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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
Heritage English Lymington, England, UK & England
Kaplan International New York – Midtown Manhattan New York City, New York, USA
English Village Homestay East Sussex, England, UK & England
English Village Homestay East Sussex, England, UK & England
Language Skills English Center, Boston Boston, Massachusetts, USA
The English Language Institute at Notre Dame of Maryland University Baltimore, Maryland, USA
Kaplan International New York - Empire State New York City, New York, USA
Stanford English Academy, Navi Mumbai Navi Mumbai, India
Kaplan International Los Angeles Los Angeles, California, USA
Eton Institute, Dubai Dubai, UAE
Australian International College of Language, Gold Coast Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia
Kaplan International Colleges Cambridge Cambridge, England, UK & England
English Village Homestay Valletta, Malta
A F International School of Languages, Thousand Oaks Ventura County, California, USA
Kaplan International Washington DC Washington, Dist of Columbia, USA
Uptrend College Singapore, Singapore
The International Language Centre Port of Spain, Trinidad & Tobago
Rose Mount's Institute of English Language, Dehradun Dehradun, India
American National College, Atlanta Atlanta, Georgia, USA
Kaplan International Seattle Seattle, Washington, USA