Complete Phrasal Verbs List
|Accept or follow a decision or rule.
|We have to ABIDE BY what the court
|They had to ACCOUNT FOR all the money that had gone missing.
|Want something or someone a lot.
|My partner’s been away for a fortnight- I am ACHING FOR her.
|To take action because of something like information received.
|The police were ACTING ON a tip from an informer and caught the gang red- handed.
|The medicine only ACTS ON infected tissue.
|Perform something with actions and gestures..
|They ACTED OUT the story on stage.
|Express an emotion in your behaviour.
|Their anger is ACTED OUT in their antisocial behaviour.
|Behave badly or strangely
|My computer’s ACTING UP; I think I
might have a virus
|To take action because of something like information received
|The police were ACTING UPON a tip- off
|The enzyme ACTS UPON certain proteins
|Include in a calculation
|You have to ADD the VAT ON to the price they give
|To make a mathematical total
|We ADDED UP the bill to check it was correct
|Be a satisfactory explanantion for something
|She explained why the work wasn’t ready, but her story doesn’t ADD UP
|Add up to
|Have a certain result
|Trains delays are getting worse and with the high fares, it all ADDS UP TO misery for the commuters
|Add up to
|Come to a certain amount or figure
|The total costs ADD UP TO several million euros
|Affect- usually used in the negative to show that something has had a negative effect, especially is it makes you feel bad
|I feel terrible- that food didn’t AGREE WITH my stomach
|The magazine is AIMED AT teenagers
|Intend to achieve
|They’re AIMING AT reducing costs by ten percent
|Include something in a plan or calculation
|You should ALLOW FOR delays when
planning a journey
|Make possible, permit
|The rules don’t ALLOW OF any exceptions
|Try to get something indirectly, by hinting or suggesting
|He’s been ANGLING FOR an invitation, but I don’t want him to come
|To reply rudely to someone in authority
|Her mother was shocked when she started back
|Be held responsible for a problem
|The government should be made to ANSWER FOR their failure to sort out the problem
|Speak on behalf of someone or from knowing them
|I can ANSWER FOR my partner because I know her position on this issue
|Beat someone in a debate, discussion or argument
|The teacher tried to ARGUE the girl DOWN, but she couldn’t
|Persuade someone to drop the price of something they’re selling
|She ARGUED him DOWN ten percent
|Try to persuade people not to accept a proposition, motion, etc
|They tried to ARGUE DOWN the proposal
|Argue about a problem to find a solution
|If we can’t ARGUE our differences OUT,
we’ll have to take them to court
|Ask how someone is doing, especially professionally and in terms of health
|He ASKED ABOUT my father
|Enquire about someone’s health, how life is going
|Jenny rang earlier and ASKED AFTER you, so I told her you were fine
|Ask a number of people for information of help
|I have no idea, but I’ll ASK AROUND at work and see if anyone can help
|We ASKED them AROUND for dinner
|To provoke a negative reaction
|You’re ASKING FOR trouble
|Request to have or be given
|I ASKED FOR the menu
|To invite somebody into your house
|‘Jon’s at the door.’ ‘ASK him IN.’
|To invite someone for a date
|He wanted to ASK her OUT but was too
|They have ASKED us OVER for drinks on Friday
|We ASKED John ROUND for diner.
|Sell something in an auction
|They AUCTIONED OFF their property
as they were heavily in debt