Here is a list of phrasal verbs beginning with the letter D. Each phrasal verb is followed by its meaning. Example sentences are also given.
Die away / die down: diminish in intensity
- The excitement soon died away.
- The controversy about the minister’s involvement in the scam soon died down.
Die off / die out = become extinct
- Asiatic lions are in danger of dying off.
Disagree with = used to talk about foods or drinks that make a person sick.
- Alcohol disagrees with me. (= Alcohol makes me sick.)
Do away with = abolish
- Many countries have done away with the death penalty.
Do over (separable) = repeat a job
- The teacher asked the boy to do the sum over.
Do without = manage to live without something that one wants
- We can’t do without food or water.
Dress down (separable) = reprimand severely; wear casual clothes
- The teacher dressed the boy down because he was always late for school.
- She always dresses down.
- I guess you can dress down a bit. After all, we aren’t going to a business meeting.
Dress up (separable) = decorate, wear elegant clothes
- She likes to dress her baby up.
- They dressed the venue up with bright lights.
Drive at = mean
- What’s he driving at? (= What is the purpose behind what he is saying?)
Drive back (separable) = repulse; force someone to go back
- The militants were driven back by the army.
Drop behind = fail to keep up with
- If you don’t work hard you will drop behind your peers.
Drop in = visit unexpectedly
- She always drops in when you least expect it.
Drop in on somebody = visit somebody unexpectedly
- As we were driving by her house, we decided to drop in on Sophia.
Drop out = quit
- I can’t keep up with the schedule so I am thinking about dropping out.
Drop out of = quit school etc.
- As he had dropped out of school, he found it difficult to get a good job.
Drop off = become fewer or less; fall asleep
- His customers are dropping off.
- The baby kept crying until she dropped off.
Drop at (separable) = allow somebody to get out of a car, etc.
- Can you drop me at the bus station?
Drop over = visit casually
- Feel free to drop over any time.