Phrasal verbs | Sunday Observer

Phrasal verbs

25 April, 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.
Carry forward (to help something to progress)
The proprietor was looking for someone who could carry the company forward when he retires.
Carry off (to take something somewhere, usually without permission)
A gang of thieves broke into the shop and carried off jewellery worth Rs 500,000.
Carry on (continue to do something that someone else has started)
Sam is going to carry on the family tradition and become a doctor.
Carry out (to complete something important) A survey will be carried out to choose rural schools deserving more teachers.
Carry through (to help someone to be able to deal with a difficult situation) Determination alone will carry you through difficult times.
Cart off (to take someone away, usually to prison)
A man found guilty of murder was carted off to prison.
Carve out (to create a work position) He has carved out a career for himself as a journalist.
Cast aside (to get rid of something or someone)
Children cast aside toys after a couple of weeks.
Cast away (to be on an island after swimming from a ship that is sinking)
If you were cast away on a desert island, what would you do?
Cast out (to make someone leave a place because you are angry with them) Robert was cast out of his home at the age of 12.
Catch on (to become popular)
The new film did not catch on with the audience.
Catch up (to reach someone in front of you by running faster than them)
Roy caught up with the other runners.
Catch up with (to do something you did not have time to finish earlier) I need a few days to catch up with my paperwork.
I’ll catch up with you later. (I’ll see you later)
Cater for (to provide all the things that people need)
Mass classes cannot cater for the needs of students.
Cater to (to provide what people want)
Some television channels do not cater to young viewers.
Cave in (if something caves in, it suddenly breaks up and falls inward) The bomb explosion caused the roof of the building to cave in.
Chain up (to fasten someone or something with chains) I chained up my bicycle outside the supermarket.
Chance on (to meet someone unexpectedly)
I chanced on one of my old teachers in an Indian restaurant.