Commonly Used Phrasal Verbs about “Family”, “Friends” & “Lovers”

Here are some phrasal verbs that we can use when talking about relationships we have with other people ...


Phrasal Verbs Related FAMILY

  • be named after (somebody)

Be given the name of another person

I was named after my grandfather John.

  • bring (somebody) up

Look after and influence a child until he or she is grown up

He was brought up by his grandparents.

  • fall out with (somebody)

Argue with somebody and stop being friendly with them

My father fell out with one of his brothers and they didn't speak for years.

  • get along/ on (well) with (somebody)

Have a good, friendly relationships with somebody

I don't get along with my sister - we have nothing in common.

  • get together

Meet together, having planned it before

The whole family needs to get together to decide what to do about the trip.

  • go by

Prefer to be called by a certain name

My full name is Isabel but I go by Isa. My brother Jonathan goes by John.

  • grow apart

Gradually begin to have a less close relationship

He said he and wife Brenda had been growing apart for at least a year.

  • grow up

Develop from being a child to being an adult

I grew up in Chicago.

  • look after (somebody)

Care for or be in charge of somebody

My eldest sister looked after me very well. She’s an excellent cook.

  • look up to (somebody)

Admire somebody greatly

I’ve always looked up to my brother for his courage and determination.

  • take after (somebody)

Be similar in character/ appearance to an older family member

Jenni really takes after her mother.

  • tell (somebody) off

Criticize somebody for their actions

My dad told me off for swearing.

  • come into (something)

Receive money, land, or property from someone after they have died

She’ll come into quite a lot of money when her father dies.

Phrasal Verbs Related FRIENDS & LOVERS

  • get on with (somebody)

Have a good relationship with somebody

I get on very well with James.

  • fall out with (somebody)

No longer speak/ be friends with somebody after having an argument

Carrie’s always falling out with people.

  • make up (with somebody)

Reconcile or end a dispute with somebody

I fight with my brother all the time, but we always make up soon afterwards.

  • go out (with somebody)

Be in a romantic relationship with somebody

We went out for a meal and then on to a movie.

  • break up (with somebody)

End a relationship with somebody

The couple broke up last year.

  • hang out (with somebody)

Spend time with somebody

I spent a lot of time listening to records and just hanging out with friends.

  • meet up (with somebody)

Meet someone in order to do something together

We often meet up after work and go for a drink.

  • fall for (somebody)

Fall in love

That was the summer I worked at the fairground, and met and fell for Lucy.

  • split up

End a relationship

Steve’s parents split up when he was four.

  • bump into (somebody)

Meet by accident

I bumped into Jean in town.

  • give (somebody) up

Stop having a friendship with somebody

I knew deep down that I should give him up.

  • hit it off

Have a good relationship from the first time you meet a person

I knew you’d hit it off with Mike.

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