What are Phrasal Verbs?

Phrasal verb is the name given to an English verb which is composed of two or three words. One verb is combined with a preposition (like on, in, under) or an adverb (like up, down, away). Sometimes a phrasal verb can have a meaning that is very different to the meaning of at least one of those two or three words separately. Some text books call these verbs multi-word verbs. Phrasal verbs are used more frequently in everyday speech than in formal, official writing or speaking.

Here are some examples:

To Run Away From
The child ran away from its parents.
To Check On
Let's check on the baby again before we go to sleep.
To Come Up With
She came up with a great proposal for the new advertising campaign.
To Pan Out
The trip to Vegas didn't pan out.
To Get Away
Why did Nancy give all of her furniture away?