Verb-Particle Combinations Begin with K (35)

On this page are 35 Verb-Particle Combinations starting with the letter "K".

Base Past Verb Past Participle Present Participle Definitions Example
Keel over Keeled over Keeled over Keeling over To suddenly fall over or collapse, often due to exhaustion, illness, or a physical condition. After running the marathon, he keeled over from exhaustion as soon as he crossed the finish line.
Keep away from Kept away from Kept away from Keeping away from 1. To deliberately avoid or stay at a distance from something or someone.

2. To refrain from involvement or association with a particular person, place, or situation.

3. To steer clear of potential trouble or harm.

4. To prevent oneself from being influenced or tempted by something undesirable.

5. To maintain a safe or protective distance from a dangerous object or area.

6. To avoid or resist engaging in a specific habit or behavior.

7. To keep oneself free from the negative effects or consequences of something.

8. To deliberately exclude or stay disconnected from a group or activity.
1. She advised her children to keep away from strangers.

2. He made a conscious effort to keep away from office politics.

3. They decided to keep away from the protest to avoid any potential clashes.

4. She's trying to keep away from sugary foods to maintain a healthy diet.

5. The warning signs are there to keep people away from the hazardous area.

6. He worked hard to keep away from smoking despite the stress.

7. Wearing sunscreen helps to keep away from sunburn.

8. She chose to keep away from the heated argument happening at the party.
Keep back Kept back Kept back Keeping back 1. To withhold or retain something, often information or emotions.

2. To restrain or prevent someone or something from advancing or moving forward.

3. To stay behind or not join a group that is moving forward.

4. To remain distant or aloof in social situations.

5. To hold back or reserve something for later use.

6. To refrain from expressing one's true feelings or opinions.

7. To suppress or hide something from others.

8. To delay or hinder progress or advancement.
1. She decided to keep back the crucial information until the right moment.

2. The police officers had to keep the crowd back during the protest.

3. He chose to keep back from joining the group on the risky expedition.

4. In social gatherings, she tends to keep back and observe.

5. He always keeps back a portion of his income for savings.

6. Due to the circumstances, she had to keep back her true feelings.

7. He tried to keep back his tears in front of everyone.

8. The technical issue kept back the project's completion.
Keep down Kept down Kept down Keeping down 1. To prevent something, typically a noise or an illness, from increasing or getting worse.

2. To control or limit something, such as expenses or prices.

3. To suppress or restrain one's emotions or reactions.

4. To hold a job or position without being promoted.

5. To stay at a lower level or position.

6. To avoid vomiting or nausea.

7. To maintain a low profile or avoid drawing attention.

8. To keep something or someone on a lower surface or level.
1. The medication helps to keep down the symptoms of her allergy.

2. The company had to find ways to keep down production costs.

3. He had to keep down his anger despite the frustrating situation.

4. She decided to keep down her current job because of its stability.

5. The stock prices continued to keep down throughout the week.

6. He tried to keep down his lunch during the turbulent flight.

7. She prefers to keep down and avoid the spotlight in social events.

8. He had to keep the books down on the lower shelf to save space.
Keep from Kept from Kept from Keeping from 1. To prevent or refrain from doing something.

2. To withhold or hide information or feelings.

3. To protect someone from harm or danger.

4. To avoid or resist succumbing to a temptation or impulse.

5. To maintain distance or avoid close contact.

6. To restrain or control emotions or reactions.

7. To stay away from a place or situation.

8. To maintain secrecy or confidentiality about something.
1. She tried to keep from making any comments during the argument.

2. He kept his true intentions from her for a long time.

3. The lifeguard managed to keep the swimmers from dangerous currents.

4. He struggled to keep from eating too many sweets on his diet.

5. They kept from getting too close to the wild animal.

6. She had to keep from crying in front of her colleagues.

7. They decided to keep from attending the crowded event.

8. The organization vowed to keep from disclosing classified information.
Keep in Kept in Kept in Keeping in 1. To prevent something or someone from going out or escaping.

2. To retain or maintain something or someone within a specific place or boundary.

3. To refrain from sharing or disclosing information or feelings.

4. To hold back or control one's emotions or reactions.

5. To maintain or continue a habit or practice.

6. To remain indoors or stay inside a particular location.

7. To stay within a certain specified limit or condition.

8. To preserve or protect something from external factors or influences.
1. They had to keep the dog in the backyard with a leash.

2. The government decided to keep the classified documents in a secure vault.

3. She kept in her frustration about the situation.

4. He tried to keep in his excitement upon receiving the news.

5. Despite the challenges, she managed to keep in her exercise routine.

6. Due to the storm, they had to keep in the house all day.

7. The expenses needed to be kept in check to stay within the budget.

8. They worked hard to keep in the freshness of the food.
Keep off Kept off Kept off Keeping off 1. To stay away from or avoid something intentionally.

2. To prevent something from coming into contact with a surface or area.

3. To avoid discussing or mentioning a particular topic.

4. To maintain a distance or stay clear of a specific area or path.

5. To refrain from using or consuming something.

6. To avoid getting involved in a situation or conflict.

7. To deter or discourage someone or something from approaching or entering.

8. To remain unaffected or uninvolved with a particular matter or issue.
1. He decided to keep off social media for a while to focus on his work.

2. The warning signs are there to keep people off the construction site.

3. They agreed to keep off discussing politics during the family gathering.

4. The hikers were careful to keep off the dangerous cliff's edge.

5. She's trying to keep off sugary snacks to improve her health.

6. He prefers to keep off conflicts and maintain a peaceful environment.

7. The scarecrow is meant to keep birds off the crops.

8. They decided to keep off the controversial topic to avoid arguments.
Keep on Kept on Kept on Keeping on 1. To continue or persist in doing something without stopping.

2. To maintain a particular state or condition.

3. To remain in a specific location or position.

4. To retain or continue a habit or behavior.

5. To persistently or repeatedly perform an action.

6. To endure or tolerate a situation or circumstance.

7. To stay engaged or focused on a task or activity.

8. To maintain or sustain a certain pace or level of performance.
1. Despite the challenges, she kept on pursuing her dream.

2. The medication helps to keep her blood pressure at a healthy level.

3. He decided to keep on the bench as a substitute for the whole game.

4. She's determined to keep on practicing her musical skills.

5. He kept on apologizing for his mistake.

6. Despite the discomfort, they kept on with their hiking journey.

7. The team needs to keep on working to meet the project deadline.

8. He managed to keep on running at a consistent speed during the race.
Keep to Kept to Kept to Keeping to 1. To adhere to or follow a specific rule, plan, or course of action.

2. To stay within a certain limit or boundary.

3. To maintain a particular schedule or routine.

4. To remain focused on a specific topic or task.

5. To avoid straying from a path or direction.

6. To stick to a commitment or promise.

7. To confine oneself to a particular place or group.

8. To restrict oneself to a specific set of options or choices.
1. He always tries to keep to the company's policies and guidelines.

2. The artist decided to keep her painting within the confines of a single color palette.

3. She makes an effort to keep to her daily exercise routine.

4. During the meeting, they agreed to keep to the agenda.

5. The hikers needed to keep to the marked trail in the forest.

6. He promised to keep to his commitment of volunteering every weekend.

7. She prefers to keep to a small circle of close friends.

8. They decided to keep to the vegetarian menu for the evening.
Keep up Kept up Kept up Keeping up 1. To support or encourage someone to continue their efforts.

2. To prevent something from deteriorating or falling into disrepair.

3. To persist or persevere in one's efforts or endeavors.
1. She always encouraged me to keep up the good work.

2. Regular maintenance helps keep up the condition of the house.

3. Despite the challenges, they kept up their commitment to the project.
Keep up with Kept up with Kept up with Keeping up with 1. To stay on the same level or pace as something or someone else.

2. To stay informed or current about something.

3. To continue to be in contact or communication with someone.

4. To maintain a consistent performance or standard.

5. To pursue or maintain a relationship or friendship with someone.
1. He struggled to keep up with the fast-paced leader in the race.

2. I try to keep up with the latest news by reading the newspaper every day.

3. Despite living in different cities, they managed to keep up with each other through phone calls and visits.

4. The company aims to keep up with the industry standards in terms of quality.

5. She wanted to keep up with her childhood friend even after they both moved away.
Key in Keyed in Keyed in Keying in 1. To enter or input data or information using a keyboard or similar device.

2. To insert or embed a specific code or identifier.

3. To focus on or emphasize a particular aspect or element.

4. To pay close attention to a detail or specific piece of information.

5. To include or incorporate a crucial component or factor.

6. To align or coordinate something with precision.

7. To encode or encrypt information for security purposes.

8. To involve or engage in a specific task or activity with dedication.
1. She needed to key in the customer's order into the computer system.

2. The technician keyed in the access code to open the secure door.

3. During the presentation, he will key in on the benefits of the product.

4. It's essential to key in on the most relevant data for the analysis.

5. The success of the project will depend on keying in the right resources.

6. The engineers had to key in the precise measurements for the construction.

7. The software is designed to key in sensitive information securely.

8. They are keying in on improving customer service to boost sales.
Kick about Kicked about Kicked about Kicking about 1. To move or travel aimlessly or casually.

2. To discuss or consider something informally or without a specific plan or agenda.
1. After the picnic, they decided to kick about in the park for a while.

2. We can kick about some ideas for the project during the meeting.
Kick back Kicked back Kicked back Kicking back 1. To relax or unwind, often after a period of work or activity.

2. To receive money or rewards, typically as a result of an illegal or unethical activity.

3. To react to a situation with a relaxed or nonchalant attitude.

4. To lean back in a comfortable or casual manner.

5. To respond to something with a counteraction.

6. To push back forcefully against something.

7. To rebound or reflect, as in light or sound.

8. To enjoy leisure time or relaxation.
1. After a long day at work, he likes to kick back and watch TV.

2. Some individuals involved in the scam were kicking back a portion of the profits.

3. Despite the setback, he's just kicking back and taking it easy.

4. They were all kicking back in their beach chairs, enjoying the sunshine.

5. The market reacted negatively, but it's too early to tell how it will kick back.

6. He kicked back against the heavy door to open it.

7. The mirror was angled to kick back the sunlight into the room.

8. During the weekend, they plan to kick back and unwind at the cabin.
Kick down Kicked down Kicked down Kicking down 1. To forcefully break down or demolish something by kicking it.

2. To aggressively or forcefully push down on a door or barrier to open it.

3. To use physical force to defeat or overpower an opponent.

4. To dismantle or destroy a structure or system.

5. To vigorously advocate for or support a cause or idea.

6. To abruptly and forcefully reduce the price or value of something.

7. To forcefully reject or oppose a proposal or suggestion.

8. To forcefully remove someone from a position or status.
1. In a fit of anger, he kicked down the door to the room.

2. The firefighters had to kick down the burning door to rescue the trapped occupants.

3. The team managed to kick down their opponents in the final minutes of the game.

4. Economic turmoil threatened to kick down the country's financial stability.

5. The activists were kicking down barriers to achieve equality.

6. The company had to kick down the prices to compete with rivals.

7. During the meeting, they kicked down the proposed changes to the project.

8. The shareholders voted to kick down the CEO from his position.
Kick off Kicked off Kicked off Kicking off 1. To start or begin something, especially an event, game, or activity.

2. To initiate or launch a project, plan, or campaign.
1. The football match will kick off at 3 PM.

2. They plan to kick off the new marketing campaign next week.
Kick out Kicked out Kicked out Kicking out 1. To forcefully remove or eject someone or something from a place or situation.

2. To dismiss or expel someone from a group, organization, or team.
1. The bouncer had to kick out the unruly patron from the bar.

2. The coach decided to kick out the player for violating team rules.
Kiss off Kissed off Kissed off Kissing off 1. To dismiss or reject someone or something.

2. To say goodbye or part from someone in a casual or somewhat rude manner.
1. He decided to kiss off the job offer and look for something better.

2. She just kissed him off without much explanation.
Kiss up to Kissed up to Kissed up to Kissing up to To flatter or be overly nice to someone in order to gain their favor or approval. He's always kissing up to the boss in hopes of getting a promotion.
Knock about Knocked about Knocked about Knocking about 1. To travel or wander aimlessly or casually.

2. To discuss or consider something informally or casually.
1. They decided to knock about Europe for a few months.

2. Let's knock about some ideas for our upcoming project.
Knock around Knocked around Knocked around Knocking around 1. To treat someone or something roughly or with violence.

2. To spend time with someone informally or casually.

3. To consider or discuss something informally or casually.
1. They used to knock him around pretty bad when he was a kid.

2. We like to knock around town on the weekends.

3. Let's knock around a few ideas for the party.
Knock back Knocked back Knocked back Knocking back 1. To consume a drink or beverage quickly.

2. To reject or refuse something, typically an offer or proposal.
1. He knocked back his whiskey in one gulp.

2. She knocked back the job offer because it required too much travel.
Knock down Knocked down Knocked down Knocking down 1. To cause something to fall down, often by striking it.

2. To dismantle or take apart a structure.

3. To reduce the price or value of something.

4. To overcome or defeat someone or something.

5. To hit and injure a person or an animal with a vehicle, typically a car.
1. He accidentally knocked down the tower of blocks.

2. They decided to knock down the old building and construct a new one.

3. The store knocked down the prices of winter coats.

4. The team worked hard to knock down their opponents in the championship game.

5. Sadly, a driver knocked down a deer on the road.
Knock off Knocked off Knocked off Knocking off 1. To stop working or cease activity, often at the end of a workday.

2. To reduce the price of something, typically temporarily.

3. To kill or eliminate someone.

4. To create a counterfeit or imitation of something.

5. To steal or rob something.
1. We usually knock off at 5 PM.

2. They knocked off 20% from the original price.

3. The hitman was hired to knock off the target.

4. They knock off designer bags and sell them as authentic.

5. Someone knocked off my wallet while I wasn't looking.
Knock out Knocked out Knocked out Knocking out 1. To cause someone to become unconscious, typically by hitting them.

2. To defeat or eliminate someone or something.

3. To make something inoperative or nonfunctional.
1. The boxer delivered a powerful punch that knocked out his opponent.

2. The underdog team managed to knock out the defending champions.

3. A power surge knocked out the electricity in our neighborhood.
Knock over Knocked over Knocked over Knocking over 1. To cause something to fall over by striking it.

2. To rob or steal from a person or place, often involving the use of force.

3. To surprise or overwhelm someone.

4. To accidentally spill or tip over something.
1. The strong wind knocked over the tree.

2. They knocked over a convenience store last night.

3. Her talent and beauty knocked over the judges at the competition.

4. I accidentally knocked over my coffee cup.
Knock together Knocked together Knocked together Knocking together To hastily assemble or construct something, often without great skill or precision. We had to knock together a makeshift shelter with the materials we had on hand.
Knock up Knocked up Knocked up Knocking up 1. To make someone pregnant.

2. To wake someone up or be woken up, especially early in the morning.
1. She got knocked up when she was still in high school.

2. He knocked me up at 6 AM for a morning jog.
Know about Knew about Known about Knowing about To have information or awareness of something. I didn't know about the meeting until yesterday.
Know for Knew for Known for Knowing for 1. To be recognized or famous for a particular skill, trait, or characteristic.

2. To be aware of or informed about something.

3. To have a reputation for something.
1. She's known for her excellent cooking.

2. Do you know for sure if the event is happening?

3. The company is known for its innovative products.
Know as Knew as Known as Knowing as 1. To be recognized or identified by a particular name or title.

2. To have a reputation or be famous for something specific.
1. She is known as a talented artist in our community.

2. This region is known as the breadbasket of the country.
Know for Knew for Known for Knowing for 1. To be recognized or identified by a particular name or title.

2. To have a reputation or be famous for something specific.
1. She is known for her exceptional culinary skills.

2. This city is known for its rich cultural heritage.
Know of Knew of Known of Knowing of 1. To have awareness or knowledge about someone or something.

2. To be acquainted with or familiar with someone or something.

3. To be aware of the existence or presence of someone or something.
1. I know of a great restaurant downtown.

2. She knows of my interest in art.

3. Do you know of any available job openings?
Knuckle down Knuckled down Knuckled down Knuckling down 1. To start working or studying seriously and with determination, especially after a period of procrastination or laziness.

2. To apply oneself diligently to a task or project.

3. To focus on and make a concerted effort to accomplish something.
1. I need to knuckle down and finish this report by tomorrow.

2. She knuckled down and practiced the piano for hours.

3. Let's knuckle down and get this project completed on time.
Knuckle under Knuckled under Knuckled under Knuckling under 1. To submit or yield to someone's authority, pressure, or demands reluctantly or without resistance.

2. To succumb to pressure, difficulties, or adversity.
1. Faced with the threat of losing her job, she finally knuckled under and agreed to work overtime.

2. The company refused to knuckle under to the demands of the striking workers.