Most Important Phrasal verbs for UPSC EPFO English Examination 2021

In English traditional grammar, a phrasal verb is the combination of two or three words from different grammatical categories – a verb and a particle, such as an adverb or a preposition – to form a single semantic unit on a lexical or syntactic level. 

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Examples: turn down, run into, sit up. There are tens of thousands of them, and they are in every day, constant use. These semantic units cannot be understood based upon the meanings of the individual parts alone but must be taken as a whole. In other words, the meaning is non-compositional and thus unpredictable. Phrasal verbs that include a preposition are known as prepositional verbs and phrasal verbs that include a particle are also known as particle verbs. Additional alternative terms for phrasal verbs are compound verbverb-adverb combinationverb-particle constructiontwo-part word/verb or three-part word/verb (depending on the number of particles) and multi-word verb.

Here Are The Top 150 Most Important Phrasal Verbs.

SL No.Phrasal VerbsMeaningExamples
1Ask outTo invite someone to a social event or special occasionWhen Riya asked me out for the party, I had to deny it because I was busy.
2Ask aroundAsk many people the same questionI asked around but nobody has seen my wallet.
3Ask OverInvite to one’s homeWe should ask over Rita as she is alone in her home.
4Back downStop defending your opinion in a debateRaman never backs down and wins almost all cases.
5Bawl outCriticize, reprimandThe minister bawled him out for arriving late.
6Bear onHave to do withThose facts do not bear on this matter at all.
7Bear upWithstandI did not know that Karan would bear up so well in that hard situation.
8Beef upImprove or make more substantialHe beefed up his presentation with diagrams and statistics
9Blow overpass without creating a problemAll this negative publicity will Blow over in a couple of weeks.
10Blow upSuddenly become very angryWhen Kavita heard the news, she blew up and rushed out of the room.
11Bog DownGet caught up in something and be unable to make progress.Try not to get bogged down with / unimportant details.
12Break downStop working properlyThe truck broke down in the desert.
13Break-in / Break intointerrupt/enter a place unlawfullyWhile we were discussing the situation, the little girl Break into unlawfully broke in to give her opinion.
14Break offEnd somethingMy brother broke’ her engagement to Rita off.
15Break outAppear violentlyViolent protests broke out in response to the military coup.
16Bring aroundChange Someone’s Mind, Convince someoneShe doesn’t want to go, but we’ll eventually bring her around
17Bump In toMeet by accident or UnexpectedlyGopal bump into his maths teacher at the super mall
18Buy outOne company buy shares to another’s companyFlipkart was bought out by Walmart
19Buy UpBuy all the supply of an itemWe bought up all the cooldrinks in the store
20Call forRequire (as in a recipe)This recipe calls for butter not cheese
21Call offCancel somethingRamesh called off to the cricket match
22Call onVisit / Invite someone to speakRahul called on his friend while he was in town
23Carry OnContinue (Conversation or game)Carry on your conversation, I just came here to take the water bottle
24Carry OutComplete or Accomplish somethingThe secret agent carried out his orders exactly as planned
25Deck Out (In / With )Dress or DecorateThe girls in birthday party of my daughter were decked out in pretty dresses
26Die away / Die DownDiminish in IntensityThe controversy about the president’s illness finally died down
27Die-off / Die out Become extinctElephants are in danger of dying off
28Dispense withDecide to do without somethingThe company has disp[ensed with the paper version so you’ll have to download it
29Drift ApartBecome less and less closeWe are childhood friends but we drifted apart over the years
30Do overRepeatYou made many mistakes, so I want you to do the report over
31Drop-In/ OnVisit someone unexpectedlyMeg dropped in yesterday after dinner.
Let’s drop in on julie since we’re driving by her house
32Drop outQuit an organized activitySuraj isn’t on the team anymore, he dropped out
33Drop overVisit someone casuallyDo not feel alone in this city, you can drop over any time you feel like talking
34Drown outBe louder in order to cover another soundThey turned up the music to drown out the noise of the children outside
35Eat awayGradually destroy, ErodeThe Strom ate away the newly designed outside
36Ease off / UpReduce, become less severe or slow downAfter Christmas, the workload generally eases off
37Egg onEncourage someone to do somethingyou need to egg on your daughter properly
38Embark on / upStart or Engage in somethingRiya embarked on a career that leads her to fame
39Explain AwayFind an excuse or plausible explanationIt is not easy to explain away the missing money
40Face up toAcknowledge something difficult or embarrassing I’ll never be able to face up to my friend after getting caught stealing his watch
41Fall back onBe able to use in case of emergencyyou should have a fallback if you don’t succeed in the acting career
42Fall out withHave an argument withI had a falling out with my sister last month and we haven’t talked to each other since
43Fall throughFail to happenUnfortunately, the trip to America fell through because I couldn’t save enough money
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