Here is a list of phrasal verbs beginning with letter G. Each phrasal verb is followed by its definition and example sentences.
Get across = cause to be understood
- Good communication skills are essential to get your message across.
Get ahead = make progress
- I can’t get ahead even though I work overtime.
Get ahead of = overcome; surpass
- You will have to work twice as hard in order to get ahead of schedule.
Get along / get along with = have a good relationship with.
- She doesn’t get along with her neighbors.
Get around = avoid something
- Do you want to get around paying taxes? You just need to hire a good accountant.
Get away = escape
- He was hoping that he would be able to get away after committing such a heinous crime, but they proved him wrong.
Get away with = do something against the rules and still not get caught
- She is very influential. She gets away with everything.
Get by = survive without the basic necessities
- He doesn’t earn enough to get by.
Get by with = manage with
- Before computers became common people had to get by with the typewriter.
Get down to = get serious about a topic
- When he gets down to business there is no stopping him.
Get off (separable) = remove
- Can you get that spider off the piano?
Get off = leave a bus etc.
- As there was no room, we got off the bus.
- We will get off at the next station.
Get on = enter a bus, train; mount a bike
- The bus is leaving. Quick, get on.
- Get on my bike and I will drop you at the railway station.
Get on / get on with = have a good relationship with
- She doesn’t get on with her mother-in-law.
Get out of = exit a small boat, car etc.
- The boy fell into the water while trying to get off the boat.
Get over = recover from illness or disappointment
- It took her quite some time to get over her breakup with James.
Get through = complete
- Do you think we can get through these assignments by 5 pm?
Get through (with) = finish
- You can go to the park after you have gotten through with your homework.
Get through to = contact by telephone
- It is hard to get through to Mercy. Her cellphone is always busy.
Get up = rise from a lying or sitting position to a standing position
- I usually get up at 6 am.
Give away (separable) = to give something away is to give it without asking for anything in exchange
- Before joining the convent, she gave away all of her possessions.
Give away = betray; reveal a secret
- I had wanted the party to be a secret, but Jennifer gave my surprise away by acting suspicious.
Give back = return something you borrowed
- When are you going to give me my money back?
Give in = stop trying
- She gave in without even making an attempt.
Give off = emit a smell, light etc.
- Roses give off a pleasant fragrance.
Give out (separable) = distribute
- He makes a living by giving out newspapers on the street.
Give up (separable) = surrender something
- The doctor asked him to give up smoking.
Go by = go past, visit quickly
- Did you see the boy who just went by the window?
Go back on = not keep one’s word, promise etc.
- You can trust Peter. He will never go back on his promises.
Go for = try to achieve
- Our team is going for the first prize in the quiz competition.
Go into = discuss in detail
- I don’t want to go into that at the moment.
Go off = explode
- The bomb went off with a loud noise.
Go off = begin, start
- The alarm clock went off at 6 am.
Go off = become angry
- Peter went off when I told him that I had broken his camera.
Go on = continue
- Please, go on.
Go on with = continue a plan, conversation etc.
- I think we should go on with the discussion without wasting any more time.
Go out = stop burning
- All lights went out.
Go out = take part in social activities
- She likes to go out.
Go through = study carefully
- I have to go through this contract before I sign it.
Go through = endure difficulties or traumas
- She has gone through so much in her life.
Go through with = proceed despite difficulties or fear
- There was little chance of success; nonetheless, they decided to go through with the operation.
Go with = match (clothing)
- Those earrings go well with your dress.
- Green goes well with red.
Go with = have a boyfriend/girlfriend
- He is going with a French girl.
Go without = survive without something you want
- We cannot go without food or water for long.
Grow up = mature
- That boy needs to grow up.