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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
Metropolitan College, Toronto Toronto, Ontario, Canada
International House Vancouver Vancouver, BC, Canada
Sol Schools Toronto Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Omnicom School of Languages, Toronto & Calgary Toronto, Ontario, Canada
A F International School of Languages, Thousand Oaks Ventura County, California, USA
Harvest English Institute, Newark Newark, New Jersey, USA
Language Skills English Center, Boston Boston, Massachusetts, USA
Kaplan International Canada Vancouver, BC, Canada
Stanford English Academy, Navi Mumbai Mumbai, India
A F International College, Los Angeles Los Angeles, California, USA
Private English Teacher, London London, England, UK & England
Kaplan International Washington DC Washington, Dist of Columbia, USA
Spring College International Singapore, Singapore
Rose Mount's Institute of English Language, Dehradun Dehradun, India
Kaplan International New York – Midtown Manhattan New York City, New York, USA
PC TECH ESL School New York New York City, New York, USA
English Language Company, Sydney Sydney, NSW, Australia
St Brelade's College, Jersey Saint Helier, Jersey, UK & England
Atlantic School of English & Active Leisure, West Cork Cork, Ireland
English at St Andrews, Scotland St Andrews, Scotland, UK & England