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 I-J-K
|idle away||Waste time doing nothing much.||He idles away hours every day watching television.|
Resolve by discussion/
|The meeting tomorrow will be an opportunity to iron out difficulties.|
|impose on/upon||Ask too much of someone.||Is it
alright if I stay?
I don't want to impose upon your hospitabity.
|improve on/upon||Make better||The runner improved on his previous performance.|
|indulge in||Allow yourself to enjoy something||Ive been dieting all week but today I'm going to indulge in a dessert.|
|insure against||Guarantee compensation for damage etc.||The house is insured against fire.|
|invite out||Ask someone to join you for lunch, dinner, etc.||Harry invited her out for dinner.|
|join in||Participate||She was too shy to join in the game.|
1) Engage in, become a
2) Meet and unite with
was in the army and Tom
as soon as he left school.
2) The two groups of tourists joined up at the hotel.
|jot down||Take quick notes||I jotted down the address while watching the programme on TV.|
|keep at||Persevere.||His father encouraged him to keep at his studies.|
|keep back||Retain / force to stay back||A barrier was installed to keep back the fans.|
|keep on||Continue doing something||I told him to be quiet but he kept on making noise.|
|keep up with||Stay at the same level as someone or something||Bill walks so fast it's difficult to keep up with him.|
|kneel down||Go down on your knees||Most people kneel down to pray.|
|kick off||Begin, start||The football match kicked off at 3 p.m.|
|knock back||Drink quickly (usually alcohol)||He knocked back a pint of beer and left.|
|knock down||Strike someone or something to the ground.||The
child was knocked
down by a car.
The tree was knocked down during the storm
|knock out||Cause someone to fall unconscious.||The boxer was knocked out in the first round.|
|know of||have heard of / have knowledge about||Do you know of anyone else attending the conference?|
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