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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
Kaplan International Colleges Dublin Dublin, Ireland
Omnicom School of Languages Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Oxford Elite in London and Oxford Oxford, England, UK & England
A F International School of Languages, Thousand Oaks Ventura County, California, USA
Australian International College of Language, Gold Coast Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia
BSN Language Centre, The Hague The Hague, Netherlands
Future Focus School Of English Floriana, Malta
Heritage English Lymington, England, UK & England
PC TECH ESL School New York New York City, New York, USA
Eton Institute, Dubai Dubai, UAE
English Village Homestay East Sussex, England, UK & England
Language Skills English Center, Boston Boston, Massachusetts, USA
Language Skills English Center, Boston Boston, Massachusetts, USA
Sol Schools Toronto Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Kaplan International Colleges Auckland Auckland, New Zealand
Omnicom School of Languages, Toronto & Calgary Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Heritage English Homestay Courses Lymington, England, UK & England
English Language Company, Sydney Sydney, NSW, Australia
Kaplan International Center Philadelphia Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
Stanford English Academy, Navi Mumbai Navi Mumbai, India