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 3,539 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:

Snuggle up to

Added: 8th Aug

Meaning: Lie or press yourself closely to someone

Nuzzle up to

Added: 8th Aug

Meaning: Touch someone/something affectionately, especially with the nose or head

Nuzzle up

Added: 8th Aug

Meaning: Touch affectionately, especially with the nose or head

Snuggle up

Added: 8th Aug

Meaning: Lie or press yourself closely to someone

Cuddle up to

Added: 8th Aug

Meaning: Position your body very close to someone

Cuddle up

Added: 8th Aug

Meaning: Position your body very closely

Walk back

Added: 20th Jul

Meaning: Retract a statement of change comments

Cotton up to

Added: 19th Jul

Meaning: Ingratiate

Fork over

Added: 3rd Jul

Meaning: Give something to someone when told to do so

Fork out

Added: 3rd Jul

Meaning: Spend money, often when forced to

Cowboy up

Added: 20th Jun

Meaning: Not give in when things get difficult

Speak to

Added: 4th Jun

Meaning: Comment, make a statement

Float about

Added: 26th Mar

Meaning: Be somewhere near, though not visible

Float around

Added: 26th Mar

Meaning: Be somewhere near, though not visible

Run past

Added: 5th Mar

Meaning: Tell someone your ideas so that they can comment

Run by

Added: 5th Mar

Meaning: Tell someone your ideas so that they can comment

Total up

Added: 2nd Mar

Meaning: Add things to create a final amount

Ferret about

Added: 12th Feb

Meaning: Search for something

Ferret around

Added: 12th Feb

Meaning: Search for something

Stand off

Added: 23rd Jan

Meaning: Move or stay away from the shore

Stand off

Added: 23rd Jan

Meaning: Avoid or delay creditors

Stand off

Added: 23rd Jan

Meaning: Move or remain at a distance

Stitch together

Added: 10th Jan

Meaning: Make a deal, create something quickly and without attention to detail

Take for

Added: 19th Dec

Meaning: Believe that someone is a certain kind of person

Deck out

Added: 14th Dec

Meaning: Decorate or dress for special occasion

Spin around

Added: 11th Dec

Meaning: Turn to face the opposite direction

Space out

Added: 27th Nov

Meaning: Become detached from reality and unaware of what is happening around you, usually through drug use

Jog on

Added: 17th Nov

Meaning: Go away

Jog along

Added: 17th Nov

Meaning: Make progress or move ahead, but not very fast

Store up

Added: 17th Sep

Meaning: Keep or accumulate something to use later

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