Following is a list of 30 most common phrasal verbs in English. Each phrasal verb will have a definition and example sentence to help you understand these phrasal verbs.
Common Phrasal Verbs with Meaning and Example
- Check off
Meaning: Make a mark next to
Example: Check each name off the list.
- Read off
Meaning: Read aloud from a list
Example: I read the number off the cargo.
- Pass out
Meaning: Become unconscious
Example: He passed out because the room was too hot.
- Carry on
Meaning: Continue, carry on.
Example: I didn’t mean to interrupt you.
- Make for
Meaning: Move towards
Example: He already made for home when I arrived.
- Run over
Meaning: Read through or practice something quickly
Example: He ran over his notes before going home.
- Keep to
Meaning: Persist in, continue
Example: He kept to puzzle until it was done.
- Check back
Meaning: Return to see if everything is OK
Example: They will check back next week to make sure the report.
- Come back
Example: What time are you coming back?
- Do down
Meaning: Criticize someone or something
Example: My son, stop doing yourself down.
- Come across
Meaning: Discover by accident
Example: I came across a car I’d never seen before.
- Let on
Meaning: Make clear, evince
Example: You don’t want to let on how rich you really are.
- Keep in
Meaning: Not allow Someone out.
Example: Children were kept in after school.
- Hold on
Meaning: To wait particularly on the phone
Example: They’ll hold on another minute, then they’ll have to go.
- Break into
Meaning: Interrupt (a conversation)
Example: Samuel breaks into the conversation and told us.
- Give forth
Meaning: Emit or release something
Example: The roses give forth a very heady scent at this time of the year.
- Bring back
Meaning: Fetch something
Example: Should I bring the car back with an empty tank?
- Look back
Meaning: To think about something that happened in the past
Example: When I look back, I’m filled with happiness.
- Let down
Example: My father is a tailor, so he can let my pants down.
- Do over
Example: My friend made many mistakes, so I want to do the report over.
- Take up
Meaning: To begin a new hobby
Example: I’m not very good at basketball. I only took it up recently.
- Get around
Meaning: To travel to different places
Example: I will get around from town to town.
- Go along
Meaning: To continue to happen or to develop
Example: He is under the radar but he is going along well.
- Back out
Meaning: Withdraw from something one has agreed to do
Example: He backed out of the agreement.
- Wipe out
Meaning: To destroy something completely
Example: People worry that climate change will wipe out coffee crops in certain countries.
- Use up
Meaning: Finish a supply of something
Example: I’ve used up all my holiday entitlement.
- Set aside
Meaning: To reserve something for a particular aim
Example: John set aside some money for his kid’s future.
- Get up
Meaning: Stop sleeping and leave the bed
Example: The first thing I do when I get up is go to the toilet.
- Wake up
Meaning: Stop sleeping, or make someone stop sleeping
Example: They often wake up at 7. am.
- Ask after
Meaning: To ask for information about someone
Example: Tell your mother I was asking after her.