Phrasal Verbs

Phrasal Verbs with GET


  • making your message or point of view clear / understand
    • I easily got across my opinion by showing some pictures and videos.


  • to become know
    • Word get around the company that our boss had killed one person ten years ago.
  • to go to different places
    • The man lost his legs when he was a boy, so he got around in a wheelchair.
  • to avoid a problem or rule
    • If you can’t get the required parameter , you can get around this by passing a nil value.


  • to do things with the minimal amount
    • I will get by with my old iPhone until I can earn more money.
  • to go unnoticed
  • to pass or overtake
    • I want to get by the white car, it’s too slow.


  • to leave a place
    • I want to get out of here and go home, I’m tired.
  • to become know
    • Once the king’s secret is got out, all of us will be killed.
  • to escape a place
    • The killer has got out of here when we came.
  • to remove something
    • I want to get my name out of the letter, but I can’t.


  • to recover from
    • She got an accident last year, but she has got over it.
  • to start to forget someone
    • You will get over the girl you met last week, if you meet a more beautiful one.
  • to overcome
    • If you make more effort, you will get over it.
  • Can't get over = to be shocked or surprised
    • I can’t get over that the biggest boss is her.
  • Get over it = accept something and move on
    • You can’t do everything completely well, so get over it.

phrasal Verbs with GIVE


  • to quit; to stop doing something
    • You should give up driving motorcycles, because it’s too dangerous.
  • to surrender; to stop trying
    • I’ll never give up learning English.
  • to sacrifice time or something
    • I give up all my free time to learn English.

Phrasal Verbs with LOOK


  • to take care of (someone/something)
    • You’re a big boy, can look after yourself.


  • to search for (someone/something) It’s usually used in a progressive sentence.
    • I’m looking for my shoes.


  • to be eagerly waiting for something pleasant
    • Look forward to object
      • I’m looking forward to the New Year.
      • She is looking forward to I help her.
    • Look forward to verb-ing
      • I’m looking forward to winning the game again.


  • to investigate; to research
    • We need a more powerful tool to help us to look into the reasons for the crashes on our application.


  • to search for information (Transitive)
    • I need to look up the documents of the car to repair it.
  • to show signs of improving (Intransitive)
    • After that event, our company has been looking up.
  • to search for and visit someone (Transitive)
    • We can look our English teacher up together when you come back next time.


  • to respect and admire
    • I’m really look up to my teachers. They told me many life principles.

Phrasal Verbs with PUT


  • to postpone
    • You can’t put off our wedding, because I have already had your baby.
  • to case someone to lose interest
    • I was put off by the dog’s barking.
  • to disturb or distract concentration
    • Any environments can’t put me off, even in a noisy street.


  • to provide temporary accommodation
    • I put my friends up in a hotel near my home.
  • to raise or increase something
    • Put down the guns and put your hands up.
    • The invoked times of the login API had put up twenty percent for the last week.
  • to build or erect a structure
    • The United States put up a wall on the edge of the country.
  • to place something on a wall
    • I put our pictures were taken on holiday up on the wall of the living room.
  • to try to achieve or prevent something
    • I have put up anything I can do to get my country out the war.

Phrasal Verbs with TAKE


  • to be surprised or shocked
    • This phrasal verb is mostly used in the passive voice.
    • I was taken aback by the message that the boy is my son.


  • to resemble(someone) in appearance or habit
    • She is so beautiful, takes after her mother.


  • to disassemble something
    • I took my laptop apart to replace a more powerful CPU.
  • to analyze and criticize
    • Before we start writing codes, we should take the structure of the application apart carefully.
  • to easily defeat someone or a team
    • I took the man stealing my cell phone apart in the morning.


  • to remove
    • The lost boy had been crying a half-hour in the police station and then was taken away by his parents.
  • to make something disappear
    • You can imagine cranberries to take away your thirst.
  • to subtract
    • A hundred take away ninety-nine is one.


  • to retract something you said
    • It’s too late to retract your command, I have already done it.
  • to return something
    • The store doesn’t allow me to take back my mobile phone, because I have opened the box. But how can I know it is damaged if I didn’t open the box.
  • to remind you of another time
    • The song take me back to my student times.
  • to resume a relationship
    • You made a big mistake and can’t take me back in any way.


  • to write something down
    • You should take the important knowledge down during studying English.
  • to remove
    • I can’t take down the color on my jacket.
  • to lower something
    • The flag id dirty. We should take the flag down to clean it.
  • to defeat someone
    • We can impossible take the opponent down. He is too strong.


  • to consider / to regard
    • The tiger doesn’t show the power, you take it for a sick kitty.


  • to view your surroundings and absorb it
    • The mountain is so beautiful. I want to stay here and take in the view forever.
  • to give shelter
    • The old man took in nine orphans.
  • to deceive someone
    • Don’t be taken in by his appearance. His a bad man.
  • to reduce the size of a piece of clothing
    • The pants I bought last week is too long to me. I need to take them in.
  • to understand and absorb information
    • This video has a lot of information. I can’t take in all at once.


  • to leave the ground and begin to fly
    • The seaplanes can take off on the water.
  • to remove (clothing / things)
    • She took all her clothes off in the street last night.
  • to leave a place (quickly)
    • I’ve not walked too near here yet. All of the fishes have taken off.
  • to become a popular or successful
    • Since I saved a little girl. I have taken off in my town.
  • to not work for a period of time
    • I took one week off work for my English exam.


  • to accept additional responsibility
    • I wouldn’t take on more works, unless you give me more money.
  • to add; to acquire
    • Most men of China take on a lot of mortgage before they are married.
  • to fight or complete against
    • I don’t think you should take on with the man. You must be fail.
  • to begin to have the appearance of
    • My mother took on a more angry tone with me.


  • to borrow something from a place
    • Can I take out your laptop to send an email to my teacher?
  • to remove
    • I don’t want studying. I have taken all my books out.
  • to invite someone to go somewhere
    • I want to take you out to a restaurant. It’s food is delicious.
  • to withdraw
    • I can’t take out any cash because I have forgotten my password.
  • to destroy or kill
    • Before he was a killer, he had taken out many people.


  • to begin control of something
    • Your are the best teacher. No-one can take over for you.
  • to buy out the ownership of a company
    • We need to think of a way quickly to stop our company from being taken over.
  • to conquer
    • Japan and Korea were taken over by China one hundred years ago.


  • to make a new habit of something
    • I have taken to reading English in the morning.
  • to develop an ability for something
    • I took to running very quickly.
  • to move towards or go from a place
    • The suspect took to the gun when the polices came in.


  • to fill or occupy time or space
    • There are two desktops take up a lot of space in my bathroom.
  • to start a new hobby or interest
    • I took up playing basketball when I was a high school student.
  • to make a piece of clothing shorter
    • Your pants look too long. You should take them up.
  • to resume after an interruption
    • The downloading task takes up where the downloader canceled it last time.
  • to address an issue
    • You can’t cut down this tree. You must take up this with your neighbors.

Phrasal Verbs with Animals


  • to eat too much / to eat excessively
    • pig out (don’t mention the food)
      • I pigged out at breakfast.
    • pig out on + name of food
      • I pigged out on egg at breakfast.