Phrasal verb reference (ESL from about)

Please note that all phrasal verbs marked by an asterisk (*) are NON-separable verbs (i.e. the preposition MUST follow the main verb. For example: I called on Dan NOT I called Dan on!). Verbs that are not marked by an asterisk (*) are separable verbs (i.e. the preposition may or may not follow the main verb. For example: I brought the children up OR I brought up the children).

Remember that separable phrasal verbs using a pronoun as the object of the verb MUST be separated (I brought them up NOT I brought up them)

A Ask out Ask someone to go on a date
B Bring about cause
  Bring up 1) rear children 2) mention or introduce a topic
C Call back Return a telephone call
  Call in Ask to come to an official place for a special reason
  Call off cancel
  Call on* 1) visit 2) ask a student a question in class
  Call up Call on the telephone
  Catch up (with)* Reach the same position or level as someone
  Check in* Register at a hotel
  Check into* investigate
  Check out 1) borrow a book from a library 2) investigate
  Cheer up Make (someone) feel happier
  Clean up Make clean and orderly
  Come across* Find by chance
  Cross out Draw a line through
  Cut out Stop an annoying activity
D Do over repeat
  Drop by* Visit informally
  Drop in (on)* Visit informally
  Drop off Leave something/someone somewhere
  Drop out (of)* Stop going to school or class
F Figure out Find the answer by logic
  Fill out Complete a form
  Find out Discover information
  Get along (with)* To have a good relationship with
  Get back (from) 1) return from somewhere 2) receive again
  Get in, get into* 1) enter a car 2) arrive
  Get off* Leave any vehicle
  Get on* Enter any vehicle
  Get out of* 1) leave a car 2) avoid some unpleasant activity
  Get over* Recover from an illness
  Get through* finish
  Get up* Arise from bed, a chair etc.
  Give back Return something to someone
  Give up Stop doing something
  Go over* Review or check
  Grow up* Become an adult
H Hand in Submit an assignment
  Hang up 1) Stop a telephone conversation 2) put up clothes on a line or a hook
  Have on Wear
K Keep out (of) Not enter
  Keep up (with)* Stay at the same position or level
  Kick out (of) Force (someone) to leave
L Look after* Take care of
  Look into* Investigate
  Look out (for)* Be careful
  Look over Review or check
  Look up Look for information in a reference book
M Make up 1) invent 2) do past work
N Name after Give a baby the name of someone else
P Pass away* Die
  Pass out 1) distribute 2) lose consciousness
  Pick out Select
  Pick up 1) go to get someone 2) take in one’s hand
  Point out Call someone’s attention to
  Put away Remove to an appropriate place
  Put back Return to original position
  Put off Postpone
  Put on Dress
  Put out Extinguish a cigarette, fire
  Put up with* Tolerate
R Run into Meet by chance
  Run across Find by chance
  Run out (of) Finish a supply of something
S Show up* Appear, come to
  Shut off Stop a machine, equipment, light etc.
T Take after* Resemble
  Take off 1) remove clothing 2) leave on a trip 3) leave the ground (aeroplane)
  Take out 1) take someone on a date 2) remove
  Take over Take control
  Take up Begin a new activity
  Tear down Demolish, reduce to nothing
  Tear up Tear into many little pieces
  Think over Consider
  Throw away Discard; get rid of
  Throw out Discard; get rid of
  Throw up Vomit
  Try on Put on clothing to see if it fits
  Turn down Decrease volume
  Turn in 1) submit classwork 2) go to bed
  Turn off Stop a machine, equipment, light etc.
  Turn on Start a machine, equipment, light etc.
  Turn out Extinguish a light
  Turn up Increase volume or intensity

 

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