Most Useful Phrasal Verbs in English: 400+ Phrasal Verbs with Meaning and Examples

In English, a phrasal verb is a phrase that indicates an action—such as turn down or ran into...


Phrasal verb is the name given to an English verb which is composed of two or three words. One verb is combined with a preposition (like on, in, under) or an adverb (like up, down, away). Sometimes a phrasal verb can have a meaning that is very different to the meaning of at least one of those two or three words separately. Some text books call these verbs multi-word verbs. Phrasal verbs are used more frequently in everyday speech than in formal, official writing or speaking.

Here are some examples:

  • Maria didn’t know the word, so she looked it up in the dictionary.
  • Oh no, we’ve run out of milk! I’ll have to buy some more.
  • Farmers have to get up early in the morning.
  • The rocket took off with a loud roar.

Below are some of the most common phrasal verbs in the English language. We organized them alphabetically so they’re easy to find, but you can group them however you want when you’re learning them!

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