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 3,584 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: 29th Apr
Meaning: Skip, not attend
Added: 29th Apr
Meaning: Abandon a plan
Added: 29th Apr
Meaning: End a relationship
Added: 7th Apr
Meaning: Restrict people's movements to reduce the spread of a disease
Added: 9th Jan
Meaning: Go away (command)
Added: 9th Jan
Meaning: Leave a vehicle
Added: 9th Jan
Meaning: Enter a vehicle
Added: 9th Jan
Meaning: Enter a vehicle
Added: 6th Jan
Meaning: Clean, repair, make work again
Added: 9th Dec
Meaning: Delay
Added: 9th Dec
Meaning: Delay, postpone
Added: 28th Nov
Meaning: Leave a place or a relationship to marry or have a relationship with someone
Added: 28th Nov
Meaning: Take or steal something
Added: 6th Nov
Meaning: Change subject to talk about something different
Added: 28th Oct
Meaning: Disgust, unsettle
Added: 22nd Sep
Meaning: Give up, fail to support
Added: 16th Aug
Meaning: Release or allow something bad to affect someone
Added: 16th Aug
Meaning: Release or allow something bad to affect someone
Added: 16th Aug
Meaning: Fire bullets
Added: 5th Jun
Meaning: Earn
Added: 5th Jun
Meaning: Earn
Added: 23rd Apr
Meaning: Accept an offer
Added: 10th Feb
Meaning: Sleep away from place of work or rented accommodation
Added: 25th Jan
Meaning: Move very fast
Added: 25th Jan
Meaning: Move very fast
Added: 25th Jan
Meaning: Show something to make sure people know about it
Added: 25th Jan
Meaning: Show something to make sure people know about it
Added: 25th Jan
Meaning: Suddenly remember
Added: 10th Jan
Meaning: Excite, inflame
Added: 10th Jan
Meaning: Increase the power, excite, arouse

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