Phrasal Verbs List for Various Competitive Exams

Last Updated On: 30/04/2018
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Phrasal Verbs: The phrasal verbs have an important role in the grammar section of the various competitive examinations like KPSC and UPSC. Here I’m sharing you the complete list of phrasal verbs that can be asked for competitive exams.

What are Phrasal Verbs?

Phrasal Verbs are usually two-word phrases consisting of verb + adverb or verb + preposition. Think of them as you would any other English vocabulary. Study them as you come across them, rather than trying to memorize many at once.

I recommend you not to memorize the phrasal verbs more than ten at a time. To study phrasal verbs go through the examples given below.

Phrasal Verbs List in Alphabetical Order

Here I’m listing the complete list of Phrasal Verbs in Alphabetical order with examples.

Note: For easy of listing we have used the following short-words:

sby=somebody; sthg=something


ask sby outinvite on a dateBrian asked Judy out to dinner and a movie.
ask aroundask many people the same questionasked around but nobody has seen my wallet.
add up to sthgequalYour purchases add up to $205.32.
back sthg upreverseYou’ll have to back up your car so that I can get out.
back sby upsupportMy wife backed me up over my decision to quit my job.
blow upexplodeThe racing car blew up after it crashed into the fence.
blow sthg upadd airWe have to blow 50 balloons up for the party.
break downstop functioning (vehicle, machine)Our car broke down at the side of the highway in the snowstorm.
break downget upsetThe woman broke down when the police told her that her son had died.
break sthg downdivide into smaller partsOur teacher broke the final project down into three separate parts.
break inforce entry to a buildingSomebody broke in last night and stole our stereo.
break into sthgenter forciblyThe firemen had to break into the room to rescue the children. 
break sthg inwear sthg a few times so that it doesn’t look/feel newI need to break these shoes in before we run next week.
break inInterruptThe TV station broke in to report the news of the president’s death.
break upend a relationshipMy boyfriend and I broke up before I moved to America.
break upstart laughing (informal)The kids just broke up as soon as the clown started talking.
break outEscapeThe prisoners broke out of jail when the guards weren’t looking.
break out in sthgdevelop a skin conditionbroke out in a rash after our camping trip.
bring sby downmake unhappyThis sad music is bringing me down.
bring sby upraise a childMy grandparents brought me up after my parents died.
bring sthg upstart talking about a subjectMy mother walks out of the room when my father brings up sports.
bring sthg upVomitHe drank so much that he brought his dinner up in the toilet.
call aroundphone many different places/peopleWe called around but we weren’t able to find the car part we needed.
call sby backreturn a phone callcalled the company back but the offices were closed for the weekend.
call sthg offCancelJason called the wedding off because he wasn’t in love with his fiancé.
call on sbyask for an answer or opinionThe professor called on me for question 1.
call on sbyvisit sbyWe called on you last night but you weren’t home.
call sby upPhoneGive me your phone number and I will call you up when we are in town.
calm downrelax after being angryYou are still mad. You need to calm down before you drive the car.
not care for sby/ sthgnot like (formal)I don’t care for his behaviour.
catch upget to the same point as sby elseYou’ll have to run faster than that if you want to catch up with Marty.
check inarrive and register at a hotel or airportWe will get the hotel keys when we check in.
check outleave a hotelYou have to check out of the hotel before 11:00 AM.
check sby/ sthg outlook at carefully, investigateThe company checks out all new employees.
check out sby/ sthglook at (informal)Check out the crazy hair on that guy!
cheer upbecome happierShe cheered up when she heard the good news. 
cheer sby upmake happierI brought you some flowers to cheer you up.
chip inHelpIf everyone chips in we can get the kitchen painted by noon.
clean sthg uptidy, cleanPlease clean up your bedroom before you go outside.
come across sthgfind unexpectedlycame across these old photos when I was tidying the closet.
come apartSeparateThe top and bottom come apart if you pull hard enough.
come down with sthgbecome sickMy nephew came down with chicken pox this weekend.
come forwardvolunteer for a task or to give evidenceThe woman came forward with her husband’s finger prints.
come from some placeoriginate inThe art of origami comes from Asia.
count on sby/ sthgrely onI am counting on you to make dinner while I am out.
cross sthg outdraw a line throughPlease cross out your old address and write your new one. 
cut back on sthgconsume lessMy doctor wants me to cut back on sweets and fatty foods.
cut sthg downmake sthg fall to the ground We had to cut the old tree in our yard down after the storm.
cut inInterruptYour father cut in while I was dancing with your uncle.
cut inpull in too closely in front of another vehicleThe bus driver got angry when that car cut in.
cut instart operating (of an engine or electrical device)The air conditioner cuts in when the temperature gets to 22°C.
cut sthg offremove with sthg sharpThe doctors cut off his leg because it was severely injured.
cut sthg offstop providingThe phone company cut off our phone because we didn’t pay the bill.
cut sby offtake out of a willMy grandparents cut my father off when he remarried.
cut sthg outremove part of sthg (usually with scissors and paper)cut this ad out of the newspaper.
do sby/ sthg overbeat up, ransack (BrE, informal)He’s lucky to be alive. His shop was done over by a street gang.
do sthg overdo again (AmE)My teacher wants me to do my essay over because she doesn’t like my topic.
do away with sthgDiscardIt’s time to do away with all of these old tax records.
do sthg upfasten, closeDo your coat up before you go outside. It’s snowing!
dress upwear nice clothingIt’s a fancy restaurant so we have to dress up.
drop backmove back in a position/groupAndrea dropped back to third place when she fell off her bike.
drop in/ by/ overcome without an appointmentI might drop in/by/over for tea sometime this week.
drop sby/ sthg offtake sby/ sthg somewhere and leave them/it thereI have to drop my sister off at work before I come over.
drop outquit a class, school etcdropped out of Science because it was too difficult.
eat outeat at a restaurantI don’t feel like cooking tonight. Let’s eat out.
end upeventually reach/do/decide We ended up renting a movie instead of going to the theatre.
fall apartbreak into piecesMy new dress fell apart in the washing machine.
fall downfall to the groundThe picture that you hung up last night fell down this morning.
fall outseparate from an interiorThe money must have fallen out of my pocket.
fall out(of hair, teeth) become loose and unattachedHis hair started to fall out when he was only 35.
figure sthg outunderstand, find the answerI need to figure out how to fit the piano and the bookshelf in this room.
fill sthg into write information in blanks, as on a form (BrE)Please fill in the form with your name, address, and phone number.
fill sthg outto write information in blanks, as on a form (AmE)The form must be filled out in capital letters.
fill sthg upfill to the topI always fill the water jug up when it is empty.


find outDiscoverWe don’t know where he lives. How can we find out?
find sthg outDiscoverWe tried to keep the time of the party a secret, but Samantha found it out.
get sthg across/ overcommunicate, make understandableI tried to get my point across/over to the judge but she wouldn’t listen.
get along/onlike each otherI was surprised how well my new girlfriend and my sister got along/on.
get aroundhave mobilityMy grandfather can get around fine in his new wheelchair.


get awaygo on a vacation


We worked so hard this year that we had to get away for a week.
get away with sthgdo without being noticed or punishedJason always gets away with cheating in his maths tests.
get backreturn


We got back from our vacation last week.


get sthg backreceive sthg you had beforeLiz finally got her Science notes back from my room-mate.


get back at sbyretaliate, take revengeMy sister got back at me for stealing her shoes. She stole my favorite hat.


get back into sthgbecome interested in sthg againI finally got back into my novel and finished it.
get on sthgstep onto a vehicleWe’re going to freeze out here if you don’t let us get on the bus.
get over sthgrecover from an illness, loss, difficultyI just got over the flu and now my sister has it.


get over sthgovercome a problemThe company will have to close if it can’t get over the new regulations.


get round to sthgfinally find time to do (AmE: get around to sthg)I don’t know when I am going to get round to writing the thank you cards.
get together


meet (usually for social reasons)Let’s get together for a BBQ this weekend.
get upget out of bedgot up early today to study for my exam.
get upStandYou should get up and give the elderly man your seat.
give sby awayreveal hidden information about sbyHis wife gave him away to the police.
give sby awaytake the bride to the altarMy father gave me away at my wedding.


give sthg awayruin a secretMy little sister gave the surprise party away by accident.


give sthg awaygive sthg to sby for freeThe library was giving away old books on Friday.


give sthg backreturn a borrowed item


I have to give these skates back to Franz before his hockey game.
give inreluctantly stop fighting or arguingMy boyfriend didn’t want to go to the ballet, but he finally gave in.
give sthg outgive to many people (usually at no cost)They were giving out free perfume samples at the department store.
give sthg upquit a habitI am giving up smoking as of January 1st.
give upstop tryingMy maths homework was too difficult so I gave up.
go after sbyfollow sbyMy brother tried to go after the thief in his car.
go after sthgtry to achieve sthgwent after my dream and now I am a published writer.


go against sbycompete, opposeWe are going against the best soccer team in the city tonight.
go aheadstart, proceedPlease go ahead and eat before the food gets cold.
go backreturn to a placeI have to go back home and get my lunch.
go outleave home to go on a social eventWe’re going out for dinner tonight.
go out with sbyDateJesse has been going out with Luke since they met last winter.
go over sthgReviewPlease go over your answers before you submit your test.
go overvisit sby nearbyI haven’t seen Tina for a long time. I think I’ll go over for an hour or two.
go without sthgsuffer lack or deprivationWhen I was young, we went without winter boots.

The above list of phrasal verbs is not complete. We will add more soon.

I hope this list of Phrasal Verbs will be helpful for you.

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