Phrasal verbs are a common English verb form that consist of a verb followed by a p-word that functions as a particle. To learn more about some of the most common phrasal verbs in the English language, click on a letter in the following menu to browse the Phrasal Verb Dictionary in alphabetical order.
Note: When a word entry includes a p-word enclosed in parentheses, the phrasal verb is a phrasal-prepositional verb.
|ache for||want something or someone immensely||inseparable transitive||The toddler aches for Elmo.|
|act out||behave badly or in a socially unacceptable often self-defeating manner especially as a means of venting painful emotions||intransitive||The child acted out after the divorce.|
|act up||misbehave, behave improperly||intransitive||My bursitis is acting up again.|
|add up||calculate a sum||separable transitive||Add the numbers up.|
|add up||increase in total||intransitive||A few extra calories a day really add up.|
|add up||make sense||intransitive||The numbers do not add up.|
|add up to||equal an amount||inseparable transitive||The bills add up to more than $100.|
|angle for||try to get or achieve something in an indirect way||inseparable transitive||He angled for a bigger pay raise.|
|answer for||be responsible for||inseparable transitive||Parents should answer for their children’s behavior.|
|ante up||pay a certain amount of money||inseparable transitive||Ante up $25 each.|
|ask out||invite on a date||separable transitive||She asked him out.|
|ask over||invite to a place||separable transitive||He asked her over.|
|attend to||turn attention to||inseparable transitive||The doctors must attend to the sickest patients first.|