Phrasal verbs beginning with M. Select a phrasal verb for more details.
to mail copies of something like a catalog or a CV to many people
If you major in a field of study at university or college, that field is your main area of study.
to move towards something
to change someone or something into someone or something different
to understand, or to make sense of, someone or something
to use a chance or a talent to achieve success
If you make off with something, you escape with something that you've stolen or something you got by cheating people.
to see or hear something, but only with difficulty
to hug, kiss and touch in a sexual way
to write the details on a check or a legal document
to create a false idea or image of someone or something
to officially transfer ownership of something to someone
to make someone or something look better
to invent a story or think of an explanation for something
If you make up with someone, you become friends again after having an argument or a disagreement with them.
to do something to improve the situation after you've done something wrong
If you map out something, you plan in detail the future of something.
to walk in a group towards a place in order to protest against something or to demand something
If you mark something down, you reduce its selling price.
If you mark off items on a list, you mark each one after you've dealt with it.
If you mark off an area, you show where the boundaries are with lines, strings, or other markers.
If you mark something up, you sell it for a price that is higher than the price you paid for it.
to find things that go together, or match in some way
to reach the maximum limit of something, or to use up all of something
to be good enough or to be of the required standard
to arrange to meet somebody, or to meet by chance
to get a certain reaction or response, either positive or negative
If you're messing around, you're wasting time or behaving in a silly way.
to do something incorrectly, or to make a mistake
to study another subject at university or college in addition to your main subject
to miss the chance to get something you'd like to have, or do something you'd like to do
to wrongly think that a person or thing is someone or something else
If you mix up two or more things, you forget which one is which.
If you mix things up, you put things of different kinds together when they are usually separated.
to be involved in something illegal or immoral, such as organised crime or corruption
to make a model of something to show how it will look or work
to use something or someone as an example to copy when making something or doing something
to clean up something that has spilled by using a mop or a cloth
to gradually become larger or greater in amount
to speak in a loud and annoying way, especially when criticizing or complaining about something
to move your belongings into a new place and start living there
to move closer, especially when you're trying to attack or catch someone or something
to try to take control of something that someone else has control of
to begin living or working in a new place, or to go into a new type of business
If you move on, you stop doing one activity and start doing another, or stop discussing one topic and start discussing another.
If you move out, you leave the place in which you've been living or working, and move to a new place to live or work.
If you move over, you change position to make room for someone or something, or to block someone or something.
If you move up, you make space for someone else to sit down by moving a little.
to move someone to a higher position, a higher level, a higher ranking, etc.
to kill a number of people, usually by shooting them or driving a vehicle into them
to waste time when you could be doing something useful
If you muck something up, you do it badly and fail to achieve your goal.
If you muddle through, you succeed in doing something even though you haven't got the skills or equipment usually needed.
to think carefully about something before making a decision
to use your power or influence to force your way into a situation even if you're not wanted