17 Phrasal Verbs to Describe Movement and Change

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A Phrasal Verb is a combination of a verb & a preposition or a verb & an adverb, which when used together, generally takes on a different meaning to that of the original verb.


In this article, We will be discussing about Phrasal Verbs which are used to describe Movement and Change, with Examples. Let’s Begin.

1. bring up

  • to raise a child
    “She stopped working for a few years in order to bring up her children.”
    “His parents brought him up to believe it was possible to achieve anything.”
  • to mention something
    “His friends knew he had lost his job but they decided not to bring up the subject.”

2. come along

  • to go somewhere with someone
    “I wanted to watch the parade and Alex decided to come along with me.”
  • to tell someone to hurry
    Come along Emily. You don’t want to be  late for school.”
  • to arrive or appear
    “Tony needs a job. If an opportunity comes along he’s determined to seize it.”
  • to improve, develop or make progress
    “How’s your mother coming along since she broke her leg?”

3. come back

  • to return
    “I’ve just come back from the hairdresser’s.”

4. come down

  • to move from a higher position to a lower one
    “We met them as they were coming down the hill.”

5. come in

  • to enter a room or building
    “She came in and sat on the edge of the bed.”

6. come across

  • to meet or find someone or something by chance
    “I came across these old photos recently.”

7. come out

  • to appear or become known
    “I saw them go into the building and come out five minutes later.”
    “The truth will come out sooner or later. It’s just a matter of time.”

8. come up

  • to move something/someone from a lower position to a higher position or towards the place where you are
    “I could hear him coming up the stairs.”
    “Veronica had come up to him with her usual cheery smile.”

9. get back

  • to return somewhere after being in another place
    “What time do you usually get back from your work?”
  • to get something again after giving it to someone
    “I’m going to return to the shop and get my money back.”

10. go over

  • to move towards someone or something and reach them
    “I went over to congratulate his sister.”
    “Mom, can I go over to Lisa’s house?”

11. grow up

  • to gradually change into being an adult
    “I grew up in India.”
    “Don’t be so childish. You need to grow up.”

12. leave behind

  • to go away from a place without taking someone or something
    “The box wouldn’t fit in the car, so we had to leave it behind.”
    “We had not left any of our belongings behind.”
  • to remove clothing from one’s or another’s body
    Take off your clothes; they are very wet.”

13. make for

  • to move in the direction of something
    “It’s getting late; we should better turn and make for home.”
    “Let’s make for the exit before the crowd starts to leave.”

14. move in

  • to arrive in a new home or office
    “You bought a new house? When are you moving in?”
    “I’ve got the keys and I’m moving in on Saturday.”

15. run away

  • to escape from a place of suddenly leave
    “He ran away from home at the age of fourteen.”

16. run after

  • to chase something
    “Tom threw the ball along the beach and the dog ran after it.”

17. slow down

  • to go more slowly
    “George! You’re going to cause an accident. Slow down!”
    “You have to slow down your car at the crossing.”


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