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Phrasal verbs are verbs made of two or more words, usually a verb and a preposition, and are often used to make a more advanced verb easier to understand:

formal and more advanced -- He dismounted the horse.
more conversational phrasal verb -- He got off the horse.

To keep phrasal verbs simple, just remember these 4 keys:

1. Like idioms, it's often hard to understand the meaning of a phrasal verb by looking at the words comprising it:

phrasal verb -- I'm down with that plan.
meaning -- I agree with and support that plan.

2. Depending on the situation, a phrasal verb can have different meanings:

He put down the worm. -- He placed the worm (on some surface)
He put down the worm. -- He mercifully killed the worm (as it was in pain).

3. Some phrasal verbs can be separated:

They want to break up the company.
They want to break the company up.

4. Phrasal verbs often make regular verbs more conversational without really changing their meanings:

basic sentence -- I cleaned the table.
more conversational -- I cleaned up the table.

Phrasal verbs in this lesson:

to be down with -- to agree with or support something
to be into -- to be interested in something, like a hobby, sport or person you have romantic feelings for
to blast off -- to leave the ground quickly, usually by some sort of explosion
to break off -- to quickly remove a piece of one thing from another
to break up -- to separate or split something into different pieces/parts
to bring forth -- to create or introduce
to bring up -- to raise children/to introduce a topic in a conversation
to call off -- to cancel something
to clean up -- to clean something (conversationally)
to cling to -- to maintain something without wanting to try something different
to come up with -- to think of an idea or solution
to eke out -- to live a difficult life
to figure out -- to recognize, realize, discover or understand
to get around -- to travel from one place to another
to get by with -- to survive at a minimally acceptable level, or do something with just enough resources
to get off -- to dismount or climb off the top of something
to give way to -- to be replaced by a newer or more advanced model or design
to go on about -- to talk too much about something
to grow on -- to develop positive feelings for something over time
to hack into -- to access something like a computer system without permission
to hinge upon -- to depend on
to lead to -- to contribute to, or be the source of, something
to load up on -- to buy, bring or carry a lot of something for future use
to look into -- to research or investigate to find something
to make out -- to kiss passionately
to make up -- to compose
to pass down -- to transmit information/objects from one generation to the next
to pick up on -- to notice or understand something naturally/intuitively (without being explicitly told)
to polish off -- to finish the last part of something
to pop up -- to appear quickly and without warning
to put down -- to place something on a surface or to mercifully kill something in pain
to reach out to -- to connect with someone and ask for their help
to rope into -- to be convinced to do something you don't want to do
to run into -- to accidentally meet someone
to rush into -- to do something quickly and without thinking
to scare off -- to frighten something so it leaves
to sell out -- to sell the total number of something
to shell out -- to pay what you think is too expensive when you don't want to
to stay up on -- to know what's current about something
to take apart -- to disassemble
to take off -- to progress well
to tend to do something -- to usually do something
to try out -- to test something
to tune out -- to ignore, or not pay attention to, something
to warm up to -- to gradually get used to something over time
to wind up -- to become a final result
to work on -- to create, fix, improve or build
to wrap up -- to conclude something

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