Phrasal Verbs with “Out” – Advanced English Speaking

Today we’re talking about phrasal verbs with “out.” Here’s a great example: “stand out.” Because of the internet, we have access to so many more opportunities, but there’s also much more competition! To “stand out” means to be different and to make people notice you.

A great way to “stand out” is to really master the use of English! Today, teacher Diane will show you how to “stand out” in your English by using phrasal verbs with “out.”

Here are some examples of what we’re going to look at today:

Let’s “figure out” how we can improve your English by “working out” a study schedule.
“Reach out” to us if you have any questions.
“Cut out” distractions so you can focus on studying.

Phrasal Verbs Are Crucial to Your English Fluency

Phrasal verbs can be very confusing but they are very crucial to your English fluency. Being able to master phrasal verbs can get you a step closer to becoming a fluent English speaker, and it is one of the accomplishments that I had the most trouble with!  But it was the most rewarding, just because it was difficult.

Today we’re going to learn phrasal verbs with the word “out,” and I encourage you to stick around to the end of the video so we can do a little quiz to test and see what you have learned today.

What Is a Phrasal Verb?

First, let’s do a quick refresher. A phrasal verb is verb plus a preposition. The same verb can have several meanings depending on the preposition that follows it. It’s always important to pay attention to the context in which the phrasal verb is found so you will have the clues that you need to understand its meaning.

My Top 15 Phrasal Verbs With the Preposition “Out”

Here are my top 15 phrasal verbs with the preposition “out.” Be sure to repeat the sentences after me. You might want to pause the video and practice your pronunciation!

1.  Fill out

“Fill out” means to complete a form. maybe you need to “fill out” an application for your parking pass, or something similar.

Fill out the form at reception.
You have to fill out an application to apply.

2.  Find out

This is a very common phrasal verb with “out.” “Find out” means to discover something. Usually it’s something new, or something you didn’t know before.

My sister found out she’s pregnant.
He found out a better way to study.

3.  Stand out

“Stand out” means to be unique or easy to point to.

She stood out at the party with her new dress.
Your application stood out because of your skills.

Notice how I’ve talked about to “stand out” in the past tense. That’s usually how you would use that. You might be talking about someone or something in the past that “stood out” to you.

4.  Bring out

“Bring out” means to make something more obvious.

That blouse “brings out” the blue in your eyes
She “brings out” the best in me.

When you say someone “brings out the best in you,” you mean that you are around someone who makes you feel good and makes you want to be your best.

5.  Break out

“Break out” means to escape or release.

The prisoners broke out of the cell.
It’s important to break out of their routine.

To “break out” can also mean you are suddenly getting a lot of acne, or “pimples,” maybe because you are stressed.

I am breaking out.

6.  Pass out

To “pass out” means to faint. You might also hear it in school or a class, when someone is “passing out” papers or homework. It just means to give something to many people at the same time.

When you have phrasal verbs with multiple meanings, you just have to look at the context of the sentence to understand what the verb is referring to. Listen closely to the words that are around the phrasal verb so you can get a clue as to what the phrasal verb means.

I almost passed out at the gym.

I’m going to pass out the homework.

7.  Make out

“Make out” also has multiple meanings. The first one is to understand the meaning of something.

I can’t make out what is going on at work.

The second meaning is to kiss somebody intensely.

Sam “made out” with John at the party.

8. Cut out

“Cut out” means to eliminate.

I need to cut out carbs so that I can lose weight.
You need to cut out those friends because they are not good for you.

9.  Back out

“Back out” means to stop doing what you committed to do. It’s almost like you cancel something, but you had started the process and decided not to finish it.

He backed out of the contract because of his wife.
I backed out of the trip because it was too expensive.

“Back out” also means to leave a parking place backwards with your car.

I backed out of the garage.

10.  Check out

“Check out” also has multiple meanings. The first one is to investigate or to look at someone, meaning that you are looking at them because you think they are attractive or interesting. You might already know the second meaning, which is to leave a hotel room when your reservation has ended.

I need to check out that new restaurant in town.
He checked out the waitress because she was pretty.
Check out is at 11:00 am.

11.  Black out

“Black out” means to lose consciousness.

He blacked out from a terrible headache.
I black out when I speak in front of a big crowd.

12.  Leave out

“Leave out” means to not include something or someone. Sometimes it means you forgot something, and sometimes you did it intentionally.

I feel left out when my friends don’t invite me out.
I left out my address on the application.

It also means to not feel included. You can say, “I felt left out,” or “Stacy felt left out.” You can be “left out” of the conversation, or “left out” of the trip.

13.  Try out

“Try out” means to test something.

I’m going to try out a new gym.
I’ll try out some new recipes for dinner.

14.  Walk out

“Walk out” means to leave because you are upset, to protest something, or just because you are not happy with the situation.

Some employees walked out because of low pay.
She walked out of the date because he was rude.

15.  Stay out or Stay in

“Stay out” is to not return home. “Stay in” is to remain at home.

He stayed out all night with his friends.
I’m staying in this weekend after a long week.

Quiz Time!

I’m going to give you five examples of phrasal verbs with the preposition “out.” Think about what the phrasal verb means, and the meaning of the whole sentence. If you can’t remember, go back and review the video because these are examples I’ve already shared.

1.  I ___________________ when I speak in front of a big crowd.
2.  I’m going to ________________ the homework.
3.  It’s important to ________________of the same routing.
4.  She _________________ at the party with her new dress.
5.  That blouse ________________ the blue in your eyes.

So how did you do on phrasal verbs with “out”? I’m sure you did amazing! Remember to pay attention to the context of the sentence. Be sure to improve your English fluency by learning more phrasal verbs, and check out this video about phrasal verbs with “off.”

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