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Phrasal Verb Dictionary: H

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
hack into enter illegally (usually electronic equipment) inseparable transitive Criminals hacked into my computer.
hammer away at work hard and diligently inseparable transitive The little girl hammered away at the puzzle.
hammer out work out separable transitive The committee hammered the details out.
hand back return separable transitive The professor handed the essays back yesterday.
hand down pronounce formally separable transitive The judge will hand his decision down tonight.
hand down give as an inheritance separable transitive When my daughter outgrows her clothes, I hand them down to her cousins.
hand in submit separable transitive You must hand your test in by noon.
hand out distribute separable transitive You should hand the fliers out at school.
hand over relinquish control of separable transitive Hand your license over to the court.
hang around stay in a place inseparable transitive She hangs around the library all day.
hang back not move forwards intransitive The shy woman hung back at the party.
hang up suspend separable transitive You can hang your coat up on the hook by the door.
hang up end a telephone call separable transitive Do not hang the phone up!
hang out stay in a place intransitive Do you want to hang out at the mall tonight?
hanker for want very much inseparable transitive I hankered for water while pregnant.
hark at criticize inseparable transitive Mom harked at me again.
hark back to look or turn to the past inseparable transitive His new movies hark back to his first films.
harp on talk about incessantly and annoying inseparable transitive She is always harping on the educational system.
hash out decide in detail separable transitive My coworkers hashed out the details.
haul off remove, take away separable transitive The cops hauled the criminal off.
have on wear separable transitive Do you have your hiking boots on?
have over invite as a guest separable transitive Thanks for having me over!
haze over become covered in fog or film intransitive The afternoon sky hazed over.
head off leave intransitive We headed off for our vacation.
head out leave intransitive Can we head out for the movie now?
hear from receive news from inseparable transitive Have your heard from Sam?
hear of know inseparable transitive Have you heard of phrasal verbs?
heat up make hot separable transitive I will heat the leftovers up for dinner.
heave up lift separable transitive Help me heave the dresser up.
help out assist separable transitive Can you help me out tonight?
hide out go to a secret place intransitive The bad guys hid out in a cave.
hike up increase separable transitive Stores have hiked prices up recently.
hinge on depend on, be subject to inseparable transitive The outcome hinges on the weather.
hint at suggest inseparable transitive The witness hinted at the truth.
hit on discover by accident inseparable transitive She hit on the solution in the meeting.
hit on flirt with inseparable transitive That creepy man always hits on me.
hold back restrain, not allow to advance separable transitive Hold me back!
hold down keep, maintain, retain separable transitive My brother cannot hold a job down.
hold off restrain, delay separable transitive The archers will hold the enemy off.
hold off on delay inseparable transitive Hold off on buying a new car.
hold on to grasp tightly inseparable transitive Hold on to the rope.
hold out resist intransitive Who can hold out longer: husbands or wives?
hold out against resist inseparable transitive The cavalry held out against the archers.
hold up delay separable transitive An accident held traffic up all afternoon.
hold up rob separable transitive An old woman held the bank up last week.
hole up hide away intransitive The dogs holed up under the bed.
hollow out empty separable transitive Beetles hollowed the log out.
home in on give a lot of attention to inseparable transitive The investigator homed in on the truth.
hook up connect separable transitive Can you hook me up with a new computer?
horse around behave silly or ridiculously intransitive Boys often horse around.
hunger for want very much inseparable transitive I hunger for knowledge.
hunt up manage to find separable transitive Can you hunt the number up?
hurry along make go more quickly separable transitive Can you hurry your husband along?
hurry up make go more quickly separable transitive Can you hurry your children up?
hush up suppress, make quiet separable transitive The woman will hush the truth up.
hype up make seem important separable transitive Public relations hyped up the movie.

 

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