||Phrasal Verb Meaning
||To assign a meaning to someone’s words that they just don’t have.
||You are reading too much into her remarks; she probably didn’t mean it.
||To read aloud.
||He read out a list of names of those who died in the disaster.
||To read from beginning to end.
||I read through the passage for him and discovered some mistakes.
||To find out information by reading.
||Let’s read up on the plumbing in the manual before we do anything.
||To urge or persuade by giving good reasons.
||I tried for days to reason with her but she wouldn’t listen.
||To include something in a calculation.
||If you reckon in the prohibitive cost of repairs, it seems worthwhile to buy a new one.
||We didn’t reckon on hiring more staff.
||To have someone powerful or something difficult to deal with.
||He made a report against them, and now they have the police to reckon with.
|To fail to take into account.
||They reckoned without the problem of lack of funds.
||To understand and share the feelings of another person.
||He is unable to relate to older people.
|To have a friendly relationship with someone.
||He doesn’t relate well to his peers.
||To depend on.
||This landlocked country has to rely on its eastern neighbor for its import and export.
|To trust someone
||You can safely rely on his judgment.
||To pass comment.
||Her friends at the party remarked on her outfit.
||To make someone remember someone else.
||The song reminds him of his mates in his prison days.
|To make someone remember something.
||How often do you look at your watch to remind you of the time?
||To bring or send back an account of something, as a journalist or reporter does.
||He reported back that the violence had escalated.
||To be responsible to someone at the workplace.
||We were told to report to the new manager tomorrow.
||The future of the company rests solely on consumers’ demand.
|To look steadily and intently.
||His eyes rested on the young girl sitting alone in the corner.
||To have the responsibility to do something.
||The final decision to or not to release the hostages rests with the leader.
||To be caused by something.
||His death resulted from the negligence on the doctor's part.
||To be caused by something.
||The accident resulted in the loss of his left leg.
||To return a telephone call.
||She said she would ring back and that was ten hours ago.
||To call one’s workplace by telephone.
||The boss rang in to inform he had taken the day off.
|To mark the start of something new.
||The city never fails to ring in the New Year with a brilliant firework display.
||To end a telephone call.
||After a long conversation, we agreed to ring off.
||To be loud and clear.
||A scream rang out from the house across the road in the middle of the night.
||To use a cash register to record an amount.
||The new cashier rang up the wrong amount.
|To call someone or some place by telephone.
||Someone rang up the fire station to report a fire.
||To find or meet by chance.
||I ran across my ex and her lover this morning.
||To seek the attention of someone with the intention of getting romantically involved.
||He is always running after girls with long hair.
|To catch someone up for a purpose.
||He ran after her to return a set of keys which she dropped.
||To compete for something, especially a position of power.
||He intends to run against his father in the by-election.
|To encounter something unexpectedly.
||While swimming across the river, we soon found ourselves running against strong current.
||To tell someone, especially children to go away.
||The children were told to run along so that the two adults could carry on with their conversation.
||To get oneself busy doing many different things.
||At your age, you shouldn’t be running around like that.
||To leave secretly from someone or some place.
||The husband ran away from his domineering wife.
|run away with
||To win easily.
||She ran away with two gold medals in this year’s swimming competition.
|To leave secretly with someone.
||This is the second time he ran away with a neighbour’s wife.
||To hit and knock down someone or something with a vehicle.
||A car ran down a pedestrian while being chased by a patrol car.
|To represent someone as being of little worth; to criticize unfairly.
||She often runs herself down as she feels she’s unable to deal with her life.
|To trace and capture someone.
||The police have finally run down the leader of the drug traffickers in his new hideout.
|To reduce the size, resources, etc. of something.
||They are running down their ostrich farm as the demand for ostrich meat and eggs has fallen.
|To examine something in details; to go over.
||We have to run down the list of names to make sure no one is excluded.
|To lose power.
||The clock has stopped working; it’s very probable its batteries have run down.
||To use a vehicle to hit someone or something by accident.
||He lost control of his car and ran it into a bus.
|To experience a difficulty.
||We ran into financial difficulties six months after we started the business.
|To meet by chance.
||This morning I ran into an old colleague.
|To amount to.
||His wealth is likely to run into seven figures in a few years.
||To run away secretly to get married.
||Her husband ran off with her sister.
|To run away from someone.
||He ran off after getting her pregnant.
|To print or to duplicate.
||The new machine can run off fifty copies in a minute.
|To shed the extra weight.
||She joined a new gym to run off her excess pounds.
|run off with
||To secretly escape or to leave hurriedly to avoid arrest.
||He ran off with a huge sum of his employer’s money.
||To continue longer than is expected.
||The lecture became more boring when it ran on for another hour.
|To be powered by something.
||The professor claimed to have invented a car that ran on seawater.
||To be used up.
||She felt like screaming at him when her patience ran out.
|To come to the end of the period of validity; to expire.
||Our operating licence runs out at the end of the year.
|run out of
||To use up.
||We can’t post our letters now as we have run out of stamps.
|To become used up
||We are running out of funds at the moment, so we are not going on holiday.
|run out on
||To suddenly leave someone.
||She deeply regrets running out on her parents a few months ago.
||To knock down and pass over someone or something by a vehicle.
||His dog died shortly after it was run over by a taxi.
||Let’s run over the tables and figures in the report before we leave for the meeting.
||Someone left the tap on and the water ran over.
|To exceed the expected ending time.
||The meeting has run over by nearly an hour; shall we continue tomorrow?
||To go over something.
||Let’s run through the solutions to the exercises again.
|To examine something.
||She ran through my essay and discovered some spelling mistakes.
||To reach a particular amount or level.
||How could a bill for a minor repair to my car run to a hundred dollars?
||To increase in amount or number.
||We ran up a very large hotel bill.
|To make something, especially clothes, hurriedly.
||With his new machine, the tailor can run up a piece of clothing within hours.
|run up against
||To unexpectedly meet or be faced with difficulty.
||Construction of a chemical plant had run up against growing local opposition.
||To act with urgent haste.
||We rushed around informing all the members of the last-minute cancellation.
||To get involved without prior consideration.
||John begins to regret rushing into that high-risk venture without careful thought.
||To quickly produce and distribute something.
||The manufacturer is rushing out the novelties for the festive season.