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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
NSL Mondial, Boston Boston, Massachusetts, USA
NSL Mondial Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
The International Language Centre Port of Spain, Trinidad & Tobago
International House Johannesburg - Language Lab Johannesburg, South Africa
Institute Of Intensive English, Hawaii Honolulu, Hawaii, USA
House Of Tutors - Intensive American English Institute Austin, Texas, USA
ILSC - San Francisco San Francisco, California, USA
ELS Universal English College, Sydney Sydney, NSW, Australia
Kaplan International Colleges London - Leicester Square London, England, UK & England
Syntax Academy, Bangalore Bangalore, India
English Level Test Online Honolulu, Hawaii, USA
Free English Level Test Online Dubai, UAE
The International Language Centre Port of Spain, Trinidad & Tobago
Amity English School, London London, England, UK & England
Kaplan International Colleges Cambridge Cambridge, England, UK & England
Kaplan International USA New York City, New York, USA
NSL Mondial, Miami Miami, Florida, USA
Heritage English Homestay Courses Lymington, England, UK & England
American Language Programs, Inc. Middlesex County, Massachusetts, USA
Kaplan International New York - Empire State New York City, New York, USA