Phrasal Verbs J - O
This is the phrasal verb reference section. Here there are definitions and examples for hundreds of phrasal verbs found in English.
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1. Find and follow a target.
The missile locked on the ship and destroyed it.
2. Follow a plan through with determination.
He is locked on to the idea of becoming a lawyer.
1. Close a house, shop well.
When you finish John, can you lock up and leave the keys with my brother.
2. Put a criminal in jail.
All murderers should be locked up for life.
1. Take care of.
Nurses look after patients in hospital.
2. Take responsibility for.
I have to look after the company for a month or so while she's ill.
3. (Informal) Pay a bill.
I will look after this. Don't worry about it.
Think about the future.
I'm looking ahead to a time when we will travel around in personal flying machines.
Help me. I am looking for my umbrella and I can't remember where I put it.
Think with anticipation about something in the future.
I'm looking forward to seeing my old friend again. I haven't seen her for nearly five years.
The police are looking into a suspicious incident last night.
Watch as a spectator.
The firemen tackled the blaze while the crowd looked on.
1. Be careful.
Look out! There's a policeman coming!
If I go into town, I will look out for some of that wine you want.
Carefully inspect something.
We need to look over that report again before submitting it.
Rely on someone for something.
If you really need help, don't look to him. He is useless!
1. Search for information.
Look up his phone number in the directory.
2. Find a person a visit them.
If I come to New York next month, I will look you up.
Look Up To
Show great admiration for someone, usually older, more senior.
He looks up to his mother and follows every bit of advice she gives him.
Suffer personally or financially if you do something.
You will lose by selling your house now. Wait a year.
Suffer personally or financially by not doing something. Do especially worse than others.
I lost out because I didn't know you could claim a refund.
Chase, run after someone.
The police made after the thief but he got away.
Move, travel towards.
We made for the hotel when it began raining.
I can't make anything of his argument. It doesn't make any sense.
The thieves made off with the three statues from the museum.
1. Claim something is true that isn't.
Stop making out that you were at school when I know you weren't!
2. See clearly.
From the hill, we could make out the old cathedral in the distance.
I can't make out your handwriting. Can you type next time?
The house was made over to her husband after the divorce.
1. End an argument.
They argued a lot at the party but made up eventually.
2. Put cosmetics on.
It takes me half an hour to make myself up in the morning.
3. Invent a story, lie.
He made up the whole story about him being a fisherman.
4. Prepare food.
We can make up some sandwiches for the journey tomorrow.
5. Recuperate a space in time or distance.
Hurry up. We have two hours to make up if we don't want to be late.
We need a thousand dollars. We have 800 and John said he would make up the rest.
Make Up For
Be a valid substitute.
Can all the money in the world make up for a loveless marriage?
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