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PHRASAL VERB

Definition :

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 are 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.

LIST OF PHRASAL VERBS

Phrasal Verbs Examples

account for fixed up get out of
back out keep in make up
deal with ran after looked after
care about watching for work out
got on with left off made up
feel out my mind join up
keep up with looked up hold on
get out ask after asked for
help up keep down hold off
died away drew back took out
set in worked up threw away

A GROUP OF PHRASAL VERBS AND THEIR MEANINGS

PHRASAL VERB MEANING
BACK
back up support
back out withdraw
PHRASAL VERB MEANING
BEAR
bear down defeat, overcome, crush
bear out carry
bear up have courage
bear with endure, tolerate
PHRASAL VERB MEANING
BLOW
blow out extinguish
blow up explode
PHRASAL VERB MEANING
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
PHRASAL VERB MEANING
BRING
bring forth produce
bring about happen
bring down fall
bring out publish
bring up educate, rear
PHRASAL VERB MEANING
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
PHRASAL VERB MEANING
CARRY
carry off win, snatch
carry on continue
carry out execute
PHRASAL VERB MEANING
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
PHRASAL VERB MEANING
DROP
drop in visit
drop out discountinue
PHRASAL VERB MEANING
FALL
fall for admire
fall off decrease
fall out quarrel
fall through fail to be successfully completed, collapse
fall upon attack
PHRASAL VERB MEANING
GET
get away escape
get on make progress, climb
get over overcome, recover
get round persuade
get through pass
get up rise
PHRASAL VERB MEANING
GIVE
give in surrender, collapse
give out announce
give up discountinue
give way yield
give away present, distribute
PHRASAL VERB MEANING
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
PHRASAL VERB MEANING
HOLD
hold on catch
hold out give, offer
hold back withhold
hold up delay
PHRASAL VERB MEANING
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
PHRASAL VERB MEANING
LAY
lay by save
lay down (arm) surrender
lay down (life) sacrifice
PHRASAL VERB MEANING
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) scratch for, refer
look upto respect
PHRASAL VERB MEANING
MAKE
make after follow
make for setout
make away steal
make out understand
make up compensate / invent
make fast secure
make off run away
PHRASAL VERB MEANING
PASS
pass away die
pass for considered as
pass off falsely present, ignore
pass through undergo
pass out faint
PHRASAL VERB MEANING
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
PHRASAL VERB MEANING
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
PHRASAL VERB MEANING
SEE
see about deal
see off witness one’s departure
see through detect / penetrate
see to attend
PHRASAL VERB MEANING
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
PHRASAL VERB MEANING
STAND
stand up rise
stand by support, wait
stand up oppose, noticeable
PHRASAL VERB MEANING
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
PHRASAL VERB MEANING
THROW
throw away waste
throw up resign
PHRASAL VERB MEANING
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

 

Note : The phrasal verb may be in past tense like took out, passed away, brought up etc.
 
 

Examples For Phrasal Verbs

ASK FOR Driving after drinking alcohol is asking for trouble
CALL FOR The principal called for an explanation for his absence
CUT OUT FOR He is not cut out for the job
GO IN FOR I don’t like to go in for teaching
MAKE FOR Death control has made for population explosion
MAKE UP FOR He is doing lot of good things now a days to make up for his past bad life
LOOK FOR Excuse me, can you help me? I am looking for 201 MGM St.
PAY FOR Can I pay for this stuff with a debit card?
PLAN FOR The festival was a disaster because they didn’t plan for such a huge crowd
FALL FOR I guess he really fell for her in a big way
SETTLE FOR Dr.Rosy has very high standards. She won’t settle for second best
STAND FOR I will never stand for him
CAVE IN Due to Tsunami, the roof of the mud house caved in
BRING IN Her painting’s brought in some income to support her
CALL IN Call in an ambulance immediately
ENGAGE IN you should always be engaged in some meaningful activities
BREAK IN The thieves broke in through the kitchen window
GIVE IN At last the government gave in to the demands of the government employees
LOOK INTO The officials looked into the matter and took necessary steps
SET IN The rainy season has set in
WORK IN I’ll try to work in a Cubs game
TAKE IN After lunch we took in a movie
FILL IN She’s the star of the show. No one can fill in for her
SIGN IN All visitors to the consulate are asked to sign in
BUTT IN My father taught me that it’s not polite to butt in line
BELIEVE IN Do you believe in God?
TRADE IN We’ll get a good price on our new car if we trade in our old one
LOCK IN It’s dangerous to lock children in a car
DROP IN Sarah dropped in on Paris last night
GO IN Rosy went into the kitchen to get a cup of coffee
LET IN That small window doesn’t let in enough light to read by
PLUG IN The iron box is plugged in
SNEAK IN If you don’t have a ticket for the game, you’ll have to sneak in
PUNCH IN I forgot my card to punch in
GET IN Get in the car!
CARRY OUT Carry out your job very seriously
BREAK OUT Last night a fire broke out in our street
FALL OUT He left home after falling out with his parents
FIND OUT I could not find out the reason for his strange behaviour
PUT OUT The firemen had a tough time putting out the fire
SEND OUT The manager sent out every two months
WEAR OUT Jim felt worn out after a long journey
BACK OUT He had promised to help me, but backed out at the last moment
RUN OUT Our stock of sugar has run out
FIGURE OUT He couldn’t figure out where he put them
POINT OUT She wanted to point out several possible problems
LET OUT The lion let out a loud roar before he attacked the deer
BURN OUT the sun won’t burn out for another four billion years
PICK OUT I have four puppies, so I want to pick one out
HAND OUT Handouts of food and clothing were given to the homeless people
START OUT The stock market started out in negative territory but closed 300 points higher
DROP OUT Dhoni’ father was very disappointed when he dropped out of college
HOLD OUT There are still a few holdouts who don’t have credit cards
DRY OUT My skin always gets dried out in the winter
STAY OUT You can’t come in here. Stay out!
WATCH OUT Watch out when you’re crossing a busy street
PRINT OUT Type a letter and take a print out
LOOK OUT Look out for bears when you camp in the mountains
MAKE OUT How did you make out on the test yesterday?
SORT OUT The mail is sorted out and ready to be delivered
CUT OUT cut an interesting story out of the newspaper to show to my friend
RULED OUT After the hurricane they ruled out moving to Florida
CLEAN OUT When I go home, I found that my place had been cleaned out
CLEAR OUT Clear out! This is a private property
COME OUT How did the investigation come out?
EMPTY OUT The security told me to empty out my pockets
FALL OUT Did she fall out or was she pushed?
GO OUT The forest fire didn’t go out until it started to rain
BROUGHT UP Robert was brought up by his parents as a hard working and intelligent boy
CALL UP The patient could not call up past events
LOOK UP Look up the word in the dictionary
TEAR UP She tore up the letter
BACK UP He was able to achieve this mainly because he was backed up by his wife
BREAK UP She broke up with her boy friend
HOLD UP I was held up in traffic jam
GIVE UP The doctors have given him up but he made a remarkable recovery
MAKE UP He made up an excuse to get leave
SHOW UP Over a thousand people showed up for the news conference
THROW UP I feel like I’m going to throw up
WRAP UP We wrapped up the meeting around 6:00 and went home
WORK UP You have to work up to it
CATCH UP Coca-Cola has caught up with Pepsi in many markets
GROW UP Growing up without a father wasn’t easy
FOLLOW UP The doctor told me he’d need to follow up the treatment with physical therapy
WAKE UP I woke up at 6:00 AM on every day
COME UP Why don’t you come up and see me some time?
CALL ON Yesterday we called on our family friend
CARRY ON They carried on their conversation for a long time
GET ON Robert is getting on well in studies
GO BACK ON I never go back on my promises
KEEP ON She kept on asking me questions the whole time
BANK ON Do not bank on your relatives when you are in difficulties
PUT ON She put on a gray shirt and a gray woolen cardigan
LOOK ON look on him as my son
GO ON Go on doing your duty
PILE ON He piled compliments on her
CHEAT ON The teacher caught David cheating on the exam
SCREW ON Make sure you screw each of the nuts on tightly
FIGURE ON You can figure on spending a least hundred bucks if you’re going to that restaurant
PLAN ON What are you planning on doing tonight?
COME ON It was so cold that the heat came on last night
CATCH ON It took me a while, but I finally caught on to him
TRY ON Would you like to borrow this dress for the dance tonight? Here, try it on
TURN ON I wonder why she turned on me like that?
HOLD ON I have been holding on for fifteen minutes.
BREAK DOWN Our car broke down on the way
GO DOWN The prices of houses has gone down
KNOCK DOWN While crossing the road, the old man was knocked down by a motorist
LET DOWN The government let down the farmers badly in the talks
LIVE DOWN The politician could not live down his part bad antecedents
PULL DOWN The government is trying to pull down all opposition against it
TAKE DOWN The students were taking down the notes
HANDS DOWN India won the final match against England hands down
PUT DOWN The army put down the rebellion
GET DOWN He could not get down the stairs
SETTLED DOWN She settled down in France with her husband and two daughters
TRACK DOWN The terrorists were tracked down by Interpol
CRACK DOWN The FBI is planning a major crackdown on organized crime
COME DOWN It’s been raining for an hour! It’s really coming down
SLOW DOWN I was driving pretty fast, but I slowed down after I saw the police car.
FALL DOWN I slipped on some ice on the sidewalk and fell down
LAID DOWN The IRS laid down several new tax regulations
RUN DOWN The man was run down and killed by a speeding taxi
SIT DOWN The teacher told his students to sit down
TURN DOWN My request for a pay raise was turned down
BREAK OFF He broke off in the middle of his speech
CALL OFF The union has called off the strike
COME OFF The meeting did not come off because the minister suddenly fell ill
CUT OFF Water and electricity supplies have been cut off
GET OFF He got off with his light to injury in the accident
HOLD OFF The ruling party managed to hold off its main rival party in the general election
KEEP OFF Buses and lorries kept off the road in protest against the oil price hike
LET OFF The teacher let him off homework because he was ill
PUT OFF They have put off the wedding
SHOW OFF He showed off his new watch to his friends
TAKE OFF Please take off your shoes before entering
TURN OFF The electrician turned off the main switch before attending the fault
SET OFF He set off for London last night

 

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