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    Phrasal Verb Dictionary: A

    Phrasal Verb Dictionary: A

    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.

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    Note: When a word entry includes a p-word enclosed in parentheses, the phrasal verb is a phrasal-prepositional verb.

    Phrasal VerbDefinitionCategoryExample
    ache forwant something or someone immenselyinseparable transitiveThe toddler aches for Elmo.
    act outbehave badly or in a socially unacceptable often self-defeating manner especially as a means of venting painful emotionsintransitiveThe child acted out after the divorce.
    act upmisbehave, behave improperlyintransitiveMy bursitis is acting up again.
    add upcalculate a sumseparable transitiveAdd the numbers up.
    add upincrease in totalintransitiveA few extra calories a day really add up.
    add upmake senseintransitiveThe numbers do not add up.
    add up toequal an amountinseparable transitiveThe bills add up to more than $100.
    angle fortry to get or achieve something in an indirect wayinseparable transitiveHe angled for a bigger pay raise.
    answer forbe responsible forinseparable transitiveParents should answer for their children’s behavior.
    ante uppay a certain amount of moneyinseparable transitiveAnte up $25 each.
    ask outinvite on a dateseparable transitiveShe asked him out.
    ask overinvite to a placeseparable transitiveHe asked her over.
    attend toturn attention toinseparable transitiveThe doctors must attend to the sickest patients first.


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