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Phrasal verbs list from A to Z in PDF free to download

Phrasal verbs from A to Z list free to download in PDF

Phrasal verbs are an important part of learning the English language. Use this list when you don't understand what the phrasal verbs means.

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Phrasal verb list from A to Z in PDF

Phrasal Verb

Meaning

Example

Abide by

Accept or follow a decision or rule.

We have to ABIDE BY what the court says.

Account for

To explain.

They had to ACCOUNT FOR all the money that had gone missing.

Ache for

Want something or someone a lot.

My partner's been away for a fortnight- I am ACHING FOR her.

Act on

To take action because of something like information received.

The police were ACTING ON a tip from an informer and caught the gang red-handed.

Act on

Affect.

The medicine only ACTS ON infected tissue.

Act out

Perform something with actions and gestures..

They ACTED OUT the story on stage.

Act out

Express an emotion in your behaviour.

Their anger is ACTED OUT in their antisocial behaviour.

Act up

Behave badly or strangely.

My computer's ACTING UP; I think I might have a virus.

Act upon

To take action because of something like information received.

The police were ACTING UPON a tip-off.

Act upon

Affect.

The enzyme ACTS UPON certain proteins.

Add on

Include in a calculation.

You have to ADD the VAT ON to the price they give.

Add up

To make a mathematical total.

We ADDED UP the bill to check it was correct.

Add up

Be a satisfactory explanantion for something.

She explained why the work wasn't ready, but her story doesn't ADD UP.

Add up to

Have a certain result.

Trains delays are getting worse and with the high fares, it all ADDS UP TO misery for the commuters.

Add up to

Come to a certain amount or figure.

The total costs ADD UP TO several million euros.

Agree with

Affect- usually used in the negative to show that something has had a negative effect, especially is it makes you feel bad.

I feel terrible- that food didn't AGREE WITH my stomach.

Aim at

To target.

The magazine is AIMED AT teenagers.

Aim at

Intend to achieve.

They're AIMING AT reducing costs by ten percent.

Allow for

Include something in a plan or calculation.

You should ALLOW FOR delays when planning a journey.

Allow of

Make possible, permit.

The rules don't ALLOW OF any exceptions.

Angle for

Try to get something indirectly, by hinting or suggesting.

He's been ANGLING FOR an invitation, but I don't want him to come.

Answer back

To reply rudely to someone in authority.

Her mother was shocked when she started ANSWERING her BACK and refusing to help.

Answer for

Be held responsible for a problem.

The government should be made to ANSWER FOR their failure to sort out the problem.

Answer for

Speak on behalf of someone or from knowing them.

I can ANSWER FOR my partner because I know her position on this issue.

Argue down

Beat someone in a debate, discussion or argument.

The teacher tried to ARGUE the girl DOWN, but she couldn't.

Argue down

Persuade someone to drop the price of something they're selling.

She ARGUED him DOWN ten percent.

Argue down

Try to persuade people not to accept a proposition, motion, etc.

They tried to ARGUE DOWN the proposal.

Argue out

Argue about a problem to find a solution.

If we can't ARGUE our differences OUT, we'll have to take them to court.

Ask about

Ask how someone is doing, especially professionally and in terms of health.

He ASKED ABOUT my father.

Ask after

Enquire about someone's health, how life is going.

Jenny rang earlier and ASKED AFTER you, so I told her you were fine.

Ask around

Ask a number of people for information of help.

I have no idea, but I'll ASK AROUND at work and see if anyone can help.

Ask around

Invite someone.

We ASKED them AROUND for dinner.

Ask for

To provoke a negative reaction.

You're ASKING FOR trouble.

Ask for

Request to have or be given.

I ASKED FOR the menu.

Ask in

To invite somebody into your house.

'Jon's at the door.' 'ASK him IN.'

Ask out

To invite someone for a date.

He wanted to ASK her OUT but was too shy.

Ask over

Invite.

They have ASKED us OVER for drinks on Friday.

Ask round

Invite someone.

We ASKED John ROUND for diner.

Auction off

Sell something in an auction.

They AUCTIONED OFF their property as they were heavily in debt.

Back away

Retreat or go backwards.

The crowd BACKED AWAY when the man pulled a knife.

Back down

Retract or withdraw your position or proposal in an argument.

She refused to BACK DOWN and was fired.

Back into

Enter a parking area in reverse gear.

He prefers to BACK his car INTO the garage.

Back off

Retreat.