abandon to: They abandoned the village to the advancing army.
abide by: They have to abide by the health and safety regulations.
abound in: The cave abounds in bats.
abstain from: The delegates decided to abstain from voting.
accede to: She would not accede to parental pressure to get married.


acclimate to: The sooner she acclimates to living in this big city the better it is for her.
account for: Increasing disappearance of icebergs in the Arctic is accounted for by global warming.
accuse of: They accuse him of not telling the truth.
accustom to: It took quite a while for him to accustom himself to the cold climate.
acquaint with: Fred would like to get acquainted with the new neighbour's daughter.


acquit of: The jury acquitted him of murder.
act for: John is looking for an experienced lawyer to act for him.
act onActing on a tip-off, police launched a pre-dawn raid on a house.
adapt to: I find it hard to adapt myself to my new workplace.
adapt for: Shakespeare's plays have been adapted for children.


adapt from: The play had been adapted from a novel.
add to: Increase in fuel prices will add to the cost of the project.
adhere to: We have to make sure the guidelines are strictly adhered to.
adjust to: She took a while to get herself adjusted to her new surroundings.
admit to: He admitted to eating my pizza.


admit into: Those without tickets will not be admitted into the stadium.
advance towards: The army advanced rapidly towards the capital.
advise on: We appointed him to advise us on all financial matters.
advise to: The group members were advised to arrive early
affix to: Wong affixed the stamp to the wrong corner of the envelope.


afflict with: He's severely afflicted with an unknown disease.
agree on: They belong to different political parties, but they agree on almost everything.
agree to: She agreed to meet me only after I've apologized to her.
agree with: I don't like you but I agree entirely with what you have said.
aim at: The hunter aimed his gun at the elephant but did not shoot.


allude to: John often alluded to his difficulties with his mother-in-law.
alternate with: Jack and Jill alternated with each other in bathing the dog.
amazed at: We were amazed at her sudden change in attitude.
amount to: His decision amounts to an outright refusal.
answer for: David will have to answer for his impoliteness.


apologize for: He apologized for the awful thing he said.
appeal to: The organization appealed to the public for blood donation.
appear from: It appears from what he says that he did all the work.
apply to: The restrictions do not apply to foreigners.
approve of: His mother does not approve of his smoking.


argue against: He argued against inviting her to the party.
argue for: She argued for having her at the party.
argue with: Why do you argue with everybody including me?
arrange for: We have arranged for Bob to meet you at the airport.
arrive at: By the time we arrived at his place, he had already left.
ascribe to: Some ascribed his exemplary behaviour to his religious upbringing.
ask for: Paul got drunk and asked the police for money to take a taxi home.
aspire to: He aspired to a better position in life.
assent to: The members assented to the proposal without much debate.
assist in: He volunteered to assist me in organizing the festival.


associate with: His parents have been advising him to stop associating with those loafers.
atone for: She felt that she should do more good deeds to atone for her sin.
attend to: There were not enough salespersons to attend to the customers.
attribute to: He attributed his success to his wife's constant encouragement.
avail of: He always avails himself of every opportunity to complain about other people.


back down: The government backed down over the issue after widespread protests.
back off: They told him to back off after he put too much pressure on them.
back out: We were shocked when he backed out of the project at the last minute.
back up: The witnesses backed up his account of the incident.
balk at: Jim balked at doing what he has to do.


band against: The workers banded against the takeover of the business by an outsider.
bank on: We can bank on him leading us on the long trek.
bargain for: The union intends to bargain for a minimum wage.
bargain with: The retailer bargained with the wholesaler for bulk discounts.
base on/upon: The film is based on an actual event.


bear with: You should bear with his tempers while you are staying with him.
become of: I've not heard from her for quite sometime; what has become of her I wonder.
beg for: I beg for forgiveness from God for all the sins I've committed.
beg with: I beg with her that she will leave me for good.
begin by: The comedian began the show by performing the pigeon mating dance.


believe in: He believes in ghosts but does not believe in God.
benefit from: The whole of mankind has benefited from the advancements in science.
bequeath to: What her father bequeathed to her included a collection of rare stamps.
beset with: His journey across the desert was beset with all sorts of danger.
bestow on: The President bestowed a medal for bravery on him.


betray to: The leader was betrayed to the police by gang members.
beware of: We should always beware of pickpocket in crowded places.
blame for: He was unfairly blamed for something he did not do.
blow out: One of our tyres blew out while we were on our way to catch a train.
blow over: We waited until the storm blew over before continuing our journey.


blow up: A suicide bomber blew up a van carrying soldiers.
blush at: He blushes at the thought of befriending her.
boast about: Crocket always boasts about his knowledge of crocodiles.
boast of: He keeps boasting of his new wife.
boil away: The soup really boiled away; it's so much less now.


boil down to: What his endless arguments boil down to is that he wants others to believe him.
boil over: The discussion boiled over into a shouting match.
border on: His attitude towards foreigners often borders on hostility.
borrow from: Each time I borrow six books from the library.
bother about: I'm not really bothered about getting along with my mother-in-law.


bother with: Let's don't bother with waiting for a bus. Let's go by taxi.
brag about: He's always bragging about his newfound wealth.
brag of: Brain likes to brag of having the most beautiful girlfriend.
break away: Smaller pieces of ice broke away from the main iceberg and floated away.
break down: After ten years, their marriage broke down irretrievably leading to a divorce.


break into: They broke into a research laboratory and removed all the animals.
break of: She found it hard to break herself of biting nails.
break off: Jack broke off with Jill after only three months.
break out: A plan by some prisoners to break out of the prison was foiled by the prison guards.
break up: The police used tear gas to break up the protest demonstration.


bring about: Global warming will bring about changes in man's attitude towards the environment.
bring back: More and more people are advocating that the death penalty be brought back.
bring down: Corruption and bribery scandal had brought down the government.
bring forth: High-level corruption within the government brought forth deep shame.
bring forward: The matches have been brought forward to avoid the bad weather.


bring in: The police had to be brought in to settle a seemingly private dispute.
bring on/upon: There are people who bring misfortune upon themselves.
bring out: Disasters bring out the best in human nature when they volunteer in rescue operations.
bring together: What brought them together is their common interests.
bring up: The divorcee brought up her six children single-handedly.


brood over: She's still brooding over the separation between her and her husband.
brush off: The film star brushed off a rumour of his impending divorce.
brush up: I must brush up on my driving before I get a car.
build of: One of the three little pigs' houses was built of straw.
burden with: Mary burdens me with her troubles as if I have no problems of my own.


burn away: Fire burnt away the building leaving only the pillars standing.
burn down: By the time the firemen arrived, the fire had burnt the houses down.
burn out: The fire was too huge to be extinguished and had to be left to burn itself out.
burn up: The forest fire burnt up vast tracts of woodland.
burst into: The audience burst into laughter when the clown's foot slipped and he fell.


burst out: When the clown fell down, the audience of children burst out laughing.
buy into: That's your personal belief; I'm not buying into it.
buy off: The accused man's father tried to buy the judge off but was arrested.
buy out: He bought out some shareholders and now he has a controlling interest in the business.
buy up: Lee bought up a huge quantity of a scarce commodity in anticipation of its price increase.


call back: I have already called her ten times and she hasn't called back.
call for: The people are calling for a change of government.
call in: They tried to settle the matter without calling in the police.
call off: The couple called off their engagement by mutual consent.
call on: She's never in when I called on her.


call up: That was the first time he was called up to play for the national tem.
capitalize on: We capitalized on the opportunity to learn French when we were in France.
care about: All she cares about is talking about other people.
care for: Gray cared for her aged parents when they were alive.
carry on: When the rain started to fall, we carried on playing football as if nothing happened.


carry out: She got into trouble for not carrying out her assignment.
carry over: Leave not used up may be carried over into next year.
catch on: He became popular when his new song caught on very fast.
catch up: Having been ill for the last few days, I now have got to catch up on my studying.
catch up with: After all these years the law finally caught up with him.


cater to: That boutique caters to wealthy people.
caution about: The policeman cautioned him about his fast driving.
caution against: The zookeeper cautioned them against feeding the animals.
cede to: Alaska was ceded to the United States by Russia.
celebrated for: The country celebrated for its scenery, food and wine.


chagrin at: The football coach was chagrined at losing the match to a weaker team.
chance on/upon: I was very shocked to chance upon a decaying human body.
change for: There was joy when the weather took a sudden change for the better.
change into: The magician claimed he could change a man into a woman.
characterize by: Must we always characterize people by their appearances?


charge against: We are not allowed to charge personal expenditure against profits.
charge at: Last night I dreamed about ten rhinoceroses charging at me in a shopping mall.
charge for: I will not buy it if they charge for delivery.
charge in: A woman has been charged in connection with the bank robbery.
charge into: She charged into my room uninvited.


charge of: The son has charge of the factory while his father is away.
charge to: My wife charged all her shopping to my account.
charge with: They finally arrested the man and charged him with multiple murders.
check up on: He begins checking up on his wife after suspecting her unfaithfulness.
cheer up: Being with her cheers me up a lot.


choose between: She had to choose between giving up her career or hiring a nanny.
cite for: Lack of sleep was cited as the main reason for her frequent feelings of exhaustion.
clamour for: The crowd clamoured noisily for his instant resignation.
clean out: They have to clean out the attic before they move out.
clean up: The group of volunteers gathered to clean up the beach.


clear away: The children quickly cleared away all their toys before mum reached home.
clear of: We are clearing the blocked drain of debris.
clear off: Could you clear that clutter off your desk?
clear out: It's time to clear your bedroom out; it's cluttered up with piles of books and magazines.
clear up: The weather cleared up and we went for a drive along the coast.


cling to: The villagers still cling to old habits and traditions.
close down: The factory was forced to close down by falling demand for its products.
close in: The police are closing in on the gang's hideout.
close off: Two lanes were closed off due to an accident.
close out: The store is closing out a particular brand of shoes.


close up: The supermarket is closed up for renovation.
clutter up: My desk is always cluttered up with piles of papers, books and stationery.
coincide with: My view on this case coincides exactly with yours.
collect for: So far they have collected only a few signatures for the petition.
collide with: Her car collided with a taxi.


combine with: She successfully combines her career with family responsibilities.
come across: I came across a life-size bronze statue of a horse in an antique shop.
come about: How did it come about that we didn't meet when we're both there at the same time?
come along: I wanted to go to the cinema but nobody wanted to come along with me.
come apart: My glasses came apart when I accidentally dropped them.


come around: He came around after I showed him all the evidence.
come at: I dreamed he came at me with a dagger and demanded my wallet.
come back: He comes back from five-nil down to level at seven-all.
come between: He doesn't allow anything, not even his wife, to come between him and his work.
come by: Plum jobs are hard to come by these days.


come down: He just came down with a cold, so we have to postpone the trip.
come down on: Her parents really came down hard on her for playing truant.
come down to: When it comes down to her political beliefs, she is not prepared to compromise.
come for: You had better hide; they are coming for you.
come forward: No one has come forward to claim the first prize.


come from: He comes from a long line of actors.
come in: These small tools come in handy when we need them.
come into: She came into my life just at the right time.
come into being: It is believed the custom came into being some five hundred years ago.
come of: His persistent cough comes of smoking heavily.


come off: Despite all our efforts, the social gathering did not come off very well.
come upon: We came upon a headless corpse when we stepped into a disused mine.
come out: Despite the torture to extract information from him, not a word came out of his mouth.
come out of: The police combed the entire area for evidence, but nothing came out of it.
come out with: He came out with his own interpretation which is not entirely accurate.


come over: If you come over next week, we can do it together.
come round: I expected you to come round for the drinking session, but you didn't.
come to: She came to about an hour after he was admitted to the hospital.
come under: The politician came under widespread criticism for what he proposed.
come up: They intend to come up with a solution soon.


come up against: In parliament, he had to come up against experienced opposition members.
come up for: The proposal will come up for revision next week.
come upon: The police finally came upon the spot where the murder supposedly took place.
come up with: We welcome anybody who can come up with an alternative plan.
comment on: People are always commenting on my big ears.


commit to: He ought to be committed to a mental asylum for the way he behaves.
communicate with: I've learnt how to use sign language to communicate with the chimpanzee.
commute between: People commute daily between their home and workplace.
commute from:. His sentence was later commuted from death sentence to life imprisonment.
compare toCompared to the monkey, our bodies are less hairy.


compensate for: The company will compensate you for the loss of a thumb.
compete with: Small independent shops find it hard to compete with the large supermarkets.
compete against: Businesses have to compete against each other to survive.
complain about: My mother-in-law always complains about the weather.
compliment on: Many members of the audience complimented her on her speech.


comply with: Most of the time we have to comply with regulations.
compose of: How many letters does the longest word compose of?
conceal from: He had to conceal the truth from his wife.
concede to: The candidate conceded victory to his opponent.
conceive of: It is rather difficult to conceive of a crime-free environment.


concentrate on: It is hard to concentrate on my reading with the dogs barking loudly outside.
concern about: Some parents do not show concern about what their children do.
concern with: She does not concern herself with other people's problems.
conclude by: He concluded his speech by thanking everyone for being present.
concur with: After the discussion, they concurred with each other on this issue.


condemn to: The criminal was condemned to death.
confer with: The councilors are conferring with each other to find a solution to the problem.
confer on: An honorary degree was conferred on him by the university.
confess to: He confessed to being a double agent.
confide in: She doe not trust anyone, so she confides in no one.


confine to: Dr Quack was confined to his room by a bout of flu.
confirm by: The public negative perception of the crisis was confirmed by the latest poll results.
conform to: The imported toys conform to the official safety standards.
confuse with: The teacher always confused one twin with the other – they look so alike.
congratulate on: They congratulate her on her superb performance on stage.


consent to: Her mother would not consent to her marriage.
consign to: The cases of wine have already been consigned to the wine merchant.
consist of: My life nowadays consists almost entirely of eating and sleeping.
consort with: He was suspected of consorting with the enemy.
consult about: She consulted her doctor about the painful lump on her nose.


contend with: Jack has to contend with a few others for the gold medal.
contract for: The company contracted for the supply of fuel.
contrast with: He contrasted his present girlfriend with his former one.
contribute to: Many people contributed generously to the building fund.
converge on: A huge crowd converged on the palace ground to listen to the President.


converse with: They find it hard to converse with each other as each holds a different view.
convert from: John was converted from paganism to Christianity at an early age.
convert into: We were shown the process of converting iron into steel.
convince by: He was not easily convinced by her arguments.
convince of: She tried to convince me of her non-involvement.


convulsed with: They were convulsed with laughter to see the circus clown perform.
cooperate with: The accused's colleagues are cooperating fully with police investigation.
cope with: Although a single mother, she has no problem coping with a baby and a full-time job.
correlate with: Meagre wages were found to correlate with high staff turnover.
correspond to: Information on the first copy does not correspond to that on its duplicate copy.


correspond with: I still correspond regularly with her although we are both married.
count in: If you are having a drinking session this evening, you can count me in.
count on: You can count on my help whenever you need it.
count out: If you are going on a shopping spree this weekend, count me out.
couple with: Heavy drinking coupled with late nights caused his health to deteriorate rapidly.


crack down: The public are demanding police action to crack down hard on vandalism.
cram for: Study throughout the year and you avoid cramming for the exam at the last minute.
cram with: She crammed her attic with a lot of worthless stuff.
crave for: Since the death of her mother, she has been craving desperately for affection.
credit to: The refund was credited to my account.


crop up: Unexpected problems cropped up and caused the delay.
cross off: As you perform each task, cross it off the list.
cross out: When you make a mistake, cross it out.
crow about: I still think passing my exam is nothing to crow about.
cry over: Why waste our time crying over him?


cry out: She finally cried out to him not to act so stupidly.
cure of: His doctor assured him that he would be completely cured of his illness.
cut across: We'd better cut across the park and get home before it rains.
cut away: We spend the whole afternoon cutting away the dead branches.
cut back: Businesses are cutting back on staff to remain profitable.


cut down: You ought to cut down on the number of cigarettes you smoke.
cut in: His annoying habit is to cut in whenever a conversation is going on.
cut off: He tried to explain but they cut him off and warned him not to be late again.
cut out: Can you fellows cut it out? I'm trying to read.
cut up: The murderer cut up the victim's body into eight pieces.