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Phrasal Verb Dictionary: Z

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Phrasal Verb Dictionary: Z

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
zero in ondiscover, pinpointinseparable transitiveShe zeroed in on the problem.
zip aroundmove quicklyinseparable transitiveHe zips around town in his scooter.
zip upfasten or close (usually with a zipper)separable transitiveThe girl zipped her coat up.
zone outstop paying attentionintransitiveMy daughter zoned out during class.
zonk outfall asleepintransitiveYour son zonked out on the couch.
zoom infocusseparable transitiveHe zoomed the camera in.
zoom in onexamine closelyinseparable transitiveCan we zoom in on the problem?
zoom outback upseparable transitiveShe zoomed the camera out.
zoom out onexamine less closelyinseparable transitiveZoom out on the entire enemy camp.

 

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Phrasal Verb Dictionary: Y

Phrasal Verb Dictionary: Y

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