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Phrasal Verb Dictionary: K

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
keel over fall over intransitive The drunk man keeled over.
keel over flip intransitive The boat keeled over in the storm.
keep at continue, persevere inseparable transitive She kept at her studies.
keep away hold back separable transitive The dam kept the river back.
keep down not vomit separable transitive Some pregnant women cannot keep food down.
keep on continue inseparable transitive The little boy keeps on singing.
keep to continue, persist inseparable transitive He kept to his studies and graduated with honors.
keep up continue inseparable transitive Keep up the good work!
keep up (with) stay on schedule intransitive Keep up with your studies to maintain good grades.
kick around discuss, consider separable transitive The committee kicked the proposed idea around.
kick back relax intransitive I just want to kick back after work.
kick in begin taking effect intransitive The medicine will kick in immediately.
kick off start separable transitive The MC kicked the festival off with a bang.
kick out make leave separable transitive The bouncer kicked the annoying girl out.
kid around behave silly intransitive Stop kidding around!
kill off destroy all separable transitive I finally killed the ants in my kitchen off.
kiss up to flatter for personal gain inseparable transitive The brown-noser kissed up to her boss.
knit together join, connect, create separable transitive Can you knit a proposal together tonight?
knock back drink a lot quickly separable transitive She knocked back a few beers.
knock down make fall separable transitive The storm knocked my mailbox down.
knock off quit separable transitive Knock that noise off!
knock out make unconscious separable transitive Antihistamines knock me out.
knock over make fall separable transitive The wind knocked the tree over.
knock together join, connect, crate separable transitive She knocked a cake together when unexpected guests arrived.
knock up make pregnant, impregnate separable transitive He knocked her up.
knuckle down get serious about intransitive The student finally knuckled down.
knuckle in on force a way in inseparable transitive She knuckled in on the party.

 

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