Last Updated : 28 Jan 2014

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

e.g.

account forfixed upget out of
back outkeep inmake up
deal withran afterlooked after
care aboutwatching forwork out
got on withleft offmade up
feel outmy mindjoin up
keep up withlooked uphold on
get outask afterasked for
help upkeep downhold off
died awaydrew backtook out
set inworked upthrew away

A GROUP OF PHRASAL VERBS AND THEIR MEANINGS

PHRASAL VERBMEANING
BACK
back upsupport
back outwithdraw
PHRASAL VERBMEANING
BEAR
bear downdefeat, overcome, crush
bear outcarry
bear uphave courage
bear withendure, tolerate
PHRASAL VERBMEANING
BLOW
blow outextinguish
blow upexplode
PHRASAL VERBMEANING
BREAK
break updisperse, shatter
break downfall, stop working / collapse
break in / intoenter by force
break outappear and force out escape, spread suddenly
break thro’penetrate
break offend
PHRASAL VERBMEANING
BRING
bring forthproduce
bring abouthappen
bring downfall
bring outpublish
bring upeducate, rear
PHRASAL VERBMEANING
CALL
call fordemand, wanted
call inrequest to help, summon
call offcancel
call outshout
call onto pay a short visit to a person
call atto pay a short visit to a place
PHRASAL VERBMEANING
CARRY
carry offwin, snatch
carry oncontinue
carry outexecute
PHRASAL VERBMEANING
COME
come roundrecover
come overaffected
come abouthappen, occur
come crossto meet by chance, discover
come offtake place
come onhurry
come upmove to a higher level or position
PHRASAL VERBMEANING
DROP
drop invisit
drop outdiscountinue
PHRASAL VERBMEANING
FALL
fall foradmire
fall offdecrease
fall outquarrel
fall throughfail to be successfully completed, collapse
fall uponattack
PHRASAL VERBMEANING
GET
get awayescape
get onmake progress, climb
get overovercome, recover
get roundpersuade
get throughpass
get uprise
PHRASAL VERBMEANING
GIVE
give insurrender, collapse
give outannounce
give updiscountinue
give wayyield
give awaypresent, distribute
PHRASAL VERBMEANING
GO
go aboutpreform, do
go afterchase, follow
go downto be recorded, believe will be remembered
go intoexamine, investigate
go oncontinue, hurry
go throughendure
PHRASAL VERBMEANING
HOLD
hold oncatch
hold outgive, offer
hold backwithhold
hold updelay
PHRASAL VERBMEANING
KEEP
keep backwith hold
keep downcontrol, repress
keep going oncontinue
keep oncontinue
keep toadhere to
keep it upcontinue, maintain
PHRASAL VERBMEANING
LAY
lay bysave
lay down (arm)surrender
lay down (life)sacrifice
PHRASAL VERBMEANING
LOOK
look backcontemplate, reflect
look aftertake care of
look downdespise, hate
look forto try to find / search
look intoexamine
look over intoexamine, investigate
look onconsider, regard
look outwatchful, beware
look todepend on
look up (book)scarch for, refer
look uptorespect
PHRASAL VERBMEANING
MAKE
make afterfollow
make forsetout
make awaysteal
make outunderstand
make upcompensate / invent
make fastsecure
make offrun away
PHRASAL VERBMEANING
PASS
pass awaydie
pass forconsidered as
pass offfalsely present, ignore
pass throughundergo
pass outfaint
PHRASAL VERBMEANING
PUT
put acrossnarrate
put bysave
put downcrush / write
put forthannounce
put off postpone, delay
put onwear
put out extinguish
put throughimplement
put upstay / provide
put up withendure, tolerate
PHRASAL VERBMEANING
RUN
run acrossmeet
run afterchase, seek
run downdecline, collide, deteriorate
run outexhaust, expire, completely used up
run overoverflow
run onhurry
PHRASAL VERBMEANING
SEE
see aboutdeal
see offwitness one’s departure
see throughdetect / penetrate
see toattend
PHRASAL VERBMEANING
SET
set againstoppose
set about / onstart
set inbegin
set out / offstart
set upestablish
set towith determination, fight, active
set asidedisregard
PHRASAL VERBMEANING
STAND
stand uprise
stand bysupport, wait
stand upoppose, noticeable
PHRASAL VERBMEANING
TAKE
take downwrite
take outextract
take afterresemble
take indeceive
take onfight with, assume
take upoccupy, raise at
take offleave, remove
PHRASAL VERBMEANING
THROW
throw awaywaste
throw upresign
PHRASAL VERBMEANING
TURN
turn againstdislike
turn awayrefuse admission
turn downreject, refuse
turn oncause ot flow by unscrewing water, gas etc., gas
turn offstop
turn outproduce
turn uparrive, appear
turn insleep
turn uponattack

 

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

 

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