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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.


Australian International College of Language (AICOL)Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia
ILSC - San FranciscoSan Francisco, California, USA
International House VancouverVancouver, BC, Canada
English Level Test OnlineManila, Philippines
New York English Academy, ManhattanNew York City, New York, USA
English at St Andrews, ScotlandSt Andrews, Scotland, UK & England
Kaplan International San FranciscoSan Francisco, California, USA
Pomegranate Language InstituteDubai, UAE
Harvest English Institute, OrlandoOrlando, Florida, USA
Le Tutor Language School, Phoenix AZ areaMesa, Arizona, USA
Syntax Academy, BangaloreBangalore, India
ABC Languages - Bronx, Westchester County NY & Southern CTWestchester County, New York, USA
The BSN Language Centre, The HagueThe Hague, Netherlands
A F International School of Languages, Thousand OaksVentura County, California, USA
English Level TestLondon, England, UK & England
Future Focus School Of EnglishFloriana, Malta
Stanford English Academy, Navi MumbaiNavi Mumbai, India
English Village – MALTAValletta, Malta
A F International College, Los AngelesLos Angeles, California, USA
NSL Mondial, Los AngelesLos Angeles, California, USA