50 Phrasal Verbs, Definition and Example Sentences
Here are 50 phrasal verbs, definition and example sentences;
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.
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?
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 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.
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.
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 .
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 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 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.