||Phrasal Verb Meaning
||To fill a place with an untidy collection of things.
||With all these things lying around in the garage, we just can’t find anything.
||To pass time lying down while not doing anything.
||Let’s take a week off and lie around on some secluded beach.
||To leave things not in their proper places.
||I shouldn’t have left my keys lying about; now I can’t find them.
||To be the real cause although it is not immediately obvious.
||No one knew what lay behind their sudden change of decision.
||To change from sitting to lying position.
||He lay back in the barber’s chair for a shave.
||To take a sleeping or resting position.
||He was told to lie down for the doctor to examine him.
||To remain in bed later than usual.
||I wish I could lie in and did not have to get up so early.
|To reside or be found.
||The real cause of the problem lies in the poor construction of the bridge.
||To regard something as being caused by someone else.
||The fault lay not with her but with her manager.
|To be decided by.
||The choice as to which schools the children should attend lies with their parents.
||To attentively listen for something.
||John must listen for her signal before he can respond.
||To watch or listen to a television or radio broadcast.
||When the fighting broke out, I listened in to the daily news.
|listen in on
||To secretly listen to a conversation.
||She’s always listening in on her sister’s conversations on the phone.
|listen in to
||To listen to a broadcast.
||They listened in to the news as soon as the fighting broke out.
|listen out for
||To listen to something that is anticipated.
||Each time there’s an announcement, we listened out for the flight number.
||To reside in the place where one is employed.
||He called the police as his butler who lived in suddenly disappeared.
||To depend as a source of support.
||He regarded living off the welfare as beneath his dignity.
|live off (the land)
||To depend as a source of food.
||Most of the residents in the remote area live off their land.
||To continue to exist.
||The pain of losing her husband still lives on.
|To continue to exist
||The memory of that five-day ordeal at the hands of the hijackers lives on in my mind.
||To live the rest of one’s life in a way that one chooses.
||He escaped from prison and lived out his life as a free man.
|To not live in the place where one is employed.
||The three household servants we employed agreed to live out.
|To spend one’s life in a particular way
||His release from prison makes it possible for him to live out a life that he has imagined.
||To experience something dangerous or difficult.
||She had lived through the terrifying experience as a hostage held for two months.
|live up to
||To fulfil what is desired, promised or expected.
||She is certainly living up to her reputation as an incorrigible flirt.
||To tolerate or endure.
||He was often seized by a sudden attack of cramp, which he had learned to live with.
||To lock something in a safe place.
||They lost their valuables which were not locked away in a burglary.
||To keep someone in a building or room by locking the door.
||She locked her children in and went to a nearby grocery store.
||By tracking an enemy target after locating it by radar.
||Our naval ship locked onto a vessel that had intruded into our waters.
||To not allow someone entry to a place by locking the door.
||This is the second time I’ve locked myself out.
||To lock all doors and windows.
||As usual, we have to lock up before we leave the office.
|To imprison someone
||The police recaptured the escaped prisoner and locked him up in the maximum-security prison.
||To take care of.
||Who is going to look after our dogs, cats and gold fish when we go on vacation?
|To take care of
||He left his job to look after his sick wife.
||To be aware of and prepare for a future event.
||We can look ahead to owning a new car if we start saving now.
||We have been looking around for a toilet.
|To survey goods in a casual way
||Let’s look round the antique shops for old coins.
||To direct one’s gaze on someone or something.
||The officer looked at my passport, and then my smiling face and waved me through.
|look back/ (never) looked back
||Each time I look back at that fateful day, I realize I could have done more to help her.
|To continue to be successful.
||After his new business received its first big order, he never looked back.
|look back on
||To remember a past event.
||When I look back on those moments, I realize how unlucky I was.
|look down on
||To regard someone as of lesser importance.
||She looked down on anyone who was a school dropout.
||To search for someone or something.
||Police are looking for a man with a heavily tattooed face.
|look forward to
||To anticipate eagerly.
||I look forward to seeing my next horror movie.
|look in on
||To make a short visit.
||Every other day we look in on grandpa to see if he needs anything.
||To inquire into or investigate.
||There was a proposal that management look into the high turnover of staff.
||To watch without getting involved
||Only one person helped him, the others just looked on.
|To watch without getting involved
||A large crowd looked on as the two cocks fought bravely.
|To regard in a certain way
||We are beginning to look upon him as a close friend.
||To search for.
||We looked out the attic but couldn’t find the old coffee pot.
|look out for
||To keep careful watch for possible danger or difficulties.
||Look out for pickpocket while you are there.
|To take care.
||They promised to look out for each other on the expedition.
||To inspect hastily.
||I looked the shorts over and decided to buy two pairs.
||To look for something among other things.
||Police looked through his house and found blood stains.
|To search untidily for something.
||We looked through all the drawers, but still couldn’t find the document.
||To depend on someone to provide something that is expected, promised or hope for.
||They are cheering and looking to the last runner to win the relay.
||He expects his business to look up in the new year.
|To search for and find a piece of information.
||I enjoy enormously looking words up in the dictionary.
||I never fail to look her up whenever I am in the vicinity.
|look up to
||To have considerable respect or admiration for someone.
||He is the kind of man most people look up to.