Useful phrasal verbs related to family life…
- Be named after
Meaning: Be given the name of another person
E.g. Albert was named after his grandfather.
- Bring sb up
Meaning: Look after a child until he or she becomes an adult
E.g. She brought up three sons on her own.
- Fall out with sb
Meaning: Argue with sb and you are no longer friendly with them
E.g. I’d fallen out with my parents.
- Get along/on with
Meaning: Have a good, friendly relationship with sb
E.g. I get along well with most of my colleagues.
- Get together
Meaning: Spend time together
E.g. The whole family usually gets together at Christmas.
- Go by
Meaning: Prefer to be called by a particular name
E.g. When I knew her, she used to go by the name of Ricki.
- Grow apart
Meaning: Stop having a close relationship with somebody over a period of time
E.g. As we got older we just grew apart.
- Grow up
Meaning: Develop into an adult
E.g. Their children have all grown up and left home now.
- Look after
Meaning: Take care of someone
E.g. It’s hard work looking after three children all day.
- Look up to
Meaning: Respect and admire someone
E.g. He’s a role model for other players to look up to.
- Take after
Meaning: Look or behave like an older relative
E.g. In looks she takes after her father.
- Tell off
Meaning: Criticize someone angrily for doing something wrong
E.g. Our parents told us off for making so much noise.
- Settle down
Meaning: Begin to live a quieter life by getting married
E.g. When are you going to get married and settle down?
- Split up
Meaning: End a marriage relationship
E.g. Her parents split up a few months ago.
- Make up
Meaning: Become friendly with someone again after an argument
E.g. Why don’t you two forget your differences and make up?