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English Phrasal Verbs

A phrasal verb is a verb followed by a preposition or an adverb;
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 - U-Z

Phrasal Verb



use up Finish a product ( so that there's none left) The kids have used up all the toothpaste.
veer away from Avoid, stay away from I veer away from hypochondriacs if I can.
vie with Compete or rival with someone The athletes vied with each other for first place.
vouch for Express confidence in, or guarantee something You can give the keys to Andy.  I can vouch for him.
ward off Keep away or repel (something dangerous or unpleasant). I take plenty of vitamin C to ward off colds.
warm up 1) Reheat something.
2) Make more lively or more
1) She warmed up some left-over soup.
2) He told a  few jokes to warm up the
wash up Wash the dishes after a meal. Who's going to help me wash up?
watch out Be careful Watch out! There's a car coming.
water down 1) Dilute or make weaker by adding

2) Make less severe
1) If you water down the medicine it will be
    easier to take.
2) He watered down his remarks so as not
    to offend anyone.
wear away To disappear after use or over time. The words on the cover had worn away.
wear down Make someone feel weary/tired. The baby's constant crying wore her down.
wear off Gradually disappear. The effect of the painkiller began to wear off.
wear out 1) Become unusable
2) Become very tired
1) Julie wore out her shoes sightseeing.
2) At the end of the day Julie was worn out.
whip up Prepare quickly. I can whip up something to eat if you're hungry.
wolf down Eat greedily and quickly. The boys wolfed down the whole cake in no time!
work out 1) Do physical exercise
2) Find a solution or calculate
1) I work out twice a week at the gym club.
2) It's expensive but I haven't worked out
     the exact cost yet.
wind up Finish or put an end to something

- Before winding up his speech he thanked
  everyone for their presence.
- He decided to wind up his business and
wind up Arrive finally in a place. We finally wound up in a village with a spectacular view.
wipe off Clean (board, table) The teacher asked Lee to wipe off the board.
wrap up Cover; enclose She's busy wrapping up her Christmas presents.
wrap up Complete (a task, a discussion) The salesman hoped to wrap up a few deals.
write back Reply to a letter I wrote back to accept the invitation.
write (sth) down Note something on a piece of paper. He wrote down the address of the hotel.

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