English Phrasal Verbs
Phrasal Verbs are idiomatic expressions, combining verbs and prepositions to make new verbs whose meaning is often not obvious from the dictionary definitions of the individual words. They are widely used in both written and spoken English, and new ones are formed all the time as they are a flexible way of creating new terms.
A reference page of 2,570 current English Phrasal Verbs (also called multi-word verbs) with definitions and examples is here.
Phrasal Verbs beginning with E :
Ease off : Reduce pressure
She EASED OFF the accelerator to let the car slow down.
Ease up : Relax, calm down
She asked her teacher to EASE UP because she was feeling very stressed.
Eat away : Destroy slowly
The disease EATS the liver AWAY.
Eat in : Eat at home
We didn't feel like going to a restaurant so we ATE IN.
Eat into : Use something valuable when you don't want to
We've had to EAT INTO our savings since I lost my job.
Eat out : Eat in a restaurant
We couldn't be bothered to cook so we ATE OUT last night.
Eat up :
1. Eat all of something
If you don't EAT UP your greens, you won't get any dessert.
This car EATS UP petrol.
3. Consume something you don't want to be consumed
The graphics EAT UP our bandwidth- they're costing us a fortune.
Ebb away : Disappear gradually
His life was EBBED AWAY as the illness progressed.
Edge out : Gradually push someone or something out of their position
The shareholders EDGED the CEO out because results were getting worse.
Edge up : Approach slowly
She EDGED UP behind the bus at the red light.
Egg on : Encourage
The other students EGGED him ON when he started arguing with the teacher.
Eke out : Make something like money last as long as possible
Most students have to EKE OUT their income because they have so little money to live on.
Embark on : Start a project or venture
Piere EMBARKED ON an MBA at Instead last autumn.
Embark upon : Start a project or venture
Fernando has just EMBARKED UPON a new professional challenge.
Empty out :
1. empty something completely
I must EMPTY OUT the rubbish before I leave for work.
2. remove some things or everything from a container
I EMPTIED some of the coffee OUT so I could pour more milk in.
End in : Finish a certain way
It will END IN tears
End up : Become or do something unplanned
We couldn't get tickets for Egypt so we ENDED UP going to Turkey instead.
End up with : Get as a result of something
He tried hard but ENDED UP WITH a poor grade.
Enter for : Join or enter a competition
They ENTERED FOR the national championship but weren't good enough.
Enter into : Become involved in or accept
They ENTERED INTO an agreement with their rivals.
Eye up : Look carefully at someone
The guy EYED the other man UP because he was behaving suspiciously.
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