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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
English Right Now, NYC New York City, New York, USA
English Village Homestay East Sussex, England, UK & England
Crossing Borders Group, Katy (Houston area) Katy, Texas, USA
English at St Andrews, Scotland St Andrews, Scotland, UK & England
Kaplan International Miami Miami, Florida, USA
Kaplan International Colleges New Zealand Auckland, New Zealand
Kaplan International Chicago Chicago, Illinois, USA
ABC Languages, New York New York City, New York, USA
Kaplan International Colleges Oxford Oxford, England, UK & England
Heritage English Homestay Courses Lymington, England, UK & England
Kaplan International Vancouver Vancouver, BC, Canada
Kaplan International Colleges Cambridge Cambridge, England, UK & England
Le Tutor Language School, Phoenix AZ area Mesa, Arizona, USA
American National College, Atlanta Atlanta, Georgia, USA
Eton Institute, Dubai Dubai, UAE
PC TECH ESL School New York Manhattan, New York, USA
English Language Institute, Paris American Academy Paris, France
Atlantic School of English & Active Leisure, West Cork Cork, Ireland
Kaplan International Boston Boston, Massachusetts, USA
Focus Education Centre of Canada, Mississauga Mississauga, Ontario, Canada