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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
NSL Mondial New York City, New York, USA
International House Vancouver Vancouver, BC, Canada
Private English Teacher, London London, England, UK & England
Heritage English Lymington, England, UK & England
American Language Programs, Inc. Middlesex County, Massachusetts, USA
House Of Tutors - Intensive American English Institute Austin, Texas, USA
Kaplan International Chicago Chicago, Illinois, USA
A F International School of Languages, Thousand Oaks Ventura County, California, USA
English Level Test London, England, UK & England
Focus Education Centre of Canada, Mississauga Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Kaplan International Boston Boston, Massachusetts, USA
Spring College International Singapore, Singapore
New York English Academy Manhattan, New York, USA
Online English Level Test Mexico City, Mexico
Crossing Borders - Katy TX (Houston area) Katy, Texas, USA
American Language Programs, California Middlesex County, Massachusetts, USA
Kaplan International Colleges Auckland Auckland, New Zealand
Irish College Of English, Dublin Dublin, Ireland
English Village – MALTA Valletta, Malta
Kaplan International USA New York City, New York, USA