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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.


Oxford Elite in London and OxfordOxford, England, UK & England
Omnicom School of LanguagesCalgary, Alberta, Canada
Future Focus School Of EnglishFloriana, Malta
The Language Academy, Fort LauderdaleBroward County, Florida, USA
NSL MondialWinnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
Institute Of Intensive English, HawaiiHonolulu, Hawaii, USA
International House Johannesburg - Language LabJohannesburg, South Africa
Irish College Of English, DublinDublin, Ireland
ELS Universal English College, SydneySydney, NSW, Australia
American Language Programs, FloridaMiddlesex County, Massachusetts, USA
International Language Institute, Washington DCWashington, Dist of Columbia, USA
Kaplan International New York - Empire StateNew York City, New York, USA
St Brelade's College, JerseySaint Helier, Jersey, UK & England
English Language Company, SydneySydney, NSW, Australia
Stanford English Academy, Navi MumbaiMumbai, India
International House VancouverVancouver, BC, Canada
Kaplan International New York – Midtown ManhattanNew York City, New York, USA
British Council SingaporeSingapore, Singapore
Arizona Language CenterPhoenix, Arizona, USA
Online English Level TestDelhi (New Delhi), India