I posted a video on Instagram with many common phrasal verbs. I got so many questions that I decided to write all the words down with their meaning + examples.
The best way to learn phrasal verbs is through practice. Don’t try to learn all of these in a day.
What is a phrasal verb?
It is a phrase (such as take off or look down on) that combines a verb with a preposition or adverb or both and that functions as a verb whose meaning is different from the combined meanings of the individual words.
Sometimes phrasal verbs have MORE than one meaning. I’m going to give the meaning based on how I used it in the video.
1. Take out — remove something from somewhere.
I’m going to take out my earring.
I’m going to take out the trash.
2. Take off — remove clothing from one’s body.
Take off your shirt!
Take off your shoes before coming in the house.
3. Wrap around — Put something around someone.
He wrapped the blanket around himself.
I wrapped by bathrobe around me.
4. Wash off — to clean something by using water.
I always wash my makeup off before going to sleep.
He washed the dirt off his body.
5. Roll up — curl up tightly.
Roll up your sleeves and let’s get to work.
He rolled up his pant legs.
5. Squirt out — to eject something liquid with force.
I squirted out my face wash.
He squirted out some toothpaste.
6. Turn on — start the flow of something by a switch.
Turn on the water please.
Turn on the lights.
7. Scrub down — to wash something or someone thoroughly.
He scrubbed down the car after work.
I scrubbed down my face.
8. Splash on — to slosh or spatter something onto someone.
I splashed water on my face.
She splashed some water on him in the pool.
9. Pat down — remove moisture with a cloth by gently tapping.
I patted down my face.
She patted the baby’s face.
10. Dry off — to become dry.
After swimming, you should dry off.
He dried off his dog after giving him a bath.
11. Put on — place something on someone’s body/face.
I put on my clothes.
Alice put lotion on her face.
12. Rub into — using force to penetrate something into the skin.
I like to rub the lotion into my face.
He is rubbing the shampoo into her hair.
13. Spit out — expel something from the mouth.
He spit out the bitter juice.
I spit out my gum.
14. Wash off — to clean something by using water.
He washed off his dirty feet. I washed the dirt off my face.
15. Brush through — to tidy one’s hair by running a brush through it.
He brushed though his daughter’s hair.
I brushed my hair before bed.
16. Get in — to enter a place.
I got in bed by 9pm.
I am going to get in my bed now.
17. Snuggle up — to move close to someone or something.
I like to snuggle up with my kids.
He snuggled up with his blanket.
18. Read through — read written material from beginning to end.
I read through my magazine before bed.
He read through the article.
19. Stayed up — to continue to be awake past your normal time before bed.
He stayed up until midnight.
My kids think they can stay up all night.
20: Nod off — begin to sleep
He nodded off during the movie.
I want to nod off to sleep early tonight.
21. Get up: wake up
I get up at 6am.
My kids get up after me.
Well that’s all. I hope you learn how to use these words in your daily life. Don’t worry if they still feel hard. Learning a language takes TIME and energy! But I have faith in you!
You can also check out my video below to see these words in action 🙂