Phrasal verbs | Sunday Observer

Phrasal verbs

17 October, 2021

Phrasal verbs are an important feature of the English language. The meaning of a phrasal verb often bears no relation to the meaning of either the verb or the particle which is used with it. Many phrasal verbs have several different meanings.
Give back (to return something to the person who gave it to you)
I must give back the money you have lent me.
Give in (to finally agree to what someone wants after a period when you refuse to agree)
The government will not give in to strikers’ demands.
Give of (If you give of your time or money, you do things for other people without expecting them to do anything for you)
Volunteers will give of their time and labour to build a road during the holidays.
Give off (to produce heat, light, a smell or a gas)
The burning vehicle gave off clouds of thick black smoke.
Give out (to give something to a large number of people)
I agreed to give out leaflets in the town.
Give over to (to be used only for a particular purpose or activity)
A part of his house has been given over to a free medical clinic.
Give up (when you give up a habit, you stop doing it)
Geoff gave up smoking a few years before his death.
Give up to (to spend all your time and energy to do something)
After his father’s death, Rex gave himself up entirely to do his studies.
Glance over (to look at something, especially something written, very quickly)
Could you just glance over my essay and tell me whether it is good or bad.
Glory in (to enjoy something and be very proud of it)
David seems to glory in his success as a practising lawyer.
Gloss over (to avoid discussing something in order to make it seem unimportant)
The Chairman tried to gloss over the company’s losses.
Be glued to (to be watching something, especially television, with all your attention)
The children were glued to the television set as their favourite teledrama started.
Gnaw at (to gradually have a harmful effect on something)
Drug menace continues to gnaw at the fabric of society.
Go about (to start doing something or dealing with something)
What is the best way to go about it?
Go after (to follow or chase someone in order to catch them)
I got on my motorcycle and went after the robber.
Go against (if something goes against a rule, it does not obey it)
The Government says the strike goes against the collective agreement.
Go ahead (to start doing something) We have the money to put up a building for the school, but we cannot go ahead without the local Government’s approval.