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

opt out (of)

  • Leave a system or decide not to participate.
    “I enjoy tennis but I’m so busy I had to opt out of the tournament. “

own up

  • Admit or confess something.
    “The boy owned up. He said he kicked the ball through the window.”

pass away

  • Die.
    “The old lady passed away peacefully.”

pass on

  • Transmit.
    “Don’t forget to pass on the information to all the members.”

pass out

  • Faint; lose consciousness.
    “She passed out when she received confirmation that the plane had crashed.”

pay back

  • Reimburse.
    “I will lend you £20 provided you pay me back before the end of the week. “

phase in/out

  • Introduce or discontinue something gradually.
    “The government decided to phase in the new regulations.”

pick on

  • Choose someone to blame, punish, bully, etc.
    “The other children were always picking on Charlie because of his red hair.”

pick out

  • Select; choose.
    “Will you help me pick out a handbag to go with my outfit?”

pick up

  • Learn.
    “Children are quick to pick up a new language.”
  • Collect somebody/something; give someone a lift.
    “James is coming to pick me up at the station..”

play up

  • Cause pain or discomfort.
    “My stomach is starting to play up again after all that heavy food.”
  • Emphasise the value or make something seem more important.
    “Donald always plays up his achievements.”

play down

  • Minimise the value or make something appear less important.
    “The government tried to play down the gravity of the situation.”

point out

  • Indicate; direct attention to something.
    “My mother pointed out the house where she grew up.”

pop over

  • Come or go quickly in the direction specified.
    “She popped over to the shop to buy a sandwich.”

pop in

  • Make a brief visit.
    “My daughter sometimes pops in for a cup of coffee.”

pop up

  • Arise, occur.
    “The question of security popped up during the meeting.”

    pull in

    • Move to a designated place at the side of the road.
      “A police car signalled to me to pull in.”

    pull off

    • Leave the road momentarily.
      “I was tired from driving so I pulled off for a rest and a cup of coffee.”

    pull out

    • Move out from the roadside onto the road.
      “A motorbike suddenly pulled out in front of me.”

    pull over

    • Move over to the side of the road.
      “She pulled over to make way for the ambulance.”

    pull up

    • Stop.
      “All vehicles must pull up at the traffic lights.”

    pull through

    • Overcome difficulties or illness.
      “My grandmother caught pneumonia last winter but she pulled through.”

    put away

    • Return something to the place where it is usually kept.
      “Please put away the dictionary when you’ve finished using it.

    put back

    • Replace, return to its proper place.
      “Please put the dictionary back on the shelf beside the others.”

    put forward

    • Propose or recommend something.
      “The chairman put forward a proposal to move to bigger offices.”

    put off

    • Postpone; delay; arrange a later date.
      “The meeting has been put off until next week because of the strike.”

    put on

    • Turn on / switch on.
      Could you put on the light please?
    • Wear a garment or piece of clothing.
      “You’d better put on your coat – it’s cold outside today.”

    put out

    • Extinguish.
      “It took the fire fighters a long time to put out the fire.”

    put (yourself) out

    • Go to a lot of trouble; be inconvenienced.
      “Please don’t put yourself out for us.”

    put (something) out

    • Leave or place something outside the house.
      “Don’t forget to put out the dustbin this evening”.

    put through

    • Connect two people (on the phone).
      “Just a moment please. I’ll put you through to Mr. Brown.”

    put up

    • Erect, build.
      Danny put up a tent in the garden to keep the children happy.”

    put (someone) up

    • Accommodate; give someone a bed
      “We can put you up if you’d like to come for the week-end.”

    put up with

    • Tolerate.
      “I don’t know how you can put up with the noise of all that traffic.”