Phrasal Verbs Beginning with “E”

This page contains an extensive list of phrasal verbs beginning with "E". Click one of the letters below for a list of phrasal verbs, definitions, and examples starting with another letter.


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Ease (2)

Ease off

definition: (Inseparable) To reduce pressure

example: He eased off the gas peddle before he got on the highway exit ramp.

Ease up

definition: (Intransitive) To calm down, relax

example: John really needs to ease up, he's been under a lot of stress lately.

Eat (5)

Eat away

definition: (Separable [optional]) To slowly destroy something

example: Sulfuric acid eats away any surface it touches.

Eat in

definition: (Intransitive) To eat at home

example: We are trying to save money, so we only eat in now.

Eat into

definition: (Inseparable) To use something valuable when you don't want to

example: I had no cash and my credit card was maxed out, so I had to eat into my savings to pay the bill.

Eat out

definition: (Intransitive) To eat at a restaurant

example: We decided to eat out last night for a change.

Eat up

definition 1: (Separable [optional] ) To eat all of something

example: He ate up breakfast and flew out the door because he was late.


definition 2: (Separable [optional] ) To consume something

example: Our dog eats up anything it sees on the ground, so we have to be careful.


definition 3: (Separable [optional] ) To consume something you don't want to be consumed

example: My brother's always downloading films on the internet, it's really eating up all my bandwidth.

Ebb (1)

Ebb away

definition: (Intransitive) To gradually disappear

example: We sat on the beach and watched the sun ebb away on the horizon.

Edge (2)

Edge out

definition: (Separable [optional]) To gradually push someone or something out of their position

example: We edged our building administrator out because we weren't happy with his work.

Edge up

definition: (Intransitive) To approach slowly

example: We edged up on her because we wanted to give her a good scare.

Egg (1)

Egg on

definition: (Separable [optional]) To encourage or provoke someone to do something

example: When they saw the two arguing, they egged them on to get into a fight.

Eke (1)

Eke out

definition: (Separable [optional]) To make something (ie:money) last as long as possible

example: When I was younger, I had to eke my allowance out because I only got it once a week.

Embark (2)

Embark on

definition: (Inseparable) To start a project, journey, or venture

example: We embarked on a six week cruise for our honeymoon.

Embark upon

definition: (Inseparable) To start a project, journey, or venture

example: They embarked upon an incredible adventure in Africa together.

Empty (1)

Empty out

definition 1: (Separable [optional]) To empty something completely

example: The boss told him to empty out his desk before he left the office.


definition 2: (Separable [optional]) To remove some things or everything from a container

example: She emptied out all the boxes but still couldn't find her camera.

End (3)

End in

definition: (Inseparable) To finish in a certain way

example: Drinking and driving always ends in sorrow.

End up

definition: (Inseparable) To become or do something (often unplanned)

example: We wanted to go to the Canary Islands for our holiday but we ended up going to Greece instead because it was cheaper.

End up with

definition: (Inseparable) To get as a result of something

example: Even though she tried her hardest, she ended up with third place.

Enter (2)

Enter for

definition: (Inseparable) To join or enter a competition

example: They entered for the semi-finals and lost.

Enter into

definition: (Inseparable) To accept or become involved in

example: Both countries entered into an equally beneficial free-trade agreement.

Eye (1)

Eye up

definition: (Separable [optional]) To carefully look at someone

example: I didn't like the way that guy was eying me up at the club last night.


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