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Phrasal Verb Dictionary: M

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
magic away make disappear quickly separable transitive Her assistant magicked the situation away.
major in study primarily inseparable transitive I majored in English studies.
make away with steal inseparable transitive The robber made away with all the jewels.
make off with steal inseparable transitive A thief made off with my purse.
make out decipher separable transitive I cannot make out your handwriting.
make out write separable transitive My boss made a check out to me.
make out succeed intransitive He makes out pretty well with his writing.
make out progress intransitive How is your son making out at college?
make out (with) kiss passionately intransitive Harry made out with Ginny.
make over redo, do again separable transitive Please make the biscuits over.
make up invent separable transitive Did you make the story up?
make up complete something previously missed separable transitive Will the teacher let you make the exam up?
make up put on cosmetics separable transitive She makes her face up in just minutes.
make up (for) compensate for intransitive My husband made up for forgetting my birthday.
make up (with) reconcile intransitive You should make up with him.
map out plan in detail separable transitive We mapped our vacation out.
march on (with) continue intransitive I marched on with my plans.
mark down lower in price separable transitive The store marked pineapples down.
mark down write, make note of separable transitive I marked the date down on my calendar.
mark off separate separable transitive The police marked the crime scene off.
mark off check as finished, finish, delete separable transitive I marked some items off the list.
mark out separate separable transitive She marked the spot for the garden out.
mark out indicate, denote separable transitive The teacher marked the mistakes out.
mark up increase in price separable transitive The store has marked school supplies up.
marry off give away for marriage separable transitive Her father married her off.
mash up crush together separable transitive He mashed the ingredients up.
match up coordinate separable transitive The woman matched the couples up.
max out use all separable transitive I maxed my credit cards out.
measure up be good enough intransitive He will never measure up.
meet up (with) join intransitive Can Dad meet up with me tomorrow night?
mellow down relax, calm down separable transitive He mellowed down after a few drinks.
mellow out relax, calm down separable transitive You need to mellow your wife out.
melt down turn to water separable transitive She melted the candles down.
melt down collapse intransitive He melted down during the meeting.
mess around behave stupidly, silly, or without purposed intransitive The twins just mess around after school.
mess up make untidy, dirty, or damaged separable transitive The baby messed the TV up again.
mess with become involved (usually negative) intransitive Do not mess with the toxic chemicals.
mill about spend time aimlessly intransitive I want to mill about this weekend.
mill around spend time aimlessly intransitive The old men milled around during the afternoon.
minor in study secondarily inseparable transitive I minored in creative writing.
miss out (on) lose out, fail to benefit intransitive I missed out on a great deal.
mist over become covered with water intransitive Her eyes misted over.
mix in add separable transitive Mix the chocolate chips in by hand.
mix up confuse separable transitive She mixed the dates up.
mix up blend, combine separable transitive The baker mixed the cake batter up.
mix up make lively separable transitive Mix the party up with some disco music.
mock up create a model separable transitive The builder mocked a sample design up.
monkey around act silly intransitive The children monkeyed around all day.
mop up clean (usually liquid) separable transitive She mopped the spill up.
mouth off speak rudely intransitive The little boy mouthed off again.
move ahead progress separable transitive We moved the start date ahead.
move along progress separable transitive The police moved the gawkers along.
move away leave separable transitive Her parents moved her away.
move in begin living in a new place intransitive The neighbors just moved in.
move in on approach inseparable transitive The lion moved in on its prey.
move in with start living with inseparable transitive Her fiancé moved in with her.
move on leave, go elsewhere intransitive The squatters moved on.
move on to start a new activity intransitive He moved on to fractions last week.
move out leave intransitive The annoying neighbors finally moved out.
move over change places separable transitive She moved the cake over on the counter.
move up lift, increase, advance separable transitive They moved the wedding date up.
mow down kill a large number separable transitive The gunman mowed down the crowd.
muck up mess up, spoil, ruin separable transitive An accident mucked my travel plans up.
muddle through continue despite difficulties inseparable transitive He muddled through his homework.
mull over think about carefully, consider carefully separable transitive She mulled the idea over.
muss up mess up, spoil, ruin separable transitive The wind mussed my hair up.
muster up gather, congregate separable transitive Muster the troops up for battle!


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