Phrasal Verbs I – list, meaning, example

There are some verbs in English that combine with propositions or adverbs to gain new meaning. Such Verb + Proposition or Verb + Adverb combinations are called Phrasal Verbs.

These are the lists of Phrasal Verbs

1. ask for – demand, to somebody
Can I ask you a question?
I always ask for extra butter on bread.

2. back up – support
Make sure you back up every day.
You’ll have to back up and turn around.

3. bear with – tolerate patiently
If you will bear with me, I shall be very glad.
Please bear with me.

4. blow out – extinguish by blowing
When the window opened, the wind blew out the candle.
The electric fire has blow out.

5. blow up – explode
Suddenly the bomb blew up.
Can you help me blow up these balloons?

6. boil over – boil and flow over
The milk is boiling over now.
The situation was about to boil over.

7. break down – fail, stop
It takes a long time to break down prejudices.
The television has broken down.

8. break in – enter by force
There is a break in the gas pipe.
Children shouldn’t break in on adult’s conversation.

9. break out – start suddenly
The fire broke out at early morning.
He predicted when war would break out.

10. break up – end
The meeting broke up at 10 o’clock.
I want to break up with you.

11. bring forth – produce something
Trees bring forth fruit.
April showers bring forth May flowers.

12. bring up – raise
We need to bring up more candidates.
It’s hard for the baby to bring up wind.

13. bring out – open, publish
The spices really bring out the flavour of the paneer.
The sunshine will bring out the blossom.

14. call in – convene
Please call in a doctor immediately.
How many guests will you call in?

15. call off – cancel, withdraw
The commander decided to call off the attack.
The strike will be called off tomorrow.

16. call up – recall
We call up the arrow on the screen with the keyboard.
He is going to call up and cancel his subscription.

17. call for – require, demand
Let me transfer this call for you.
I’ll call for you at five.

18. call out – summon
I had to call out an electrician.
Let’s call out for pizza.

19. care for – like somebody
He does not care for his wife.
She cares for her children deeply.

20. carry out – execute, obey
You must carry out my orders.
He did not carry out his promise to us.

21. carry on – continue
How long can this situation carry on?
We must carry on hoping for the best.

22. catch on – become popular
It could catch on fire easily.
It’s not that hard, once you catch on to it.

23. clear up – make clean
Please, clean up the table before you leave.
Could you please clean up the living room?

24. clear away – pass away, remove
Clear away your utensils now.
We must clear away the misunderstanding.

25. clear off – go away
I am clear off the debt soon.
The morning mist will clear off soon.

26. come out – be published
Come out and get some fresh air.
When do the exam results come out?

27. come on – come with
Come on, wake up, we will late.
I can’t come on that date.

28. come down – become lower
He had come down with the fever.
Come down from there this minute!

29. cut down – reduce
Cut down your expenses.
Do not cut down the tree that gives you shade.

30. cut off – disconnect
The telephone wire is cut off in this house.
He cut off a small piece of bread.

31. deal in – sell something
We deal in software.
They deal in antiques.

32. dispose of – finish
They had to dispose of the opposition.
Dispose of these old television.

33. do away with – abolish
She tried to do away with herself.
He told me to do away with this old hat.

34. do without – manage in absence of someone
I can do without your advice.
You can do without all that hassle.

35. draw back – recoil
It may already be too late to draw back.
If you take part in the race, you mustn’t draw back.

36. fall off – decrease
The number of students has fallen off.
Be careful not to fall off the ladder.

37. fall out – quarrel
The drugs made her hair fall out.
I don’t like to fall out with my friends.

38. fall back – withdraw
If I lose my job, I’ll have nothing to fall back on.
At last, the enemies had to fall back.

39. fall on – attack violently
I held the belief that we would fall on our feet.
Prices continued to fall on the stock market today.

40. find out – to search
I was curious to find out what he had said.
How did you find out about the party?