50 Phrasal Verbs, Definition and Example Sentences

50 Phrasal Verbs, Definition and Example Sentences

Here are 50 phrasal verbs, definition and example sentences;

Catch out

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?


Catch on

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

Theweren’t part of the conflict; they were just caught up in it.

Clear away

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.


Carry out

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.


Get on

Enter a trainbusplane etc… to climb on board

I think they get on the wrong train.


Drop off

Take somebody to a place

Where do you want me to drop you off?


Set off

Start a journey

They set off for London just after five.


Stop over

Stay at a place for a night on the way to somewhere else

They stopped over in Singapore on their way to Australia.


Get away

Take a vacationespecially because you need a rest

I would love to get away and go to the beach next month.


Hang around

to move or to do sth slowly

Don’t hang aroundyou have a train to catch!


Hang on

to wait for a short time

Hang on a minute; I’m just coming.


Hang out

to spend a lot of time in a place

We  will spend the whole day hanging out by the pool.


Hang over

to hover over

The clouds of war will hang over the east.


Keep from

refraincontrol yourself

I couldn’t keep from playing football.


Keep in

not allow someone out.

Children were kept in after school.


Keep away

to avoid someone or something

You must keep away medicines from children.


Make after

to chase or follow

The policeman made after the thief.


Make up

to make peace

Please come back. I want to make up.


Make out

to succeed in business

How are you making out in your new job?


Make up for

to recovermake sth better

Nothing can make up for the loss of a child.


Make into

to change sth into sth else

We had made the living  room into an office.


Read back

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

read up on the history of the World War II.


Read over

look for mistakes or check details

I asked her to read over my essay.


Read through

to read quickly beginning to the end

Always read through your work when you’ve finished.


Look ahead

to think about future

The past is past. Let us look ahead.


Look forward to

something that is going to happen

He had worked hard and was looking forward to his retirement.


Look in

to pay a short visit

You’ll look in and say hello when you have time.


Take over

to get control of sth

He can take over the business when I’m away.


Take away

to remove sth/sb from

Take away the glasses and the tray.


Cut in

to interrupt

When you cut in on our conversationwe were talking.


Cut into

to shortening into parts or to make sth smaller

Knives easily cut into the cake.


Cut across

to make a shorter route

If I cut across the field, it’ll save time.


Cut through

to go through by cutting

Wcut through the solid rock to build the tunnel .


Let up

Meaning; to stop or to diminish

Example Sentence; When the rain lets upyou can go to  outside.


Run across


to meet or to find unexpectedly

Example Sentence:

ran across some old friends at the party.


Run away


to leave a place or sb

Example Sentence:

The prisoners ran away from the prison.


Put down


to write

Example Sentence:

Put down your name in capitals.


Put on


to wear

Example Sentence:

 She put on a new pair of nylon socks.


Run into


to experience sth unexpectedly

Example Sentence:

I’ve run into difficulty  with the project.


Run against


to oppose towards sb or sth

Example Sentence:

Luck was really running against you yesterday!


Set to


to make sb feel sad

Example Sentence:

When my work gets me down,  want to resign.


Set aside


to keep sth available for a purpose

Example Sentence:

We set aside some money for repairs.


Set in


to take root, start and continue

Example Sentence:

 The rainy season has set in.