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FCE Phrasal Verbs: B-C
FCE Phrasal Verbs: D-H 
FCE Phrasal Verbs: K-R 
FCE Phrasal Verbs: S-W 
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What is a Phrasal Verb?

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.

Examples: turn down, run into, sit up

B2 First (FCE) Use of English Part 1: Multiple Choice and Part 2: Open Cloze tasks focus to test your knowledge at phrasal level i.e. collocations like ‘pay attention to’, phrasal verbs: like ‘give up’ and linking phrases like ‘even if’.

Therefore, good knowledge of phrasal verbs will let you take the B2 First (FCE) exam with confidence.

FCE Phrasal Verbs: B-C


be about tobe on the point of
be aftergo after; chase
be againstbe opposed to
be awaybe absent
be backreturn; come back
be inbe at home/in one’s office etc
be in forbe about to experience (usu bad)
be onbe shown in cinemas, theatres etc
be overbe finished
be up to1) be equal to, 2) depend on
break down1) (of machinery) stop working, 2) (of a person) lose control of feelings
break in1) (intr) enter by force, 2) (on) interrupt, 3) (horses etc) train
break into1) (tr) enter by force, 2) burst into (song, laughter etc)
break off1) stop temporarily, 2) (tr) end a relationship
break out1) begin suddenly (war, disease, fire etc), 2) (of) escape from a place
break up1) (intr) separate; split up, 2) stop for holidays (schools etc)


bring aboutcause to happen
bring back1) recall, 2) reintroduce
bring down1) cause to fall, 2) reduce prices
bring forwardsuggest an idea
bring oncause, usu sth unpleasant
bring outpublish
bring round1) help sb regain consciousness, 2) persuade sb to change opinion
bring topersuade sb to change opinion
bring up1) raise a child, 2) vomit, 3) introduce a subject, 4) mention
be/get carried awaybe/get excited
carry offdo sth successfully
carry on (with)continue esp despite difficulties
carry outperform, complete
carry overpostpone
carry through1) complete despite difficulties, 2) help sb survive during troubled times


come acrossmeet/find by chance
come byobtain
come down withbecome ill from
come intoinherit
come off1) happen, 2) succeed
come out1) be published, 2) bloom
come round1) visit casually, 2) regain consciousness, 3) (to + O) be persuaded to change opinion
come toregain consciousness
come oncome along; hurry up
come throughsurvive
come upbe mentioned
come up toequal
come up withfind (an answer, solution etc)
cut acrosstake a shorter way
cut back (on)reduce (production)
cut downreduce length of sth
cut down (on)reduce amount consumed
cut in/intointerrupt
cut offdisconnect
be cut offbe isolated
cut out1) leave out; remove, 2) (for) (passive) be suited for
cut upcut into small pieces
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FCE Phrasal Verbs: D-H 


do away withabolish
do downspeak badly of sb
do inkill
do outclean
do up1) fasten; tie, 2) redecorate
do with1) need; want, 2) have a connection with
do withoutmanage to live or continue without
fall backmove back; retreat
fall back onuse sth in the absence of sth else; turn to
fall behind1) fail to keep up with, 2) be late with payment
fall for1) be tricked, 2) fall in love with sb
fall in withaccept sb’s plans, ideas
fall offdecrease
fall on1) attack, 2) eat (food) hungrily
fall out (with)quarrel
fall throughfail to be completed


get aboutmove around; spread
get sth acrossmake sth understood
get away (from)1) escape, 2) leave
get along (with)have a friendly relationship
get at1) reach, 2) imply, suggest
get away with sthavoid being punished for sth
get sb downdepress
get off1) to avoid punishment, 2) to descend from a bus etc
get on1) enter a bus etc, 2) manage
get on withcontinue, often after interruption
get over1) return to usual state of health, happiness etc after sth bad, 2) overcome
get (a)roundcoax; persuade sb by kindness
get through1) finish work, 2) reach sb by phone
give away1) give sth for free, 2) reveal
give offemit
give backreturn
give in1) surrender, 2) hand in
give outdistribute
give up1) stop (a habit etc), 2) surrender


go about withkeep company with
go aheadgo in front
go back onbreak a promise, agreement, etc
go down withbecome ill
go for1) attack, 2) apply for
go in forenter a competition
go off1) explode, 2) (of food) go bad
go out1) be extinguished, 2) mix socially
go over1) examine details, 2) repeat
go roundbe enough for everyone to have a share
hold back1) hesitate, 2) control, 3) keep a secret
hold onwait
hold out1) endure, 2) last
hold up1) delay, 2) rob (sb or sth)
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FCE Phrasal Verbs: K-R 


keep at sthcontinue working on sth
keep away (from)stay away
keep back1) stay back, 2) conceal
keep behindmake sb remain after others have left
keep sb/sth downcontrol
keep (oneself) from1) prevent from, 2) avoid
keep in withremain friendly with
keep sb/sth off(cause) to stay at a distance
keep oncontinue
keep up withstay level with (sb/sth)
let sth downlengthen a garment
let sb downdisappoint
let sb offnot to punish
let onreveal a secret
let outmake (a garment) loser, larger etc
let uplessen, stop gradually


look aftertake care of
look down ondespise (opp. look up to)
look forsearch for
look forward toanticipate
look intoinvestigate
look on1) be a spectator, 2) regard; consider
look out (for)watch out
look overinspect carefully (sth written)
look throughstudy carefully (sth written)
look up1) look for an address, name, etc in the relevant book or list, 2) visit sb after a lapse of time (specially sb living at some distance)
make formove quickly towards
make up1) invent (story, poem etc), 2) make an amount complete, 3) compose, 4) reconcile, 5) prepare (by mixing)
make oneself upput cosmetics on
make up forcompensate for
make out1) complete; fill in, 2) distinguish, 3) understand


put asidesave (usu money)
put awayput in the usual place
put down1) suppress by force, 2) write down; make a note, 3) attribute to, 4) criticize
put forwardpropose
put offpostpone
put on1) switch on, 2) increase (weight), 3) pretend to be/have
put out1) extinguish, 2) cause inconvenience
put throughconnect by phone
put up1) offer hospitality, 2) erect, 3) raise prices
put up withtolerate
run acrossmeet or find by chance
run afterchase
run away withsteal
run down1) (of a battery) lose power, 2) (passive) be exhausted, 3) knock down, 4) speak badly of sb
run into1) meet unexpectedly, 2) collide with
run out ofcome to an end
run overread through quickly; review
run up againstface; encounter
run throughexamine quickly; rehearse
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FCE Phrasal Verbs: S-W 


see aboutdeal with; make arrangements for (= see to)
see sb offgo with sb to their point of departure
see sb outaccompany sb to the door/exit of a house/building
see overinspect (a house, flat etc)
see through sb/sthnot be deceived by sb/sth
see sb throughsupport sb until the end of a difficult time
see to1) make arrangements, 2) attend to sth
set about1) begin to do, 2) attack
set asidesave for a special purpose
set back1) delay progress of sth, 2) delay an event till a later date, 3) cost (slang)
set out1) begin a journey, 2) start a course of action with a clear aim in mind
set instart and seem likely to continue
set on(cause to) attack
set up1) start a business, 2) build; erect, 3) establish


stand by1) remain loyal esp in a difficult situation, 2) watch passively, 3) be ready for action
stand for1) represent, 2) (usu in questions and negations) tolerate; put up with
stand in forreplace sb temporarily
stand outbe very noticeable, prominent
stand up forsupport; defend
stand up toresist; stay in good condition
be taken abackbe strongly surprised
take afterlook like
take sth backadmit that one was wrong in what one said
take down1) lengthen a garment (let down), 2) seperate into pieces in order to repair or remove, 3) write down
take in1) give accommodation, 2) deceive
take foridentify sb or sth wrongly
take off1) remove clothes, 2) copy sb’s speech or manners esp for fun; imitate
take on1) undertake responsibility, 2) employ
take sb outtake sb to the theatre etc
take overtake control or responsibility
take tolike
take upbegin to do sth a a hobby


turn away1) refuse to let in, 2) refuse to help
turn down1) reduce volume, power etc (opp: turn up), 2) reject
turn ingo to bed
turn intoconvert into
turn offswitch off (opp: turn on)
turn onswitch on
turn out1) prove to be in the end, 2) force sb to leave, 3) produce
turn togo to sb for help, advice etc
turn overgo to the next page
turn upincrease the volumn, pressure etc (opp: turn down)
work onbe busy with
work out1) find by reasoning, 2) turn out successfully
work updevelop
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