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Phrasal Verb Dictionary: A

Phrasal verbs are a common English verb form that consist of a verb followed by a p-word that functions as a particle. To learn more about some of the most common phrasal verbs in the English language, click on a letter in the following menu to browse the Phrasal Verb Dictionary in alphabetical order.

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Note: When a word entry includes a p-word enclosed in parentheses, the phrasal verb is a phrasal-prepositional verb.

Phrasal Verb Definition Category Example
ache for want something or someone immensely inseparable transitive The toddler aches for Elmo.
act out behave badly or in a socially unacceptable often self-defeating manner especially as a means of venting painful emotions intransitive The child acted out after the divorce.
act up misbehave, behave improperly intransitive My bursitis is acting up again.
add up calculate a sum separable transitive Add the numbers up.
add up increase in total intransitive A few extra calories a day really add up.
add up make sense intransitive The numbers do not add up.
add up to equal an amount inseparable transitive The bills add up to more than $100.
angle for try to get or achieve something in an indirect way inseparable transitive He angled for a bigger pay raise.
answer for be responsible for inseparable transitive Parents should answer for their children’s behavior.
ante up pay a certain amount of money inseparable transitive Ante up $25 each.
ask out invite on a date separable transitive She asked him out.
ask over invite to a place separable transitive He asked her over.
attend to turn attention to inseparable transitive The doctors must attend to the sickest patients first.

 

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