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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
International House Johannesburg - Language Lab Johannesburg, South Africa
Kaplan International Colleges Auckland Auckland, New Zealand
English Village – MALTA Valletta, Malta
Kaplan International Toronto Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Irish College Of English, Dublin Dublin, Ireland
Omnicom School of Languages, Toronto Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Future Focus School Of English Floriana, Malta
Omnicom School of Languages, Toronto & Calgary Toronto, Ontario, Canada
The Language Academy, Fort Lauderdale Broward County, Florida, USA
Heritage English Lymington, England, UK & England
Focus Education Centre of Canada, Mississauga Toronto, Ontario, Canada
British Council Singapore Singapore, Singapore
New York Language Center Bronx, New York, USA
English Village Homestay East Sussex, England, UK & England
The International Language Centre Port of Spain, Trinidad & Tobago
NSL Mondial Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
English Language Institute, Paris American Academy Paris, France
Amity College London Merton, England, UK & England
Online English Level Test Mexico City, Mexico
International TEFL Training Institute, Paris Paris, France