40 Common Phrasal Verbs in English

Phrasal verb is a type of verb phrase that may not have literal meaning. Phrasal verbs in English tend to be idioms and are often avoided in formal writing.


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Phrasal verb is a type of verb phrase that may not have literal meaning. Phrasal verbs in English tend to be idioms and are often avoided in formal writing.

Common Phrasal Verbs in English

  • Act up  

MeaningBehave or function improperly

  • Add up

Meaning: Make sense

  • Ask out

MeaningInvite on a date

  • Ask over  

MeaningInvite to one’s home

  • Back down 

MeaningStop defending your opinion in a debate

  • Back out  

MeaningNot keep (a promise, agreement, deal)

  • Back up 

MeaningGive support/ move backwards, reverse

  • Bawl out     

Meaning: Criticize, reprimand (inf.)

  • Blow in

MeaningVisit unexpectedly

  • Blow over   

MeaningPass without creating a problem

  • Blow up 

MeaningExplode/ suddenly become very angry

  • Break down      

MeaningAnalyze in detail

  • Break in           

Meaning: Interrupt

  • Break out

MeaningEnd something

  • Break up      

MeaningBreak into pieces/ disperse/ stop/ end a relationship

  • Bring about        

MeaningCause to happen

  • Bring off            

Meaningsucceed at something difficult or unexpected

  • Bring on

Meaningcause something

  • Bring up   

Meaningmention/ raise

  • Burn up     

Meaningbe hot/ consume, destroy by fire

  • Call off

Meaningcancel something/ order to stop

  • Call on 

Meaningvisit/ invite someone to speak in a meeting or a classroom

  • Call up

Meaningtelephone

  • Calm down         

Meaningmake someone relax

  • Catch on

Meaningslowly start to understand

  • Catch up  

Meaningmake up for lost time

  • Check back 

Meaningreturn to see if everything is OK

  • Check for            

Meaningtry to find

  • Check out  

Meaninginvestigate, take a look at/ leave a hotel, hospital

  • Check up on       

Meaning: investigate someone or something

  • Check with 

Meaningask a person for confirmation

  • Check over     

Meaning: closely examine the condition of something

  • Cheer up    

Meaningbecome cheerful/ make someone feel cheerful

  • Chew up     

Meaningchew into small pieces

  • Clean up   

Meaningtidy

  • Clear out         

Meaningleave

  • Dress up          

Meaningwear a costume or style of clothing/ improve the appearance

  • Drop out 

Meaning: quit a class/school

  • Eat out

Meaningeat at a restaurant

  • Fall down       

Meaningget depressed/fail


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