Two-Word Verbs with Objects
(A) Separable Two-Word Verbs
1. break off: (end, stop abruptly)
a. She broke the engagement off without warning.
2. bring up: (present for attention or consideration)
a. I will bring the matter up at the next meeting.
3. carry out: (execute, perform)
a. He carried the plan out successfully.
4. figure out: (understand, comprehend)
a. Can you figure the meaning out?
5. give away (divulge, reveal)
a. He carelessly gave the secret away.
6. look up: (research)
a. I looked his address up online.
7. put away: (replace; store)
a. Put your books away before we start the test.
8. take out: (date a person)
a. Did Bob take Sally out last night?
9. try out: (experiment with)
a. I want to try that car out before I buy it.
10. turn down: (reject)
a. I turned the offer down.
(B) Inseparable Two-Word Verbs
1. figure on: (anticipate)
a. I didn’t figure on so many people coming to the party.
2. get over: (recover from)
a. I can’t get over this cold I have had the past two weeks.
3. go without: (abstain from)
a. I went without sleep for three days.
4. look after: (take care of)
a. I’ll look after your cat while you are on vacation.
5. look into: (investigate)
a. The police are looking into the matter now.
6. pick on: (bully, tease)
a. The other boys picked on Billy because he had a stutter.
7. Run into: (meet by chance)
a. I ran into Bob on the street the other day.
8. stand for: (tolerate)
a. I will not stand for your rude behavior any longer!
9. take after: (resemble)
a. He takes after his father.
 Bring up when used to mean “raise or careful children” cannot be separated; the two words must come together.