25 More Phrasal Verbs You Can Use At Work

Share on facebook
Share on twitter
Share on linkedin
Share on whatsapp

In this Facebook Live session, Amnah shares 25 more phrasal verbs that you can use at work! Watch the replay here.

Or listen on SpotifyApple Podcasts or Google Podcasts.

What are phrasal verbs?

A phrasal verb is a combination of words (verb + preposition OR verb + adverb OR verb + adverb + preposition) that when used together, usually take on a different meaning to that of the original verb.

When we use phrasal verbs, we use them like normal verbs in a sentence.

Here are the 25 phrasal verbs shared in the session:

1. account for

 to be the reason why something exists or happens

A number of factors account for the differences between the two scores.

The increase in carbon dioxide emissions may account for changes in the climate.

2. bear with

used as a polite way of asking someone to be patient while you do or finish something

If you just bear with me for a few more minutes, we’ll have all the paperwork finished.

3. consists of

to be made of particular parts or things

Breakfast consisted of bread and a cup of coffee.

My role seemed to consist of standing and smiling at people.

4. deal with

to take action to do something, especially to solve a problem

The government must now deal with the problem of high unemployment.

I spent the morning dealing with my emails.

5. end up

to be in a particular place or state after doing something or because of doing it

Keep on doing that and you’ll end up in serious trouble.

You’ll just end up with more problems to fix down the road.

6. factor in

to include a particular amount or factor when you calculate something

Total spending was virtually the same after factoring in inflation.

7. gloss over

to ignore or avoid unpleasant facts

He could no longer gloss over his failures.

8. hold off

to deliberately delay doing something

He may decide to hold off for a few days.

She held off calling him until the last possible moment.

9. indulge in

to become involved in (something, especially something that is considered wrong or improper)

Both candidates have promised not to indulge in further personal attacks for the remainder of the campaign.

10. jot down

to write something in a quick informal way

Carry a small notepad in your pocket and jot down your observations.

11. kick off

to begin, or to begin something

I’d like to kick off with a quick look at last month’s sales figures.

We are kicking off the event with a student performance.

12. lay off

to end someone’s employment, especially temporarily, because there is not enough work for them

They’ve had to cut back production and lay off workers.

13. mark up

(of a retailer) to add a certain amount to the cost of goods to cover overhead and profit.

She marks up prized garments by at least 50 per cent.

14. nail down

to definitely decide, arrange, or complete something

They’re on the verge of getting the agreement nailed down.

15. opt out

to decide not to take part in something or to stop taking part in it

The firm opted out of the company car scheme last year.

If you opt out before December 1st, your deposit will be refunded.

16. point out

to tell someone something

Thank you for pointing that out.

He pointed out that we had two hours of free time before dinner.

17. queue up

to wait for something in a queue. The usual American word is line up.

There was a long line of fans queueing up for tickets.

18. ramp up

to increase, or to increase something such as a rate or level, especially the rate at which goods are produced

Operations quickly ramped up.

We’ve had to ramp up production to meet demand.

19. settle for

to accept someone or something that is not exactly what you wanted because you cannot have what you wanted

Injuries and illness forced the team to settle for third place.

Why settle for second best when you can have something better?

20. think over

to consider a problem or decision carefully

Let’s think over his proposal before we see him again.

21. use up

to use all of a supply of something

I’ve used up all my annual leave entitlement, and it’s only March.

22. vouch for

to assert or confirm as a result of one’s own experience that something is true or accurately so described.

The explosive used is of my own formulation, and I can vouch for its efficiency.

23. wind up

to end something

I’d like to wind up the meeting soon.

24. yield up

to finally allow people to see something that has been hidden

This latest dig has yielded up over a hundred pieces of fine Roman silverware.

25. zoom in on

to focus on, examine closely

The moderator got the panelists to zoom in on the healthcare issue

Do you want to speak English with confidence?

Sign up to join our free video training, Speaking with Confidence. We’ll send you seven tips to your email address!

Here’s Tip 1 for a sneak peek of what’s in store for you.

Hi there!

We’re Azimah, Amnah and Aisya from Malaysia. We created My English Matters as an online platform to help people improve their English.

You may have seen us on: