English Phrasal Verb Dictionary

List of English Phrasal Verbs Beginning With 'D'

Showing 39 Verbs, 101 Phrasal Verbs


Damp (2)

Damp down
- Calm or reduce feelings, emotions
- Make a fire burn less
Damp off
- When there is too much moisture and a plant is affected by fungal parasites

Dash (2)

Dash down
- Write something quickly
Dash off
- Leave somewhere quickly
- Do something quickly, especially writing

Dawn (1)

Dawn on
- Finally realise or understand something

Deal (2)

Deal in
- Do business, trade
- Include, give someone a share
Deal with
- Be about, use as a subject matter

Decide (2)

Decide on
- Choose, select
Decide upon
- Choose, select

Die (6)

Die away
- Become quieter or inaudible (of a sound)
Die back
- When the parts of a plant above ground die, but the roots remain alive
Die down
- Decrease or become quieter
Die for
- Want something a lot
Die off
- Become extinct
Die out
- Become extinct or disappear

Dig (4)

Dig in
- Start eating greedily
- Excavate a protective shelter (military)
Dig into
- Reach inside to get something
Dig out
- Find something you haven't used, seen, etc, for a long time
- Dig to remove something or someone
Dig up
- Find something that is supposed to be secret
- Remove something from the ground
- Make a hole in a road, the ground, etc

Dine (2)

Dine out
- Have dinner outside your home
Dine out on
- Tell a story repeatedly that is well received

Dip (3)

Dip in
- Put something in a liquid for a short time
Dip into
- Read parts of a book, but not all
- Take money out of your savings
Dip out
- Leave a place without telling anyone

Disagree (1)

Disagree with
- Make someone feel sick or ill

Dish (2)

Dish out
- Serve food
- Give something, usually when you shouldn't
- Criticise, when you can't take criticism in return
Dish up
- Serve food

Dive (2)

Dive in
- Start doing something, usually without planning
- Start eating
Dive into
- Reach inside something quickly

Divide (1)

Divide up
- Share

Divvy (2)

Divvy out
- Divide, share
Divvy up
- Divide, share

Do (6)

Do away with
- Abolish, get rid of
Do in
- Kill
Do out of
- Cheat somebody out of something that is rightfully theirs
Do up
- Close or fasten clothes, etc.
- Repair and renovate
Do with
- Wish for or ask for (usually after can or could)
Do without
- Manage without something

Dob (1)

Dob in
- Report someone to teachers, authorities, etc
- Contribute money
- Pressure someone into doing something

Dole (1)

Dole out
- Give out, distribute

Doss (3)

Doss about
- Spend time doing very little or being unproductive
Doss around
- Spend time doing very little or being unproductive
Doss down
- Sleep somewhere temporarily because you don't go home

Double (5)

Double as
- Have a second function or purpose
Double back
- Go back the way you were coming
Double over
- Bend over at the waist
Double up
- Bend over at the waist
- Share accommodation because there are too many people
Double up as
- Have a second function or purpose

Doze (1)

Doze off
- Fall asleep

Drag (1)

Drag on
- Be unnecessarily long

Draw (8)

Draw back
- Retreat, move backwards
Draw down
- Reduce levels
- Get funding
- To deplete by consumption or heavy spending
Draw even
- Equalize one’s competitive position
Draw in
- Get dark earlier
- Arrive at a station (for trains)
Draw into
- Get involved in something unpleasant
Draw on
- Pass slowly (time)
- Inhale smoke from a cigarette, cigar, etc
Draw out
- Make something continue longer than needed
- Make a shy person more outgoing
Draw up
- Prepare a contract
- When a vehicle stops

Dream (2)

Dream of
- Not think or consider
Dream up
- Invent something, have an idea

Dredge (1)

Dredge up
- Discover things about someone's past

Dress (2)

Dress down
- Dress casually
- Scold
Dress up
- Dress very smartly

Drift (2)

Drift apart
- Slowly cease to be close to or friends with someone
Drift off
- Start to fall asleep

Drill (3)

Drill down
- Search through layers of information on a computer
Drill down through
- Get to the bottom of something, get detailed data
Drill into
- Repeat something many times to make someone learn it

Drink (1)

Drink up
- Finish a drink

Drive (6)

Drive away
- Force an animal or someone to leave a place
Drive back
- Repulse, force back
Drive by
- Do something out of a car
Drive off
- Drive away from a place
Drive out
- Force someone to leave a place
Drive up
- Make something increase
- Arrive in a vehicle

Drone (1)

Drone on
- Talk boringly for a long time

Drop (11)

Drop around
- Visit someone, often without making an arrangement
- Deliver
Drop away
- Become smaller- amount, numbers
Drop back
- Move towards the back of a group
Drop by
- Pay a brief visit
Drop in
- Visit without having made arrangements
Drop off
- Take something or someone to a place and leave it or them there.
- Fall asleep
- Decrease in number or amount
Drop out
- Quit a course
Drop over
- Visit for a short time
Drop round
- Visit someone, often without making an arrangement
- Deliver
Drop someone in it
- Get someone into trouble
Drop through
- Come to nothing, produce no results

Drown (2)

Drown in
- Cover excessively
Drown out
- Be so loud that another sound cannot be heard

Drum (3)

Drum into
- To make someone learn or believe something by constant repetition
Drum out
- Force someone out of their job or position
Drum up
- Increase support or interest

Dry (3)

Dry off
- Dry something quickly, or dry the surface
Dry out
- Stop drinking or taking drugs when addicted
- Dry something fully
Dry up
- Lose all the water from a river, lake, source, etc
- Stop being supplied with something
- Be unable to speak
- Dry plates, dishes, cutlery, etc, after washing them up
- Dry plates, dishes, cutlery, etc, after washing them up

Duck (1)

Duck out of
- Avoid doing something

Duff (1)

Duff up
- Beat or hit someone repeatedly

Dumb (1)

Dumb down
- Reduce the intellectual level of something in search of popularity

Dump (1)

Dump on
- Treat someone badly
- Criticize heavily, often unfairly
- Tell someone your problems

Dwell (2)

Dwell on
- Spend a lot of time on something
Dwell upon
- Spend a lot of time on something