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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 Village HomestayEast Sussex, England, UK & England
NSL Mondial, OttawaOttawa, Ontario, Canada
Online English Level TestDelhi (New Delhi), India
ABC Languages NJJersey City, New Jersey, USA
Kaplan International Washington DCWashington, Dist of Columbia, USA
Kaplan International BostonBoston, Massachusetts, USA
Harvest English Institute, OrlandoOrlando, Florida, USA
Kaplan International ChicagoChicago, Illinois, USA
Kaplan International Colleges London - Covent GardenLondon, England, UK & England
Institute Of Intensive English, HawaiiHonolulu, Hawaii, USA
English Level Test OnlineManila, Philippines
Crossing Borders - Katy TX (Houston area)Houston, Texas, USA
Kaplan International Colleges AucklandAuckland, New Zealand
Omnicom School of Languages, TorontoToronto, Ontario, Canada
JE Educational CollegeSingapore, Singapore
The Royal English Language CentreDubai, UAE
Kaplan International Colleges London - Leicester SquareLondon, England, UK & England
English at St Andrews, ScotlandSt Andrews, Scotland, UK & England
Crossing Borders - Katy TX (Houston area)Katy, Texas, USA
Kaplan International Colleges CambridgeCambridge, England, UK & England