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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
American Language Programs, Inc.Middlesex County, Massachusetts, USA
St Brelade's College, JerseySaint Helier, Jersey, UK & England
English Language Company, SydneySydney, NSW, Australia
Future Focus School Of EnglishFloriana, Malta
Heritage EnglishLymington, England, UK & England
Institute Of Intensive English, HawaiiWaikiki, Hawaii, USA
Kaplan International TorontoToronto, Ontario, Canada
Kaplan International Los AngelesLos Angeles, California, USA
Arizona Language CenterPhoenix, Arizona, USA
NSL MondialSanta Barbara, California, USA
New York English AcademyNew York City, New York, USA
Syntax Academy, BangaloreBangalore, India
ILSC VancouverVancouver, BC, Canada
HOFT Institute, Austin TXAustin, Texas, USA
Kaplan International Colleges New ZealandAuckland, New Zealand
Oxford Elite in London and OxfordOxford, England, UK & England
Kaplan International PhiladelphiaPhiladelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
Kaplan International USANew York City, New York, USA
The International Language CentrePort of Spain, Trinidad & Tobago
F+U Academy of Languages, HeidelbergHeidelberg, Germany