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    Phrasal Verb Dictionary: D

    Phrasal Verb Dictionary: D

    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
    dawn onbe realizedinseparable transitiveThe answer to my problem dawned on me.
    deliver oncomplete successfullyinseparable transitiveHe always delivers on his promises.
    diddle aroundwaste timeintransitiveHe diddle around instead of finishing his homework.
    die awaydiminishintransitiveThe party died away by midnight.
    die downdiminishintransitiveThe controversy died down last week.
    die offbecome extinctintransitiveThe dodo bird died off centuries ago.
    die outbecome extinctintransitiveThe native species died out after the introduction of foreign plants.
    dig instart, beginintransitiveDig in before the food gets cold.
    dig intostart, begininseparable transitiveShe dug into the problem immediately.
    dig updiscover something newseparable transitiveThe PI dug up some new information.
    disagree withcause to feel sickinseparable transitiveBeans disagree with me.
    dive instart, beginintransitiveDive in before the soup gets cold.
    dive intostart, begininseparable transitiveShe dove into the problem immediately.
    divide offseparateseparable transitiveDivide the room off into fourths.
    divide upseparateseparable transitiveThe judges divided the prize up.
    divvy outseparate, shareseparable transitiveHe will divvy the proceeds from the sale out.
    divvy upseparate, shareseparable transitiveHe will divvy the proceeds from the sale up.
    do away withabolishinseparable intransitiveThe administration should do away with the conservative dress code.
    do inmake extremely tired, destroy, killseparable transitiveAny more bad news will do me in.
    do overrepeatseparable transitiveDo the report over.
    do upfasten, secure, improveseparable transitiveDo up your shoelace before you trip.
    doll upmake fancierseparable transitiveShe dolled herself up before the party.
    double backturn around and repeatintransitiveThe hikers doubled back after hearing a strange cry.
    doze offfall asleepintransitiveThe old man dozed off in his chair.
    drag downmake feel badseparable intransitiveHe always drags me down.
    draw inbecome involvedseparable transitiveThe nightlife drew me in.
    draw oncontinueintransitiveThe speech drew on forever.
    draw upcreateseparable transitiveI can draw a new contract up immediately.
    dream upcreate, inventseparable transitiveShe dream up a new product during the meeting.
    dredge upmention something unpleasant from the pastseparable transitiveHe dredged up a difficult time in my life.
    dress downdress casuallyintransitiveEmployees may dress down on weekends.
    dress updress elegantlyintransitiveGrandma always dresses up for church.
    drift offgradually fall asleepintransitiveThe baby drifted off to the lull of traffic.
    drink tocelebrate somethinginseparable transitiveI will drink to that!
    drive backrepel, repulseseparable transitiveThe army drove the enemy back.
    drone ontalk incessantlyintransitiveThe teacher often drones on during lectures.
    drone on abouttalk incessantly about somethinginseparable intransitiveShe droned on about her boring trip to the mall.
    drop byvisitintransitiveFeel free to drop by any time.
    drop invisit unexpectedlyintransitiveMy uncle dropped in yesterday morning.
    drop in onvisit unexpectedlyinseparable transitiveMy uncle dropped in on use yesterday morning.
    drop outquitintransitiveOur second partner dropped out after our first failure.
    drop out ofquitinseparable transitiveShe dropped out of the race.
    drown outprevent from hearing or noticingseparable transitiveThe jackhammers drowned out the sound of traffic.
    drum upincrease interest in somethingseparable transitiveCan you drum up some support?
    dry updisappear, vanishintransitiveMy desire to participate has dried up.
    dwell onthink, speak, or write about at lengthinseparable transitiveDo not dwell on the past.

     

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