English Phrasal Verb Dictionary: M

List of English Phrasal Verbs Beginning With 'M'

Showing 28 Verbs, 86 Phrasal Verbs

Magic (1)

Magic away
- Make something disappear quickly

Make (17)

Make after
- Chase
Make away with
- Steal
Make do with
- Accept something less satisfactory because there's no alternative
Make for
- Head in a certain direction
- Produce a result or situation
Make into
- Change something into something else
Make it
- Arrive or get a result
Make it up to
- Try to compensate for doing something wrong
Make of
- Understand or have an opinion
Make off
- Leave somewhere in a hurry
Make off with
- Steal
Make out
- Make a cheque payable to somebody
- Pretend
- Progress
- Kiss and pet
- Discern a small detail
- Be able to see or hear something
- Understand someone's nature or personality
Make over
- Change appearance
- Give money or possessions to someone in a legal way
Make towards
- Head in the direction
Make up
- Stop being angry with someone
- Put on cosmetics
- Invent a story
Make up for
- Compensate
Make up to
- Increase a sum received to a higher figure
Make with
- Give (usually used as an imperative)

Man (2)

Man down
- Behave without courage or conviction
Man up
- Behave with courage or conviction

Mark (7)

Mark down
- Give a student a lower grade for a particular reason
- Reduce the price of something
Mark down as
- Consider someone or something to be of a certain group, type, etc.
Mark off
- Tick, cross out or otherwise mark something to show that it has been dealt with
Mark out
- Draw lines to enclose an area
Mark out for
- Show promise for the future
Mark out from
- Stand out because of certain qualities
Mark up
- Increase the price of something

Marry (4)

Marry in
- Marry someone of the same ethnicity, religion, etc
Marry off
- Find a husband or wife for someone, especially your children
Marry out
- Marry someone of a different ethnicity, religion, etc
Marry up
- Match, correspond
- Join together or compare to see if they're the same
- Marry someone from a higher social class or level

Mash (1)

Mash up
- Crush something until it becomes a paste
- Mix sources of audio, video or other computer sources.
- Break or damage

Max (1)

Max out
- Take something to the limit, reach a limit

Measure (5)

Measure against
- Evaluate or judge by comparison
Measure off
- Measure something and mark the point where it ends or will be cut
- Mark a length on something to cut it
Measure out
- Measure or weigh the amount needed
- Weigh or measure an exact amount
Measure up
- Find the size of something
- Be good enough, meet the required standard
- Be good enough
- Find out the size of something
Measure up to
- Be good enough or worthy of something

Meet (3)

Meet up
- See someone after making an arrangement
Meet up with
- See someone after arranging to meet them
Meet with
- Have something happen to you
- Receive or cause a reaction

Melt (1)

Melt down
- Heat something solid, especially metal, until it becomes liquid

Mess (7)

Mess about
- Not be serious, not use something properly
- Treat someone badly
- Have a sexual relationship outside marriage or a permanent relationship
Mess about with
- Have a sexual relationship outside marriage or a permanent relationship
- Try to improve something, usually making things worse
Mess around
- Not be serious, play with something
- Treat someone badly
- Have a sexual relationship outside marriage or a permanent relationship
Mess around with
- Have a sexual relationship outside marriage or a permanent relationship
- Try to improve something, usually making things worse
Mess over
- Treat someone badly
Mess up
- Spoil or ruin
- Make something untidy or dirty
- Cause mental, physical or emotional problems
Mess with
- Become involved in something damaging or dangerous
- Annoy, bother
- Associate (negative)
- Try to repair or improve, usually unsuccessfully

Mete (1)

Mete out
- Give people harsh punishments or treatment

Mill (1)

Mill around
- Walk around without going anywhere

Miss (2)

Miss out
- Not do something enjoyable or rewarding
- Not include
Miss out on
- Lose a chance, fail to achieve

Mix (1)

Mix up
- Confuse
- Make something lively

Mock (1)

Mock up
- Make a model of something to show or test it

Moggy (1)

Moggy off
- Leave ('moggie off' is also used.)

Monkey (1)

Monkey around
- Not be serious

Mooch (2)

Mooch about
- Spend time doing little or nothing
Mooch around
- Spend time doing little or nothing

Mop (1)

Mop up
- Resolve a problem
- Kill or capture the last few enemy soldiers after a victory.
- Eat a sauce with bread to finish it
- Remove a liquid that has been spilt

Mope (2)

Mope about
- Move around being miserable
Mope around
- Move around being miserable

Mount (1)

Mount up
- Increase over time

Mouth (1)

Mouth off
- Speak angrily about something

Move (12)

Move ahead
- Make progress, often after a pause or delay
Move along
- Tell someone to move from a place
- Develop or progress in a reasonable or satisfactory manner
Move away
- Leave the area where you have been living
Move away from
- Stop doing or using something to change to something different
Move down
- Move a student to a lower level
Move in
- Start living in a place
Move in on
- Approach, often stealthily
Move into
- Start living in a place
Move on
- Change the subject or your job
- Make people move from a place
Move out
- Leave a place you live or work in
- Remove
- Change lane or position to pass a vehicle
Move towards
- Make preparations for something
Move up
- Move to make space
- Move to a higher level

Muddle (3)

Muddle along
- Continue without a clear aim or plan
Muddle through
- Do or achieve something without knowing what is required or having a plan
Muddle up
- Take things that are ordered or sequenced and mess them up
- Mistake a person or thing for someone or something else because they look similar

Mug (2)

Mug up
- Study quickly, revise
Mug up on
- Study something quickly, revise

Mull (1)

Mull over
- Think about an issue or problem

Muscle (4)

Muscle in
- Become involved in something when your involvement is not wanted
Muscle in on
- Become involved in something despite opposition to your involvement
Muscle into
- Become involved even though there is opposition to your involvement
Muscle out
- Use power, contacts, etc, to force someone out