101 Phrasal Verbs beginning with S
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to put something aside for the future
If you screw something up, you ruin it or you do it the wrong way.
to stop people from going into an area or a building, often because it isn't safe
If you see about something, you make an effort to arrange it or organise it.
If you see somebody off, you go to the place from where they're beginning a journey, like an airport or a railway station, and wish them well as they leave.
If you see someone out, you accompany them out of a room or a building when they're leaving.
to continue until the end of a particular period of time or until the end of a contract or an activity
If you see through something or someone, you realize that you are being deceived or tricked, and you aren't fooled.
If you see something through, you continue with it right to the end.
If you see to something, you take responsibility for it and make sure it's done.
to sell assets or belongings, often for a low price because you need money quickly
to sell all the stock of something, and have none left
If you send back something that's been delivered to you, you return it because there's a problem with it.
to ask for someone to come to you, or to ask for something to be sent to you
If you send something off, you post it or send it by a courier service.
If a referee or an umpire sends off a player, the player has to leave the field or court because they've done something wrong.
to begin doing something that will probably take a lot of effort or a long time
to keep a portion of something for use in the future
to make something happen more slowly, or at a later time, than it would have
If something has set you back fifty dollars, it has cost you fifty dollars.
If you set something down, you put it in writing.
to make something explode or blow up
to begin doing something with a definite objective or aim in mind
to explain the details of something, especially in writing
to start a company, a foundation, or an organization of some sort
to put together or arrange the parts of something before using it
to make the necessary arrangements for an event or activity
to become calm and quiet, especially after being excited or noisy
to start living a conventional life with a steady job and a stable partner, especially after getting married
to accept something, even though it isn't what you really want
to begin to feel comfortable in a new situation, such as a new home, a new job, or a new school
to get rid of something that's causing you problems, such as a sickness, a fear, a bad image, a bad reputation, etc.
to make big changes to an organisation and the way it's run, usually to improve it
to upset or shock someone
to quickly increase in size, number or level
If you shop around, you go to several shops to find the lowest price for something you want.
to do something to get attention or admiration, but in a way that annoys some people
to arrive at an event or a place where people are gathering
to close something like a factory, school or hospital, usually forever
If a machine, a system or a supply shuts off, or is shut off by someone, it stops.
to stop someone or something from entering a room or a building
to stop yourself thinking about or feeling something that upsets you or hurts you
to stop talking or stop making noise
to sign a register when you visit a place, or to log in when you visit a website
If you sign up to something like a website or a gym, you become a member.
to do nothing instead of making an effort to get what you want
to lower yourself into a sitting position on a seat or on the ground
to take someone's place when they are absent
If you sit in on something like a meeting or a class, you attend to see what happens, without joining in.
If you sit through something like a long speech or a boring show, you wait until it's over before leaving, even though you're not enjoying it.
If you sit up, you get up into a sitting position after you've been lying down.
to not go to bed until later than usual
to observe carefully and then form an opinion about a person or a situation
to make a small mistake, usually because of carelessness
to become slower, or to make someone or something go slower
to have a particular smell
to get something quickly so you don't miss out
to become sober again after drinking too much alcohol
If you sort things out, you arrange them into some sort of order.
If you sort something out, you make arrangements for it or you organize it.
If you speak out, you publicly state your position on an issue, or publicly oppose or defend someone or something.
If you speak up, you publicly state your position on an issue, or publicly oppose or defend someone or something.
to move faster, or to increase the speed of something
If you spell something out, you explain it slowly and very clearly so that everyone can understand.
If a group of people spread out, they move apart so that there's more space between them.
to stop something bad or harmful by taking strong action against it
If you're standing by, you're ready to do something or help somebody.
If you stand by someone, you support them or help them if they're in some sort of trouble.
to do nothing to stop something wrong or something bad from happening
to resign or retire from a job or a position
If letters or symbols stand for something, they represent that thing.
If a person or an organisation stands for certain ideals or principles, they believe in and support those ideals or principles.
If you won't stand for something, you won't accept it or allow it to happen.
If somebody stands out, they are easy to see because there is something unusual about the way they look or the way they behave.
to get to your feet from a lying or sitting position
to defend an idea or a person against criticism or attack
to begin in a particular way or with a particular act
to begin a life or a career in a particular way
to create and run an organization such as a business, a club, a band, etc.
If you stay away from something or someone, you don't go near the thing or the person.
If you stay up, you don't go to bed at the usual time.
to resign from a job or a position
to increase the level or strength of something
If you stick at something, you continue to do it even if it's difficult or it's taking a long time.
If something sticks out, it comes out beyond the edge or the end of something.
to move part of your body out and away from the rest of your body
If you stick to something, you don't stop doing it or you don't stop trying to do it.
If you stick to something like a political party, a sporting club, a job, or even a favorite food or colour, you don't change to another one.
If you stick up for someone who's being criticized or attacked verbally, you defend or support them.
to continue with the same thing, instead of changing to something else
to cause trouble among people or to cause bad feelings to arise
to stop at a place and stay there for one or two days while on your way to somewhere else
to leave a place quickly when you are angry or upset about something
If you sum up something, you give a quick summary of it.
to turn something off with a switch
to turn something on with a switch