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List of 390 Most Common English Phrasal Verbs and Their Definitions

I think that for a lot of our students, English phrasal verbs are the most difficult, and perhaps their most hated thing about English.

We’ve got a list of English phrasal verbs below that includes 390 verbs, with their definition, exercises, a quick lesson and video.

Click on any one of them to learn more.

What is an English Phrasal Verb?

Phrasal VerbsPhrasal verbs combine a base verb with another word, usually a preposition or adverb – known as a particle – to create a completely new meaning. They are common in everyday spoken English. For example, words like “stand up,” “sit down,” and “get up.”

It’s impossible for an English speaker in the United States to go a day without using one of those words.

Interestingly, we don’t use phrasal verbs as much when we write, or in formal communication, like in a speech. But in normal spoken English, about 80 percent of our verbs are phrasal verbs.

If you studied the English language for years, then came to the United States and couldn’t understand anything, this is probably one of the reasons why.

List of Common English Phrasal Verbs and their Meanings

Below you’ll find a list of 390 English phrasal verbs with all their definitions – most of them have more than one meaning. Click on any one of them to get the meaning, exercises, a brief lesson and video. You’ll also learn if they’re separable or inseparable, meaning that the verb is separated over the sentence.

Phrasal VerbCommon DefinitionTotal Number of Definitions
Aim AtTo point a weapon at someone or something.3See all definitions and conjugations.
Ask ForTo request something.2See all definitions and conjugations.
Ask OutWhen you ask someone to go with you to a certain place or for a special occasion, to spend time together and have fun. If one or both parties involved are interested in a romantic way, then it is considered a date.1See all definitions and conjugations.
Back DownTo withdraw your position in a fight, argument, plan, etc.1See all definitions and conjugations.
Back OffWhen you leave an emotional situation, or to allow someone to handle something alone.1See all definitions and conjugations.
Back UpTo walk or drive a vehicle backwards.4See all definitions and conjugations.
Beat UpWhen someone punches, kicks, or hits someone repeatedly using fists or with an object.2See all definitions and conjugations.
Beef UpTo make changes or an improvement. <br/> [Part. Adj.] {Beefed Up} Refers to something that has been changed or improved.1See all definitions and conjugations.
Believe InTo feel confident about something or someone.2See all definitions and conjugations.
Bite OffTo use your teeth to bite a piece of something.2See all definitions and conjugations.
Blow AwayWhen the wind moves an object or person from where it was.4See all definitions and conjugations.
Blow OffWhen the wind removes something from its place.3See all definitions and conjugations.
Blow OutTo extinguish or make a flame stop burning.3See all definitions and conjugations.
Blow UpTo make something explode.6See all definitions and conjugations.
Boil Down ToTo have determined or analyzed the solution or reason for something.1See all definitions and conjugations.
Break DownWhen someone loses self-control and is emotionally and/or mentally agitated.<br/> This meaning has a noun form for a situation where someone loses self-control.6See all definitions and conjugations.
Break InTo enter a place illegally and with the use of force. <br/> [Noun] {Break in} Refers to the illegal force of entry into a place.3See all definitions and conjugations.
Break OffTo remove a part of something with force.4See all definitions and conjugations.
Break OutTo escape from a place, situation or way of life. <br/>[Noun] {Breakout} A violent escape.3See all definitions and conjugations.
Break ThroughTo make a way through a barrier or a surface.2See all definitions and conjugations.
Break UpTo stop a fight.4See all definitions and conjugations.
Bring BackTo return something you’ve borrowed.4See all definitions and conjugations.
Bring OverTo bring someone or something from one place or area to another.1See all definitions and conjugations.
Bring UpTo bring something from a lower level/place to a higher level/place.3See all definitions and conjugations.
Brush OffTo remove something(dust particle, insect, etc) with your hand.2See all definitions and conjugations.
Brush UpTo practice and review your knowledge or a skill that you haven’t used in a while.2See all definitions and conjugations.
Build In/IntoTo add a fixture or component to a certain area or place through construction.1See all definitions and conjugations.
Bump IntoWhen you meet people by accident or unexpectedly.2See all definitions and conjugations.
Burn DownWhen someone uses fire to destroy a structure.2See all definitions and conjugations.
Burn OutWhen a candle stops burning because there is nothing left to burn.<br/> [Part.Adj] {Burned-out} Refers to a candle or flame that stopped burning.3See all definitions and conjugations.
Burn UpTo destroy something with heat or fire. <br/> [Part Adj.] {Burned/Burnt Up} Refers to something destroyed by fire.4See all definitions and conjugations.
Burst OutTo suddenly do or say something.2See all definitions and conjugations.
Butt InTo interrupt a conversation or activity.1See all definitions and conjugations.
Call BackTo call someone again.2See all definitions and conjugations.
Call InTo request that someone come and help.3See all definitions and conjugations.
Call OffTo cancel an event that has been previously planned.2See all definitions and conjugations.
Call UpTo be chosen to take part in a military mission.2See all definitions and conjugations.
Calm DownTo become less violent, nervous, excited or angry.1See all definitions and conjugations.
Care ForTo nurture or take care of someone or something.2See all definitions and conjugations.
Carry AwayTo do something out of the ordinary due to strong emotions.2See all definitions and conjugations.
Carry OnTo continue doing something or to continue on in life despite an obstacle.3See all definitions and conjugations.
Carry OutTo move something or someone from one place to another using your arms or an object.5See all definitions and conjugations.
Catch OnTo understand or realize something.2See all definitions and conjugations.
Catch UpTo move faster to reach someone or something that is ahead of you.2See all definitions and conjugations.
Cheat OnWhen you are emotionally and/or sexually unfaithful to your girlfriend/boyfriend or spouse.2See all definitions and conjugations.
Check InTo register at a hotel or airport upon arrival.<br/> [Noun] {Check-in} Refers to the counter at an airport where you receive the boarding pass.2See all definitions and conjugations.
Check OutTo leave a hotel or other form of an accommodation after your stay there. <br/> [Noun] {Checkout} Refers to the official time you vacate a hotel room or other form of an accommodation.5See all definitions and conjugations.
Chicken OutTo refrain from doing something because of fear.1See all definitions and conjugations.
Chop UpTo cut something into pieces with a knife. [Part adj.] {Chopped Up} Refers to something that has been cut into pieces.2See all definitions and conjugations.
Clean OutTo clean or clear the inside of something thoroughly.3See all definitions and conjugations.
Clear OutTo remove things completely from an area or place.2See all definitions and conjugations.
Clear UpTo do something to solve a problem or a misunderstanding.3See all definitions and conjugations.
Clog UpWhen something in a drain or valve prevents the flow of water or other liquids1See all definitions and conjugations.
Close DownWhen the activities or services of a business permanently end.3See all definitions and conjugations.
Close OffTo block an entrance or pathway.<br/> {Noun} Close Off – Refers to an area where people are prohibited from entering.2See all definitions and conjugations.
Come AboutWhen something happens or occurs.1See all definitions and conjugations.
Come AcrossThe way other people perceive you.3See all definitions and conjugations.
Come ApartWhen something breaks or separates piece by piece.1See all definitions and conjugations.
Come BackTo return to a place.3See all definitions and conjugations.
Come DownTo move from a higher to a lower position or from north to south.2See all definitions and conjugations.
Come Down ToWhen a situation is reduced to certain outcome.1See all definitions and conjugations.
Come Down WithWhen you start to experience the symptoms of a disease or illness.1See all definitions and conjugations.
Come InWhen someone or something enters a place, building, or room.7See all definitions and conjugations.
Come OffWhen something is removed or breaks off from where it was originally attached to.4See all definitions and conjugations.
Come OnTo appear on television or be heard on the radio.5See all definitions and conjugations.
Come OutTo leave a place.8See all definitions and conjugations.
Come OverTo make a visit.3See all definitions and conjugations.
Come ThroughWhen someone or something expected arrives.3See all definitions and conjugations.
Come UpWhen something appears or happens, either expected or unexpected.6See all definitions and conjugations.
Come Up WithWhen you think of a solution, idea, plan, or excuse.1See all definitions and conjugations.
Con IntoTo persuade someone to do something through lies and deception.1See all definitions and conjugations.
Con Out OfTo persuade someone to give or do something through lies and deception.1See all definitions and conjugations.
Cool OffTo become calm again.2See all definitions and conjugations.
Count OnTo rely on someone for support when you need it most.2See all definitions and conjugations.
Count UpTo count all of something or people in a group.1See all definitions and conjugations.
Cover UpTo use something to conceal something else.2See all definitions and conjugations.
Crack DownTo take more action than usual against wrongdoing.1See all definitions and conjugations.
Cross OffTo remove or delete someone or something from a list.1See all definitions and conjugations.
Cut BackWhen you spend less money on something.4See all definitions and conjugations.
Cut DownTo do less of something or to use something in smaller amounts.3See all definitions and conjugations.
Cut OffTo completely remove or separate a part of something by cutting it with something sharp like a knife or a pair of scissors, etc.6See all definitions and conjugations.
Cut OutTo remove something using a knife or a pair of scissors.<br/> [Noun] {Cutout} Refers to the material that has been cut.5See all definitions and conjugations.
Cut UpWhen you use a knife or scissors to cut something into several pieces.2See all definitions and conjugations.
Deal WithWhen you do everything you must do to solve a problem or complete.2See all definitions and conjugations.
Do Away WithTo dispose of something.2See all definitions and conjugations.
Do OverTo do something again in order to improve or correct mistakes.2See all definitions and conjugations.
Do WithTo make a connection between two or more things.1See all definitions and conjugations.
Do WithoutTo manage well without something or someone.1See all definitions and conjugations.
Doze OffTo go to sleep unintentionally.1See all definitions and conjugations.
Dress UpTo wear formal clothes, or a costume for a special occasion. <br/> [Noun] {Dress-up}1See all definitions and conjugations.
Drop InTo visit someone unexpectedly or without making arrangements first.2See all definitions and conjugations.
Drop OffTo gradually decline/become less<br/> [Noun] {Drop-off} Refers to a place or point of a decline.2See all definitions and conjugations.
Drop OutTo quit a school program or training course.<br/> [Noun] {Dropout} Refers to someone who quit a training course or school program.1See all definitions and conjugations.
Dry OffTo dry something or a surface quickly.1See all definitions and conjugations.
Dry OutTo remove water or other liquid from a container.3See all definitions and conjugations.
Dry UpWhen all the liquid and/or moisture evaporates.2See all definitions and conjugations.
Eat UpWhen someone consumes all their food.3See all definitions and conjugations.
Empty OutTo remove everyone or everything from a space.1See all definitions and conjugations.
End UpThe end result of something planned or unplanned.1See all definitions and conjugations.
Fall ApartWhen something breaks all at once or piece by piece.3See all definitions and conjugations.
Fall BehindTo move slower than others.2See all definitions and conjugations.
Fall DownTo fall to the ground.1See all definitions and conjugations.
Fall ForWhen you have an intense attraction to something or someone.2See all definitions and conjugations.
Fall OffWhen something drops to a lower level.2See all definitions and conjugations.
Fall OutTo fall from or through something.3See all definitions and conjugations.
Fall OverWhen someone or something falls from an upright position to the ground.2See all definitions and conjugations.
Fall ThroughIf things do not go as planned, or if a plan, deal or agreement fails.2See all definitions and conjugations.
Feel Up ToWhen you have/don’t have the energy and confidence to do something.1See all definitions and conjugations.
Fight BackWhen you defend yourself/resist an attack, or make an effort against an opponent in a competition.2See all definitions and conjugations.
Figure OnTo expect or plan for something.1See all definitions and conjugations.
Fill InTo add personal information in the blank spaces of an official document.3See all definitions and conjugations.
Fill OutTo complete a form. <br/> {Part adj.} Filled-out-Refers to something that has been completed.2See all definitions and conjugations.
Fill UpTo fill something completely.3See all definitions and conjugations.
Find OutTo become aware of something or someone.1See all definitions and conjugations.
Fix UpTo make plans or arrangements with someone or for others.4See all definitions and conjugations.
Flip OutTo become very mad or lose control over your emotions.1See all definitions and conjugations.
Float AroundWhen an object or a person is near, but you cannot pinpoint the exact location.2See all definitions and conjugations.
Follow UpTo find out more about something, or take further action in regards to it. <br/> [Noun] {Follow-up} Actions to ensure that earlier actions were successful, or a sequel to a book, movie, album, etc.1See all definitions and conjugations.
Fool AroundTo waste time doing unimportant or silly things.4See all definitions and conjugations.
Freak OutWhen someone becomes irrationally upset or angry, sometimes to the point of confusion.1See all definitions and conjugations.
Get AheadTo become successful in the professional environment or make consistent progress in life.3See all definitions and conjugations.
Get AlongTo have good interactions with others.2See all definitions and conjugations.
Get Around ToTo do something that needed to get done at an earlier time.1See all definitions and conjugations.
Get AwayTo escape from something.<br/> [Part Adj.] {Getaway} Describes what assisted in the escape.2See all definitions and conjugations.
Get BackTo return to a place.4See all definitions and conjugations.
Get Back AtTo get revenge.1See all definitions and conjugations.
Get Back ToWhen you talk to someone at a later time either because you are busy or you have obtained additional or new information.2See all definitions and conjugations.
Get BehindTo learn, work, or progress more slowly than others.4See all definitions and conjugations.
Get ByTo pass someone or something.3See all definitions and conjugations.
Get DownTo move to a lower place or level.4See all definitions and conjugations.
Get InTo arrive or enter a place, room, building, etc.5See all definitions and conjugations.
Get OffTo leave a form of transportation, except a car.6See all definitions and conjugations.
Get Off OnTo be excited or to truly enjoy doing something.2See all definitions and conjugations.
Get OnWhen you move your body and either stand, sit, lie, kneel, etc. towards something (non-separable).6See all definitions and conjugations.
Get OutTo leave or escape.6See all definitions and conjugations.
Get Out OfTo receive a benefit and/or satisfaction from doing something.4See all definitions and conjugations.
Get OverTo move past an obstacle to the other side.3See all definitions and conjugations.
Get Over WithTo finish something that needs to get done.1See all definitions and conjugations.
Get ThroughTo understand a point of view or opinion.6See all definitions and conjugations.
Get ToTo arrive to or assist someone to a place.5See all definitions and conjugations.
Get TogetherTo meet and spend time together <br/>[Noun] {Get-together} Refers to an informal gathering.3See all definitions and conjugations.
Get UpTo move to a higher level/position.4See all definitions and conjugations.
Give AwayTo give something for free or without expecting anything in return. [Noun] {Giveaway}4See all definitions and conjugations.
Give InTo surrender to something you really don’t want to do after refraining from doing it for so long.2See all definitions and conjugations.
Give OutTo distribute something.4See all definitions and conjugations.
Give UpTo stop doing something without completing it.4See all definitions and conjugations.
Go AboutTo take the necessary steps to get something done.2See all definitions and conjugations.
Go AfterWhen you do your best to get something no matter how difficult it is.4See all definitions and conjugations.
Go AheadTo proceed to do something that you were hesitant about.2See all definitions and conjugations.
Go Along Withto accept or agree with a decision, rule, opinion, etc.2See all definitions and conjugations.
Go AroundTo follow a circular path.6See all definitions and conjugations.
Go AwayTo move or travel from one place to another place.3See all definitions and conjugations.
Go BackTo return to a place, time, activity, or a person.2See all definitions and conjugations.
Go Back OnWhen you fail to fulfill a promise you made to someone.1See all definitions and conjugations.
Go BeyondTo be more than or better than what is normal or expected.1See all definitions and conjugations.
Go ByTo pass someone or something quickly.4See all definitions and conjugations.
Go DownTo move to a lower position, place, price, level, etc.7See all definitions and conjugations.
Go ForTo try to obtain.5See all definitions and conjugations.
Go InTo enter a place, building, room, etc.3See all definitions and conjugations.
Go In ForTo enter a place or area for a specific reason.2See all definitions and conjugations.
Go In/IntoTo enter a place, room, building, etc. usually through a door.4See all definitions and conjugations.
Go OffTo leave unannounced.5See all definitions and conjugations.
Go OnWhen something takes place.3See all definitions and conjugations.
Go OutTo leave a place or area you’re in.5See all definitions and conjugations.
Go OverTo make a visit to a home or place of business.4See all definitions and conjugations.
Go Through WithWhen you make a decision to do something, and actually do it.1See all definitions and conjugations.
Go UpTo move or extend to a higher level or farther North.3See all definitions and conjugations.
Go WithTo accompany someone to a place.6See all definitions and conjugations.
Goof AroundTo waste time doing silly or unimportant things.1See all definitions and conjugations.
Gross OutTo be disgusted with someone or something.1See all definitions and conjugations.
Grow Out OfTo become too big or too tall for your clothes.3See all definitions and conjugations.
Grow UpWhen you physically change from a child to an adult.2See all definitions and conjugations.
Hand BackWhen you return something to the person who owns it after the person has given it to you1See all definitions and conjugations.
Hand InTo give something to a person of authority.1See all definitions and conjugations.
Hand OutTo distribute something free to other people. [Noun] {Handout} Refers to something free that is given or distributed.1See all definitions and conjugations.
Hand OverTo give upon request or demand.2See all definitions and conjugations.
Hang AroundTo spend time in a place or an area.1See all definitions and conjugations.
Hang OnWhen you hold something, often for support of comfort.3See all definitions and conjugations.
Hang OutTo hang something, usually wet clothes, to dry.3See all definitions and conjugations.
Hang UpTo hang clothes or an object on a hook, hanger or rod.3See all definitions and conjugations.
Have OnTo wear clothing, cosmetics, perfume, etc.2See all definitions and conjugations.
Head BackTo go to a place where you’ve been before or where you started from.1See all definitions and conjugations.
Head ForWhen a situation becomes more likely.2See all definitions and conjugations.
Head TowardTo move in the direction where someone or something is.2See all definitions and conjugations.
Hear AboutWhen you learn details about something or someone.1See all definitions and conjugations.
Hear OfWhen you learn about something or someone.2See all definitions and conjugations.
Heat UpTo make something warmer or cause a rise in temperature.2See all definitions and conjugations.
Help OutTo assist people with something.1See all definitions and conjugations.
Hit OnTo suddenly have a solution to a problem or an interesting idea.2See all definitions and conjugations.
Hold AgainstWhen you don’t forgive or have little respect for someone because of something they did.2See all definitions and conjugations.
Hold OffTo delay something.2See all definitions and conjugations.
Hold OnWhen you wait for a short time.3See all definitions and conjugations.
Hold OutTo extend your hand or an object in front of you.3See all definitions and conjugations.
Hold UpTo hold someone or something up in the air.4See all definitions and conjugations.
Hook UpWhen you connect two electrical devices together.3See all definitions and conjugations.
Hurry UpTo do something quickly.2See all definitions and conjugations.
Keep AtTo continue doing an activity even though it may be difficult.1See all definitions and conjugations.
Keep AwayTo avoid getting close to someone or something.2See all definitions and conjugations.
Keep DownTo make sound, music and noise minimal.3See all definitions and conjugations.
Keep FromTo stop yourself or other people from doing something.1See all definitions and conjugations.
Keep OffTo avoid discussing a particular subject or topic.2See all definitions and conjugations.
Keep OnTo continue doing something.2See all definitions and conjugations.
Keep ToWhen you don’t share information.2See all definitions and conjugations.
Keep UpTo continue to do something.4See all definitions and conjugations.
Kick BackTo illegally pay extra money to someone as part of the price.<br/> [Noun] {Kickback} Refers to illegal money paid to someone as part of a service.2See all definitions and conjugations.
Kick OutTo force someone to leave an organization or place.1See all definitions and conjugations.
Knock OffTo use force to cause someone or something to fall from its place, whether intentionally or accidentally.6See all definitions and conjugations.
Knock OutWhen someone is struck hard enough to cause them to lose consciousness.6See all definitions and conjugations.
Knock OverTo make contact with something or someone in such a way it or they fall..1See all definitions and conjugations.
Know AboutTo have knowledge of or be familiar with something.1See all definitions and conjugations.
Lay DownTo place something on a surface or an object.3See all definitions and conjugations.
Lay OffWhen a company or business ends a worker’s employment.<br/> [Noun] {Layoff} Refers to the jobs cut by a company.2See all definitions and conjugations.
Lead Up ToWhen a period of time or a series of events cause an event, situation or conversation to happen.1See all definitions and conjugations.
Leave BehindWhen you don’t take something or someone with you when you leave.4See all definitions and conjugations.
Leave OffTo accidentally or intentionally not include a person or thing on a list.2See all definitions and conjugations.
Leave OutTo not include someone or something.3See all definitions and conjugations.
Leave OverWhen you have a portion that still remains from something after you have used or eaten the rest of it. <br/> [Noun] {leftovers: always plural} Refers to something that still remains from a larger portion. <br/> [Part Adj.] {left-over} To describe what still remains.2See all definitions and conjugations.
Let DownTo disappoint someone.2See all definitions and conjugations.
Let InTo allow someone or something to enter a place.2See all definitions and conjugations.
Let OffTo allow someone to leave a car, bus,train etc.3See all definitions and conjugations.
Let OnTo tell something that is a secret or private.1See all definitions and conjugations.
Let OutWhen you give permission for someone to leave or be released from a place.3See all definitions and conjugations.
Let UpWhen someone or something becomes less intense or strong.1See all definitions and conjugations.
Lie AroundTo be lazy or to not do anything.2See all definitions and conjugations.
Lift UpTo raise someone or something to a higher level.2See all definitions and conjugations.
Light UpTo illuminate something.2See all definitions and conjugations.
Lighten UpWhen a conversation is changed or a person changes to become less serious.1See all definitions and conjugations.
Line UpTo form in a row one after another or side-by-side.<br/> [Part Adj.] {Lined Up} Refers to the formation of one after another or side-by-side.3See all definitions and conjugations.
Live WithTo share the same residence.2See all definitions and conjugations.
Lock InTo secure people or things behind a closed door.3See all definitions and conjugations.
Lock OutWhen you don’t have the key or passcode to enter a secured place.2See all definitions and conjugations.
Lock UpWhen you shut the windows and doors of a place or building.2See all definitions and conjugations.
Look AroundTo turn your head to see what or who is around you.3See all definitions and conjugations.
Look AtTo divert your eyes to someone or something.4See all definitions and conjugations.
Look Down OnWhen you consider someone or something as unimportant or with little to no value. The opposite of yesterday’s phrasal verb.1See all definitions and conjugations.
Look Forward ToTo anticipate a future event because it either makes you happy and/or you benefit from it.1See all definitions and conjugations.
Look IntoTo investigate or get more facts about something.1See all definitions and conjugations.
Look OutTo remain alert.2See all definitions and conjugations.
Look OverTo examine or inspect something or someone.1See all definitions and conjugations.
Look UpWhen a situation becomes better.3See all definitions and conjugations.
Look Up ToThis particular phrasal verb is used to say you view someone with respect and/or admiration.1See all definitions and conjugations.
Luck OutTo have exceptional good luck.1See all definitions and conjugations.
Make ForTo go in a certain direction, typically in a hurry.2See all definitions and conjugations.
Make OfTo understand the meaning of something.1See all definitions and conjugations.
Make UpTo invent a story.<br/> [Part Adj.]{Made-up} Refers to a fictional story.7See all definitions and conjugations.
Mess UpWhen something is dirty or unorganized. [Part Adj.] {Messed-up}2See all definitions and conjugations.
Mix UpTo put or combine different things together so they’ll merge successfully.3See all definitions and conjugations.
Monkey Around WithTo try to play with or repair a device that you have no true knowledge about.2See all definitions and conjugations.
Move InWhen you bring your personal belongings and stuff to a new place where you will live. Yesterday’s phrasal verb, Move Out, has the opposite meaning.3See all definitions and conjugations.
Move OutWhen you permanently remove all your belongings and personal items from a place where you live or stay.3See all definitions and conjugations.
Narrow DownTo reduce the number of options or possibilities.1See all definitions and conjugations.
Pay BackWhen you return money that you owe someone.2See all definitions and conjugations.
Pay ForTo purchase merchandise.2See all definitions and conjugations.
Pay OffTo repay money that is owed to a person or entity.3See all definitions and conjugations.
Pay UpTo pay all the money that is owed or asked for.<br/> [Part Adj.] {Paid Up} Refers to a zero balance due.1See all definitions and conjugations.
Pick OnTo tease and/or criticize someone over a period of time.1See all definitions and conjugations.
Pick OutWhen you are able to recognize something or someone from a group.2See all definitions and conjugations.
Pick UpTo get someone or something from somewhere.8See all definitions and conjugations.
Pile UpTo put things in a pile or heap.2See all definitions and conjugations.
Piss Off[Informal] To be angry about something.<br/> Note: It may be considered offensive to some people.1See all definitions and conjugations.
Plan AheadTo prepare for a future event or situation.1See all definitions and conjugations.
Plan ForTo prepare for a big event or expectation in the future.1See all definitions and conjugations.
Plan OnWhen you have the intention to do something.1See all definitions and conjugations.
Plug InTo connect an electrical device to an electrical outlet.<br/> [Noun] {Plug In} Refers to a place where one can connect their electronic device. [Part Adj.] {Plugged in} Refers to a electrical device connected to a power outlet.2See all definitions and conjugations.
Plug In/IntoTo connect an electrical appliance/machine to another piece of equipment or to a power source.1See all definitions and conjugations.
Plug UpTo block a narrow passage such as a hole, drain, or pipe so that nothing can flow through.<br/> [Part Adj.] {Plugged Up} Refers to when a narrow passage is completely blocked.2See all definitions and conjugations.
Point OutTo make someone aware of something.1See all definitions and conjugations.
Point ToWhen you aim at something or someone using your finger or hand.2See all definitions and conjugations.
Print OutTo produce a hard copy of a computer document. <br/>[Noun] {Printout} Refers to the paper document from the printer.1See all definitions and conjugations.
Pull OffTo succeed in doing something difficult or tricky.2See all definitions and conjugations.
Pull OutWhen something or someone leaves a place.7See all definitions and conjugations.
Pull OverTo drive your vehicle to the side of the road to stop. <br/> [Part Adj.] {Pulled Over} Refers to when you are told to stop by the police.1See all definitions and conjugations.
Pull ThroughTo recover from an injury or illness.2See all definitions and conjugations.
Punch InTo enter data or record time on a device.1See all definitions and conjugations.
Punch OutTo record the time you leave the workplace using a special clock.2See all definitions and conjugations.
Put AwayTo place something where it cannot be seen or isn’t in the way of other things.4See all definitions and conjugations.
Put BackWhen something is causing a project to slow down.4See all definitions and conjugations.
Put DownTo place something on a surface or an object.6See all definitions and conjugations.
Put InWhen you invest or make a deposit. In this example, the amount almost always separates the verb.7See all definitions and conjugations.
Put OffTo become offended by someone or something.2See all definitions and conjugations.
Put OutTo extend a part of your body.6See all definitions and conjugations.
Put PastTo not be surprised by a person’s actions. [Always used with the negative]1See all definitions and conjugations.
Put ToTo cause someone or something to be in a certain state or to do something extra.2See all definitions and conjugations.
Put TogetherTo assemble or connect the parts of something.3See all definitions and conjugations.
Put UpTo move an object to a higher level.6See all definitions and conjugations.
Put Up ToTo encourage or persuade someone to do something.2See all definitions and conjugations.
Put Up WithTo tolerate or accept something that you’d rather not.1See all definitions and conjugations.
Ring UpTo call someone on the phone.2See all definitions and conjugations.
Rip OffWhen someone asks for a price for something that is too high, when someone cheats or steals.3See all definitions and conjugations.
Rip UpTo tear something (i.e. paper,cloth, etc.) into pieces.2See all definitions and conjugations.
Rule OutWhen someone or something is excluded as a possibility.1See all definitions and conjugations.
Run AcrossTo move or run from one side to the other.2See all definitions and conjugations.
Run AroundTo go from one place to another in a hurry.3See all definitions and conjugations.
Run DownTo hit someone or something with a vehicle.4See all definitions and conjugations.
Run IntoWhen collide with another object by accident.4See all definitions and conjugations.
Run OutWhen people exit a place very quickly. Run In/ Run Into is the opposite of this meaning.2See all definitions and conjugations.
Run OverWhen someone is injured or killed by a vehicle.5See all definitions and conjugations.
Run UpTo run from a lower elevation or level to a higher elevation or level.5See all definitions and conjugations.
Screw OnTo ensure the top of a container/bottle is sealed.<br/> [Part.Adj] {Screwed On} Refers to how well the container is sealed.2See all definitions and conjugations.
Screw Out OfTo cheat or deceive someone.1See all definitions and conjugations.
Screw UpTo make a mistake or do something really bad.1See all definitions and conjugations.
See AboutTo seriously think about doing something.1See all definitions and conjugations.
Sell OutWhen all the inventory of a particular product has been purchased.2See all definitions and conjugations.
Set UpTo organize or plan for an activity/event to happen.6See all definitions and conjugations.
Settle DownTo begin living a stable and routine life.2See all definitions and conjugations.
Settle ForTo accept something even though it’s not what you want or need.1See all definitions and conjugations.
Shake UpTo mix something in a container by shaking it.3See all definitions and conjugations.
Show OffTo overly display your skills or what you have. <br/> [Noun] {Show-off} Refers to someone who overly displays his/her talent or possessions.1See all definitions and conjugations.
Shut OffTo stop the operation of an electrical or mechanical device.<br/>[Noun] {Shut-off} Refers to the switch, valve, or button used to turn off an electrical or mechanical device.1See all definitions and conjugations.
Shut UpTo stop talking.1See all definitions and conjugations.
Sign InTo write your name on a list to indicate the day and time you arrived at a certain place.2See all definitions and conjugations.
Sign OutTo write your name on a list to indicate the day and time of your departure.2See all definitions and conjugations.
Sit DownTo change from a standing to a sitting position.2See all definitions and conjugations.
Slow DownTo do something slower.1See all definitions and conjugations.
Sneak In/IntoTo enter a place quietly to avoid being seen or heard.1See all definitions and conjugations.
Sneak OutTo leave a place without being noticed.1See all definitions and conjugations.
Sort OutTo arrange or separate things into groups according to similarities.2See all definitions and conjugations.
Space OutWhen someone’s attention is not in the present moment. [Adj.] {spaced out} To describe a person whose attention isn’t in the present moment.1See all definitions and conjugations.
Stand AroundTo stand in one place or area when you should be doing something.2See all definitions and conjugations.
Stand ForTo support or represent an idea, belief, etc.1See all definitions and conjugations.
Stand UpTo rise from sitting or lying down to a vertical position.3See all definitions and conjugations.
Start OffThe beginning of an event, activity or time period.4See all definitions and conjugations.
Start OutTo begin a trip or venture to some place.3See all definitions and conjugations.
Start UpTo start something.2See all definitions and conjugations.
Stay OffTo avoid discussing a certain subject or topic.4See all definitions and conjugations.
Stay OutTo spend time out of your own home.3See all definitions and conjugations.
Stay UpTo remain in a place that is higher than ground level.2See all definitions and conjugations.
Step OnTo place your foot on something or someone.2See all definitions and conjugations.
Stick AroundTo stay in a place or with someone for any period of time.1See all definitions and conjugations.
Stick OutTo extend something outward.4See all definitions and conjugations.
Stick ToWhen something is attached to another by some form of adhesive.2See all definitions and conjugations.
Stick UpTo use a weapon, especially a gun, to rob someone. <br/> [Noun] {Stick up} Refers to a place or person being robbed by someone with a weapon..4See all definitions and conjugations.
Stick WithTo continue to use or do something.3See all definitions and conjugations.
Stop OffTo make a quick stop on your way to a destination.1See all definitions and conjugations.
Stop OverTo visit someone for a short period of time.2See all definitions and conjugations.
Straighten OutTo make something straight.3See all definitions and conjugations.
Stress OutTo feel very worried, nervous or anxious.1See all definitions and conjugations.
Switch OffWhen you move something from the ‘on’ state to the ‘off’ state. Synonymous to “Turn Off.” Yesterday’s “Switch On” is the opposite.1See all definitions and conjugations.
Switch OnWhen you move something from the ‘off’ state to the ‘on’ state. Synonymous to “Turn On,” while “Switch Off” is the opposite.1See all definitions and conjugations.
Take ApartTo disconnect or separate the parts of an object.1See all definitions and conjugations.
Take BackTo return something or someone.5See all definitions and conjugations.
Take InTo be successfully tricked or deceived by someone.5See all definitions and conjugations.
Take OutTo remove an object from an area, place or container.4See all definitions and conjugations.
Take Out OnTo direct your anger towards someone or something when you’re really upset about someone or something else.1See all definitions and conjugations.
Take Up OnWhen you accept an invitation or offer from someone.1See all definitions and conjugations.
Talk Down ToTo talk to someone as if they are less intelligent than you by conveying a tone of voice or attitude that says so.1See all definitions and conjugations.
Talk IntoTo convince someone to do something.1See all definitions and conjugations.
Talk Out OfTo convince someone not to do something.1See all definitions and conjugations.
Talk ToTo have a conversation with someone.1See all definitions and conjugations.
Tear DownTo deconstruct a building or home.2See all definitions and conjugations.
Tear OffTo remove with force.2See all definitions and conjugations.
Tell ApartTo be able to differentiate something or someone from something or someone else.1See all definitions and conjugations.
Tell OnTo inform an authoritative figure about what someone else did.1See all definitions and conjugations.
Think AboutTo consider something prior to making a final decision.2See all definitions and conjugations.
Think AheadTo think and plan carefully for a future situation or event.1See all definitions and conjugations.
Think UpTo use your imagination to create a plan, idea, or a solution.1See all definitions and conjugations.
Throw AwayTo dispose of something you no longer find useful in a waste bin, trash, etc.2See all definitions and conjugations.
Throw OutWhen you get rid of something by putting it in a trash can, bin, etc.2See all definitions and conjugations.
Throw UpTo vomit or puke.3See all definitions and conjugations.
Track DownTo locate someone or something after a long search1See all definitions and conjugations.
Trade InTo exchange something old for something new.<br/> [Noun] {Trade-in} Refers to something that was exchanged for something new.2See all definitions and conjugations.
Trick IntoTo convince or persuade someone to believe something untrue or to do something for you.1See all definitions and conjugations.
Try OnTo see how something fits or looks before purchasing.1See all definitions and conjugations.
Try OutTo show that you are qualified to do something.2See all definitions and conjugations.
Turn AroundWhen someone or something moves until it faces the opposite direction.3See all definitions and conjugations.
Turn DownTo decrease the temperature, sound, etc.2See all definitions and conjugations.
Turn InTo give someone or something to the police or someone of authority.3See all definitions and conjugations.
Turn IntoTo transform.1See all definitions and conjugations.
Turn OffTo stop a device from functioning.3See all definitions and conjugations.
Turn OnTo cause someone to feel interested and/or attracted. <br/> (Noun) Turn on-Refers to when someone feels an interest or attraction to something.3See all definitions and conjugations.
Turn OutTo attend an event, meeting, etc.4See all definitions and conjugations.
Turn OverTo move an object so that the part that is on top becomes the bottom and vice versa.3See all definitions and conjugations.
Turn UpTo increase the controls of an electronic or mechanical device.3See all definitions and conjugations.
Use UpTo completely consume or use all of a supply. <br/>[Part Adj.] {Used Up} Refers to when there is no more supply left.1See all definitions and conjugations.
Wake UpWhen you are finished sleeping.2See all definitions and conjugations.
Wash OffTo remove dirt or unwanted markings with soap and water.1See all definitions and conjugations.
Wash UpTo clean your face, hands, body, etc.3See all definitions and conjugations.
Watch OutTo be aware of someone or something.1See all definitions and conjugations.
Wear DownTo make the surface or top of something disappear due to friction.<br/> [Part Adj.] {Worn Down} Refers to the top or surface that disappeared due to friction.2See all definitions and conjugations.
Wear OffTo decrease or disappear gradually.1See all definitions and conjugations.
Wear OutWhen something is damaged or weakened from use and age.2See all definitions and conjugations.
Wind UpTo operate a mechanical device by turning its handle.4See all definitions and conjugations.
Wipe OffTo completely remove or clean something from a surface or location.1See all definitions and conjugations.
Wipe OutTo clean the inside of something.4See all definitions and conjugations.
Wipe UpTo remove liquid from a surface using a sponge, towel or cloth, etc.1See all definitions and conjugations.
Work InTo make time in a busy schedule for a person or an activity.2See all definitions and conjugations.
Work OutWhen a situation, event, plan, or idea is successful.6See all definitions and conjugations.
Work UpTo gradually improve at or make progress in something.3See all definitions and conjugations.
Wrap UpTo cover something with some kind of special paper.4See all definitions and conjugations.
Zip UpTo close an item that has a zipper.1See all definitions and conjugations.

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