Verb Meaning Example ask someone out invite on a date Brian asked Judy out to dinner and a movie. ask around ask many people the same question I asked around but nobody has seen my wal et. add up to something equal Your purchases add up to $205.32. back something up reverse You'l have to back up your car so that I can get out. back someone up support My wife backed me up over my decision to quit my job. blow up explode The racing car blew up after it crashed into the fence. blow something up add air We have to blow 50 bal oons up for the party. break down stop functioning (vehicle, machine) Our car broke down at the side of the highway in the snowstorm. break down get upset The woman broke down when the police told her that her son had died. break something down divide into smal er parts Our teacher broke the final project down into three separate parts. break in force entry to a building Somebody broke in last night and stole our stereo. break into something enter forcibly The firemen had to break into the room to rescue the children. break something in wear something a few times so that it doesn't look/feel new I need to break these shoes in before we run next week. break in interrupt The TV station broke in to report the news of the president's death. break up end a relationship My boyfriend and I broke up before I moved to America. break up start laughing (informal) The kids just broke up as soon as the clown started talking. break out escape The prisoners broke out of jail when the guards weren't looking. break out in something develop a skin condition I broke out in a rash after our camping trip. bring someone down make unhappy This sad music is bringing me down. bring someone up raise a child My grandparents brought me up after my parents died. bring something up start talking about a subject My mother walks out of the room when my father brings up sports. bring something up vomit He drank so much that he brought his dinner up in the toilet. cal around phone many dif erent places/people We cal ed around but we weren't able to find the car part we needed. cal someone back return a phone cal I cal ed the company back but the of ices were closed for the weekend. cal something of cancel Jason cal ed the wedding of because he wasn't in love with his fiancé. cal on someone ask for an answer or opinion The professor cal ed on me for question 1. cal on someone visit someone We cal ed on you last night but you weren't home. cal someone up phone Give me your phone number and I wil cal you up when we are in town. calm down relax after being angry You are stil mad. You need to calm down before you drive the car. not care for someone/something not like (formal) I don't care for his behaviour. catch up
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