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    Prepositional Verb Dictionary

    Prepositional Verb Dictionary

    The prepositional verb is a common intransitive verb form in the English language. Prepositional verbs consist of a verb plus a prepositional phrase that functions as a verb phrase complement. For more information about prepositional verbs, see Prepositional Verbs and Verb Phrase Complements. See also the Phrasal Verb Dictionary.

    A

    abide by – Abide by the rules.
    accede to – Accede to my demands.
    account for – Account for the discrepancy.
    adapt to – Adapt to the changes.
    add to – Add to pile.
    adhere to – Adhere to the rules.
    adjust to – Adjust to the situation.
    admit to – Admit to the lie.
    agree on – Agree on the solution.
    agree to – Agree to the deal.
    agree with – Agree with your sister.
    allow for – Allow for traffic.
    allude to – Allude to the correct answer.
    amount to – Amount to something.
    apologize for – Apologize for the outburst.
    appeal to – Appeal to my better nature.
    approve of – Approve of the changes.
    argue about – Argue about the decision.
    argue with – Argue with the seller.
    arrange for – Arrange for a car.
    ask for – Ask for Brian.
    aspire to – Aspire to a lofty position.
    associate with – Associate with good people.
    atone for – Atone for your sins.

    B

    bask in – Bask in your success.
    beg for – Beg for a treat.
    begin with – Begin with a fun anecdote.
    believe in – Believe in yourself.
    belong to – Belong to supportive groups.
    benefit from – Benefit from the situation.
    bet on – Bet on the outcome.
    bid on – Bid on the job.
    boast about – Boast about your triumphs.

    C

    care about – Care about others.
    care for – Care for your pets.
    cater to – Care to your significant other.
    cheat on – Cheat on your taxes.
    collide with – Collide with the running back.
    comment on – Comment on my essay.
    communicate with – Communicate with your boss.
    compete against – Compete against the rival team.
    compete with – Compete with your brother.
    complain about – Complain about the circumstances.
    concentrate on – Concentrate on your studies.
    confess to – Confess to the crime.
    consent to – Consent to the procedure.
    consist of – Consist of equal parts courage and fear.
    contend with – Contend with the situation.
    contribute to – Contribute to the project.
    cope with – Cope with your loss.
    correspond to – Dog paws correspond to human feet.
    correspond with – Correspond with your teacher.
    culminate in – Culminate in success.

    D

    deal with – Deal with the situation.
    decide against – Decide against the purchase.
    decide on – Decide on your plans.
    defer to – Defer to the easiest answer.
    depart from – Depart from the norm.
    depend on – Depend on me.
    descend from – Children descend from parents.
    detract from – Detract from the bigger issue.
    differ from – Differ from your neighbors.
    disagree with – Disagree with him.
    disapprove of – Disapprove of his actions.
    dispose of – Dispose of the evidence.
    dote on – Dote on your spouse.
    dream about – Dream about your future.
    dream of – Dream of a better life.

    E

    elaborate on – Elaborate on your plans.
    emerge from – Emerge from your coma.
    enquire about – Enquire about the sale.
    experiment on – Experiment on the recipe.

    F

    fear for – Fear for your safety.
    fight about – Fight about important issues.
    fight against – Fight against injustice.
    fight for – Fight for your rights.
    focus on – Focus on the good.
    forget about – Forget about the bad times.

    G

    gamble on – Gamble on your future.
    gawk at – Gawk at the accident.
    gaze at – Gaze at the beautiful painting.
    glare at – Glare at the obnoxious person.
    gloat about – Gloat about your success.
    grieve for – Grieve for your loss.
    gripe at – Gripe at your children.

    H

    hear about – Did you hear about the rumor?
    hope for – Hope for the best.

    I

    impinge on – Impinge on the neighbors.
    impose on – Impose on your parents.
    indulge in – Indulge in some designer shoes.
    infringe on – Infringe on my rights.
    insist on – Insist on a free meal.
    insure against – Insure against fires.
    interfere in – Interfere in her business.
    interfere with – Interfere with the plans.
    invest in – Invest in a good pair of shoes.

    J

    jabber about – Jabber about an interesting topic.
    joke about – Joke about your misfortunes.

    K

    know about – Know about the facts.

    L

    laugh about – Laugh about the little things.
    laugh at – Laugh at good jokes.
    learn about – Learn about English grammar.
    listen for – Listen for the storm.
    listen to – Listen to the music.
    long for – Long for a better life.
    look at – Look at the paintings.
    luxuriate in – Luxuriate in a bubble bath.

    M

    meet with – Meet with your adviser.

    N

    nod at – Nod at me.

    O

    object to – Object to inequality.
    operate on – Operate on the patient.

    P

    pander to – Pander to your clients.
    participate in – Participate in the discussion.
    pay for – Pay for your own meal.
    persist in – Persist in your goals.
    plan on – Plan on uncertainty.
    pray for – Pray for your enemies.
    prepare for – Prepare for the exam.
    provide for – Provide for your loved ones.

    Q

    quarrel with – Quarrel with your friends.

    R

    react to – React to the chaos.
    reconcile with – Reconcile with your parents.
    recover from – Recover from your illness.
    refer to – Refer to the appendix.
    reflect on – Reflect on your mistakes.
    relate to – Relate to others.
    rely on – Rely on your friends.
    renege on – Renege on your promise.
    reply to – Reply to the email.
    resign from – Resign from the position.
    respond to – Respond to the criticism.
    result in – Mistakes can result in learning.
    retire from – Retire from your job.

    S

    search for – Search for the truth.
    shout at – Shout at the hoodlums.
    smile at – Smile at strangers.
    speak to – Speak to the manager.
    specialize in – Specialize in your passion.
    spy on – Spy on your neighbors.
    stand for – Stand for something good.
    stare at – Stare at the accidents.
    subscribe to – Subscribe to the newsletter.
    succeed at – Succeed at your goals.
    succeed in – Succeed in earning a degree.
    suffer from – Suffer from misfortune.

    T

    talk about – Talk about the past.
    talk to – Talk to your mother.
    tamper with – Tamper with the evidence.
    tend to – Tend to the garden.
    think about – Think about your mistakes.
    think of – Think of me often.
    tinker with – Tinker with the machine.
    toast to – Toast to the president.
    turn to – Turn to your partner.

    U

    V

    vie for – Vie for his attention.
    vouch for – Vouch for me.
    vote for – Vote for the best candidate.
    vote against – Vote against the dictator.

    W

    wait for – Wait for the bus.
    warn about – Warn about injustice.
    wish for – Wish for world peace.
    work for – Work for a good company.
    work on – Work on your shortcomings.
    worry about – Worry about the future.
    wrestle with – Wrestle with the decision.
    write about – Write about the world.
    write to – Write to your grandmother.

    X

    Y

    yap about – Yap about nothing important.
    yearn for – Yearn for the past.

    Z

    References

    Cambridge international dictionary of phrasal verbs. 1997. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press.

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