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Phrasal Verb Dictionary: G

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.



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
gain on get closer to inseparable transitive The police are gaining on the bad guys.
gang up against form a group with the intentions of attack inseparable transitive My town ganged up against drugs.
gang up on form a group with the intentions of attack inseparable transitive The bullies always gang up on him.
gas up put fuel in separable transitive Gas the car up before you leave.
gear up (for) prepare for intransitive The committee is gearing up for the festival.
get across successfully communicate, convey separable transitive You can get across only so much in writing as opposed to speech.
get after chase, attempt to convince another to move into action inseparable transitive I need to get after my daughter about picking up her toys.
get ahead make progress, be successful intransitive She finally got ahead at work.
get ahead of surpass inseparable transitive I got ahead of my goals.
get along (with) have a good relationship intransitive My dog gets along with my cat.
get around go many places inseparable transitive She really gets around.
get at reach, obtain inseparable transitive I am determined to get at the truth.
get away escape intransitive The robbers got away.
get away with succeed without being caught, do something against the rules without getting caught inseparable transitive He got away with murder.
get back return intransitive What time did you get back yesterday?
get back at retaliate inseparable transitive The little girl got back at the bully.
get back (to) return to intransitive I need to get back to my studies.
get by survive intransitive My family can get by on a budget.
get by (with) survive with intransitive You can get by with a flip phone.
get down on feel bad about, criticize inseparable transitive He really got down on himself.
get down to get serious about a topic inseparable transitive We need to get down to business.
get in enter inseparable transitive Get in the bathtub!
get into discuss in detail inseparable transitive I do not want to get into the specifics right now.
get in on become involved inseparable transitive My uncle got in on the great deal.
get off remove separable transitive Please get the stain off my skirt.
get off leave, exit inseparable transitive Get off the back of the couch.
get off on become excited by inseparable transitive She gets off on buying new shoes.
get on put on separable transitive Get your coat on before you go outside.
get on enter inseparable transitive Get on the airplane.
get on with continue inseparable transitive Get on with your boring story.
get out of exit inseparable transitive Get out of the closet.
get over recover inseparable transitive I finally got over my cold.
get through complete inseparable transitive He got through the entire exam.
get through penetrate inseparable transitive We need a stronger drill to get through the concrete.
get through to make contact with inseparable transitive I can never get through to customer service.
get together (with) informally meet intransitive My daughter and your son should get together sometime.
get up rise, cause to rise separable transitive My daughter got me up at the crack of dawn.
get up awake and get out of bed intransitive What time did you get up this morning?
give away relinquish control, give as a gift separable transitive She gave the money away to charity.
give back return separable transitive Give the book back to the library.
give back to make compensation to, pay back inseparable transitive He gives back to his community during the holidays.
give in stop trying, surrender intransitive The enemy gave up last night.
give off release inseparable transitive The turkey is giving off a terribly rancid smell.
give out distribute separable transitive Give the worksheet out to each student in class.
give out break down, stop working intransitive My car gave out on the drive home last night.
glaze over stop showing emotions intransitive His eyes glazed over during the boring meeting.
gnaw at bother inseparable transitive His plight is gnawing at my conscious.
go about start to deal with something inseparable transitive How should we go about the problem?
go against disobey, challenge inseparable transitive Your decision not to vaccinate goes against medication recommendations.
go away leave intransitive Our annoying houseguests finally went away.
go back (to) return intransitive I want to go back to Yellowstone someday.
go before happen previously intransitive Whatever went before is no longer relevant.
go by pass inseparable transitive He goes by the coffee shop every morning.
go back on not keep a promise or commitment, renege inseparable transitive She always goes back on her promises.
go down decrease intransitive The cost of diapers may so go down.
go down descend inseparable transitive Go down the stairs and turn left.
go down happen intransitive What went down last night?
go for attempt, try to achieve inseparable transitive I intend to go for the gold.
go forward proceed intransitive The meeting will go forward as planned.
go off explode, detonate intransitive The bomb could go off at any second.
go off start, begin intransitive My alarm clock went off early this morning.
go off stop intransitive The lights went off because of the storm.
go off become angry intransitive Her husband went off when she told him the price of the shoes.
go on (with) continue intransitive Please go on with your story.
go on happen intransitive What went on here last night?
go out stop intransitive The massive fire finally went out because of the rain.
go out partake in social activities, usually at night intransitive Do you want to go out this weekend?
go out with date inseparable transitive Is she really going out with him?
go over review inseparable transitive I want to go over my notes before the meeting.
go over be well received intransitive Your planned seemed to go over with the executives.
go through examine in detail inseparable transitive I need to go through all my daughter’s old baby clothes.
go through endure inseparable transitive He has gone through a lot in his short life.
go through with continue, proceed inseparable transitive The general decided to go through with the ill-conceived plan.
go with match inseparable transitive That skirt goes with those shoes.
go with accompany inseparable transitive My husband is going with my daughter to the dance.
go with date inseparable transitive Jenn is going with Ron.
go without abstain from inseparable transitive I can go without cable with not internet.
go under go out of business, fail intransitive That new restaurant went under after just a few weeks.
gobble up eat or consume quickly and enthusiastically separable transitive My daughter gobbled the squash up.
gross out find disgusting or unpleasant separable transitive Whiskey grosses me out.
grow apart gradually become less friendly intransitive Childhood friends often grow apart with age.
grow into become big enough inseparable transitive My daughter has grown into the next size up.
grow on become more and more likeable inseparable transitive The song grew on me.
grow out of become too small inseparable transitive My daughter has grown out of her baby clothes.
grow up mature intransitive My daughter is growing up too quickly.
gun down shoot to kill separable transitive The sniper gunned the suspect down.
gussy up clean up, make fancier separable transitive She gussied herself up for the party.


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