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Meaning & Uses of Phrasal Verbs

Meaning & Uses of Phrasal Verbs
Meaning & Uses of Phrasal Verbs

Verbs when groups in such a manner with adverbial particle and acquired an idiomatic sense, those are called as Group Verbs or Phrasal verbs. Examples of the Phrasal verbs are given below.
  • Act upon (affect) – Over-exercise acts upon one’s health.
  • Act for (on behalf of) – He acted for me while I was ill.
  • Act on (follow) – I acted on my brother’s advice. 
  • Ask after (inquire after) – He asked after you on that event.
  • Ask for (request) – She asked for a favour from me.
Bear –
  • Bear away (win) – Rama bore away the first prize.
  • Bear down (overcome) – Raghu bore down all resistance.
  • Bear on (Relevance) – Your point has no bearing on the present case.
  • Bear out (Confirms) – Your report bears out his story.
  • Bear up (sustained) – Pride bore him up in adversity.
  • Bear with (tolerate) – She cannot bear with the truth.

  • Blow Away (Remove) – The wind blew away dry leaves.
  • Blow in/ into (arrived noisily, cheerfully) – The door opened and the boys blew in (into) the room.
  • Blow off (emit) –The chimnies blow off thick smoke.
  • Blow out (put out) – The child blew out the candle.
  • Blow over (stop blowing) – The storm will blow over soon.
  • Blow up (Exploded) – The engine blew up.
  • Break away (freed himself) – The thief broke away from the jail.
  • Break down (not in a good condition) – His health broke down through over work.
  • Break in (forced their way in) – The robbers broke in at night.
  • Break into (entered by breaking) – The thief broke into my house last night.
  • Break off (stop) – He broke up in the middle of his speech.
  • Break out (spread) – Dengue has broken out in Kolkata.
  • Break through (forced a passage) – The broke through the main gate.
  • Break up (end) – The meeting broke up at 5 p.m.
  • Bring about (cause) – His ruin was brought about his own folly.
  • Bring back (return) – I shall bring back the book tomorrow.
  • Bring down (reduce) – This will bring down the prices of thing.
  • Break forth (produce) – This tree brings forth good fruit.
  • Break Forward (produce) – Can you bring forward any proof of what you say?
  • Break in (yield) – My business brings in good income.
  • Break on (cause) – Overeating brings on dyspepsia.
  • Break out (Publish) – He has brought out a new edition of his book.
  • Bring round (win over) – We managed to bring him around after much persuasion.
  • Bring through (restored to health) – Good nursing brought him through.
  • Bring to (Came to stop) – The ship was brought to by open shelling.
  • Bring up (rear) – He was brought up by his aunt.
  • Bring under (subdued) – The rebels have been brought under.
  • Burst into (indulged in crying) – She burst into tears after hearing the incident.
  • Burst upon (came suddenly) – The rebels burst upon the king.
  • Call at (visit a place) – I shall call at your house tomorrow.
  • Call by (pay a short visit) – Mr. Roy will call by me tomorrow.
  • Call for (demand) – I called for his explanation.
  • Call in (invite) – Please call in a doctor.
  • Call off (cancel) – The strike was called off.
  • Call to (address loudly) – I called to him from the roof.
  • Call upon (order) – He was called upon to explain his conduct.
  • Call up (remember) – I cannot call up his name.
  • Carry about (keep) - He carries about a pistol wherever he goes.
  • Carry on (continue) – I shall carry on the work in your absence.
  • Carry out (execute) – I shall carry out your orders.
  • Cast about for (looking for) – He is casting about for an opportunity to escape.
  • Cast away/ off (reject) – He has cast aside or away /off his old coat.
  • Cast down (depress) – He was cast down by his failure.
  • Cast out (reject) – He never cast out me.
  • Clear off (get out) – Clear off from here.
  • Clear out (leave) – Please clear out from the room.
  • Come about (happen) - How did it come about?
  • Come across (met) – I came across him on the way.
  • Come along (hurry) – Come along, it is getting late.
  • Come down (collapse) - The roof came down suddenly.
  • Come in for (receive) – He came in for punishment for his misconduct.
  • Come of (is descended from) – He comes of a good family.
  • Come off (takes place) – The ceremony comes off tomorrow.
  • Come out (become exposed) – The incident came out at last.
  • Come round/ to (recover) - He came round very soon.
  • Come round (visit) – You must come round and see me some time.
  • Come through (arrive) – The message has just come through.
  • Come upon (meet by chance) – I came upon my childhood friend yesterday.
  • Cry off (abandoned) – I cried off the plan to visit Bhangarh Fort at last.
  • Cry to (beg) – The beggar cried to the king for money.
  • Cut in (to take part suddenly) – He cut in the middle of our talk.
  • Cut off (separate/ die) - He was cut off at an early age.
  • Cut out (stop functioning/ defeat) – The engine of the aircraft cut out.
  • Cut up (grieve) - He was cut up by your criticism.
  • Do away with (abolish) – They have done away with that rule.
  • Do for (serve as) – This plank will do for a table.
  • Do up (fatigue) – I am quite done up with the journey.
  • Draw away (Divert) – My attention was drawn away by the noise.
  • Draw back (recede) – I cannot draw back from my promise.
  • Draw out (prolonged) - He drew out his points at great length.
  • Draw to (fell attached to) – I drew to the boy from the first day.
  • Draw up ( draft) – I drew up a petition.
  • Drop away (became fewer) – His friends dropped away one by one.
  • Drop in (make a casual visit) – I shall drop in for a cup of tea.
  • Drop out (ceased to complete) – Five of the runners dropped out.
  • Fall away (become lean) – He has much fallen away since I saw him last.
  • Fall back (retreat) – They fell back under charge.
  • Fell in (Gave away) – The roof fell in.
  • Fell for (yields to charms) – He fells for beautiful faces.
  • Fell off (Drop off) - False friends fall off in misfortune.
  • Fell out (quarreled) – The brothers fell out over their father’s property.
  • Fell on (attacked) – He fell on me without any reason.
  • Fell to (began early) – They fell to eating.
  • Fell Through (fail) – The scheme fell through for want of funds.
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