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

laugh off

  • Make light of something; minimise.
    “The author laughed off the unflattering review of his latest book.”

lay off

  • Fire, dismiss, let go.
    “Many factories have had to lay off workers.”

leaf through

  • Turn over pages quickly.
    “Sophie leafed through a magazine in the waiting room.”

leak out

  • Become known to the public unofficially (information).
    “News of the planned merger leaked out before the end of the negotiations.”

leave out

  • Omit; not mention.
    “Tom’s name was left out of the report so he got no credit for his work.”

let down

  • Disappoint.
    “You promised to come to the party, so don’t let me down!
  • Lengthen (skirt, pants).
    “The skirt is too short? We can have it let down for you if you like.”

light up

  • Illuminate.
    “1 watched the floodlights light up the castle.”
    “The screen lights up when you turn on a computer.”

line up

  • Stand in a row.
    “The books were lined up neatly on the shelves.”

live through

  • Experience something and survive.
    “My grandparents lived through two wars and learned to survive.”

liven up

  • Make something livelier or more attractive.
    “We’ve got to find a way to liven up the presentation somehow. “

log in/on (to)

  • Access a program or database using a password.
    “You need to log in to your account before you can use our services.”

log off

  • End access to a database.
    “First log off the system and then turn off the computer.”

look after

  • Take care of.
    “A baby sitter looks after the children when their parents go out.”

look ahead

  • Think of the future.
    “Don’t keep thinking about the past . It’s time to look ahead and plan the future.

look at

  • Pay attention to something you see.
    Look at this picture of my grandfather when he was young.

look at

  • Read in order to give an opinion.
    “Have you got time to look at my business plan?”

look at

  • Examine closely.
    “That’s a nasty bruise. You should ask a doctor to look at it.”

look at

  • Examine or study carefully.
    “We are going to look at all possible options.”

look away

  • Turn your head away so as not to see.
    “The scene was so horrible that I had to look away.

look back on

  • Remember the past.
    “My parents and their friends like to look back on “the good old days”.”

look down on

  • Consider as inferior.
    “He tends to look down on anyone who is not successful.”

look for

  • Try to find something.
    “Jane went shopping to look for an outfit for the wedding.”

look forward to

  • Await or anticipate with pleasure.
    “I look forward to seeing you next week-end.”

look into

  • Examine or investigate.
    “Our after-sales service will look into the matter and call you back.”

look on

  • Be a spectator at an event.
    “Billy didn’t take part in the fight. He just looked on. “

look out

  • Be careful; pay attention.
    Look out! There’s a car coming.”

look over

  • Examine; review.
    “The editor will look over the article before it is published.

look through

  • Examine, usually quickly.
    “I’ll look through my mail to see if I can find your message.”

look up to

  • Admire.
    “He was a wonderful teacher and many students looked up to him.”

lose out

  • Be unsuccessful; suffer a loss.
    “I’m the one who will lose out if our plan goes wrong.”

lose out on

  • Miss or be deprived of something.
    “I watched the documentary until the end so as not to lose out on anything.”
    “Because I left before the end of the year I lost out on the annual bonus.”

lose out to

  • Be less successful than another.
    “Jose was called for an interview but he lost out to a candidate who spoke fluent English.”