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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
Rose Mount's Institute of English Language, Dehradun Dehradun, India
International House Johannesburg - Language Lab Johannesburg, South Africa
Crossing Borders Group, LLC, Texas San Antonio, Texas, USA
The BSN Language Centre, The Hague The Hague, Netherlands
Kaplan International Los Angeles Los Angeles, California, USA
Oxford Elite in London and Oxford Oxford, England, UK & England
St Brelade's College, Jersey Saint Helier, Jersey, UK & England
Crossing Borders Group, San Antonio San Antonio, Texas, USA
Sol Schools Toronto Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Kaplan International Colleges UK London, England, UK & England
Kaplan International Colleges Oxford Oxford, England, UK & England
The Language Academy, Fort Lauderdale Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA
Future Focus School Of English Floriana, Malta
Private English Teacher, London London, England, UK & England
Metropolitan College, Toronto Toronto, Ontario, Canada
PC TECH ESL School New York New York City, New York, USA
Irish College Of English, Dublin Dublin, Ireland
Harvest English Institute, Newark Newark, New Jersey, USA
Australian International College of Language, Gold Coast Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia
Kaplan International USA New York City, New York, USA