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 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 really common in everyday English, for instance, 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.

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