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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, Ottawa Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Sol Schools Toronto Toronto, Ontario, Canada
New York English Academy Manhattan, New York, USA
Oxford Elite in London and Oxford Oxford, England, UK & England
The International Language Centre Port of Spain, Trinidad & Tobago
The Language Academy, Fort Lauderdale Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA
Kaplan International Colleges New Zealand Auckland, New Zealand
Kaplan International Miami Miami, Florida, USA
English Right Now, NYC New York City, New York, USA
Omnicom School of Languages Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Pro-language Institute - PLI Port of Spain, Trinidad & Tobago
English Village – MALTA Valletta, Malta
NSL Mondial, Miami Miami, Florida, USA
Spring College International Singapore, Singapore
International House Johannesburg - Language Lab Johannesburg, South Africa
English Level Test London, England, UK & England
Future Focus School Of English Floriana, Malta
Stanford English Academy, Navi Mumbai Navi Mumbai, India
Free Online English Level Test Madrid, Spain
ECS Scotland, Edinburgh Edinburgh, Scotland, UK & England