English Phrasal Verb Dictionaries

English is undoubtedly the international language of communication in this century. It is originally from England and spread throughout the countries that were part of the British Empire. Nowadays, the two most powerful variants of the English language is the one in England (usually called “British English”) and the one in the United States (usually called “American English”).

Most people in the world today are learning English or are continuously affected by the English language whether through the media or the internet. But what separates native speakers of the English language from non-native speakers is their use of the language in general. Native speakers grew up using a type of English that can be called Everyday English. When they went to school, they learned the Standard and Academic types of English. For the most part, non-natives only learned Standard and Academic Englishes through school – and missed out on years of Everyday English.

Everyday English is a colorful and vibrant type of English. It is the type that native speakers speak at home, with their friends, schoolmates, colleagues at work, the strangers down the street, and with most people around them in general. And Everyday English comes with a lot of phrasal verbs – phrases that are usually made up of a verb and a preposition that change in meaning depending on the context. If you are interested in speaking like a native, the following dictionaries and books can help you with phrasal verbs.

Oxford Phrasal Verbs Dictionary for learners of English

Oxford Phrasal Verbs Dictionary for learners of English

Author/Editor: Oxford University Press
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Edition No.: 2nd Revised Edition
Publication Date: November 2006

Book Description:

The dictionary gives students the information they need to understand over 6,000 common British and American phrasal verbs, and use them correctly.
* Clear, simple definitions, with examples to show how phrasal verbs are used.
* Usage notes dealing with common problems help learners avoid typical mistakes.
* Synonyms and opposites help learners build their vocabulary.
* Common subjects and objects are shown to help learners use the verbs appropriately.
* 25 pages of tips and photocopiable exercises for classroom or individual practice.
* ‘Guide to the Particles’ explains the most important meanings of the main adverbs and prepositions used in phrasal verbs to help learners see patterns.

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Cambridge Phrasal Verbs Dictionary

Cambridge Phrasal Verbs Dictionary

Author/Editor: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Edition No.: Updated Edition
Publication Date: June 2006

Book Description:

The new edition of the Cambridge Phrasal Verbs Dictionary covers around 6,000 phrasal verbs current in British, American and Australian English. Clear explanations and guidance help learners master this difficult yet essential aspect of the English language. Fully updated with new phrasal verbs, e.g. cosy up to, copy in, sex up. Clear advice on grammar and usage. Thousands of example sentences show phrasal verbs in typical contexts. Most common phrasal verbs highlighted so students know which to learn. A thematic section shows phrasal verbs in topic groups for vocabulary expansion.

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Collins COBUILD Phrasal Verbs Dictionary (3rd Edition)

Collins COBUILD Phrasal Verbs Dictionary (3rd Edition)

Author/Editor: Collins Cobuild
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Edition No.: 3rd Edition
Publication Date: September 2012

Book Description:

Collins COBUILD Phrasal Verbs Dictionary gives learners of English detailed help with this often tricky area of the English language. This edition has been fully revised to provide learners with detailed information on phrasal verbs in a language that is easy to understand. The new, 2-colour layout of the dictionary means that it is easier than ever for students to find the information they need. With over a thousand new phrasal verbs, and thousands of updated examples from the Collins Corpus, this major new edition is packed with information on how phrasal verbs work, what they mean and how to use them. New features for this edition include an index of 200 single-word verbs and their phrasal verb equivalents, plus information on when you should use a single-word verb (for example, in academic writing) and when a phrasal verb would be more appropriate (for example, during an informal conversation with a friend). This edition also includes collocations boxes, providing students with the language they need to build natural-sounding sentences in English. There is also a self-study exercise section at the back of the book so that students can practise and consolidate what they have learnt. The fully-revised particles index provides students with in-depth information on what particles mean, boosting their vocabulary and understanding of the language. As with all COBUILD products, the Collins Corpus provides thousands of examples of real English, showing words in context and providing essential guidance on usage. Attractively presented, the Collins COBUILD Phrasal Verbs Dictionary is invaluable for all learners of English wishing to gain a fuller understanding of phrasal verbs and use them more effectively.

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Longman Phrasal Verbs Dictionary (2nd Edition)

Longman Phrasal Verbs Dictionary (2nd Edition)

Author/Editor: Pearson Education
Publisher: Pearson Education Limited
Edition No.: 2nd Edition
Publication Date: June 2000

Book Description:

The most extensive phrasal verbs dictionary available! All examples are corpus-based, and all definitions are written using the 2,000-word Longman Defining Vocabulary, so they are easy to understand. 5,000 phrasal verbs, including computing, business, and the Internet. Unique Phrasal Verbs Activator® helps learners choose the right phrasal verb for the context.

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Macmillan Phrasal Verbs Plus

Macmillan Phrasal Verbs Plus

Author/Editor: Michael Rundell
Publisher: Macmillan Education
Edition No.:
Publication Date: January 2005

Book Description:

This dictionary is designed to help learners deal confidently with one of the most challenging but essential areas of English. As well as explaining the meaning and use of phrasal verbs, the many unique features are there to help you develop more natural-sounding English:

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McGraw-Hill’s Essential Essential Phrasal Verb Dictionary (2nd Edition)

McGraw-Hill's Essential Essential Phrasal Verb Dictionary (2nd Edition)

Author/Editor: Richard A. Spears
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Education
Edition No.: 2nd Edition
Publication Date: September 2008

Book Description:

Better understand American English by mastering its phrasal verbs. This authoritative reference offers thousands of American English phrasal verbs, two-word verbs, prepositional verbs, and verbs that are used together. Entries include definitions and examples of phrasal verbs used in context. With help from McGraw-Hill’s Essential American Phrasal Verbs Dictionary, you will become familiar with English as it is used in the media, at work, around the house, and in everyday conversations. This knowledge will help you comprehend English as it is spoken in the United States and add variety to your word usage.

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English Phrasal Verbs in Use Intermediate (2nd Edition)

English Phrasal Verbs in Use Intermediate (2nd Edition)

Author/Editor: Michael McCarthy, Felicity O’Dell
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Edition No.: 2nd Revised Edition
Publication Date: August 2017

Book Description:

Improve your understanding of phrasal verbs in English. Explanations and practice of approximately 1,000 phrasal verbs, written for intermediate-level (B1 to B2) learners of English. Perfect for both self-study and classroom activities. Learn phrasal verbs in context, with lots of different topics, including ‘Mobile devices’, ‘Academic writing’ and ‘Socialising’. Be confident about what you are learning, thanks to Cambridge research into how English is really spoken and written, and get better at studying by yourself, with study tips, follow-up tasks and an easy to use answer key.

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English Phrasal Verbs in Use Advanced (2nd Edition)

English Phrasal Verbs in Use Advanced (2nd Edition)

Author/Editor: Michael McCarthy, Felicity O’Dell
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Edition No.: 2nd Revised Edition
Publication Date: August 2017

Book Description:

Improve your understanding of phrasal verbs in English. Explanations and practice of approximately 1,000 phrasal verbs, written for advanced-level (C1 to C2) learners of English. Perfect for both self-study and classroom activities. Learn phrasal verbs in context, with lots of different topics, including ‘Lectures and seminars’, ‘Agreeing’ and ‘Social life’. Be confident about what you are learning, thanks to Cambridge research into how English is really spoken and written, and get better at studying by yourself, with study tips, follow-up tasks and an easy to use answer key.

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The books listed above are not categorized into American English or British English. These books are some of the most credible sources of information out there. If you strongly prefer one type of English to another, we advise that you spend some time researching for that piece of information. Also, please read thoroughly the book details before making a purchase. If you want to buy a collocation dictionary or an idiom dictionary, click here.