Phrasal verbs that start with A

Here is a list of phrasal verbs that start with A.

  • Abide by: to obey or behave according to a rule, an order, a decision or law etc. She agrees to abide by the regulations.
  • Abound in (with): to have something in large quantities. These orchards abound with different varieties of apples.
  • Accord with: to agree with.
  • Account for: to explain the reasons for an event. How do you account for the project failure?
  • Accustom yourself to: to become familiar with the different condition and be able to accept it. I have to accustom myself to the changes on our education system.
  • Act on (upon): to do something in accordance with advice, suggestion or information received. You have to act on your parents’ advice.
  • Act up: 1. (informal): to make trouble; to misbehave (especially a child). When babies act up, they might be hungry or bored. 2. To not work correctly (machine). My old phone is acting up again. 3. to hurt (body). My joints act up when the weather changes.
  • Act for (on behalf of): to deal with employer’s business in a court of law. The company should hire a barrister to act on its behalf.
  • Add in: to include one thing in another; to make something part of something. The service costs are added in the bill.
  • Add on: to add an extra part; increase. I want to add on a balcony to the house.
  • Add up: 1. (informal) to make sense (Note: used in negative sentences). The story of the horrible crime just doesn’t add up.                            2. (informal) to increase in amount over a period of time. Heating bills add up in the middle of winter. 3. to find a total number of something. Use this spreadsheet to add up your outgoings.
  • Adhere to: 1. act  according to a law, rule, terms of agreement etc. I cannot adhere to my diet on weekends. 2. to be loyal to your beliefs.   I always adhere to the values of my religion.
  • Adjourn to: to go somewhere for drink usually after the meeting ends. Let’s adjourn to the bar.
  • Not agree with: to make someone feel unwell (for food). Sushi doesn’t agree with my stomach.
  • Alight on: to see, find or notice by chance.  My eye alighted on a cute girl in the crowd.
  • Align yourself with: to agree with someone’s or something’s aims and support them. African Americans align themselves with the Democratic Party.
  • Allow of: If a fact or rule allow of something, it means it permits it as a possible. The evidence allows of several interpretations.
  • Allow for: to include someone or something when making a plan about something. You have to allow for current traffic conditions.
  • Allude to: to refer to something in a indirect way; hint at. He alluded briefly to financial problems in discussion.
  • Amount to: to total; to add up to. Advertising costs amounted to $50 thousand last year.
  • Angle for: to try to obtain something indirectly. He was angling for business in China.
  • Answer for: 1.  to say that you have confidence in someone’s ability, or that someone can be trusted; to vouch for. I’ve always answered for his ability. 2. to accept the blame for something. He will answer for his violent behavior.
  • Answer to: to receive orders from someone. You have to answer to the General Manager.
  • Answer back: to reply rudely to criticism. You have to teach respect the kid who answers back.
  • Appertain to: (formal) to be connected to someone or something. All these records appertain to the history of the government.
  • Argue with: (informal) to deny a statement (used in negative sentences). You can’t argue with the facts.
  • Argue into doing: to persuade. I was unable to argue him into buying a new laptop.
  • Arrive at: to reach a conclusion after discussion. Did you arrive at an agreement at the meeting?
  • Ask back: to invite someone to come back to a similar event. I will never ask him back after his aggressive behavior.
  • Ask for: 1. to request to speak to someone. Rebecca was asking for you this morning. 2. to request something. He asked for a special wine.
  • Ask out: to invite someone to a place such as the restaurant or cinema, especially on a date. Jose is too shy to ask a girl out.
  • Ask after: to ask about the health of someone. Sarah always asks after my children.
  • Ask around: to ask a lot of people in order to find out about someone or something. I need your help to ask around for this guy.
  • Attend to: to deal with something or satisfy the needs of someone. They have important matters to attend to.
  • Avail yourself of: (formal) to use an opportunity, advice etc. to one’s advantage. You should avail yourself of the opportunity to visit the Statue of Liberty.
  • Average out at: to come to an average amount. Weekly food cost for my family averages out at $178.

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