Phrasal Verb Phrasal Verb Meaning Example Sentence
make away with To steal. I saw in a store a kid made away with a bar of chocolate.
make for To move towards somewhere. We quickly made for the river bank when our boat started to leak. 
  To produce a particular result. Knowing the same language makes for better communication.
make into To change something so that it becomes something else. They made trash into adorable ornaments.
make of To influence the formation or development of. Your life is what you make of it.  
To ask someone for their opinion. His last word before he died was about poison; what do you make of it?
make off To leave hurriedly. The robbers made off when the alarm sounded. 
To take something away illegally. Police arrested a pickpocket who made off with ten wallets.
make out To understand. She whispered in my ear, but I could not make out what it was. 
To see, hear or recognize with difficulty. I couldn’t make out the sign through the fog. 
To write out. He made out a cheque in payment of the fees. 
To portray someone in a particular way Why do they make him out to be a religious person when he is not?
make over To transfer the ownership of something to someone else. He made over his entire estate to his only child. 
To restore to a good state. The family bought the old crumbling mansion and made it over into an imposing one.
make towards To go in the direction of something. She made towards the exit when she had made all her purchases.
make up To set something in order. The maid made up their bedroom when they were out. 
To invent something such as a story, excuse, etc. so as to deceive. It’s pretty obvious she made up that story about being attacked. 
To put something together. We made up a list of the tasks that are to be tackled in order of priority. 
To make good the amount that falls short of what is required. He saved as much as he could for the car, and his dad made up the deficit. 
To replace. They are making up for lost time by working overtime. 
To apply make-up. Each morning, she takes considerable time to make up before leaving for work. 
To form a part of a whole. Tips made up a large portion of his income. 
To restore friendly relations after a quarrel) The two neighbours mutually agreed to make up with a handshake.
make up for To compensate. No amount of money could make up for the loss of her husband.
make up to To do something that is to one’s advantage. Jack made up to Jill in hopes of keeping her as his girlfriend.
mark down To reduce the price of something. The store attracts a big crowd as most items on sale have been marked down.
mark off To use a mark to indicate an item has been dealt with. She marked off all the items she had bought. 
To use something to separate an area Police marked off the crime scene with tape. 
mark out To draw lines to indicate something. They have marked out the area for vehicles to park.
mark up To increase the price of something. Flour is likely to be marked up as there will soon be a shortfall in supply.  
mete to To give punishment. His family felt that the sentence meted out to him was unjustly harsh.
mix up To fail to distinguish between two or more persons or things. I called the wrong number when I mixed your telephone number up with another. 
To disarrange a group of things by putting them in the wrong order. Someone mixed those cards up when they should arrange the titles on the cards in alphabetical order.
mop up To clean a surface by soaking up the liquid. The milk spilled across the floor, and who is to mop it up?
move away To go to a different place to live. The children moved away as soon as they got married.
move in To begin to occupy a new house. We moved in as soon as it was ready for occupation.
move in on To go closer to a place in order to attack or seize control of it. The police have located the gang’s hideout and are moving in on them.
move on To get going. We have already been here a couple of days; let’s move on to our next destination. 
To leave a place I pulled over but a traffic policeman waved to me to move on.
move out To cease to live in a house. We decided to move out when the landlord increased the rent again.
move over To change from one position to another so that more space is available. Let’s move over and let him sit down.

 

 

Phrasal Verb Phrasal Verb Meaning Example Sentence
nibble away at To make or become gradually less. All these tidbits are nibbling away at the money we brought along with us.
nod off To doze off unintentionally. He often nods off while watching television.

  

 

Phrasal Verb Phrasal Verb Meaning Example Sentence
occur to To come to one’s mind. It never occurred to me that you really believe the world is flat.
open into To lead to a particular place Like a hotel, each room in the mansion opens into the corridor.
open up To begin firing. In the army barracks, a soldier went berserk and opened up with a machine gun. 
To start business. Every morning the stallholders in the new market open up well before dawn. 
To speak readily. After much persuasion, she finally opened up and revealed the truth about what happened that day. 
To perform a surgical operation. The surgeons opened the patient up and discovered what they had been suspecting all along. 
To convert land to a new purpose, especially by constructing buildings. The developer opened up the land for a housing estate.