English Phrasal Verb Dictionary: L

List of English Phrasal Verbs Beginning With 'L'

Showing 34 Verbs, 112 Phrasal Verbs

Land (3)

Land in
- Get someone into trouble
Land up in
- Arrive, end a journey in a place, often without planning
Land with
- Create a problem for someone

Lap (1)

Lap up
- Appreciate something

Large (1)

Large it up
- Have a good time when intoxicated

Lark (3)

Lark about
- Behave in a silly way
Lark around
- Behave in a silly way
Lark it up
- Enjoy yourself noisily and exuberantly

Lash (6)

Lash down
- Fall heavily (rain)
- Secure something with ropes or cords
Lash into
- Criticise someone strongly
Lash out
- Suddenly become violent
- React angrily
- Spend a lot of money on luxuries
Lash out against
- Criticise something strongly
Lash out at
- Hit someone suddenly, usually without warning, or try to hit them
- Criticise someone or shout at them
Lash out on
- Spend a lot of money buying something

Latch (3)

Latch on
- Understand, often after a long time
Latch on to
- Understand something, often after a long time
Latch onto
- Connect to something
- Decide or realise that something is good or profitable

Laugh (1)

Laugh off
- Pretend something (an injury, news, etc.) isn’t important

Lay (5)

Lay down
- Establish rules or procedures
- Kill, murder
Lay into
- Criticise angrily
Lay off
- Make an employee redundant
Lay on
- Organise, supply
Lay out
- Spend money

Lead (2)

Lead on
- Falsely or cruelly raise hopes
Lead to
- Result in

Leak (1)

Leak out
- Become public knowledge

Lean (1)

Lean on
- Put pressure on someone to get them to do what you want

Leap (4)

Leap at
- Take an opportunity enthusiastically
Leap on
- Show interest in or try to use something to your advantage
Leap out at
- Be very noticeable
Leap upon
- Show interest in or try to use something to your advantage

Leave (2)

Leave on
- Not turn off
Leave out
- Not include

Let (6)

Let down
- Disappoint, fail to keep an arrangement
- Make clothes longer
Let in
- Allow someone to enter
Let in on
- Tell someone a secret, inform them or allow them to participate
Let off
- Not punish
Let on
- Tell a secret
Let out
- Allow to leave or go out
- Make a sound
- Make clothes bigger

Level (4)

Level off
- Stabilize the altitude of an airplane
Level out
- Stabilize the altitude of an airplane
Level up
- Acquire skills, points, etc, for a character in a computer game
- Increase or improve something to make it the same as other things
Level with
- Tell someone the truth, often when they had not known for some time

Lie (3)

Lie around
- Act in a lazy or unproductive way
Lie down
- Rest
Lie with
- Have the right to make a decision

Lift (1)

Lift off
- Leave the ground- rocket or spaceship

Light (2)

Light out
- Leave suddenly
Light up
- Light or start smoking a cigarette
- Illuminate

Lighten (1)

Lighten up
- Be less serious

Limber (2)

Limber up
- Do some exercises to warm up before playing a sport or other physical activity
Limber up for
- Prepare for something that will require a great effort

Line (1)

Line up
- Arrange in a line
- Arrange something in a line
- Arrange events for someone

Link (2)

Link up
- Connect, join
Link up with
- Connect with someone or contact them

Listen (2)

Listen out for
- Listen for a particular noise or sound
Listen up
- Pay attention (often used as a command)

Live (12)

Live by
- Follow a belief system to guide your behaviour
Live down
- Stop being embarrassed about something
Live for
- Believe something is extremely important
Live in
- Live in the place where you work or study.
Live it up
- Have a good time by spending a lot of money
Live off
- Use money earned
- Be financially supported
Live on
- Use money for basic necessities
- Not be forgotten
Live out
- Stay somewhere until you die
- Fulfill an ambition or fantasy
- Not live at the place where you study or work
Live through
- Experience different times
Live together
- Have a relationship and live in the same place without marrying
Live up to
- Meet expectations or standards
Live with
- Accept something unpleasant
- Have a relationship and live in the same place without marrying

Liven (1)

Liven up
- Make something more interesting or exciting
- Improve someone's mood, make them feel more energetic or interested

Load (3)

Load down
- Burden
Load up
- Take illegal drugs
- Fill a machine or vehicle
Load up on
- Consume a lot of something for a particular purpose

Lock (7)

Lock away
- Lock in a safe place
- Put someone in prison or a mental hospital for a very long time
Lock down
- Make very secure
Lock in
- Lock a place to stop someone leaving
- Commit someone in such a way that they cannot leave
Lock onto
- Find a target and head for it
Lock out
- Close a workplace to stop workers entering
- Lock a place to stop someone getting in
Lock up
- Close all doors, windows, etc.
- Lock something in a safe place
- Put in prison or a mental hospital
Lock yourself away
- Go somewhere away from people to study or work

Log (5)

Log in
- Enter a restricted area on a computer system
Log into
- Enter a restricted area of a computer system
Log off
- Exit a computer system
Log on
- Enter a computer system
Log out
- Exit a computer system

Look (19)

Look after
- Take care
Look back
- Think about the past
Look down on
- Have a low opinion of
Look for
- Try to find
Look forward to
- Wait for or anticipate something pleasant
Look in
- Make a quick visit
Look in on
- Visit briefly to see if everything's all right
Look into
- Research, investigate
Look on
- Watch something like a crime without helping
Look on as
- Consider, regard
Look out
- Be careful
Look out for
- Take care of someone, make sure someone is cared for
- Keep alert and try to see
Look over
- Inspect
Look round
- Inspect a house
Look through
- Read quickly
Look to
- Expect, hope
Look up
- Consult a reference work (dictionary, phonebook, etc.) for a specific piece of information.
- Improve
- Find, trace an old friend
Look up to
- Respect
Look upon as
- Consider, regard

Loosen (1)

Loosen up
- Become more relaxed or comfortable

Lord (1)

Lord it over
- Behave in a superior manner

Lose (3)

Lose out
- Be at a disadvantage
Lose out on
- Not gain or have something advantageous
Lose out to
- Be less successful

Luck (2)

Luck into
- Get something by chance
Luck out
- Be very lucky

Lust (1)

Lust after
- Be attracted sexually
- Want something very much