determination, fight, active
set aside disregard
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STAND
stand up rise
stand by support, wait
stand up oppose, noticeable
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TAKE
take down write
take out extract
take after resemble
take in deceive
take on fight with, assume
take up occupy, raise at
take off leave, remove
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THROW
throw away waste
throw up resign
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TURN
turn against dislike
turn away refuse admission
turn down reject, refuse
turn on cause ot flow by unscrewing water, gas etc., gas
turn off stop
turn out produce
turn up arrive, appear
turn in sleep
turn upon attack

Phrasal verbs with OUT

In English there are many phrasal verbs with the preposition OUT.

Drop out
Prematurely (early) and voluntarily leave school, a race, etc.

“Peter dropped out of school when he was 15 to take care of his sick mother.”
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Kick out
To eject, throw out, or forcefully remove

“Walter was talking loudly and bothering people so my teacher kicked him out of class.”
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Phrasal verbs – Break In/Break Up

Phrasal verbs – Break In/Break Up

break in = force entry to a building

„Somebody broke in my apartment last night and stole my laptop!“

break in = interrupt

„The news broke in to the football game to report the president’s death.“

break up = end a relationship

„My girlfriend and I broke up before I moved to Australia.“
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break up = start laughing (informal)

„The children just broke up laughing as soon as the monkey started dancing.“