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English Phrasal Verbs List

Phrasal verbs consist of a verb and an adverb (particle). Phrasal verbs are a very important feature of everyday English language. They are used in spoken and informal English, and they are also in written and even formal English. Understanding and learning to use phrasal verbs, however, is often a problem and there are many reasons for this.

The meaning of the phrasal verb often has no relation to the meaning of either the verb or the particle which is used with it. This means that phrasal verbs can be difficult both to understand and to remember. Also, many phrasal verbs have several different meanings.

We have created some pages of examples to help students better understand phrasal verbs.

Meanings & Examples

Choose¬†the¬†letter below, to see definitions and examples for phrasal verbs in this collection. (For example, choose “A” for “ask out, ask over.”)


We recommend these English Phrasal Verbs Books for further study or the ESL schools below.


English language schools & courses: Location
Private English Teacher, London London, England, UK & England
Australian International College of Language, Gold Coast Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia
The English Language Institute at Notre Dame of Maryland University Baltimore, Maryland, USA
Online English Level Test Delhi (New Delhi), India
Le Tutor Language School, Phoenix AZ area Mesa, Arizona, USA
Eton Institute, Dubai Dubai, UAE
A F International School of Languages, Thousand Oaks Ventura County, California, USA
A F International College, Los Angeles Los Angeles, California, USA
Kaplan International Boston Boston, Massachusetts, USA
Focus Education Centre of Canada, Mississauga Mississauga, Ontario, Canada
Kaplan International Vancouver Vancouver, BC, Canada
Heritage English Homestay Courses Lymington, England, UK & England
British Council Singapore Singapore, Singapore
NSL Mondial, Miami Miami, Florida, USA
Kaplan International New York - Empire State New York City, New York, USA
Uptrend College Singapore, Singapore
English Language Company, Sydney Sydney, NSW, Australia
ABC Languages, Westchester County & Southern Connecticut Westchester County, New York, USA
ELS Universal English College, Sydney Sydney, NSW, Australia
Kaplan International Colleges UK London, England, UK & England