Phrasal Verbs with Meaning and Sentences

Phrasal Verbs with Meaning and Sentences

Phrasal Verbs with Meaning and Sentences!

Phrasal Verbs Definition

Phrasal verbs are groups of words (phrases) that act as a verb. These are made up of verbs and prepositions or adverbs coming after them. (Or) we use verbs in the idiomatic way when we place prepositions or adverbs after them.

  • Act for, get off, do away with, etc.

Idioms / Phrasal Verbs – Video Lesson

See how a verb changes into an idiom with the changes in meaning.

  1. Give

Give in (Submit)

  • True freedom fighters never give in to imperialists.
  1. Go

Go back (return)

  • When will you go back from here?

Go back on or upon (cancel a promise)

Never go back on your word (promise)

  • Note that in “give in” the verb “give” is followed by the preposition “in”; in “go back” the verb “go” is followed by the adverb “back”, in “go back on” the verb “go” is followed by the adverb “back” and the preposition “on”
  1. A phrasal verb can be transitive and intransitive.


She will sit up till midnight reading her books.

  1. Most transitive phrasal verbs can be in the active voice as well as passive voice forms.
  • We cannot depend on them. (Active)
  • They cannot be depended on. (Passive)

The object is a phrasal verb usually comes after it, but sometimes it comes before the adverb or preposition.

  • They all give up smoking (left it off). (or) They all gave smoking (it) up.

Phrasal Verbs with Meaning and Sentences

  1. Ask after:

She coming to ask about your health.

  1. Ask for:

You can ask for help when you need it

  1. Break down: (stop working)

The old bus may break down during the long journey.

  1. Break-in: ( enter a building forcefully to steal)

Thieves can break-in case you do not have good security arrangements.

  1. Break off: (stop a relationship)

The two friends will break off their relations if one cheats the other.

  1. Break out: (for something unpleasant)

War can break out between the two countries at any time.

  1. Come down: (break and fall; decrease in price)

The oil prices may come down.

  1. Come from:

The rain comes from the clouds.

  1. Come in: (arrive; entre)

The train will, at last, come in.

  1. Come off: (stop being covering to something)

A wheel of this toy has come off.

  1. Come off: (fall from something)

The ring will come off your finger.

  1. Come out: (become known)

The truth of the matter has come out.

  1. Get in: (succeed in entering)

I reached the class late, so could not get in.

  1. Get off: (start a journey)

They will get off in the morning.

  1. Get on: (pass time in a friendly way)

John and Ali get on well.

  1. Get out: (escape from somewhere)

You will easily get out in case of a fire.

  1. Hit by: (stuck by)

He will hit by a running car.

  1. Hit on or upon: (discover by chance)

I hit upon their secret plan against me.

  1. Pass down: (pass something from one generation to another)

Laws are passed down as time passes.

  1. Pass on: (move from one activity to another)

Please pass on to the next lesson.


Phrasal Verbs with Meaning and Sentences A-L

  1. Account for: (give a good reason for, explain well)

You should now account for your failure.

  1. Act for: (act on behalf)

The chairman acts for the president.

  1. Act on or upon: (act in accordance with)

Please act upon my suggestion.

  1. Act on or upon: (affect, to exert an influence upon)

Water acts on iron.

  1. Ask for: (request or demand)

I shall send the money you have asked for.

  1. Back down on: (take back a demand, an opinion, etc.)

Do you back down on your stand?

  1. Back out: (fall to fulfill a promise)

India promised elections in Kashmir but later backed ours.

  1. Be up to: (be busy with some mischief)

What mischief is he up to?

  1. Bear away: (win)

She will bear away the first prize.

  1. Bear out: (confirm)

Who can bear out this story?

  1. Bear with: (have patience with)

Raza will never bear with this insult.

  1. Blow out: (put out or extinguish a flame by blowing)

The wind will blow out this flame.

  1. Blow up: (destroy by the explosion)

They will blow up the hill, the plane blew up in the air.

  1. Bring in: (give as profit or rent)

Our business brings in big income.

  1. Bring up: (train or rear a child, etc.)

Who will bring up this call?

  1. Call at: (pay a short visit to a home, etc.)

We shall call at your house in the evening.

  1. Call for. (Demand)

The people call for police action.

  1. Care for: (look after)

We should care for these poor children.

  1. Carry on: (continue)

We shall carry on our work even in the greatest danger.

  1. Carry out: (perform)

He will carry out your order.

Phrasal Verb List Cont.

  1. Clean up: (clean thoroughly)

Now clean up the house.

  1. Close down: (shut permanently a shop or business)

They will close down their business?

  1. Cut off: (disconnect)

They may cut off your electricity.

  1. Do away with: (abolish)

We should do away with this law.

  1. Draw out: (become or make longer in time)

I summer days draw out.

  1. Draw up: (from in a regular shape)

They will draw up a new plan.

  1. Drive at: (mean or intend)

What are you driving at?

  1. Drop off: (fall asleep)

They dropped off in class.

  1. Drop out: (withdraw)

One student has dropped out of our class.

  1. Fall off(become less or fewer)

The attendance n classes may fall off.

Phrasal Verbs with Meaning and Sentences

  1. Fall through: (don’t happen)

Her plans will fall through.

  1. Find out: (discover after effort)

I could not find out my lost book.

  1. Get along: (live together well)

They get along very well.

  1. Get on: (make progress)

He is getting on in his business.

  1. Get through: (make a contact by phone, pass)

She phoned me and got through. You will get through the explanation.

  1. Get up: (rise from bed)

She gets up at 6 a.m.

  1. Give in: (submit)

We cannot give in to them.

  1. Give up: (leave trying to do something)

Please give up smoking.

  1. Go away: (disappear)

Why do you want to go away so soon?

  1. Go back: (return)

We shall not go back to the rain.

  1. Hand around: (to pass something)

Please hand around these apples to the last person.

  1. Hand in: (give by hand)

Please hand in this application to her.

  1. Hand over: (deliver something)

Please hand over these ornaments to them.

  1. Hang up: (end a telephone talk)

She decided to hang up when she heard her angry voice.

  1. Hold good: (be true)

Many old laws still hold good.

  1. Hold together: (keep together)

A great leader can hold his nation together.

  1. Hurry up: (be quick)

Hurry up, we are getting late for the plane.

  1. Jeer at: (laugh and shout at)

Do not jeer at your friend thus.

  1. Jump at: (accept an offer eagerly)

Please do not jump at their offer so soon.

  1. Jump on: (criticize somebody or something)

You have no right to jump on me thus.

  1. Keep away: (remain away or keep someone away from doing something)

I advised him to keep away from politics.

  1. Keep in: (continue)

We keep on writing to you.

  1. Keep up with: (advance at the same pace as)

We should keep up with the advanced countries.

  1. Lay off: (stop employing somebody in the absence of work)

The company will lay off extra workers.

  1. Leave out: (not to include; fail to consider)

Do not leave out my name for the match.

  1. Let off: (not punish)

The magistrate let him off after questioning.

  1. Lie down: (lie in bed in order to sleep)

Let us lie down and sleep.

  1. Live by: (earn one’s living by)

They live by writing stories.

  1. Look after: (take care of)

She looks after this girl.

  1. Look up to: (respect)

You should look up to your elders.


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