English phrasal verbs list

phrasal verbs list

English phrasal verbs

Our phrasal verbs list includes the English phrasal verb πŸ†…, an example that uses the phrasal verb in context πŸ…΄ and a definition that explains the meaning πŸ…³.

What are phrasal verbs?

A phrasal verb (also known as a multi-word verb) is made up of a verb and one or two particles (adverb and/or preposition) and operate as a single vocabulary item.

Some phrasal verbs are easier to understand from the individual words because they have a more literal meaning.Β  Others are idiomatic and cannot be understood from the individual works, so it is more difficult to guess the meaning.

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Some phrasal verbs have more than one meaning and the meanings below are directly related to the example given.

Phrasal verb πŸ†…Example πŸ…΄Definition πŸ…³
πŸ†… bring in (sth)
bring (sth) in
πŸ…΄ The government brought in strict new laws to reduce plastic waste.πŸ…³ to introduce a new law
πŸ†… call off (sth)
call (sth) off
πŸ…΄ Our clients have called off today's meeting.πŸ…³ to cancel or decide to stop something
πŸ†… cover up (sth/sb)
cover (sth/sb) up
πŸ…΄ The employees tried to cover up their mistakes and didn't report them to the directors.πŸ…³ to hide the truth so that others do not learn about your mistakes or illegal actions
πŸ†… crack down on (sth/sb)πŸ…΄ The government needs to crack down on knife crime in the UK.πŸ…³ to deal with problems in a stricter way
πŸ†… draw up (sth)
draw (sth) up
πŸ…΄ The company have offered me a job, but they still need to draw up the contract.πŸ…³ to prepare a written document such as a contract, list or plan
πŸ†… fall throughπŸ…΄ Unfortunately, everything has fallen through with the sale of our company.πŸ…³ describes when something fails to happen
πŸ†… get away with (sth)πŸ…΄ My local council tried to get away with a much smaller budget for social housing.πŸ…³ to escape punishment or criticism after doing something wrong or in a bad way
πŸ†… go back on (sth/sb)πŸ…΄ Many politicians go back on the promises they make during their election campaign.πŸ…³ to not do something that you have agreed or promised to do
πŸ†… lay off (sb)
lay (sb) off
πŸ…΄ Thousands of people have been laid off in the retail industry as shops close.πŸ…³ to stop employing someone
πŸ†… look into (sth)πŸ…΄ We need to look into the matter to discover the reasons for massive overspending.πŸ…³ to investigate the facts about something
πŸ†… put back (sth)
put (sth) back
πŸ…΄ Our clients have put back this morning's meeting until after lunch.πŸ…³ to delay the time or date of a planned event
πŸ†… put forward (sth/sb)
put (sth/sb) forward
πŸ…΄ Scientists have just put forward their latest findings about climate change.πŸ…³ to give an idea, opinion or plan for consideration or discussion about someone or something
πŸ†… stand downπŸ…΄ A government minister has stood down after several allegations of misconduct.πŸ…³ to resign from an official job or position
πŸ†… step inπŸ…΄ The boss had to step in when there was a serious disagreement among employees.πŸ…³ to become involved in a situation to solve a problem
πŸ†… win over (sth/sb)
win (sth/sb) over
πŸ…΄ Our proposal has won over the supportΒ of government and local businesses.πŸ…³ to succeed in persuading someone to agree with you

Phrasal verbs by topic

We have also created lists of English phrasal verbs by topic so that you can learn groups of phrasal verbs for the same subject area.

  • Business
  • Politics

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Tips to remember phrasal verbs

❢ Read the phrasal verb πŸ†… and then read the example sentence πŸ…΄.
❷ Try to guess the meaning of the phrasal verb from the example.
❸ Read the definitionΒ πŸ…³ to check your understanding of the phrasal verb.
❹ Create your own example using the same phrasal verb.
❺ Try to use the phrasal verb when you are practising your English!