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 3,522 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:

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

Store up

Added: 17th Sep

Meaning: Do something that will probably cause problems later

Store up

Added: 17th Sep

Meaning: Memorise or commit something to memory for later use

Plug into

Added: 11th Sep

Meaning: Be involved with, get information about

Plug away

Added: 11th Sep

Meaning: Do something with determination despite any difficulties

Weird off on

Added: 24th Aug

Meaning: Approach someone or behave in a strange, scary unexpected way

Sneeze at

Added: 24th Aug

Meaning: To dismiss casually, usually used negatively

Toughen up

Added: 1st Aug

Meaning: Make stronger

Rough out

Added: 31st Jul

Meaning: Make a draft or sketch of something without much detail

Suit up

Added: 24th Jul

Meaning: Wear a condom

Dime out

Added: 14th Jul

Meaning: Report someone to authorities, etc

Swear in

Added: 30th Jun

Meaning: Take an oath to hold a public office

Swear off

Added: 30th Jun

Meaning: Decide to stop doing something, usually something harmful

Clock out

Added: 21st Jun

Meaning: Record the time you leave work

Clock off

Added: 21st Jun

Meaning: Record the time you leave work

Clock up

Added: 21st Jun

Meaning: Win, score or achieve results

Clock in

Added: 21st Jun

Meaning: Record the time of arriving at work on a machine

Clock on

Added: 21st Jun

Meaning: Record the time of arriving at work on a machine

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