Phrasal Verbs: Top 150 Most Important Phrasal Verbs with their Meanings

In this lesson, you will learn a huge list of phrasal verbs in English. Each phrasal verb will have meaning and example sentence to help you understand it clearly.

Phrasal Verbs

What are Phrasal Verbs?

Phrasal verbs are combinations of words that perform the function of a verb. These combinations necessarily include a verb and either an adverb or a preposition (or both). They form one complete semantic unit because the words that comprise a phrasal verb together describe one action.

Phrasal Verbs (A-H)

  • add up to something 

Meaning: To ask the same question from many people

Example 1: She explained why the work was not ready, but her story does not add up.

Example 2: The clues we found at the house and the museum must add up to something.

  • ask around

Meaning: To equal/corroborate a fact

Example 1: I have not seen him here but I will ask around.

Example 2: I am not sure if there are vacancies, but I will ask around the office.

  • ask someone out

Meaning: To invite someone on a date

Example 1: I want to ask her out but she is dating someone.

Example 2: I wish I could muster the courage to ask her out.

  • blow something up

Meaning: To exaggerate

Example 1: The girls in school always blow gossip up to huge proportions.

Example 2: My mother blows my achievements up in front of guests.

  • back someone up

Meaning: To support

Example 1: The captain will not back him up just because he is his son.

Example 2: You may be wrong but I will back you up because you are my brother.

  • blow up

Meaning: To explode

Example 1: The army is going to blow up that building with a bomb.

Example 2: Our calculations were wrong and the rocket blew up just after liftoff.

  • break down

Meaning: To stop functioning (usually for vehicles, machines, etc.)

Example 1: The old train is certain to break down if it is not maintained properly.

Example 2: He was driving recklessly and the old car broke down.

  • break something down

Meaning: To divide and subdivide

Example 1: They broke the students down into groups of four.

Example 2: The detective said they were still breaking the information down to make sense of it.

  • break into something

Meaning: To enter forcibly/ interrupt

Example 1: The newspaper reported a break-in at the bank.

Example 2: Last night, two thieves broke into the house next door.

  • break up

Meaning: To end a relationship

Example 1: A break up can lead to emotional trauma.

Example 2: After being together for five years they have decided to break up.

  • break out

Meaning: To escape

Example 1: The Taliban helped 500 inmates break out of the Afghan jail.

Example 2: Ten inmates broke out of prison in the southern town yesterday.

  • break out

Meaning: To spread

Example 1: There was a world panic when SARS broke out in China in 2002.

Example 2: The news about the adulterous affair will break out in tomorrow’s newspaper.

  • bring someone down

Meaning: To upset someone or to make someone unhappy

Example 1: The boss manages to bring down my mood every day.

Example 2: His pessimistic comments bring down the whole group.

  • bring someone up

Meaning: raise a child

Example 1: I was brought up in a conservative Hindu family.

Example 2: After being abandoned by his parents in Ghana he was brought up by an Italian couple.

  • bring up

Meaning: To initiate a conversation on a subject

Example 1: My sister walks out of the room when I bring up the subject of sports.

Example 2: I will bring up the issue of cleanliness in the meeting today.

  • call around

Meaning: To phone different places/people

Example 1: We called around but we could not find the spare part we needed.

Example 2: I have not seen him today but I will call around and inquire.

  • call someone back

Meaning: To return a phone call

Example 1: Please call me back when you get this message.

Example 2: I could not answer your call earlier but I will call back shortly.

  • call something off

Meaning: To abandon or cancel

Example 1: The referee has decided to call off the game due to bad weather.

Example 2: They have decided to call off the wedding due to financial troubles.

  • call someone up

Meaning: To phone someone

Example 1: The boss wants you to call up the client now.

Example 2: She will call you up later to discuss the issue.

  • calm down

Meaning: relax after being angry

Example 1: It is going to be okay, please calm down.

Example 2: The crew asked us to calm down during turbulence.

  • catch up

Meaning: To get to the same point as someone else/ or to work hard in order to equal with someone

Example 1: You will have to walk faster if you want to catch up with Maya.

Example 2: You have studied a lot more and I need to catch up.

  • check in/ check-in

Meaning: To reach and register at a hotel or airport

Example 1: When you arrive at the airport, you have to check in at the airline desk.

Example 2: At a hotel, check-in is normally required in order to obtain a room key.

  • check out

Meaning: To leave a hotel

Example 1: You will have to return the room when you check out of the hotel.

Example 2: Please ensure that you are in possession of all your belongings before checking-out of the hotel.

  • cheer up

Meaning: Used as an expression to ask someone to be happy

Example 1: She cheered up when she heard that the result was positive.

Example 2: Cheer up, it is your birthday!

  • chip in

Meaning: To contribute/help

Example 1: If everybody chips in, we can get a bottle of the most expensive wine.

Example 2: I do not have enough money for a pizza so all of you need to chip in as well.

  • clean something up

Meaning: To tidy a place

Example 1: They need to clean up the platform because it is really dirty.

Example 2: You must clean up the room before the president arrives.

  • come across something

Meaning: find unexpectedly

Example 1: I came across these books when I was tidying the cupboard.

Example 2: While reading this book I came across new information regarding dinosaurs.

  • come apart

Meaning: To separate/ fall down/ break down

Example 1: The flimsy decorations came apart halfway through the celebrations.

Example 2: The group of friends came apart once they went to different colleges.

  • come down with something

Meaning: To become sick

Example 1: Her son came down with the flu last weekend.

Example 2: My throat is sore; I think I am coming down with a cold.

  • come forward

Meaning: To support/ to take an initiative

Example 1: The hospital is anxious for more donors to come forward.

Example 2: Who will come forward and take responsibility?

  • come from somewhere

Meaning: To originate in

Example 1: He resides in Brazil although he comes from Spain.

Example 2: Most of the stench comes from the open drain behind the house.

  • count on someone/something

Meaning: To rely on a person or thing

Example 1: Can I count on you to complete this essay by tonight?

Example 2: I could not complete the task so I am counting on you to do it.

  • cross something out

Meaning: To draw a line through something

Example 1: Kindly cross out your old telephone number and write the new one.

Example 2: That word is wrong and you need to cross it out as soon as possible.

  • cut back on something

Meaning: To use or consume less of something

Example 1: My financial advisor has asked me to cut back on unnecessary expenditure.

Example 2: We need to cut back on driving since the price of petrol is at an all-time high.

  • cut into

Meaning: To interrupt in between something or someone

Example 1: He cut into the argument with a point of his own.

Example 2: He asked if could cut in on the dance between Tim and me.

  • cut something off

Meaning: To cut something with something sharp

Example 1: The butter is frozen. Cut off a small blob and let it rest outside so that it melts faster.

Example 2: He cut off a small piece from the large slab of cheese using a knife.

  • cut something off

Meaning: To stop providing/to break all relations with someone

Example 1: The cable company cut off our connection because we did not pay our bill.

Example 2: After he was convicted, his family decided to cut him off.

  • cut something out

Meaning: To remove pieces or part of something

Example 1: She looked over the article and cut the introduction out and rewrote it.

Example 2: She cut a piece out of the chunk of cheese and placed it on the counter.

  • do something over

Meaning: To do something again

Example 1: You sang the wrong words this time; we will have to do it over.

Example 2: My homework assignment was unacceptable, so my teacher asked me to do it over.

  • do away with something

Meaning: To dispose of or discard something

Example 1: It is time to do away with all these old files.

Example 2: My mother asked me to do away with all the unusable toys.

  • dress up

Meaning: To be dressed in a fancier or better way than normal

Example 1: The party is at a fancy restaurant so we need to dress up appropriately.

Example 2: I was asked to dress up for the mayor’s party.

  • drop back

Meaning: To move back in a position

Example 1: He dropped back to the fifth position because he fell off his motorcycle.

Example 2: The coach asked the attacking players to drop back.

  • drop in/by/over

Meaning: To come without an appointment

Example 1: I thought I’d drop in and say hi.

Example 2: I was surprised when she dropped in unannounced at midnight.

  • drop someone/something off

Meaning: To take someone/something somewhere and leave them/it there

Example 1: Can you drop me off at the bus stop?

Example 2: I will drop him off at the train station before reaching the venue.

  • drop out

Meaning: To quit a class, school, etc.

Example 1: He dropped out of the chess club because it was too difficult for him.

Example 2: She dropped out of college but managed to set up her own company.

  • eat out

Meaning: To eat outside of home, usually in a restaurant

Example 1: I eat out almost five days a week.

Example 2: I do not feel like cooking today so let’s eat out?

  • end up

Meaning: To do/to eventually reach/to decide

Example 1: If you do not work, you will end up on the streets.

Example 2: He studied history at college but ended up working at a bank.

  • fall apart

Meaning: To break into pieces

Example 1: This wall will fall apart if we do not use cement.

Example 2: The house of cards stood for a minute but then fell apart.

  • fall down

Meaning: To fall on the ground/ to fall off from somewhere to the ground

Example 1: If he does not walk carefully on the ledge, he will fall down.

Example 2: He was walking carelessly and thus, fell down.

  • fall out

Meaning: To separate

Example 1: The veteran cricketer has fallen out of favor.

Example 2: The coach and the player had a fall-out and the latter decided to quit.

  • figure something out

Meaning: To study/understand

Example 1: She needs to figure out what the problem is.

Example 2: We need to figure out the route before commencing the trek.

  • fill something in

Meaning: To write information in a form, etc.

Example 1: Fill in the blank spaces and submit the sheet.

Example 2: You must fill in the form in order to obtain a ticket.

  • fill something up

Meaning: To fill something completely or to the top

Example 1: I want you to fill up the tank with diesel.

Example 2: She wanted to fill up the entire glass with wine.

  • find out

Meaning: To search/discover

Example 1: How do I find out where he lives?

Example 2: I need you to find out whether he is lying or not.

  • get something across/over

Meaning: To communicate

Example 1: He is a good orator and has no problem getting his message across.

Example 2: He could not get across the message.

  • get along with

Meaning: To like each other

Example 1: One must get along with their colleagues.

Example 2: It is about time you buried the hatchet and got along with each other

  • get away

Meaning: To go on a vacation or a leave

Example 1: They are planning a romantic get-away for their anniversary.

Example 2: We have not traveled in a while so we are planning a getaway this summer.

  • get away with something

Meaning: do something (usually something wrong) without being noticed or punished

Example 1: He will not get away with an abusive remark like that.

Example 2: You cannot steal cars in broad daylight and expect to get away with it.

  • get back

Meaning: To return

Example 1: She did not get back home until 5 o’clock.

Example 2: The boss needs you to get back from the Bahamas and complete the report.

  • get back at someone

Meaning: To retaliate/to take a revenge

Example 1: My brother got back at me for eating his piece of cake.

Example 2: After being humiliated in public, she decided to get back at her with ruthless intent.

  • get on something

Meaning: To step onto something

Example 1: The train was full so we could not get on.

Example 2: To reach the chandelier, you must get on the stool.

  • get over something

Meaning: To recover/overcome

Example 1: The stock market is slowly getting over the recession.

Example 2: You need to get over the fact that he stole your bicycle.

  • get together

Meaning: To meet

Example 1: Do you want to get together this Saturday?

Example 2: Let’s get together at the mall this weekend.

  • get up

Meaning: To stand/get out of bed

Example 1: Please get up, this seat is reserved for ladies.

Example 2: You are not allowed to sit there, so, kindly get up.

  • give something away

Meaning: To reveal/give something for free/donate

Example 1: The ice cream company is giving away free scoops tomorrow.

Example 2: Before dying, he had pledged to give away half his money to charity.

  • give something back

Meaning: To return

Example 1: You must give the bone back to the dog.

Example 2: You have her mobile phone and need it to give it back to her.

  • give in

Meaning: To unwillingly stop fighting or arguing

Example 1: The dictator finally gave in to the mounting pro-democracy protests.

Example 2: After arguing for over two hours, I decided to give in to her demands.

  • give up

Meaning: To stop trying

Example 1: This exam is really difficult and I think I am going to give up.

Example 2: Never give up, never surrender!

  • go after someone

Meaning: To follow someone

Example 1: The big dog is going to go after the cat.

Example 2: The police decided to go after the criminal after he had robbed a bank.

  • go after something

Meaning: To try to achieve something

Example 1: My father always encouraged me to go after my goals.

Example 2: She is really working hard going after the top prize.

  • go against someone or something

Meaning: To oppose

Example 1: Does he really want to go against the policies of the company?

Example 2: You cannot go against the coach and expect to remain with the team.

  • go ahead

Meaning: To proceed/start/initiate something

Example 1: The General wants us to go ahead with the plan.

Example 2: The centre has asked the states to go ahead with FDI in the retail sector.

  • go back

Meaning: To return to a place

Example 1: This place is very dangerous; I suggest you go back home.

Example 2: He needs us to go back to the office and collect his belongings.

  • go out

Meaning: To leave home to go out for an occasion, etc.

Example 1: Let’s go out for dinner tonight to celebrate your promotion!

Example 2: I will go out in the evening to watch the play.

  • go out with someone

Meaning: To date someone

Example 1: Tim has wanted to go out with Mary for a long time now.

Example 2: She is going out with two boys at the same time.

  • go over something

Meaning: To pay a visit to someone/something nearby

Example 1: It’s great that Hari has moved next door; I can just go over to his place whenever I’m bored!

Example 2: She is going over to his place later tonight.

  • go over

Meaning: To check or review

Example 1: Here are your insurance papers, please go over them carefully so that you know all the details.

Example 2: We need to go over this brochure and select a location for the meeting.

  • grow apart

Meaning: To end a friendship

Example 1: We used to be great friends, but after college, we began to grow apart.

Example 2: We were good friends but grew apart after graduating from college.

  • grow up

Meaning: To become an adult

Example 1: It is always hard for parents when their children grow up.

Example 2: The puppy was tiny when they found it but it grew up to be a huge dog.

  • grow out of something

Meaning: To get too big for something, usually a piece of clothing

Example 1: I will buy a new pair of trousers if and when I grow out of this pair.

Example 2: I have gained weight and grown out of the pants I purchased last summer.

  • grow into something

Meaning: To grow big enough to fit

Example 1: Initially he had some trouble at the new office, but things went smoothly after he grew into his role.

Example 2: She has become taller and grown into the dress.

  • hand something down

Meaning: To give something used to someone else

Example 1: When I was a child, I was handed down my brother’s clothes.

Example 2: Please hand down your old books to underprivileged children.

  • hand something out

Meaning: To distribute to a group of people

Example 1: The party members were spreading their propaganda by handing out fliers.

Example 2: The boss is going to hand out a list of responsibilities to everybody today.

  • hand something over

Meaning: To give (usually unwillingly)

Example 1: The thieves asked us to hand over all our belongings.

Example 2: The landlord requested us to hand over the keys to the apartment.

  • hang in

Meaning: To stay strong and positive

Example 1: When my friend was diagnosed with cancer, all I could say to him was, “Don’t lose hope. Hang in there.”

Example 2: Don’t lose heart, hang in there!

  • hang on

Meaning: To wait for a short time

Example 1: Hang on, let me get ready and then we can leave.

Example 2: Hang on, I’m coming too!

  • hang out

Meaning: To spend time relaxing or chilling out

Example 1: My friends and I generally hang out at malls.

Example 2: Let’s hang out at the bar after work tonight.

  • hang up

Meaning: To end a phone call

Example 1: When I get angry with someone on the phone, I simply hang up.

Example 2: I did not wish to talk to him anymore so I decided to hang up the phone.

  • hold someone/something back

Meaning: To prevent from doing/going

Example 1: If you have a complaint, don’t hold back; you cannot fix the problem if you do not voice it.

Example 2: You must hold him back from committing such a dangerous stunt.

  • hold something back

Meaning: To hide an emotion/to be stopped by something or someone

Example 1: He was a great athlete, but he was held back from succeeding by his parents, who wanted him to study instead.

Example 2: He held back his tears even though he was distraught.

  • hold on

Meaning: To wait for a short time

Example 1: She asked the taxi driver to hold on while she located her wallet.

Example 2: He has asked you to hold on to his book until he returns.

Phrasal Verbs (K-P)

  • keep on doing something

Meaning: continue doing

Example 1: He asked them to keep on working while he looked around.

Example 2: The musicians kept on playing even though it was raining.

  • keep something from someone

Meaning: To not tell/not do/to keep a secret

Example 1: Why do you keep secrets from me?

Example 2: You have a wonderful voice so you must not keep from singing.

  • keep someone/something out

Meaning: To stop someone or something from entering at a place

Example 1: The insects must be kept out at all costs.

Example 2: The gate has been installed to keep out stray dogs.

  • keep something up

Meaning: To continue at the same rate

Example 1: Keep up the good work!

Example 2: Keep up this speed for the rest of the journey and we will reach on time.

  • let someone down

Meaning: To disappoint someone

Example 1: You can rely on her; she will never let you down.

Example 2: You have let me down with this disappointing performance.

  • let someone in

Meaning: To permit to enter

Example 1: Please lock the door and do not let anybody in.

Example 2: Yes, he is a guest so please let him in.

  • look after someone/something

Meaning: To take care of

Example 1: Nurses are supposed to look after patients.

Example 2: I need you to look after my dog while I’m away.

  • look down on someone

Meaning: To belittle someone/ to consider someone inferior to oneself

Example 1: She always looks down on her staff and treats them badly.

Example 2: A lot of people look down on them because they are poor.

  • look for someone/something

Meaning: To try to find

Example 1: Do you want to look for the pen we lost yesterday?

Example 2: Let us look for the ball in the garage.

  • look forward to something

Meaning: To be excited about some future plan, etc.

Example 1: Are you looking forward to tonight’s football match?

Example 2: I am really looking forward to the weekend!

  • look into something

Meaning: To investigate

Example 1: We are going to look into the price of cars today.

Example 2: They need to look into the matter carefully in order to avoid a lawsuit.

  • look out

Meaning: To be careful

Example 1: Don’t forget to look out for mosquitoes in the swamp.

Example 2: Look out for speeding buses on the highway.

  • look out for someone/something

Meaning: To be extra careful or vigilant

Example 1: The guide told them to look out for pickpockets in the marketplace.

Example 2: Look out for hurricane alerts on the island at this time of the year.

  • look (something) over

Meaning: To check/examine

Example 1: Give the document a look over for errors.

Example 2: The teacher wants the student to look over his answers once again.

  • look up to someone

Meaning: To respect someone immensely

Example 1: I look up to my sister because she is a wonderful human being.

Example 2: I look up to my coach because he was a great sportsman.

  • make (something) up

Meaning: To lie about something

Example 1: When asked why I hadn’t done my homework, I made up a story about having done it but forgotten that that day was the day of submission.

Example 2: You must stop making up stories because we know you are lying.

  • make up

Meaning: To forgive each other

Example 1: He returned my money very late, but tried to make up for it by treating me to lunch.

Example 2: He is taking her out to dinner to make up for being at work on their anniversary.

  • makeup

Meaning: To apply cosmetics

Example 1: She was so nervous she almost went on stage without any makeup.

Example 2: That actor uses a lot of makeup before shooting a scene.

  • mix something up

Meaning: To get confused

Example 1: We got through most of the show without any mix-ups, but right at the end the lead actor forgot one of his lines.

Example 2: The experienced striker pounced on a defensive mix-up to fire home into an open goal.

  • pass away

Meaning: To die

Example 1: I took two weeks off work because my grandfather passed away.

Example 2: Our dog had been ill for a few months and passed away last night.

  • pass out

Meaning: To lose consciousness

Example 1: It was so hot in the examination hall that one of the students passed out for a couple of minutes.

Example 2: He walked in the sun and passed out due to the heat.

  • pay back

Meaning: To return the owed money

Example 1: There should be no money issues between friends, so when I lend money to my friends I tell them they can pay back whenever it is convenient for them.

Example 2: You can borrow money now but you must pay back within a week.

  • pay for something

Meaning: To be punished for doing something bad

Example 1: It is my policy to pay for everything when I am out on a date.

Example 2: The police swore that the terrorist would pay for destroying the building.

  • pick out

Meaning: To choose

Example 1: I always let my mother pick out my clothes, because she has excellent taste.

Example 2: The concierge at the hotel helped us pick out a nice restaurant.

  • Point (someone/something) out

Meaning: To point or indicate using your finger

Example 1: I tried to give the tourists directions orally, but they couldn’t understand me, so I pointed out the turning they were supposed to take.

Example 2: I have asked the professor to point out all the mistakes in my assignment.

  • put (something) off

Meaning: To postpone

Example 1: I was very tired that day, so I put off the meeting till after the weekend.

Example 2: The boss has asked us to put off our lunch plan to a later hour.

  • put (something) together

Meaning: To assemble

Example 1: We had to put together the presentation in 2 days.

Example 2: The different parts have been provided in order to put together this mountain bike.

  • put up with someone/something

Meaning: To bear or tolerate something or someone

Example 1: My roommate told me to move out, saying, “I can’t put up with your irresponsible ways anymore!”

Example 2: The company is not going to put up with inappropriate behavior at the workplace.

  • put (something) on

Meaning: To wear a dress/accessories on your body

Example 1: I did not need to put on the t-shirt to know it was too big for me.

Example 2: Pick out a dress, put it on, and decide whether you like it or not.

Phrasal Verbs (Q-W)

  • run into someone/something

Meaning: To meet someone unexpectedly

Example 1: I ran into an old friend from college the other day.

Example 2: It was a pleasant surprise when I ran into him at the mall the other day.

  • run over someone/something

Meaning: To drive a vehicle over a person or thing

Example 1: Your toy is broken because I ran over it with my car.

Example 2: The truck accidentally ran over a cat on the highway.

  • run away

Meaning: To leave unexpectedly/ to escape

Example 1: The bride had run away with someone else on the wedding day.

Example 2: The children made a plan to run away from home to join the circus.

  • run out

Meaning: To have nothing left of something

Example 1: They ran out of sandwiches at the cafe.

Example 2: She couldn’t make tea as they had run out of milk.

  • send (something) back

Meaning: To return

Example 1: I sent back the steak because it was raw.

Example 2: This product is not what we had ordered and we are going to send it back.

  • set up

Meaning: To arrange/organize

Example 1: They want to set up a lemonade stall at the fair.

Example 2: The government needs to set up a commission for the riot victims.

  • set (something) up

Meaning: To trick/trap someone or something

Example 1: The hunter set the lion up for the trap but it escaped.

Example 2: The people at the bank were part of a set up by the police to catch the criminal.

  • show off

Meaning: To act boastfully when people watch

Example 1: He wants to show off his house by illuminating it.

Example 2: Most people simply love to show off their wealth in front of their friends.

  • sleepover

Meaning: To stay somewhere out of home, for the night

Example 1: Jack is planning a sleepover at his place on his birthday.

Example 2: The first sleepover at a friend’s place can be a big deal for some children.

  • sort something out

Meaning: To organize/ to resolve a situation

Example 1: You may want the lawyers to sort the issue out.

Example 2: We need to sort out these cards and arrange them according to size.

  • stick to something

Meaning: To continue doing something

Example 1: You will not lose weight if you do not stick to the diet.

Example 2: Most people do not stick to the same job for a long period.

  • switch something off

Meaning: To turn off

Example 1: Could you switch the light off, please?

Example 2: Please switch off the television before going to bed.

  • switch something on

Meaning: To turn on

Example 1: He switch the machine on again and it stopped making noise.

Example 2: Grandmother wants you to switch on the radio for her.

  • take something back

Meaning: To return something

Example 1: I need to take my money back from him.

Example 2: He can keep my bag for now but I’m going to take it back tomorrow.

  • take off

Meaning: To start flying

Example 1: I feel that the most thrilling part of any plane journey is when it takes off.

Example 2: The plane finally took off after taxiing for twenty minutes.

  • take something off

Meaning: To remove something (usually, items of clothing)

Example 1: I was about to take off my clothes when I realised there was someone else in the room.

Example 2: I want you to take this off the list and include that instead.

  • take out

Meaning: To remove from a place

Example 1: She took out some money from the safe.

Example 2: Please take out the garbage after dinner.

  • take someone out

Meaning: To take someone out with yourself and also to pay for them

Example 1: My girlfriend was very depressed because she had lost her job so I took her out for dinner.

Example 2: On the last day of college the professor took the students out for lunch.

  • tear something up

Meaning: To rip something into pieces

Example 1: My boss simply tears up the articles he doesn’t like.

Example 2: The cat tore up the newspaper.

  • think back

Meaning: To recall or remember

Example 1: Whenever I think back to my school days, tears of nostalgia come to my eyes.

Example 2: Think back to the time when we were at the beach.

  • think something over

Meaning: To consider

Example 1: You must think this job offer over before taking a decision.

Example 2: This is my proposal, think it over, and let me know.

  • throw something away

Meaning: To trash something or to dispose of

Example 1: I like that bag, please do not throw it away.

Example 2: These dirty clothes need to be thrown away.

  • turn down

Meaning: To decrease the volume

Example 1: I want to turn down the volume.

Example 2: The old man has asked me to turn down the volume.

  • turn something/someone down

Meaning: To refuse

Example 1: He asked her to marry him but she turned him down.

Example 2: He turned down the offer from ABC Corporation.

  • turn something off

Meaning: To switch off

Example 1: He turned off the lights before going to bed.

Example 2: Please turn off the fans when you leave.

  • turn something on

Meaning: To switch on

Example 1: She forgot to turn on the charger so her cell stayed off.

Example 2: He asked her to turn on the coffee machine.

  • try something out

Meaning: To test

Example 1: Do you want to try out this new shampoo?

Example 2: Most people refrain from trying out a new cuisine.

  • use something up

Meaning: To use something entirely or to finish all

Example 1: I get very tense when my friends come over because they use up all my supplies.

Example 2: I cannot print this page because all the ink in the printer has been used up.

  • wake up

Meaning: To stop sleeping

Example 1: I generally wake up at about 7 in the morning.

Example 2: You need to wake up early in the morning for karate practice.

  • warm up

Meaning: To prepare the body for exercise

Example 1: It is a good idea to warm up before engaging in strenuous physical activity.

Example 2: It is essential to warm up a little before swimming.

  • wear off

Meaning: To diminish in quality because of frequent use

Example 1: The difference between superior and inferior products is that the latter wear out much more quickly.

Example 2: The sole of this old shoe has worn out.

  • work out

Meaning: To exercise

Example 1: My lifestyle has gotten so sedentary since I joined the office that I have signed up for daily workouts at the gym.

Example 2: Only a few people take gym memberships to actually work out.

  • work out

Meaning: To be successful with something

Example 1: I really hope that things work out for you.

Example 2: This job will work out only if I can get my own office.

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