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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
Kaplan International New York - Empire State New York City, New York, USA
English at St Andrews, Scotland St Andrews, Scotland, UK & England
JE Educational College Singapore, Singapore
The English Language Institute at Notre Dame of Maryland University Baltimore, Maryland, USA
American National College, Atlanta Atlanta, Georgia, USA
Kaplan International USA New York City, New York, USA
PC TECH ESL School New York New York City, New York, USA
International House Vancouver Vancouver, BC, Canada
Atlantic School of English & Active Leisure, West Cork Cork, Ireland
Kaplan International Colleges New Zealand Auckland, New Zealand
Eton Institute, Dubai Dubai, UAE
Kaplan International Chicago Chicago, Illinois, USA
Crossing Borders Group, Houston Houston, Texas, USA
Heritage English Homestay Courses Lymington, England, UK & England
International House Johannesburg - Language Lab Johannesburg, South Africa
American Language Programs, Inc. Boston, Massachusetts, USA
Stanford English Academy, Navi Mumbai Mumbai, India
Crossing Borders, Katy (Houston area) Katy, Texas, USA
Kaplan International Washington DC Washington, Dist of Columbia, USA
English Language Institute, Paris American Academy Paris, France