English 100 Most Common Phrasal Verbs List with Meaning
to show that sb is doing wrong
One day he caught her out when he found some letters she’d written.
Catch up on (sth)
to deal with a special activity to complete it.
You have to catch up on your reading.
Catch (sb) up on (sth)
to give sb the latest news or information about sth
Can someone catch us up on the latest news?
to become popular
This game will catch on among young people.
Catch up (sb)
to reach sb by walking faster
John caught up with you later.
Catch up in (sth)
to be involved in sth unwillingly
They weren’t part of the conflict; they were just caught up in it.
Meaning: to take away sth to clear a place
Example Sentence: You should clear away all your toys before bedtime.
Clear out (of)
Meaning: to leave a place
Example Sentence: She’ll clear out of the house in two weeks.
Clear sb off
Meaning: to make sb go away from a place
Example Sentence: The police’ll use dogs to clear the protesters off the road.
Meaning: to solve or explain
Example Sentence: I think the trouble will clear up in a couple of days.
to mark with a tick
Let’s check off the names of the people to be invited.
to stop working at the end of the day
What time will they knock off?
to quickly drink sth
We have knocked back two double rums.
to build or assemble sth quickly
He knocked up a bed out of some old pieces of wood?
Continue past a certain point
The meeting carried over into lunch time.
Perform a task
I would like to carry out the plan.
Carry on with
I want you to carry on with the work while I am out of country.
Enter a train, bus, plane etc… to climb on board
I think they get on the wrong train.
Take somebody to a place
Where do you want me to drop you off?
Confirm you are taking a flight
I usually check in online.
Our flight touched down before night.
Delay when travelling
I’m sorry, I am late but I was help up at work.
Start a journey
They set off for London just after five.
Stay at a place for a night on the way to somewhere else
They stopped over in Singapore on their way to Australia.
Take a vacation, especially because you need a rest
I would love to get away and go to the beach next month.
to move or to do sth slowly
Don’t hang around, you have a train to catch!
to wait for a short time
Hang on a minute; I’m just coming.
to spend a lot of time in a place
We will spend the whole day hanging out by the pool.
to hover over
The clouds of war will hang over the east.
refrain, control yourself
I couldn’t keep from playing football.
not allow someone out.
Children were kept in after school.
to not touch something
He kept off the subject of his divorce.
to avoid someone or something
You must keep away medicines from children.
to chase or follow
The policeman made after the thief.
to make peace
Please come back. I want to make up.
to succeed in business
How are you making out in your new job?
Make up for
to recover, make sth better
Nothing can make up for the loss of a child.
to change sth into sth else
We had made the living room into an office.
to read something again
Please read back the text of the message.
Read up on sth
to read a lot about in order to learn about it
I read up on the history of the World War II.
look for mistakes or check details
I asked her to read over my essay.
to read quickly beginning to the end
Always read through your work when you’ve finished.
to think about future
The past is past. Let us look ahead.
to think about past
When I look back I can see where we went wrong.
to take care of sb/sth
He’s not competent to look after young children.
to visit a place and look at the things in it
I will spend all day looking round the city.
to watch sth happen without taking part in it
Look on the bright side –no one was badly hurt.
Look forward to
something that is going to happen
He had worked hard and was looking forward to his retirement.
to pay a short visit
You’ll look in and say hello when you have time.
to get control of sth
He can take over the business when I’m away.
to remove sth/sb from
Take away the glasses and the tray.
to allow sb to stay in your home
My house is full; I can’t take in any more guests.
to start to dislike
Why have you suddenly taken against her?
to remove sth from a high position
Take down this book and read slowly.
The Government will cut back on defence spending.
When you cut in on our conversation, we were talking.
to shortening into parts or to make sth smaller
Knives easily cut into the cake.
to make a shorter route
If I cut across the field, it’ll save time.
to go through by cutting
We cut through the solid rock to build the tunnel .
to cut into pieces
My mother cut up the onions and put them in the pot.
to stop working
There are two engines. One of them cut out yesterday.
Meaning; to allow sth/sb to enter
Example Sentence; She opened the window to let in some fresh air.
Meaning; to put into the surface of sth
Example Sentence; A skylight had been let into the roof.
Let in on
Meaning; to allow sb to know sth
Example Sentence; I‘m going to let him in on a little secret.
Meaning; to allow sb to leave
Example Sentence; They‘ll let you off if you apologize.
Meaning; to allow to pass
Example Sentence; He was let through to the front of the queue.
Meaning; to stop or to diminish
Example Sentence; When the rain lets up, you can go to outside.
to meet or to find unexpectedly
I ran across some old friends at the party.
to leave a place or sb
The prisoners ran away from the prison.
Put up with
I can’t put up with it any longer.
to clean up, to tidy
Put away any valuable or breakable objects.
to explain sth clearly
He was trying to put across a serious point.
to stop burning
It took two hours to put out the fire
Put down your name in capitals.
She put on a new pair of nylon socks.
to experience sth unexpectedly
I’ve run into a difficulty with the project.
to oppose towards sb or sth
Luck was really running against you yesterday!
to be very busy doing lots of things
The child ran around all day in the garden
to look at quickly
We‘ll just run over the main points again.
to continue without interruption
The discussion ran on for hours.
to decline in number or size
The battery has run down; it needs recharging.
to begin doing something
She set about studying.
to start a journey
They set forth on their travels in early June.
to initiate sth working
Someone set off a fire extinguisher.
to place or to build sth
The travelers set up a camp on the river bank.
to make sb feel sad
When my work gets me down, I want to resign.
to keep sth available for a purpose
We set aside some money for repairs.
to take root, start and continue
The rainy season has set in.
Set on/upon sb
to attack sb
He was set on by a vicious dog.
The rules for service have been set down.
to delay sth or sb
The government will set back the reforms.
to have a friendly relationship
It’s impossible to get along with her.
to become known
I don’t want it to get out that I’m leaving.
to make sb understand
Your meaning didn’t really get across.
to escape from sb/sth
She‘ll get away from work as soon as she can.
Get (sb) down
to make sb feel sad
When my work gets me down, I want to resign.
to be connected by phone
I tried to call her but couldn’t get through.
to visit lots of places
It’s quite easy to get around London.
How would you get over that problem?
to be success
He wants to get ahead in his career.