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Phrasal Verb Dictionary: C

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
call for deserve, warrant inseparable transitive Your success calls for a celebration.
call off cancel separable transitive The boss called the meeting off.
call on visit for a short period of time inseparable transitive We called on our ailing neighbors.
call out challenge to a fight, challenge the truthfulness of separable transitive The student called the teacher out about the wrong answer.
calm down stop feeling strong emotions intransitive The baby finally calmed down.
cancel out have the opposite effect separable transitive The payments canceled the debt out.
capitalize on to use to an advantage inseparable transitive The crook capitalized on the confusion.
carry off succeed separable transitive I can carry off the look.
carry on continue intransitive Life carries on as usual.
carry out complete separable transitive The criminals carried out the nefarious plan.
carry over extend from one situation to the next separable transitive Personal problems often carry over into the workplace.
cart off take away separable transitive The police carted the criminal off.
cash in on make money from, take advantage of inseparable transitive He cashed in on the sale.
catch on become popular intransitive That style will never catch on.
catch up on learn about the latest news, information, or gossip inseparable transitive Talk to Sue to catch up on the juicy gossip.
check out investigate separable transitive Check out the new teacher.
check out borrow from a library separable transitive I want to check a book out./td>
cheer up make feel better separable transitive Try to cheer her up.
chew out chastise, criticize separable transitive He chewed me out.
chew over think about separable transitive Chew the idea over.
chicken out decide not to do something out of fear intransitive He chickened out of the fight.
chill out relax intransitive Some people just cannot chill out.
chime in suddenly say something intransitive She never chimes in during meetings.
chip in help by offering money or other assistance inseparable transitive He chipped in a few bucks.
choke down eat something unwillingly separable transitive The child choked down the vegetables.
choke up become unable to speak intransitive She choked up during the memorial service.
clean out clean the inside separable transitive She cleaned the closet out.
clean up make something clean, organize separable transitive She cleaned the file cabinet up.
clear up make tidy, make better separable transitive The medicine cleared the rash up.
cloud over become covered with clouds, become negative intransitive His face clouded over with worry.
clown around behave in a silly manner intransitive He is always clowning around when he should be serious.
come across discover by chance inseparable transitive I came across the book while organizing the shelves.
come at move towards, often aggressively inseparable transitive The dog came at me.
come before precede inseparable transitive The chicken came before the egg.
come out reveal the truth intransitive He came out about his crimes.
conk out stop working, fall asleep intransitive My car conked out last week.
cook up make quickly, invent inseparable transitive The criminal cooked up a new scheme.
cop out avoid doing something intransitive The investor copped out at the last minute.
cough up provide separable transitive He coughed up the money.
count against make something more like to fail inseparable transitive Her inexperience will count against her.
count in include separable transitive Count me in.
count on trust inseparable transitive You can count on me.
cover up hide separable transitive The police covered up the crime.
crack up laugh a lot suddenly; become mentally ill intransitive She cracked up at the joke.
crank up increase, improve separable transitive The company cranked up production.
crop up arise intransitive More problems have cropped up.
cut back reduce separable transitive The company cut production back.

 

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