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Phrasal Verb Dictionary: A

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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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Phrasal Verb Dictionary: B

Phrasal Verb Dictionary: B