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

use up

  • Finish a product ( so that there’s none left).
    “What a nuisance! The kids have used up all the toothpaste. “

veer away from

  • Avoid, stay away from.
    “I veer away from hypochondriacs if I can.”

vouch for

  • Express confidence in, or guarantee something.
    “You can give the keys to Andy. I can vouch for him. “

wake up

  • Stop sleeping.
    Wake up! It’s eight o’clock!”

ward off

  • Keep away or repel (something dangerous or unpleasant).
    “I take plenty of vitamin C in winter to ward off colds.”

warm up

  • Reheat something. 
    “She didn’t have time to cook so she warmed up some left-over soup.”
  • Make more lively or more relaxed.
    “He told a few jokes to warm up the atmosphere.”

wash up

  • Wash the dishes after a meal.
    “Who’s going to help me wash up?”

wash up

  • Be carried onto the land or shore.
    “Items from the boat were washed up on the beach.”

watch out

  • Be careful.
    Watch out! There’s a car coming.”

water down

  • Dilute or make weaker by adding water.
    “If you water down the medicine it will be easier to take.”
  • Make less severe.
    “He watered down his remarks so as not to offend anyone.”

wear away

  • Disappear after use or over time.
    “The words printed on the cover had worn away.”

wear down

  • Make someone feel weary or tired.
    “Kim is exhausted. The baby’s constant crying is wearing her down.

wear off

  • Gradually disappear.
    “The effect of the painkiller began to wear off.”

wear out

  • Become unusable.
    “During the trip Julie wore out her shoes sightseeing.
  • Become very tired
    “At the end of the every day Julie was worn out.

whip up

  • Prepare quickly.
    “I can whip up something to eat if you’re hungry.”

wind up

  • Finish or put an end to something.
    “Before winding up his speech he thanked everyone for their presence.”
    “Larry decided to wind up his business and retire.”
  • Arrive finally in a place.
    “After a long drive we finally wound up in a village with a spectacular view.”

wipe off

  • Clean (board, table).
    “The teacher asked one of the children to wipe off the board.”

wolf down

  • Eat greedily and quickly.
    “The boys wolfed down the whole cake in no time!”

work out

  • Do physical exercise.
    “Tanya works out twice a week at the gym club.”
  • Find a solution or calculate something.
    “It’s going to be expensive but I haven’t worked out the exact cost yet.”

work up

  • Develop
    “A good walk will work up an appetite.”

wrap up

  • Cover; enclose.
    “She’s busy right now. She’s wrapping up her Christmas presents.”
  • Complete (a task, a discussion).
    “The salesman hoped to wrap up a few deals at the end of  the demonstration.”

write back

  • Reply to a letter.
    “Lucy and Steve sent me an invitation and I wrote back to accept it.”

write down

  • Note something on a piece of paper.
    “Richard wrote down the address of the hotel.”