Phrasal verbs that start with E
List of phrasal verbs that start with E
to become less strong, intense, severe, etc.
- The rain has started to ease off.
- The pain had eased off a bit.
(S) to force someone to leave an office or position
- After the financial scandal he was eased out of office.
Ease up on
to become less severe or strict towards someone
- They have eased up on their children.
1. See: Hunger and thirst vocabulary
2. to feel a strong emotion so that you cannot think of anything else
- He was eaten up by anger.
3. (Also eat into).to use resources in large quantities
- Inflation had eaten up/into all my savings.
to erode or destroy something slowly
- Waves are eating away at the cliff face.
- Rust began to eat into the metal chairs.
to have dinner in a restaurant rather than at home
to defeat someone or something by being better or more successful than they are
- They edged out the French team 2-1.
- He edged out his rival by ten votes.
to remove something unnecessary before it is printed or shown
- The nude scenes will be edited out of the film.
informal. to encourage someone to do something that is usually risky or foolish
- He was egged on to continue drinking.
to come out from a place
- A scream emanated from the room.
to start doing something, especially something new that will take a long time
- The Agricultural Ministry has embarked upon a new rural project.
to have something as a particular result
- The campaign ended in failure.
- The second match ended in a draw.
to come to a particular place or situation when you did not intend to
- If you don't pay your tax you'll end up in court.
to provide someone with natural ability, talent or quality
- Susan was endowed with a powerful intellect.
to take part in an activity
- He has engaged in scientific research.
- He engaged me in conversation. [=He had a conversation with me.]
to give more details or information about something that you have said
- She was asked to enlarge on her argument.
formal.to begin or become involved in something
- He entered on a career in politics.
to begin to take part in something such as agreement, discussion, or relationship
- The conflicting parties entered into negotiations.
to be the same as something else
- This sum equates to about £2000 today.
(S) to become or make something become steady
- House prices have evened out across the country's major cities.
to make something more equal
- A penalty in the second half evened up the score.
to say more about something that you have already mentioned
- Please expand on your comment.
to make something seem less important or try to show that something is not your fault by giving a reason or explanation
- He was unable to explain away his frequent and prolonged absences.
informal.(S)to look at someone in a way that shows you specially interested in them
- She noticed the man eyeing her up.