15 Common Phrasal Verbs Related to Family in English

Phrasal verbs are being used all across the board starting from chatting with your friends during a lunch break and ending with family meetings...


1. Be named after

Meaning: Be given the name of another person
Example: Albert was named after his grandfather

2. Bring sb up

Meaning: Look after a child until he or she becomes an adult
Example: She brought up three sons on her own

3. Fall out with sb

Meaning: Argue with sb and you are no longer friendly with them
Example: I’d fallen out with my parents

4. Get along/on with

Meaning: Have a good, friendly relationship with sb
Example: I get along well with most of my colleagues

5. Get together

Meaning: Spend time together
Example: The whole family usually gets together at Christmas

6. Go by

Meaning: Prefer to be called by a particular name
Example: When I knew her, she used to go by the name of Ricki

7. Grow apart

Meaning: Stop having a close relationship with somebody over a period of time
Example: As we got older we just grew apart

8. Grow up

Meaning: Develop into an adult
Example: Their children have all grown up and left home now

9. Look after

Meaning: Take care of someone
Example: It’s hard work looking after three children all day

10. Look up to

Meaning: Respect and admire someone
Example: He’s a role model for other players to look up to

11. Take after

Meaning: Look or behave like an older relative
Example: In looks she takes after her father

12. Tell off

Meaning: Criticize someone angrily for doing something wrong
Example: Our parents told us off for making so much noise

13. Settle down

Meaning: Begin to live a quieter life by getting married
Example: When are you going to get married and settle down?

14. Split up

Meaning: End a marriage relationship
Example: Her parents split up a few months ago

15. Make up

Meaning: Become friendly with someone again after an argument
Example: Why don’t you two forget your differences and make up?

Other Phrasal Verbs Used in Daily Life

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