Phrasal verbs are very useful to know when you’re having a casual conversation, or if you want to understand English movies. Here are some common phrasal verbs with examples.
Back up - to provide support
Ex: Officer Dyllans backed up his partner during the raid.
Believe in - to be sure of the existence of something
Ex: Cynthia believes in Santa Claus and her brother Carl believes in aliens.
Blow up - when something is exploded into many pieces
Ex: The bomb in Die Hard blew up a building.
Break down - to get upset (and cry); when a machine stops working
Ex #1: Mary broke down when her cat got hit by a car.
Ex #2: The fax machine breaks down once a week.
Call off - to cancel
Ex: Gary called off the wedding because he was having second thoughts
Cut back - to use less off something
Ex: Amber is trying to cut back on fatty foods.
Figure out - to find the answer to something
Ex: Tommy figured out how to turn on the washing machine.
Get along - to have a good relationship with someone.
Ex: Ronald and Lincoln don’t get along.
Give up - to stop a bad habit
Ex: Charles gave up smoking.
Hang out - to spend time somewhere / with someone
Ex: Most kids hand out at the shopping mall.
Let down - to fail someone
Ex: Daniella let her sister down when she forgot to show up at her graduation.
Live with - to accept something in your life
Ex: Peter lives with the noisy airplanes flying above his house at night.
Max out - to reach the limit for something
Ex: John maxed out his credit card buying video games.
Pass away - to die
Ex: Ingrid passed away last week after spending a year in the hospital.
Put up with - to tolerate, to try and bear
Ex: Arnold puts up with his wife’s awful singing.
Run out - to have none left
Ex: Sharon ran out of eggs and had to go to the supermarket to buy more.
Talk into - to convince someone to do something
Ex: Mandy talked her husband into going to Las Vegas for the weekend.
Throw away - to put something in the garbage
Ex: Harold threw away his old VHS tapes.
Warm up - to increase the temperature of something
Ex: Veronica warmed up her dinner in the microwave.