Phrasal verbs beginning with W. Select a phrasal verb for more details.
If you have to wait around for something, you have to wait a long time for it.
to serve someone in a restaurant, or to act as a servant for someone and do whatever they ask you to do
to wait for the results of something, or for information about something, before deciding what to do next
If you wait up, you stay up late at night waiting for something or someone.
to become conscious again after sleeping, or to make someone else become conscious after sleeping
to leave a relationship suddenly
to stop something that's harmful or dangerous from coming near
to prepare for a sporting or artistic performance by doing exercises or practising
If something is washed away, it's carried off by the force of running water, as in a storm or a flood.
to drink something soon after eating food or while swallowing pills
If an event is washed out, it's stopped because of rain.
If you wash up, you wash dirty dishes and cooking utensils.
If you wash up, you wash your hands.
If you waste away, you gradually become thinner and weaker, usually because of an illness.
If you tell someone to watch out, you tell them to be careful or warn them of a danger.
If someone tells you to watch out for something, they're warning you about it.
to add water to a drink to make it less strong if it's an alcoholic drink or less thick if it's a juice or a thick shake
to change something like the lyrics of a song or the dialogue in a movie to make it less offensive or less likely to upset people
to gradually break a bad habit by doing it less and less
to gradually make someone lose their strength and vitality
If you wear in something like a pair of shoes, you wear them for short periods until they fit properly and feel comfortable.
If something wears off, it gradually loses its effect.
If something such as a shoe wears out, it gets old and damaged from being used.
If something wears you out, it makes you feel tired and lacking in energy.
to find and remove people or things that are not needed or wanted
If you're weighed down by problems or responsibilities, you feel stressed or unhappy because of them.
to be weighed before participating in a sport like boxing or horse-racing
to join a discussion by expressing a viewpoint
to consider the good and bad points before making a decision
to create strong emotions like excitement or anger, usually by giving a speech or a performance of some sort
to create strong feelings in other people
If you win something back, you get it back again after having lost it.
If you win somebody over, you get them to believe you, trust you or support you.
If you wind something down, you gradually reduce it or end it.
If you wind up in a certain place or situation, you find yourself there by chance or because of unexpected events.
to end something like a meeting, a lecture or a discussion
to remove something by wiping it with a tissue, a cloth or a hand
If something is wiped out, it is completely destroyed.
to kill a large number of people or animals
If you wise up, you realize the truth in relation to something.
to try hard to achieve something, or try hard to improve your ability to do something
to get rid of excess weight or a negative emotion by engaging in physical activity
to spend time making, fixing or improving something
to think about a problem or a task and find a solution or a strategy for dealing with it
to do physical exercise to keep fit and healthy
to find the solution to a numerical problem
If you wrap something up, you cover it with a material like paper or cloth.
to finish something like a meeting or a discussion, or to conclude something like a deal or a negotiation
to try hard to find the solution to a difficult problem
to write something on a piece of paper
to accept that a debt or loan won't be paid back, or that an investment has been lost
to damage a vehicle so badly that it cannot be repaired
to write information on an official document before giving it to someone
to write a report or an article based on notes written earlier