English Phrasal Verbs
the combination creates a meaning different from the original verb.
Below you will find a list of phrasal verbs in alphabetical order
with their meaning and an example of use.
Phrasal verbs - Alphabetical List - A
Respect or obey
(the law, a decision, a rule)
|If you want to stay at this school, you must abide by the rules.|
|account for||Explain; give a reason||I hope you can account for the money you spent!|
|ache for||Want something or someone very much.||He was so lonely he ached for the sound of a human voice.|
|act on||Take action as a result of something||The police acted on the call they received.|
Demonstrate something with
|They acted out the scene in the classroom.|
|act up||Cause pain or annoyance by functioning badly||Dad's poor knee is acting up again.|
|add up||Make sense; seem reasonable||Her story just doesn't add up.|
|adhere to||Support; follow; act in accordance with||All contestants must adhere to the rules.|
|advise against||Recommend not doing something||The doctor advised him against carrying heavy loads.|
|agree with||Have the same opinion as someone else||I agree with you. I think she deserves the award too.|
|aim at||Direct towards a target||The policeman aimed his gun at the hijacker.|
Take into consideration;
Include in a calculation
|You'd better leave early to allow for heavy traffic.|
|amount to||Reach; be equivalent to||1) The
2) His statement amounted to a confession.
|angle at||Show from a particular point of view.||The documentary was angled at young viewers.|
|angle for||Try to obtain something by hinting.||I suspect Tom's angling for a free ticket.|
|answer back||Reply rudely||Don't answer back your mother!|
1) Be responsible for
2) Speak on behalf of someone.
Normally parents have to answer for
their children's behaviour.
2) I agree, but I can't answer for my associate.
|answer to||Be responsible to/be controlled by (someone)||Who do you answer to in your job?|
1)Plead or make an earnest
2) Be attractive or interesting.
the crowd to stay calm.
2) Camping doesn't appeal to me.
Make a formal request for
(job, permit, loan, etc.)
|He applied for the job advertised.|
(an agreement, a decision, a conclusion)
|It is hoped that they will arrive at an agreement at the end of the meeting..|
|ask after||Enquire about someone's well-being.||My mother is always asking after you.|
|ask around||Mention it to people you see or meet.||I'll ask around and see if anyone has seen your cat.|
|ask in||Invite someone to come inside.||I couldn't leave her standing outside in the cold so I asked her in.|
|ask out||Invite someone to lunch, dinner, the cinema ...||John has asked Mary out several times.|
|avail (oneself) of||
Take advantage of something
|When the company is privatized, you should avail yourself of the opportunity and buy some shares.|
|average out at||Result in an average (amount)||The price of lunch averages out at 10€ per person.|
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