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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
Crossing Borders Group, Houston Houston, Texas, USA
International House Johannesburg - Language Lab Johannesburg, South Africa
JE Educational College Singapore, Singapore
Language Skills English Center, Boston Boston, Massachusetts, USA
English Village Homestay East Sussex, England, UK & England
English Language Institute, Paris American Academy Paris, France
Stanford English Academy, Navi Mumbai Mumbai, India
Harvest English Institute, Newark Newark, New Jersey, USA
Kaplan International Colleges London - Leicester Square London, England, UK & England
The English Language Institute at Notre Dame of Maryland University Baltimore, Maryland, USA
New York Language Center New York City, New York, USA
Kaplan International Center Philadelphia Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
Atlantic School of English & Active Leisure, West Cork Cork, Ireland
Rose Mount's Institute of English Language, Dehradun Dehradun, India
Kaplan International Colleges UK London, England, UK & England
ELS Universal English College, Sydney Sydney, NSW, Australia
Omnicom School of Languages, Toronto & Calgary Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Kaplan International New York - SoHo, Lower Manhattan New York City, New York, USA
Australian International College of Language, Gold Coast Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia
ABC Languages, New York New York City, New York, USA