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Phrasal Verb Dictionary: R

Phrasal Verb Dictionary: R

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.

Phrasal Verb Definition Category Example
rack up incur a large amount separable transitive She racked the charges up on her credit card.
raffle off give away in a lottery separable transitive The company raffled the car off.
rail against complain angrily about inseparable transitive My co-worked railed against the new policy.
rail at complain angrily about inseparable transitive The hero railed at the injustice.
rain down occur suddenly and in a large amount inseparable transitive Our boss rained down bad news this afternoon.
rake in earn or bring in a large amount separable transitive He rakes in the big bucks.
rake up dredge up, bring up separable transitive She always rakes the past up.
rake up acquire separable transitive How many donations did you rake up?
rally around attempt to help inseparable transitive We rallied around the sick girl.
ramble on (about) talk or write incessantly and for a long time intransitive My mother rambles on about food prices.
rat on tattle inseparable transitive My brother ratted on me to our parents.
ration out divide into portions separable transitive The camp leader rationed the food out.
rattle off list separable transitive He rattled the instructions off.
rattle on (about) talk for a long time intransitive She rattled on about politics.
rattle through speak or do quickly to finish as soon as possible inseparable transitive He rattled through his homework.
reach down lower separable transitive Can you reach those books down to me?
reach out stretch separable transitive She reached her arm out.
reach up stretch in an upwards motion separable transitive He reached his arm up.
read back review a piece of writing separable transitive She read her essay back to herself.
read off read, recite separable transitive The machine read the numbers off.
read over review separable transitive My boss read my proposal over.
read through review separable transitive I read your report through.
read up on research, review inseparable transitive You should read up on verb tenses.
rear up lift, raise separable transitive The horse reared its front legs up.
reason out think about carefully separable transitive You can reason it out.
reason with attempt to persuade inseparable transitive You cannot reason with her.
reckon on plan, consider inseparable transitive I did not reckon on her coming.
reckon with deal with inseparable transitive She must reckon with me.
reel in attract separable transitive He reeled a beautiful woman in with his charm.
reel off list quickly separable transitive She reeled the directions off.
rein in restrain, reduce, decrease, temper, curb separable transitive Can you rein your rowdy children in?
rent out loan, lend separable transitive The library rents laptops out.
rest up rest, take a break intransitive The old man rested up.
result in cause inseparable transitive Power outages result in chaos.
rev up make more active separable transitive The opening act revved the audience up.
revel in enjoy inseparable transitive He revels in chaos.
revert to resume, store inseparable transitive She reverted to her bad behavior.
ride out continue despite difficulties separable transitive The fishermen rode the storm out.
ride up gradually raise or increase intransitive Her underwear rides up.
riffle through search quickly inseparable transitive She riffled through the papers.
rig up make a quick fix separable transitive He rigged a tent up with an old tarp.
ring up telephone separable transitive Can you ring me up tonight?
rinse off rinse separable transitive He rinsed the dishes off.
rinse out rinse separable transitive She rinsed the dirty diaper out.
rip into criticize inseparable transitive He really ripped into her.
rip off swindle separable transitive The seller ripped me off.
rip up destroy separable transitive The dog ripped the magazine up.
rise above surmount, overcome, conquer inseparable transitive She rose above her checkered past.
rise up lift, increase intransitive The hero rose up to defeat the enemy.
roll back decrease separable transitive The store rolled its prices back.
roll in bring, happen, occur, acquire separable transitive The car lot rolled the new models in just as the storm rolled in.
roll out unfold, happen, prepare separable transitive The company rolled the new product out last year.
roll over flip to a different side separable transitive The mother rolled her baby over.
roll up wrap separable transitive She rolled the blankets up.
roll up finish separable transitive He rolled his report up.
root around (for) search for intransitive The spy rooted around for the truth.
root for show support inseparable transitive The cheerleaders rooted for the team.
root out get rid of separable transitive The teacher rooted the poor students out.
rope in coerce separable transitive He roped me in to his scheme.
rope off separate, divide separable transitive The caterer roped the room off.
rough up hurt separable transitive The little boy roughed the bully up.
rough in add in without detail separable transitive The architect roughed a second bathroom in.
round down go down to the nearest whole number separable transitive The students round the estimates down.
round off finish in a satisfactory way separable transitive The teachers rounded the year off right.
round on suddenly turn on inseparable transitive My best friend rounded on me.
round out make more complete separable transitive I rounded my studies out.
round up go up to the nearest whole number separable transitive The banker rounded the profits up.
rub down make clean, massage separable transitive The trainer rubbed her down after her workout.
rub in continue talking about or bringing separable transitive He keeps rubbing my mistakes in.
rub off remove (usually by rubbing), transfer separable transitive She rubbed the sticker off.
rub out remove, erase separable transitive He rubbed the typo out.
ruffle up disturb separable transitive She ruffled my feathers up.
rule out decide something is not suitable, prevent from happening separable transitive The umpire ruled the hit out.
rule out eliminate separable transitive The doctors ruled cancer out.
run across find or meet unexpectedly inseparable transitive She ran across the missing checks.
run against compete inseparable transitive He ran against her for president.
run away (from) leave, escape intransitive She ran away from home as a teenager.
run down review separable transitive Can you run down the list one more time?
run down criticize separable transitive The boss runs new employees down.
run down hit (usually with a vehicle) separable transitive The criminals ran the old lady down.
run down loose power, tire intransitive The batteries finally ran down.
run for campaign for a position inseparable transitive I am running for secretary.
run into meet or encounter unexpectedly inseparable transitive She ran into an old friend while shopping.
run off make leave separable transitive The noisy neighbors ran the new neighbors off.
run off leave (usually quickly or unexpectedly) intransitive My dog ran off last night again.
run off reproduce, copy separable transitive Can you run a few extra copies off?
run out of use all, have no more inseparable transitive The restaurant ran out of scones.
run up increase separable transitive She ran her credit card charges up.


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