Phrasal verb list

301+ most common phrasal verb list with sentences

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Phrasal verb list

What are Phrasal Verbs?

The English language abounds in the use of verbs with prepositions or adverb to obtain a variety of meanings. The verbs used with prepositions, adverbs or both defined as Phrasal Verb.

Now study the 300+ common phrasal verbs list:




Phrasal verbs starting with A

  1. Account for (explain the reason): I can’t account for his unusual behavior in this case.
  2. Act upon (effects): Over-exercise acts upon your health
  3. Act up (fail to function properly): This machine does not act up to my expectation
  4. Acted for (on behalf of): He acted for me while I was ill
  5. Ask after (ask about the Welfare, inquire after): I met your sister at the party, she asked after you
  6. Ask for (request for): Shreya ask for a mobile

Phrasal verbs starting with B

  1. Back out (go back on, withdrawal promise): She agreed to help me but backed out at the last Moment
  2. Be in for (about to take place, unpleasant)
  3. Bear away (won): She bore away the first prize
  4. Bore down (overcome): Priyanka bore down all resistance
  5. Bearing on/upon (relevance): Your point has no bearing on the present case
  6. Bear out (confirms): Your report bears out her story
  7. Bore him up (sustained): Pride bore him up in adversity
  8. Bear with (tolerate): I cannot bear with such conduct
  9. Blow out (extinguish): The child blew out the candle
  10. Blow over (pass off without harm, come to an end, stop blowing): The storm will soon blow over
  11. Blow up (explode, start suddenly): The plane of the enemy to blow up the flyover was foiled by the police
  12. Blow off (emit): The chimneys blow of thick smoke
  13. Blew in (arrived noisily, cheerfully): The door opened and the boys blew in the room
  14. Break down (emotional collapse, stop functioning): While giving evidence in the court, she Broke down
  15. Break into (enter by force): The robbers broke into his office last night
  16. Broke away (freed himself): The thief broke away from the jail
  17. Break off (come to an end, unsuccessful, stopped): He broke off in the middle of his speech
  18. Break out [spread (war, epidemic, fire, riots)]: The fear that AIDS has broken out in India is not unfounded
  19. Break through (Discover a secret, major achievement): There is no hope of breakthrough in the murder case
  20. Break up (terminate): The college will break up next week for winter vacation
  21. Broken with (part from): He has broken with me
  22. Break up with (quarrel): After long and fruitful friendship the two-friend broken up with each other
  23. Break open (open by force): The thief broke open the lock
  24. Broke in upon (suddenly forceful entry): The mob broke in upon the meeting
  25. Broke forth (suddenly visible): The Sun broke forth from the clouds
  26. Bring about (cause to happen): The secretary help to bring about a peaceful settlement
  27. Bring out (explain the meaning, publish): When asked to explain, John could not bring out the meaning of the prose
  28. Bring round (to make one agree, bring to sense): I was able to bring my father round to my views with great difficulty
  29. Bring up (rear, educate): Fathers are beginning to play a bigger role in bringing up their children
  30. Brought about (caused): His ruin was brought about by his own folly
  31. Bring back(return): I shall bring back the book tomorrow
  32. Brought back (restored): The sight of the fair brought back old memories
  33. Bring down (to reduce the rate, level, or amount of something): This will bring down the prices of things
  34. Brings forth (produces): This tree brings forth good fruit
  35. Brings in (yields): My business brings in good income
  36. Bring in (introduce): They tried to bring in a new fashion
  37. Brings on (causes): Overeating brings on dyspepsia
  38. Brought under (subdued): The Rebels have been brought under
  39. Burst forth (issued suddenly): A tiger burst forth from the jungle
  40. Burst into (starting to cry, to suddenly start doing something): She burst into tears at the side of a son’s misery
  41. Burst upon (came suddenly): The Rebel burst upon the king

Phrasal verbs starting with C




  1. Call at (a place to meet): I called at the residence of my boss yesterday
  2. Call for (necessary, require): For the unity of the country discipline among the people is called for
  3. Call in/ call out (send for help): The police were called in without delay by the residents
  4. Call off (suspend or abandon): We decided to call off the strike
  5. Call on (go and visit a person): It is a tradition for the prime minister to call on the president
  6. Call out (ask to come for help): The army has been called out
  7. Call up (to telephone, recall): Many of my friends call me up to congratulate me
  8. Call upon (appeal): he was called upon to prove the correctness of the press report
  9. Call by (pay a short visit): Mrs. Acharya will call by me tomorrow
  10. Called forth (elicited): His heroism called forth the admiration of all
  11. Call to (address loudly): I called to him from the roof
  12. Call up (remember): I cannot call up his name
  13. Carry away by (lose control): On hearing the news of his success he was carried away by Joy
  14. Carry on (continue): I shall carry on the work in your absence
  15. Carry out (implement, obey, execute): I shall carry out your orders
  16. Cast Away (throw away as useless): we usually give our servant the old cloth which we cast away
  17. Cast down (dejected, down Cast, depressed): He was cast down by his failure
  18. Cast off (release, remove): Organization must cast-off old-fashioned practices in order to survive
  19. Cast out (reject): I shall not cast you out
  20. Cast about (look for): He is casting about for an opportunity to enter in the Company
  21. Clear away (to clean): Ask the servant to clear away the table
  22. Clear off (get out): Clear off from here
  23. Clear out (leave): Please clear out from the room
  24. Come about (happen): How did it come about?
  25. Come across (meet by chance): I came across him on the way
  26. Come by (get): How have you come by such a piece of precious jewellery?
  27. Come of (belong to): Priyanka comes of a family of fighters
  28. Come off (take place as arranged, fade, get separated): I was surprised to see that plaster had come off the walls
  29. Come over (get over, overcome): you can come over your problems
  30. Come around (recover from illness, agree): He came around very soon
  31. Come upon (come across, get by chance): My friend came upon the evidence just by chance
  32. Come up with (got hold of): I gave the chase and soon came up with the thief
  33. Come up to (is not equal to): Your essay does not come up to the Expectations
  34. Come through (arrived): The message has just come through
  35. Come to (recovered): He fainted but soon came to consciousness
  36. Come out (become exposed): The Secret came out at last
  37. Come in (received): Who came in for punishment for his conduct?
  38. Come down with (paid): He came down with my dues
  39. Come down (collapse, made a generous gift of money): My father came down generously / the roof came down suddenly
  40. Come away (become detached): The handle of umbrella came away
  41. Come along (hurry): Come along, it is getting late
  42. Cry down (decry): Do not cry down your enemy
  43. Cry off (abandon): I planned to take part in the picnic but cried up at the last moment
  44. Cry to (beg): The beggars cried to the rich man for help
  45. Cry up (extol): A trader price of his own goods
  46. Cut down (reduce): He cut down the tree with an ax
  47. Cut off (discontinue, die, remove): He was cut off at an early age
  48. Cut out for (suitable): He is cut out for an administrative career
  49. Cut out (stop functioning, to take a piece from the whole): One of the car’s engine cut out
  50. Cut up (distressed, cut into small pieces, grieved): He was cut up because he had been scolded by his parents

Phrasal verb starting with D

  1. Do away with (abolished, eradicate): They have done away with that rule
  2. Do for (serve as): This plank will do for a table
  3. Done with (have no relation): I have done with him because of his dishonesty
  4. Do without (dispense with, to manage without) We cannot do without fan in summer
  5. Done for, done in (be ruined): He appears to be done for since he has lost heavily in gambling
  1. Do with (deal with): A politician has to do with all sorts of people
  2. Draw up (to write, compose, draft): I drew up a petition
  3. Draw on or upon (to get money from): He was able to draw on vast reserves of talent
  4. Drawn away (diverted): My attention was drawn away by a beautiful girl
  5. Draw back (recede): I cannot draw back from my promise
  6. Drawing in (entering the station): The Duronto Express is drawing in
  7. Drawing on (come closely): The Durga puja (Durga puja is a Bengali festival) are drawing on
  8. Drew out (prolonged): He drew out his point at great length
  9. Drew to (felt attracted by): I drew to the girl from the first day I saw her
  10. Drop in (to pay a short visit): I thought I would just drop in and see how you were
  11. Drop out (retire in the midst of doing something): She could not qualify for the selection as she dropped out while the race was in progress

Phrasal verb starting with F

  1. Fall back (retreat): The rioters fell back when the police arrived
  2. Fall back on (depend on): You must save money to fall back on it in old age
  3. Fall off (decrease in number, get separated): In the wake of roof tragedy the admissions in the school have fallen off
  4. Fall out (quarrel): The two friends appear to have fallen out over a minor issue
  5. Fall in with (agree with): Instead of challenging the lie, she fell in with their views
  6. Fall through (to remain incomplete, fail): For want of sufficient funds your new project is likely to fall through
  7. Fallen away (become lean): She has much fallen away since I saw her last
  8. Fell away (left him): His friends fell away in his misfortune
  9. Fell back upon (had recourse to): We fell back upon a new line of Defense
  10. Falls for (yields to charms): He falls for every pretty face he sees
  11. Fell in (gave way): The roof fell in
  12. Fell in with (met by chance): I fell in with him on my way to London
  13. Fell on (attacked): He fell on me without any reason
  14. Fell to (began eagerly): They fell to eating




Phrasal verb starting with G

  1. Get ahead (go forward): You can get ahead of your Rivals only by hard work
  2. Get along (be friendly) They just cannot get along together because of temperamental difference
  3. Get at (reach, understand): It is very difficult to get at the truth
  4. Get away (escape): They got away on a car
  5. Get away with (without being punished or little punishment): All his fault was serious, he got away with light punishment
  6. Get on (progress): How is your son getting on with your study?
  7. Get on with (live together, pull with): Both husband and wife are getting on well with each other
  8. Get over (recover from illness or shock, come over): She is still trying to get over the financial crises
  9. Get through (pass through, succeed): It is not possible to get through examination without handwork
  10. Get up (rise from bed, dressed): The woman got up from her chair with the baby in her arms
  11. Give away (distribute): She has given away jewellery worth thousands of Rupees
  12. Give in (surrender, agree): At first, she was adamant but at last, she gave in to the request of her friend
  13. Give out (announce verbally, emit): It was given out that she had failed
  14. Give up (stop, abstain from): He gave up smoking to save money
  15. Give way (collapse under pressure, break): The contractor was charged with negligence when the roof of a new building gave way
  16. Given to (accustomed to): He is given to smoking
  17. Go about (move about): I am too weak to go about
  18. Go aside (debate): Don’t go aside from the path of virtue.
  19. Go at (attack): The two brothers go at each other.
  20. Gone away (left): He has gone away from here for good
  21. Go back upon or from (fail to keep): I cannot go upon or from my word
  22. Go down (be believed): Your excuse will not go down
  23. Go back on (withdraw, back out): One should not go back on one’s promise
  24. Go in for (buy, practice, to enter a contest): I thought of going in for teaching
  25. Go off (explode and be discharged): When he was cleaning his gun it went off and killed him
  26. Go up (rise, increase): As a result of a sharp rise in prices of washing soap has gone up
  27. Go by (to be guided by): It is a good rule to go by.
  28. Go on (continue): Go on with your work
  29. Go over (examine): Please go over the account
  30. Go upon (follow): He does not go upon any fixed principles
  31. Go with (agree with): I go with you in this matter

Phrasal verb starting with H

  1. Hand out (distribute): Hand out the books to the students
  2. Hand over (give charge or authority): She has not handed over charge to the new manager
  3. Handed down (passed on): This legend has been handed down from the past
  4. Handed in (tendered): He has handed in his resignation
  5. Hand on (pass on): Hand on the book to your friend
  6. Hang about (stay waiting): The boys hanging about girl’s hostel were rounded by the police
  7. Hang around (move suspiciously): Why do you hang around the examination hall?
  8. Hang back (hesitate): I cannot hang back when others are advancing
  9. Hang on (depend on/wait): I do not like hanging on others for food
  10. Hung out (displayed): People hung out flags to welcome new Prime minister
  11. Hang out (live): Where do you hang out now?
  12. Hang up (suspend): Hang the clock on the wall
  13. Hold out (resist): When the robbers ran short of ammunition, they could no longer hold out.
  14. Hold on (carry on, persist): He held on his course through all opposition
  15. Hold over (postpone): Most of the bill are held over till the next session of the parliament
  16. Hold up (to stop in order to rob, delay): The terrorists held up the motor car and kept the ladies as hostages
  17. Hold back (conceal): Do not hold back anything from us
  18. Hold in (check): Hold in your temper
  19. Hold off (keep aloof): You should hold off from such agitation
  20. Held on (stuck to): He held on his course of engineering
  21. Held out (extended): He held out his hand to me
  22. Hold to (stick to): Do you still hold to your plan?
  23. Hold with (agree): I hold with you in this matter

Phrasal verb starting with J

  1. Jump at (accept happily): He jumped at the offer of his boss to accept the job abroad
  2. Jump to (arrive suddenly): You should not jump to conclusions

Phrasal verb starting with k

  1. Keep form (refrain from, not to mix with): Always keep from selfish people because they can harm you anytime
  2. Keep off (keep at a distance): There was a notice at the site,’ keep of bushes’
  3. Keep on (continue): She kept on crying in spite of my assurance help
  4. Keep up (maintain): Always try to keep up the standard
  5. Keep up with (try to move with, not to fall behind): Young men should keep up with the latest development in an international field
  6. Keep at (stick to): She is to fickle to keep at anything
  7. Kept back (concealed): I never kept back anything from you
  8. Keep from (aloof from): You must keep from such friends
  9. Keep in (stay indoors): It is wise to keep in while it rains
  10. Knocks about (leads an unsettled life)
  11. Knock off (stop work): The workers usually knock off at 5 o’clock
  12. Knocked up (tired): She was knocked up after the long chase




Phrasal verb starting with L

  1. Lay by (save money): The wise men always lay by money for their old age
  2. Laid up with (confined to bed): She is not going out as she is laid up with the flu
  3. Lay down (establish a rule, sacrifice, Surrender): The condition laid down by the department of health were violated by the nursing home
  4. Lay off (to discontinue work, dismiss temporarily): The workers have been laid off for 1 hour
  5. Lay out (plan building, Garden): Number of gardens were laid out by the Mughals
  6. Lay aside (cast aside): Lay aside your formality
  7. Let down (to lower down): We should never let down our friends
  8. Let into (allow to enter): After repeated request, she was let into the classroom
  9. Let off (to free from punishment, pardon): She was let off by the principal with light punishment
  10. Let up (respite): There is no let-up in heating during May
  11. Live on (depend for food): The lion is carnivorous and lives on flesh
  12. Live by (means/ manner): You must learn to live by honest means
  13. Live off (source of income): They were living off Rental income
  14. Look about (in search of, on the watch): He is looking about for a house
  15. Look after (take care of): He will look after my boy
  16. Look at (see carefully): The boys are looking at the sky
  17. Look back on (to think of the past): People can often look back and reflect on the happy childhood memories
  18. Look for (search for a lost thing): She was looking for her lost jewellery
  19. Look down upon (hate): Don’t look down upon the poor
  20. Look into (investigate the matter): Committee was set up to look into the matter
  21. Look on (to see as a spectator/ regard): I’ll look on you as my best friend
  22. Look over (examine carefully, go over): Please look over the application
  23. Look out (watch out, careful, beware): Look out, there is a snake under the tree
  24. Look up (consult some book for a word, rise): Please look up this word in the dictionary
  25. Look up to (respect): I look up to him as my elder brother
  26. Look upon (consider, regard): We must look upon social evils as a nuisance

Phrasal verbs starting with M

  1. Make off with/ away with (run away, destroy): They made up with the cash and fled
  2. Make out (understand the meaning): The police could not make out the coded message they intercepted
  3. Make over (transfer possession, convert): Since she had no legal heir, she made over her house in charity
  4. Make up (to end, compose): You should make an effort to make up a quarrel with your friend
  5. Make up for (compensate for): After her long illness she is trying her best to make up for her deficiency in study
  6. Made for (move towards): The ship made for the port
  7. Make of (understand): What do you make of the letter?
  8. Make out (understand): I cannot make out what you say

Phrasal verb starting with P

  1. Pass away (die, expire): He passed away at night
  2. Passed by (ignore): He passed by my fault
  3. Passed for (was regarded as): He passed for a rich man there
  4. Pass off (take place): The election is likely to pass up peacefully
  5. Pass oneself off (show off): The hypocrites are always passing themselves off as an honest person
  6. Pass through (go through, undergo, endure): He is passing through financial difficulties these days
  7. Pass out (leave after completing education) The candidates will pass out next month after completing their practical
  8. Pass on (proceed): Let us pass on to another subject
  9. Passed over (neglected): My claim was passed over
  10. Pick at (find fault with): Why do you always pick at me?
  11. Pick on (single out for something unpleasant): Why should you pick on me every time?
  12. Pick out (identity): Can you pick out the culprit in this gathering?
  13. Pick up (learn/collect): Where did you pick up your English?
  14. Pick me up (give me a lift): I asked him to pick me up on way to home
  15. Pick up with (met): Where did you pick up with their fellow?
  16. Pull down (demolition structure): Why did they pull down the shop?
  17. Pull off (succeed): India pulled off a victory in the last stage of the match
  18. Pull through (recover from illness): I think she will pull through to her serious illness very soon
  19. Pull up (stop, scold): The students were pulled up by the principal for their misbehavior with the class teacher
  20. Pull with (live together, get on with): He is pulling well with his wife these days
  21. Pulling at (trying to remove): The labors are pulling at the heavy machine
  22. Pulling in (earning): He is pulling in a lot of money
  23. Pulled out (left): The train pulled out of the station
  24. Put down (crush, keep down): The riots were put down by the local police
  25. Put off (postpone, avoid, discourage): The meeting had to be put off because the president could not come
  26. Put on (wear, pretend): It is difficult to put on the appearance of Innocence for a long time
  27. Put out (extinguish): The fire was put out suddenly
  28. Put up (stays, question): He is putting up at the hostel this day
  29. Put up with (tolerance patiently)
  30. Put about (spreading rumors): I hear many stories that are being put about
  31. Put across (communicate successfully): He failed to put across his ideas to the committee
  32. Put aside (save): Put aside sufficient money for your daughter’s marriage
  33. Put away (lay aside/ give up/ put to death): Put away enough money for the old age
  34. Put back (restore): Put back the book in its proper place
  35. Put by (lay aside): Put by something for Future Days
  36. Put forth (exerted): She put forth all his energy in the task
  37. Put forward (preferred): The members put forward a suggestion for consideration
  38. Put in (submitted): I have put in my claim
  39. Put through: (carried out) The task was put through

Phrasal verb starting with R

  1. Round up (arrest): The police rounded up anti-social elements last night
  2. Run after (pursue, hanker after): We should not run after money
  3. Run down (criticize, poor health): As a result of a long illness she has run down a lot
  4. Run into (come across, meet by chance): While walking along the roadside I ran into my old schoolmates
  5. Run out (come to an end): When the rations ran out, the head office was informed
  6. Run over (crush under): He was run over by a speeding car
  7. Run through (waste money): It is a pity that he has run through his fortune over gambling and drinking
  8. Run about (hurry from one place to another place): The children started to run about in great panic
  9. Ran across (met by chance): I ran across my old friend in the street after a lapse of ten years
  10. Ran at (attacked): The dog ran at the hare
  11. Run away (left home): His son ran away and joined the army
  12. Run down (exhausted): The battery has run down
  13. Ran into (met unexpectedly): I ran into an old buddy in the cricket ground
  14. Ran off (fled): The thief saw me and ran off.
  15. Ran through (pierced): He ran through the boar with a spear

Phrasal verb starting with S

  1. See off (to escort a guest for his departure): His friends were present at the station to see him off
  2. See through (discover something hidden): Man has grown so clever that it is difficult to see through his tricks
  3. Send for (summon): She sent for a doctor when her husband fell ill
  4. Set about (begin): Set about your task without delay
  5. Set aside (canceled): The supreme court set aside the judgment of the lower court
  6. Set down (recorded): The judge set down my objection
  7. Set forth (exhibited): He set forth his views in a book
  8. Set in (began): The rain set in
  9. Set off (started): He set off for Delhi
  10. Set out (started): He has set out for England
  11. Set to (begin): Let us set to work at once
  12. Set up (raised): They set up a hue and cry
  13. Sit back (relax): He believes that he has the rights to sit back when others should work hard
  14. Sit up (stay out of bed, stay up): She sat up till her son returned
  15. Stand by (support, help): Although he promised to stand by me in difficulties, he did not live up to it
  16. Stand for (represent): WBSCTE stand for West Bengal State Council of Technical Education
  17. Stand out (to be conspicuous): She stood out from the crowd because of her amiable manners
  18. Stand up for (defend): I stood up for my friend
  19. Stand against (to oppose someone or something): Do not stand against the force of time
  20. Strike off (remove from list): His name has been strike off the admission list

Phrasal verb starting with T




  1. Take after (resemble): She always reminds me of her mother since she takes after her mother
  2. Take down (record): Take down the notes
  3. Take from (lower): This will take from your reputation as a sensible man
  4. Takeover (take up responsibility): The agency tried to take over another company
  5. Take off (remove, leave the ground, improve): Take off your shirt
  6. Take away (remove): Do not take away books from the shelf
  7. Take up (Start a hobby or study, occupy): He has taken up modeling as a career
  8. Taken in (cheated): I was taken in by the grocer
  9. Take in (admit): We shall take in fifty boys this time
  10. Take on (undertake): I decided to take on the extra job
  11. Take for (suppose to be, identify): I took the scoundrel for a noble person
  12. Talk over (discuss a matter): I agreed to go home and talk over the matter
  13. Tell upon (effect adversely): Over-exercise tell upon one’s health
  14. Told against (did harm to): His evidence told against me
  15. Told off (scolded): The servant needs to be told off
  16. Turn down (reject, strike down): I turned down the request of my friend to go to Assam
  17. Turn off (stop, switch off): Please turn off the mobile phone
  18. Turn on (switch on, start): Turn on the cell phone

Phrasal verbs starting with W

  1. Watch out (look out, careful): If you do not watch out, he might harm you
  2. Wipe away (cleanse, remove): Wipe away the dirt on the car
  3. Wind up (bring to an end): We were forced to wind up the business on account of a heavy loss
  4. Work out (solve the problem): He is very intelligent to work out any difficulties
  5. Work up (incite, instigate): The politicians should not try to work up communal
  6. Work upon (influence): The leader tried to work upon the mob
  7. Worked in (penetrated): The water in working in all around the cover box
  8. Work in (introduce): Please try to work in a few more illustrations on the subject
  9. Write off (prepare quickly): Write off a short account of the com Committees performance during the last year
  10. Write out (writing full): Please write out a copy of the agreement
  11. Write up (complete, bring up to date): You should write up the lecture note delivered yesterday

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