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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.


The English Language Institute at Notre Dame of Maryland UniversityBaltimore, Maryland, USA
Focus Education Centre of CanadaMississauga, Ontario, Canada
Irish College Of English, DublinDublin, Ireland
English Village – MALTAValletta, Malta
ECS Scotland, EdinburghEdinburgh, Scotland, UK & England
Future Focus School Of EnglishFloriana, Malta
NSL Mondial, BostonBoston, Massachusetts, USA
NSL Mondial, OttawaOttawa, Ontario, Canada
Kaplan International Colleges London - Leicester SquareLondon, England, UK & England
British Council SingaporeSingapore, Singapore
ABC Languages - Bronx, Westchester County NY & Southern CTWestchester County, New York, USA
English Level Test OnlineManila, Philippines
Harvest English Institute, Newark & Long BranchNewark, New Jersey, USA
NSL Mondial, Los AngelesLos Angeles, California, USA
International Language Institute, Washington DCWashington, Dist of Columbia, USA
English Level TestSingapore, Singapore
American Language Programs, FloridaMiddlesex County, Massachusetts, USA
The BSN Language Centre, The HagueThe Hague, Netherlands
Online English Level TestMexico City, Mexico
American Language Programs, Inc.Middlesex County, Massachusetts, USA