English Phrasal Verb Dictionary: W

List of English Phrasal Verbs Beginning With 'W'

Showing 39 Verbs, 103 Phrasal Verbs

Wade (3)

Wade in
- Start something or get involved, often without thinking or to forcefully
- Attack
Wade into
- Become embroiled or involved in a situation, without thinking or planning usually
Wade through
- Get to the end of something with difficulty

Wait (9)

Wait about
- Wait somewhere doing nothing
Wait around
- Wait somewhere doing nothing
Wait behind
- Stay somewhere after other people have left
Wait in
- Stay at home because someone is going to visit
Wait on
- Serve people in a restaurant
- Sell goods in a shop
- Provide someone with everything they need or want
- Wait for a result before being able to make a decision
Wait out
- Wait till something has finished, usually something unpleasant
Wait up
- Not go to bed because you are waiting
Wait up!
- Stop (imperative)
Wait upon
- Provide someone with what they require
- Wait for a result before being able to make a decision

Wake (1)

Wake up
- Stop sleeping

Walk (12)

Walk away from
- Leave something you don't like
Walk away with
- Win easily
Walk back from
- Retract a statement
Walk in on
- Enter somewhere unexpectedly and see something
Walk into
- Get work without effort
- Be unaware of the presence of something and either enter it (a trap) or bump into it (an obstruction)
Walk off
- Go for a walk to reduce the effects of an illness or bad feeling
Walk off with
- Win easily
- Take something without permission or steal
Walk on
- Continue walking
Walk out
- Leave work because of a dispute with the management
- Leave a place angrily or because you are not satisfied
Walk out on
- Leave somebody angrily
Walk through
- Explain or demonstrate something carefully to someone
Walk up
- Go to someone

Waltz (1)

Waltz through
- Pass or succeed easily

Wander (1)

Wander off
- Leave a place, usually without telling other people
- Stop paying attention

Want (1)

Want out
- Want to leave a relationship or arrangement

Warm (1)

Warm up
- Do exercises before a sport

Wash (5)

Wash away
- When floods or waves completely remove a structure, building, etc.
Wash down
- Drink in order to swallow something solid
Wash out
- Rain so heavily that an event has to be cancelled
Wash over
- Suddenly experience a strong emotion
Wash up
- Clean everything used to prepare food and eat it
- When something in the sea or river is left on the shore or bank
- Wash face and hands

Waste (1)

Waste away
- Become very thin and weak, usually due to illness

Watch (3)

Watch out
- Be careful (imperative)
Watch out for
- Be careful of something
Watch over
- Keep an eye on something or someone to check that there's no trouble

Water (1)

Water down
- Make something weaker and less effective

Wave (4)

Wave aside
- Ignore or refuse to consider what someone says
Wave down
- Make a hand signal to stop a vehicle
Wave off
- Go to a place where someone is leaving to wave goodbye
Wave on
- Make a hand signal to tell someone to keep moving

Wean (1)

Wean off
- Slowly stop a dependency on something

Wear (4)

Wear away
- Erode, remove gradually
Wear down
- Make something weaker
Wear off
- Stop having an effect
Wear out
- Use something until it stops working

Weasel (2)

Weasel out
- Back out of a commitment
Weasel out of
- Back out of a commitment

Weed (1)

Weed out
- Remove, get rid of

Weigh (6)

Weigh down on
- Burden with responsibilities, duties, etc
Weigh in
- Have a certain weight (in sports like boxing)
- Enter an argument forcefully
Weigh in on
- Enter an argument or discussion to express a strongly felt idea
Weigh on
- Make someone consider carefully
Weigh out
- Measure a certain amount of something by weight
Weigh up
- Assess

Weird (2)

Weird off on
- Approach someone or behave in a strange, scary unexpected way
Weird out
- Disturb, cause concern or worry

Well (1)

Well up
- Feel tears starting
- Feel an emotion strongly
- Experience an emotion or feeling, start to cry

Wheel (3)

Wheel around
- Turn quickly and face in the opposite direction
Wheel out
- Use something like an explanation that has been used many times before and has lost its impact
Wheel round
- Turn quickly and face in the opposite direction

While (1)

While away
- Spend time doing something because you have nothing better to do

Whip (6)

Whip into
- Enter rapidly (as for a brief errand)
Whip off
- Produce, make or create quickly
- Remove quickly
Whip out
- Remove quickly
Whip out of
- Exit rapidly
Whip through
- Do something quickly
Whip up
- Make food quickly
- Mix liquid food quickly to make it thick and creamy
- Make people feel more strongly about something

Whisk (2)

Whisk away
- Take to another place quickly
Whisk off
- Take someone to another place, usually unexpectedly
- Wipe, remove with a brush

White (1)

White out
- Use correction fluid to cover a mistake in a written text

Wig (1)

Wig out
- Become excited and lose control

Wiggle (2)

Wiggle out
- Avoid doing
Wiggle out of
- Avoid doing something

Wimp (1)

Wimp out
- Not be brave enough to do something

Wind (3)

Wind down
- Relax
- Slowly close a business or organisation
Wind on
- Forward a film or tape to a certain point
Wind up
- Close a company because it's unprofitable
- Tighten the spring in a watch or clock to make it work
- Irritate someone or increase their stress level, especially if done deliberately

Winkle (1)

Winkle out
- Find or get something that takes a great deal of effort

Winnow (2)

Winnow down
- Reduce the size of a group of people or things to have the best
Winnow out
- Remove the bad or less satisfactory people or things from a group to leave the best
- Remove the bad or less satisfactory people or things from a group to leave the best

Wipe (2)

Wipe out
- Make someone very tired
- Kill all of a population, make extinct
Wipe up
- Remove a liquid from a surface using a cloth

Wire (1)

Wire up
- Make electrical connections

Wise (1)

Wise up
- Stop being stupid

Word (2)

Word up
- Give someone information, advice
Word up!
- A phrase that was used a greeting

Work (5)

Work off
- Exercise to remove stress or weight
Work on
- Improve or develop
Work out
- End nicely
- Find the answer or solution
Work over
- Assault, beat up
- Repeat, do again
- Examine carefully
Work through
- Deal with, resolve a problem, often emotional

Wrap (3)

Wrap around
- Cover with clothing, usually to keep warm
- Cover or encircle with part of your body
Wrap round
- Cover with clothing, usually to keep warm
- Cover or encircle with part of your body
Wrap up
- Cover in paper
- Dress warmly
- Finish

Wriggle (1)

Wriggle out of
- Avoid doing something in a way other people don't like

Write (5)

Write down
- Make notes
Write in
- Send a letter to a TV station, etc.
Write off
- Destroy a car in an accident
Write out
- Write something completely
Write up
- Make complete written version