Dictionary of English Phrasal Verbs

Phrasal verbs (also called multi-word 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.

Here we provide a dictionary of 3,543 current English Phrasal Verbs with definitions and example sentences.

Click on the A-Z menu above to browse phrasal verbs alphabetically. You will get a list of phrasal verbs and their definitions. Click on an individual verb to get more information on it, including example sentences, whether it is British or American English, and whether it is separable or not.

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The latest 30 entries added to our Phrasal Verb dictionary:

Added: 17th Oct
Meaning: Be successful, achieve much- though used in a negative sense
Added: 17th Oct
Meaning: Total
Added: 4th Sep
Meaning: Stop something bad or harmful happening
Added: 21st Aug
Meaning: Die or cease to function at an important time
Added: 8th Aug
Meaning: Lie or press yourself closely to someone
Added: 8th Aug
Meaning: Touch someone/something affectionately, especially with the nose or head
Added: 8th Aug
Meaning: Touch affectionately, especially with the nose or head
Added: 8th Aug
Meaning: Lie or press yourself closely to someone
Added: 8th Aug
Meaning: Position your body very close to someone
Added: 8th Aug
Meaning: Position your body very closely
Added: 20th Jul
Meaning: Retract a statement of change comments
Added: 19th Jul
Meaning: Ingratiate
Added: 3rd Jul
Meaning: Give something to someone when told to do so
Added: 3rd Jul
Meaning: Spend money, often when forced to
Added: 20th Jun
Meaning: Not give in when things get difficult
Added: 4th Jun
Meaning: Comment, make a statement
Added: 26th Mar
Meaning: Be somewhere near, though not visible
Added: 26th Mar
Meaning: Be somewhere near, though not visible
Added: 5th Mar
Meaning: Tell someone your ideas so that they can comment
Added: 5th Mar
Meaning: Tell someone your ideas so that they can comment
Added: 2nd Mar
Meaning: Add things to create a final amount
Added: 12th Feb
Meaning: Search for something
Added: 12th Feb
Meaning: Search for something
Added: 23rd Jan
Meaning: Move or stay away from the shore
Added: 23rd Jan
Meaning: Avoid or delay creditors
Added: 23rd Jan
Meaning: Move or remain at a distance
Added: 10th Jan
Meaning: Make a deal, create something quickly and without attention to detail
Added: 19th Dec
Meaning: Believe that someone is a certain kind of person
Added: 14th Dec
Meaning: Decorate or dress for special occasion
Added: 11th Dec
Meaning: Turn to face the opposite direction

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