Phrasal verbs that start with A
Here is a list of phrasal verbs that start with A.
to obey or behave according to a rule, an order, a decision or law etc.:
- She agrees to abide by the regulations.
to have something in large quantities:
- These orchards abound with different varieties of apples.
to agree with:
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 in 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.
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.
to include one thing in another; to make something part of something:
- The service costs are added in the bill.
to add an extra part; increase:
- I want to add on a balcony to the house.
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.
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.
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.
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.
If a fact or rule allow of something, it means it makes it possible:
- The evidence allows of several interpretations.
to include someone or something when making a plan for something:
- You have to allow for current traffic conditions.
to refer to something in an indirect way; hint at.
- He alluded briefly to financial problems in discussion.
to total; to add up to:
- Advertising costs amounted to $50 thousand last year.
to try to obtain something indirectly:
- He was angling for business in China.
1. to say that you have confidence in someone’s ability, or that someone can be trusted:
- I’ve always answered for his ability.
2. to accept the blame for something:
- He will answer for his violent behavior.
to receive orders from someone:
- You have to answer to the General Manager.
to reply rudely to criticism:
- You have to teach respect the kid who answers back.
Formal. to be connected to someone or something:
- All these records appertain to the history of the government.
Informal. to deny a statement (used in negative sentences):
- You can’t argue with the facts.
- I was unable to argue him into buying a new laptop.
to reach a conclusion after a discussion:
- Did you arrive at an agreement at the meeting?
to invite someone to come back to a similar event:
- I will never ask him back after his aggressive behavior.
1. to request to speak to someone:
- Rebecca was asking for you this morning.
2. to request something:
- He asked for a special wine.
to invite someone to a place such as a restaurant or cinema, especially on a date:
- Jose is too shy to ask a girl out.
to ask about the health of someone:
- Sarah always asks after my children.
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.
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.