Separable phrasal verbs (transitive)

Separable Phrasal Verbs (transitive): The object may come after these phrasal verbs, or it may be between the two parts. When the object is a pronoun, it must be between the two parts of the phrasal verb.

Verb – – – – – Meaning – – – – – Example

Blow up – – – – Explode – – – – The criminal tried to blow up the bank vault.
Bring up – – – – Mention – – My mother brought up that little matter of my bad grades again.
Bring up – – – – – – Raise children – – It isn’t easy to bring up children nowadays.
Call off – – – – – – Cancel – – – – – – They called off this afternoon’s meeting.
Do over – – – – – Repeat – – – – – –

Do this homework over.
Fill out – – – – – – Complete – – – – – – Fill out this application form and mail it in.
Fill up – – – – – – Fill to capacity – – – – – – She filled up the grocery cart with free food.
Find out – – – – – – Discover – – – – – – Sue found out that Tom was planning a surprise party for her.
Give away – – – – – – Give for free – – – – – – The filing station was giving away free gas.
Give back – – – – – – Return an object – – – – – – My brother borrowed my pen and forgot to give it back.
Hand in – – – – – – Submit – – – – – – The students handed in their papers and left the room.
Hang up – – – – – – Hang on hook – – – – – – She hung up the phone before she hung up her clothes.
Hold up – – – – – – Delay, wait – – – – – – I hate to hold up the meeting, but I have to go the bathroom.
Hold up – – – – – – Rob – – – – – – Three robbers held up the Security Bank this afternoon.
Leave out – – – – – – Omit – – – – – – You left out a whole paragraph in your second draft.
Look over – – – – – – Examine, check – – – – – – The lawyers looked over the papers carefully.
Look up – – – – – – Search in a list – – – – – – I don’t understand this word; I’d better look it up.
Make up – – – – – – Invent a story – – – – – – Sam made up a reason for missing the quiz.
Make out – – – – – – understand – – – – – – He was so far away that we couldn’t make out what he was saying.
Pick out – – – – – – choose – – – – – – At the store, Mary picked out a green shirt with blue stripes.
Pick up – – – – – – Life/go and get – – – – – – The crane picked up the entire house.
Point out – – – – – – Call attention to – – – – – – Our Paris tour guide pointed out some beautiful buildings.
Put away – – – – – – Save or store – – – – – – She put away the cereal boxes.
Put off – – – – – – Postpone – – – – – – We asked the boss to put of the meeting until the next day.
Put on – – – – – – Don clothing – – – – – – I put on a sweater and a jacket.
Put out – – – – – – Extinguish – – – – – – The firefighters put out the house fire very quickly.
Read over – – – – – – Peruse – – – – – – I read over the directions, but couldn’t understand them.
Set up – – – – – – To arrange, begin – – – – – – Terry set up the living room exactly the way she wanted it.



Separable phrasal verbs (transitive)