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.
Give in (Submit)
- True freedom fighters never give in to imperialists.
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”
- A phrasal verb can be transitive and intransitive.
She will sit up till midnight reading her books.
- 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
- Ask after:
She coming to ask about your health.
- Ask for:
You can ask for help when you need it
- Break down: (stop working)
The old bus may break down during the long journey.
- Break-in: ( enter a building forcefully to steal)
Thieves can break-in case you do not have good security arrangements.
- Break off: (stop a relationship)
The two friends will break off their relations if one cheats the other.
- Break out: (for something unpleasant)
War can break out between the two countries at any time.
- Come down: (break and fall; decrease in price)
The oil prices may come down.
- Come from:
The rain comes from the clouds.
- Come in: (arrive; entre)
The train will, at last, come in.
- Come off: (stop being covering to something)
A wheel of this toy has come off.
- Come off: (fall from something)
The ring will come off your finger.
- Come out: (become known)
The truth of the matter has come out.
- Get in: (succeed in entering)
I reached the class late, so could not get in.
- Get off: (start a journey)
They will get off in the morning.
- Get on: (pass time in a friendly way)
John and Ali get on well.
- Get out: (escape from somewhere)
You will easily get out in case of a fire.
- Hit by: (stuck by)
He will hit by a running car.
- Hit on or upon: (discover by chance)
I hit upon their secret plan against me.
- Pass down: (pass something from one generation to another)
Laws are passed down as time passes.
- Pass on: (move from one activity to another)
Please pass on to the next lesson.
Phrasal Verbs with Meaning and Sentences A-L
- Account for: (give a good reason for, explain well)
You should now account for your failure.
- Act for: (act on behalf)
The chairman acts for the president.
- Act on or upon: (act in accordance with)
Please act upon my suggestion.
- Act on or upon: (affect, to exert an influence upon)
Water acts on iron.
- Ask for: (request or demand)
I shall send the money you have asked for.
- Back down on: (take back a demand, an opinion, etc.)
Do you back down on your stand?
- Back out: (fall to fulfill a promise)
India promised elections in Kashmir but later backed ours.
- Be up to: (be busy with some mischief)
What mischief is he up to?
- Bear away: (win)
She will bear away the first prize.
- Bear out: (confirm)
Who can bear out this story?
- Bear with: (have patience with)
Raza will never bear with this insult.
- Blow out: (put out or extinguish a flame by blowing)
The wind will blow out this flame.
- Blow up: (destroy by the explosion)
They will blow up the hill, the plane blew up in the air.
- Bring in: (give as profit or rent)
Our business brings in big income.
- Bring up: (train or rear a child, etc.)
Who will bring up this call?
- Call at: (pay a short visit to a home, etc.)
We shall call at your house in the evening.
- Call for. (Demand)
The people call for police action.
- Care for: (look after)
We should care for these poor children.
- Carry on: (continue)
We shall carry on our work even in the greatest danger.
- Carry out: (perform)
He will carry out your order.
Phrasal Verb List Cont.
- Clean up: (clean thoroughly)
Now clean up the house.
- Close down: (shut permanently a shop or business)
They will close down their business?
- Cut off: (disconnect)
They may cut off your electricity.
- Do away with: (abolish)
We should do away with this law.
- Draw out: (become or make longer in time)
I summer days draw out.
- Draw up: (from in a regular shape)
They will draw up a new plan.
- Drive at: (mean or intend)
What are you driving at?
- Drop off: (fall asleep)
They dropped off in class.
- Drop out: (withdraw)
One student has dropped out of our class.
- Fall off(become less or fewer)
The attendance n classes may fall off.
Phrasal Verbs with Meaning and Sentences
- Fall through: (don’t happen)
Her plans will fall through.
- Find out: (discover after effort)
I could not find out my lost book.
- Get along: (live together well)
They get along very well.
- Get on: (make progress)
He is getting on in his business.
- Get through: (make a contact by phone, pass)
She phoned me and got through. You will get through the explanation.
- Get up: (rise from bed)
She gets up at 6 a.m.
- Give in: (submit)
We cannot give in to them.
- Give up: (leave trying to do something)
Please give up smoking.
- Go away: (disappear)
Why do you want to go away so soon?
- Go back: (return)
We shall not go back to the rain.
- Hand around: (to pass something)
Please hand around these apples to the last person.
- Hand in: (give by hand)
Please hand in this application to her.
- Hand over: (deliver something)
Please hand over these ornaments to them.
- Hang up: (end a telephone talk)
She decided to hang up when she heard her angry voice.
- Hold good: (be true)
Many old laws still hold good.
- Hold together: (keep together)
A great leader can hold his nation together.
- Hurry up: (be quick)
Hurry up, we are getting late for the plane.
- Jeer at: (laugh and shout at)
Do not jeer at your friend thus.
- Jump at: (accept an offer eagerly)
Please do not jump at their offer so soon.
- Jump on: (criticize somebody or something)
You have no right to jump on me thus.
- Keep away: (remain away or keep someone away from doing something)
I advised him to keep away from politics.
- Keep in: (continue)
We keep on writing to you.
- Keep up with: (advance at the same pace as)
We should keep up with the advanced countries.
- Lay off: (stop employing somebody in the absence of work)
The company will lay off extra workers.
- Leave out: (not to include; fail to consider)
Do not leave out my name for the match.
- Let off: (not punish)
The magistrate let him off after questioning.
- Lie down: (lie in bed in order to sleep)
Let us lie down and sleep.
- Live by: (earn one’s living by)
They live by writing stories.
- Look after: (take care of)
She looks after this girl.
- Look up to: (respect)
You should look up to your elders.