100 Most Common Phrasal Verbs list with meaning

A phrasal verb is a type of verb that is created when a main verb is combined with an adverb or a preposition. In many cases, a phrasal verb can have a meaning that is different from the meaning of its individual parts. For native English speakers, phrasal verbs are an important part of everyday communication. However, for non-native speakers, they can be a source of confusion. To help you navigate this difficult area of English grammar, we have compiled a list of 100 common phrasal verbs. Each entry includes the original verb, the adverb, or the preposition that creates the phrasal verb. We have also provided definitions/meanings for each phrasal verb to help you understand its meaning. With this valuable resource at your fingertips, you will be able to communicate like a native speaker in no time!

Most Common Phrasal Verbs

most common phrasal verbs
most common phrasal verbs
1- get up  to rise from a lying or sitting position
2- wake up  to stop sleeping
3- dress up  to put on special clothes for a social event
4- show up  to arrive somewhere, especially without being invited or expected
5- pick up  to lift someone or something from the ground
6- clean up  to make something clean or tidy
7- look up  to search for information in a book, on the Internet, etc.
8- grow up  to develop into an adult over a period of time
9- throw up  to vomit
10- bring up  to raise a child until she/he is an adult
11- speak up  to say something more loudly
12- stand up  to rise to a standing position
13- sit up  to move from a lying down to a sitting position
14- cheer up  to become happy or optimistic
15- wind up  to finish something or make it ready for use
16- set up  to put something in place
17- give up  to stop doing something
18- tear up  to destroy or damage something by tearing it into pieces
19- wake up to cause someone to become conscious or aware of something
20- back up to drive a vehicle backward
21- blow up to explode
22- break down to stop working because of a problem with its parts
23- break up to end a relationship
24- bring about to cause something to happen
25- call off to cancel an event
26- call on/upon to visit someone
27- carry out to do something that has been planned
28- catch up with to reach the same level as someone else who is ahead of you
29- check in (somewhere) to arrive at a hotel, airport, etc. and tell staff that you are there
30- check out (somewhere)  to leave a hotel, airport, etc. after paying your bill
31- cheer on/up to support someone or something by shouting encouragement
32- come about to happen
33- come across to find something by chance
34- come along to progress
35- come by to get or obtain something
36- come down with to become ill with
37- come forward to offer help or information, especially when this is not expected
38- count on/upon to depend on someone or something
39- cross out to delete something by drawing a line through it


40- do away with to get rid of something
41- do without  to manage without something, even though you would prefer to have it
42- draw up to make a plan or agreement
43- fall behind to fail to keep up with someone or something else
44- figure out  to solve a problem
45- fill in (something)  to provide missing information by writing it in a space on a document, etc.
46- find out  to get information about something that you did not know before
47- get across to communicate an idea, feeling, etc. to someone
48- get along (with someone) to have a good relationship with someone; to get on well together
49- get back to return to a place after being away from it
50- get by to manage even though you do not have much money, etc.
51- get down to lower yourself from a standing or sitting position to a lying position
52- get in to enter a vehicle, building, etc.
53- get off to leave a vehicle, boat, train, etc.
54- get on to continue doing something; to make progress
55- get out to leave a vehicle, boat, aircraft, etc.
56- get through (something)  to finish something such as a task or an experience; to use all of something such as a supply of food or money
57- get together  to meet each other for social reasons or in order to discuss something
58- give in (to something)  to stop trying to resist an unpleasant situation or experience
59- give out to distribute something such as information, tickets, etc.
60- give up (something)  to stop doing something that you have been doing for a long time, especially because it is difficult
61- go ahead to continue with a plan or an activity


62- go along (with someone or something) to agree with someone or something; to do what someone else wants
63- go away to leave a place
64- go by (something)  to use something as a guideline or standard; to judge something using a particular criterion
65- go off to explode
66- go on to continue happening or happening again after a pause
67- grow up  to reach the age when you are an adult; to develop into an adult
68- hold on/up  to wait for a short time; to delay someone or something
69- keep on to continue doing something; to not stop doing something
70- let down to disappoint someone by failing to do what you have agreed to do, or by behaving badly
71- look after (someone or something)  to take care of someone or something; to be responsible for someone or something
72- look back  to think about events that have happened in the past; to remember the past
73- look down on/upon to have a feeling that you are more important than someone else and that they are not as good as you
74- look for to try to find someone or something
75- look forward to (something)  to feel happy and excited about something that is going to happen in the future
76- look into (something)  to investigate or examine something; to try to find information about something
77- look out to be careful; to take care; to warn someone
78- look over to examine carefully
79- make up to invent a story or an excuse; to forgive someone
80- pass away to die
81- pass out to faint; to lose consciousness
82- pick up to lift someone or something off the ground; to collect someone or something from a place
83- point out  to mention or refer to something so that people will notice it; to show someone something
84- put away to return something to its usual place; to save money
85- put down to criticize someone or something in a harsh way; to end an uprising, rebellion, etc.
86- put forward (an idea, suggestion, etc.)  to suggest an idea, plan, etc.; to propose someone for a job or an important position
87- put off (something)  to delay doing something; to postpone an event
88- put out to extinguish a fire; to publish a book, etc.
89- put up with (something)  to tolerate a difficult situation or someone’s bad behavior, etc.; to endure something
90- run away to leave a place quickly because you are afraid of someone or something
91- set off to begin a journey; to cause an explosion
92- set out to start on a journey; to plan or intend to do something
93- show off to try to make people admire you by showing how good you are at something, or by wearing expensive clothes, etc.
94- show up to arrive somewhere; to appear
95- slow down to cause something to move more slowly; to reduce the speed that you are moving
96- take after (someone)  to look like a member of your family; to behave like someone else in your family
97- take back to return something to a place
98- take care of (someone or something)  to be responsible for someone or something; to look after someone or something
99- take down to remove something such as a picture from a wall; to write information that someone has said
100- take off to leave the ground in an airplane, rocket, etc.; to remove clothes


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