15 Phrasal Verbs for Daily Routines

Hello English learners! Welcome to a new lesson. We will look at phrasal verbs for daily routines. Daily routine refers to common activities we are engaged in every day.

At first glance, phrasal verbs look simple and easy to learn and some of them really are. However, they tend to have different meanings in various contexts and they can be quite difficult to remember because they consist of two or three words. It is very important that you try and learn as many of them as you can as without knowing them you will not be able to understand the informal context.

Here is the list:

  1. Wake up
  2. Get up
  3. Sleep in
  4. Put on
  5. Take off
  6. Go out
  7. Set off
  8. Tidy up
  9. Put away
  10. Wash up
  11. Hang up
  12. Turn on/off
  13. Meet up
  14. Work out
  15. Doze off

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Phrasal Verbs for Daily Routines

Wake up

If you wake up, you stop sleeping.  

  • My alarm clock wakes me up on workdays.
  • Sandra would always wake up at 7 on Sundays.
  • I woke up with a stiff neck this morning.

Get up

To get up means to leave your bed after sleeping.

  • It’s Saturday, so I got up quite late.
  • They got up early to prepare for the journey.
  • I don’t feel like getting up when it’s cold.

Sleep in

If you sleep in, you stay in bed longer, usually at weekends.

  • Jack loved sleeping in at weekends. He wouldn’t get up till noon.
  • I usually get up at 6, but I always sleep in on Sunday.

Put on

We get dressed by putting clothes on.

  • Monica put on her jacket and left for work.
  • Ella put on her new dress and fixed her hair.

Phrasal Verbs for Daily Routines

Take off

To take off clothes means to remove them from your body.

  • Simon took off his coat because it was warm on the bus.
  • Brian took off his shoes and socks.

Go out

The meaning of the phrasal verbs is obvious. It means to leave the house, room, building, etc.

  • At 12 o’clock,  Mary went out for lunch.
  • Martin and his dad went out to clean the car.
  • I sometimes go out for bird-watching in the park.

Set off

To set off means to start a journey.

  • We had a good breakfast before we set off.
  • Brenda put on some make-up and set off for work.

Tidy up

To tidy up your room or place means to put your things where they belong.

  • The children tidied up their room after playing.
  • John tidied up his library, promising himself a quiet night with a book and a cup of tea.

Phrasal Verbs for Daily Routines

Put away

To put something away means to put it in its usual place.

  • She folded her clothes and put them away.
  • Mark closed the book and put it away.
  • he dried the dishes and put them away.

Wash up

To wash up means to wash the dishes you use for cooking and eating.

  • Tara cleaned the table and her husband washed up the dishes.
  • Helen washed up the cups and left them on the dryer.
  • Have you washed up the dishes yet?

Hang up

To hang up your clothes means to put them on a hanger or a hook.

  • Nora ironed her shirts and hung them up in her wardrobe.
  • Take off your coat and hang it up over there.

Turn on/off

When you use a button to start something such as light, radio, etc. work, you turn it on; when you use a button to make it stop working, you turn it off.

  • Bob sat down in his armchair and turned on the TV.
  • Why don’t you turn off the heating? It’s too hot in here.

Phrasal Verbs for Daily Routines

Meet up

People usually meet up with their friends for an informal conversation or to do something together.

  • Rob and I arranged to meet up on Saturday for a cup of coffee.
  • We are meeting up tomorrow for a game of tennis.
  • How about meeting up at that new Japanese restaurant?

Work out

When you go to a gym or do exercise somewhere else, you work out.

  • I work out at the gym three times a week.
  • When the weather is nice, Samantha and her friends work out at the local beach.

Doze off

We usually doze off in the evening if we are tired. It means to fall asleep for a short time.

  • The children dozed off while their mother was reading to them.
  • Tom was very tired so he dozed off on the sofa.

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Phrasal verbs for daily routines
Phrasal verbs for daily routines

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