Dictionary of English Phrasal Verbs

A reference of 3,347 current English Phrasal Verbs (also called multi-word verbs) with definitions and examples. If you have a question about phrasal verbs, ask us about it in our English Phrasal Verbs Forum.

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1) Search the Dictionary

Enter single words here. Use the infinitive without 'to' for a verb. If you enter 'go', it will list all the phrasal verbs with 'go'. If you enter a preposition or particle in the box, like 'up', you can look at all the phrasal verbs containing 'up'.

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2) Browse the Dictionary

Click on a letter above to see phrasal verbs beginning with that letter. You will get a list of phrasal verbs and their definitions. If you then click on an individual verb, you will get more information on it, including example sentences, whether it is British or American English, and whether it is separable or not.

3) Take a Phrasal Verb Quiz

We provide a series of quizzes designed to test your understanding of common phrasal verbs and prepositions and particles. Alternatively you can take a random quiz.

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Information What is a Phrasal Verb?

Phrasal verbs are idiomatic expressions, combining verbs and prepositions to make new verbs whose meaning is often not obvious from the dictionary definitions of the individual words. They are widely used in both written and spoken English, and new ones are formed all the time as they are a flexible way of creating new terms.

Glossary Definition:Phrasal Verb