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

make do with

  • Use something less satisfactory as an alternative.
    “There were no chairs to sit on so we had to make do with a pile of boxes.

make for

  • Move in the direction of; head for.
    “Let’s make for the exit before the crowd starts to leave.”

make fun of

  • Laugh at ; make jokes about.
    “The old lady dresses so strangely that the children make fun of her.”

make into

  • Convert or change into.
    “We’re going to make our garage into a playroom.”

make of

  • Have an opinion about something.
    “What do you make of his latest suggestion?”

make off with

  • Steal and hurry away.
    “A young man made off with my briefcase while I was checking the timetable.”

make out

  • Be able to hear or read something.
    “I need glasses!  I can’t make out what’s written on the board.”
  • Fill in the details (e.g. cheque).
    “Please make out the cheque to ABC Wizards.”

make oneself out (to be)

  • Claim to be/pretend to be.
    “In an attempt to find more details, he made himself out to be a journalist .”

make over

  • Legally make someone the owner of something.
    Before she died she made over all her property to her children.

make up

  • Invent (excuse, story).
    “Some employees make up excuses when they arrive late for work.”
  • Prepare a bed for use.
    “You can stay here tonight. I’ll make up a bed for you in the spare room.”
  • Form, constitute.
    “In your opinion what qualities make up his character?”
  • Put on powder, lipstick, etc.
    “Cynthia spends ages making herself up/putting on make-up.”

make up (with)

  • End a quarrel and become friends again.
    “Come on you two! It’s time to shake hands and make up.”

make up for

  • Compensate for.
    “If I work longer the next few days I can make up for the time I was absent.”

mark down

  • Reduce the price.
    “The coat was marked down by 40% – a real bargain!”

miss out on

  • Lose an opportunity to do something.
    “What a shame. If you leave before Saturday you’ll miss out on the party.”

mix up

  • Mistake one thing or person for another.
    “I don’t know the members’ names yet. I tend to mix them up.”

move in

  • Arrive in a new home or office.
    “You’ve bought a new house? When are you moving in?”

move out

  • Leave your home/office for another one.
    “My neighbour is leaving. He’s moving out next Saturday.”

nail down

  • Make someone say something precisely.
    “Alex promised to come for a week-end but we’ll have to nail him down to a date.”

name after

  • Give the same name as another person.
    “My husband wanted William to be named after his grandfather.”

narrow down

  • Reduce a list or a number of options.
    “The list of suspects has been narrowed down to three people.”

nod off

  • Fall asleep.
    “My grandfather very often nods off in front of the television.”

nose around

  • Try to discover by searching.
    “The boss hates people nosing around his desk.”

note down

  • Write something down.
    “I’ll call the station and note down the departure times.”