A phrasal verb is a verb followed by a preposition or an adverb; the combination creates a meaning different from the original verb.

get about

  • Spread, circulate.
    “News of their separation soon got about.”

get around

  • Move from place to place.
    “It’s not easy to get around the city without a map.”

get along (with)

  • Be on good terms; work well with.
    “I must say I get along (well) with my mother-in-law.

get at

  • Imply; insinuate.
    “I don’t understand. What exactly are you trying to get at?

get away

  • Escape.
    “According to the news report, the robbers got away in a black car.”

get by (on)

  • Manage to cope or have enough to survive.
    ” It’s difficult to get by on a low salary.”

get down to

  • Start to actually do something.
    “That’s enough chatting. It’s time to get down to some serious work!”

get into

  • Enter a place.
    “How did the burglar get in?”

get off

  • Leave (bus, train, plane).
    “Your best option would be to get off the bus at Trafalgar Square.”
  • Leave work (at the end of the day).
    “I’ll pick you up after work. What time do you get off ?”
  • Remove something (clothes, stains).
    “I don’t know how I’m going to get this stain off my dress!”

get off with

  • Receive almost no punishment.
    “He was lucky. He got off with a small fine.”

get on

  • Board (bus, train, plane).
    “You can pay when you get on the bus.”

get on with

  • Continue to do something ; make progress.
    “Be quiet and get on with your homework.”

get on (well) with

  • Have a good relationship with.
    “Do you get on well with your colleagues?”

get out

  • Spend some free time out of the house.
    “Her husband is very ill so she doesn’t get out much.”
  • Leave or go away.
    “We don’t want you here. Get out!”

get out of

  • Leave a place.
    “The window was closed. How did he get out of the house?”
  • Avoid doing something.
    “Some husbands manage to get out of doing any housework.”
  • Receive; learn; gain from something.
    “What are you hoping to get out of the seminar?”

get over

  • Recover from (illness, disappointment).
    “Charlie had the ‘flu but he got over it.”

get rid of

  • Eliminate.
    “It’s difficult to get rid of old habits.”

get round to

  • Finally do something.
    “He finally got round to tidying the garage.”

get together

  • Meet each other.
    “Let’s get together for lunch one day next week.”

get up

  • Rise; leave bed.
    “Tony usually gets up at 7 o’clock.”

give away

  • Give something free of charge.
    “The artist gave away most of his paintings.”
  • Reveal something.
    “The names of the witnesses will not be given away.”

give back

  • Return something to its owner.
    “He promised to give back the book he borrowed.”

give in

  • accept defeat; surrender
    “The authorities refused to give in to the demands of the population.”

give over!

  • Stop doing something irritating
    Give over complaining! It doesn’t help at all!”

give up

  • Stop doing something.
    “Sarah gave up smoking five years ago.”
  • Admit defeat; capitulate.
    “Have you found the answer? No, I give up.”

gloss over

  • Treat something briefly (make it seem unimportant).
    “The director glossed over the recent drop in sales.”

go after

  • Pursue (an object or a goal). 
    “She went after her dream and is now an actress.”

go along (with)

  • Agree with; accept. 
    “Alex tends to go along with anything his wife says.”

go away

  • Leave a place.
    We decided to go away for a few days. 
  • Disappear; fade.
    “I’ve washed it twice but the stain still hasn’t gone away.”

go back

  • Return.
    “Children go back to school after the holidays.”

go by

  • Pass.
    “A bus went by without stopping.”
    “Time goes by so quickly!”

go down

  • Decrease, reduce.
    “The price of property has gone down a bit.”

go down with

  • Become ill with an infectious disease.
    “The match will be difficult . Half of the team has gone down with the flu.”

go for

  • Try to gain or attain.
    “He trained hard and went for the gold medal.”

go in

  • Enter.
    “There’s a nice restaurant. Let’s go in and book a table for tonight.”

go into

  • Go inside.
    Go into the bakery and see if they sell croissants.”

go in for

  • Have something as an interest or hobby.
    “She doesn’t really go in for sports.”

go off

  • Explode.
    “A bomb went off in a crowded restaurant”
  • Ring or make a loud noise.
    “The alarm clock was set to go off at 6 a.m.”
  • Stop working
    “The heating has gone off. It’s freezing!”
  • No longer be good to eat or drink.
    “The milk has gone off. Don’t drink it.”
  • No longer like or enjoy.
    “My grandmother has gone off crosswords.”

go on

  • Continue.
    “Sorry for interrupting. Please go on.

go out

  • Leave one’s home to attend a social event.
    “Many young people go out a lot.”

go out

  • Stop burning; be extinguished
    “The lights went out before we got to the door.”

go out

  • Be sent
    “The letter went out yesterday.”

go (out) with

  • Have someone as a boyfriend/girlfriend.
    “Is Julie going (out) with Tom?”

go over

  • Review.
    “Please go over your answers before handing in your test.”

go through

  • Experience  or undergo something.
    “Pete went through a lot of pain after the accident.”
  • Examine or study carefully.
    “I need time to go through the contract before I sign it.”

go through with

  • Proceed with something difficult.
    “Bill and Amy finally went through with the divorce.”

go up

  • Increase, rise.
    “According to the news report the price of petrol is likely to go up.”

go with

  • Match; look good or combine well with
    “The curtains don’t go with the carpet.”

go without

  • Abstain from something; not have something.
    “I had to go without lunch to finish the report.”
    “Camels can go without water for many days.”

grow apart

  • Stop having a close relationship; become more distant
    “We used to be close friends but we’ve grown apart since I left London.”

grow back

  • Grow again (e.g. hair, nails)
    “We need to cut our nails regularly because they grow back very quickly.”

grow from

  • Result or develop from something
    “A new treaty grew from the discussions.”

grow into

  • Develop or change over time
    “The undisciplined boy grew into a responsible young man.”

grow into

  • Become big enough to fit larger clothes
    “The coat is a bit big, but she’ll grow into it.”

grow out of

  • Become too big for your old clothes
    “She has already grown out of the shoes I bought her earlier this year!

grow together

  • Gradually become close, united or attached.
    “We grew together during our years in boarding school.”

grow up

  • Spend one’s childhood/become an adult.
    “He grew up in a small village.”
    “Don’t be so childish. You need to grow up!”