Verb-Particle Combinations Begin with E (45)

On this page are 45 Verb-Particle Combinations starting with the letter "E".

Base Past Verb Past Participle Present Participle Definitions Example
Ease back Eased back Eased back Easing back 1. To reduce speed or slow down, often in a cautious or gradual manner.

2. To relax or take things more slowly after a period of intense activity or stress.
1. The driver decided to ease back on the accelerator as they approached the intersection.

2. After a busy workweek, she decided to ease back and enjoy a relaxing weekend.
Ease back into Eased back into Eased back into Easing back into 1. To gradually return to a previous state or activity, often after a break or interruption.

2. To reacclimate oneself to something slowly and carefully.
1. After taking a long vacation, it took him a while to ease back into his work routine.

2. She decided to ease back into her exercise regimen after recovering from an injury.
Ease into Eased into Eased into Easing into 1. To gradually become more comfortable with or accustomed to something.

2. To start a new activity or situation slowly and carefully to avoid difficulties or stress.
1. She decided to ease into her new job by taking on smaller tasks at first.

2. The coach advised the team to ease into the game rather than rushing in with all their energy.
Ease off Eased off Eased off Easing off 1. To reduce the intensity or pressure of something gradually.

2. To slow down or relax one's efforts or actions.

3. To become less strict or demanding in a situation.
1. The manager told the employees to ease off on their workload during the busy season.

2. After a long day of work, she decided to ease off and take a break.

3. The teacher decided to ease off on homework assignments to reduce stress on the students.
Ease out Eased out Eased out Easing out 1. To gradually remove or phase something or someone out of a situation or process.

2. To exit or leave a situation or place slowly and carefully.

3. To retire or resign from a job or position gradually.
1. The company decided to ease out the old software and replace it with a new, more efficient system.

2. She decided to ease out of the crowded party without causing a scene.

3. After decades of service, the CEO decided to ease out and let a younger leader take over.
Ease up Eased up Eased up Easing up 1. To reduce or lessen the intensity, pressure, or speed of something.

2. To relax or take it easy, often after a period of stress or hard work.

3. To slow down or come to a stop, especially in the context of a vehicle or machinery.
1. He decided to ease up on his workout routine to avoid injury.

2. After a long day at work, she likes to ease up by reading a book and sipping tea.

3. The car gradually eased up as it approached the traffic light.
Eat at Ate at Eaten at Eating at 1. To erode or corrode something slowly, typically over time.

2. To consume a meal or food at a particular place, such as a restaurant or someone's home.
1. The constant exposure to saltwater was eating at the metal railing, causing it to rust.

2. We decided to eat at that Indonesian restaurant.
Eat away Ate away Eaten away Eating away 1. To erode or consume gradually, often referring to the way something is gradually worn down or damaged over time.

2. To corrode or destroy something through chemical or biological processes.

3. To occupy or engage one's time or thoughts persistently.
1. The ocean waves have been eating away at the coastline for years.

2. Rust had eaten away at the old metal pipe, causing it to leak.

3. His obsession with the problem was eating away at his concentration.
Eat in Ate in Eaten in Eating in 1. To have a meal at home or at a specific location rather than going out to a restaurant or ordering takeout.

2. To remain at one's current location rather than going out or participating in social activities.
1. We decided to eat in tonight and cook our favorite meal at home.

2. I'm feeling tired, so I'll just eat in and watch a movie instead of going out.
Eat into Ate into Eaten into Eating into 1. To gradually consume or reduce something, such as time, money, or resources, often in a way that was not initially intended.

2. To erode or diminish a portion of something over time.
1. Unexpected expenses have started to eat into our savings.

2. The constant stress was eating into her health.
Eat out Ate out Eaten out Eating out 1. To dine in a restaurant or eat a meal away from home, rather than cooking or eating at home.

2. To erode or corrode the surface of something due to exposure to external factors.
1. Let's eat out tonight and try that new Italian restaurant.

2. The constant exposure to rain and sun had eaten out the wood on the old shed.
Eat up Ate up Eaten up Eating up 1. To consume all of something, usually food, leaving nothing behind.

2. To be enthusiastic about or fully engage in something.
1. The children ate up all the cookies in the jar.

2. She really ate up the opportunity to learn a new skill.
Ebb away Ebbed away Ebbed away Ebbing away 1. To gradually decrease or diminish in intensity, strength, or importance over time.

2. To decline or recede, often referring to the waning of a specific emotion or condition.
1. As the days passed, her anxiety began to ebb away, and she felt more at ease.

2. The enthusiasm for the project ebbed away as the challenges became more apparent.
Edge out Edged out Edged out Edging out 1. To narrowly defeat or surpass someone or something in competition or a contest.

2. To gradually or subtly move or force someone or something out of a position or situation.
1. She managed to edge out her opponent in the final seconds of the race.

2. The new regulations are designed to edge out unqualified vendors from the market.
Edge up Edged up Edged up Edging up 1. To gradually increase or improve, especially in small increments.

2. To position or move something slightly higher or closer to an edge.
1. The company's profits have been edging up steadily over the last quarter.

2. He carefully edged up the book on the shelf to make room for more.
Egg on Egged on Egged on Egging on 1. To encourage or urge someone to do something, often something foolish or risky.

2. To provoke or incite someone to take action or behave in a certain way, often by taunting or challenging them.
1. His friends egged him on to try the dangerous stunt.

2. The crowd egged on the two rivals, escalating the conflict.
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1. To provide more details, context, or information about a topic or idea.

2. To expand upon or explain something in a more comprehensive or thorough manner.
1. The professor asked the student to elaborate on their research findings.
1. The author decided to elaborate upon the historical background of the characters in the novel.

2. Could you please elaborate on your plans for the project?
2. The professor encouraged the students to elaborate upon their ideas in their essays.
Elbow out Elbowed out Elbowed out Elbowing out 1. To force or maneuver someone or something out of a particular situation or position, often using physical strength or influence.

2. To exclude or push aside someone or something in order to gain an advantage or position.

3. To compete aggressively in order to outperform others and achieve a goal.
1. The large corporation tried to elbow out the smaller competitors in the market.

2. He elbowed out his rival to secure the last available ticket to the concert.

3. In the fiercely competitive industry, companies constantly elbow each other out to gain market share.
Elbow out of Elbowed out of Elbowed out of Elbowing out of 1. To force or maneuver someone or something out of a particular situation, group, or position, often in a competitive or assertive manner.

2. To exclude or make it difficult for someone to participate in something by using one's influence or actions.
1. She managed to elbow her way out of a crowded room to get some fresh air.

2. The senior members of the team elbowed him out of the project, leaving him feeling excluded.
Embark on Embarked on Embarked on Embarking on 1. To begin or start something, often a journey, project, or new phase.

2. To undertake or engage in a new venture or activity.
1. They decided to embark on a road trip across the country.

2. After completing her degree, she embarked on a career in research.
Empty out Emptied out Emptied out Emptying out 1. To remove or pour out the contents of something, making it empty.

2. To cause a place or area to become less crowded or less full by people leaving.

3. To disclose or reveal everything, leaving nothing hidden or unspoken.
1. She **emptied out** the box of old toys and donated them to charity.

2. After the event ended, the stadium began to **empty out** quickly.

3. During the interrogation, he eventually **emptied out** all the information he had about the incident.
Encroach on Encroached on Encroached on Encroaching on 1. To intrude or trespass upon someone else's territory, rights, or space.

2. To advance gradually and infringe upon something, typically in a way that is unwanted or harmful.
1. The construction of the new building encroached on the neighboring property.

2. The invasive species encroached on the native habitat, causing ecological imbalances.
End away Ended away Ended away Ending away 1. To conclude or finish something while being away from a particular location or context.

2. To bring something to an end or conclusion in a distant or remote place.
1. Despite being on vacation, he managed to end away the project on time.

2. The negotiations ended away from the usual meeting place.
End in Ended in Ended in Ending in 1. To result in a particular way or outcome.

2. To conclude or finish with a specified event or state.
1. Their argument ended in a compromise.

2. The game ended in a tie.

3. The day ended in a beautiful sunset.
End up Ended up Ended up Ending up 1. To ultimately reach a particular place, condition, or situation, often unexpectedly or unintentionally.

2. To eventually result in a particular outcome or situation.

3. To conclude or finish in a specified way or state.
1. We got lost in the forest and ended up in a small clearing.

2. Despite their differences, they ended up becoming close friends.

3. If you keep procrastinating, you'll end up in a time crunch.
Endow with Endowed with Endowed with Endowing with 1. To provide or grant a quality, characteristic, or gift to someone or something.

2. To furnish or equip someone or something with a particular attribute or ability.
1. The generous benefactor decided to endow the university with a substantial scholarship fund.

2. The artist was endowed with incredible talent from a young age.
Engage in Engaged in Engaged in Engaging in 1. To participate or become involved in a particular activity, often a specific behavior or action.

2. To occupy oneself in a particular task or action, typically for a specified period.
1. Many students engage in extracurricular activities to broaden their skills and interests.

2. He found it difficult to engage in meaningful conversation while being distracted by his phone.
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1. To provide more details or information about a topic, typically by elaborating or expanding upon it.

2. To further explain or discuss something in greater depth or length.
1. The speaker briefly mentioned the topic but didn't have time to enlarge on it during the presentation.
1. The professor encouraged students to enlarge upon their ideas in their research papers for a deeper understanding.

2. He asked the professor to enlarge on the concept of quantum mechanics, as he found it fascinating.
2. During the interview, the candidate enlarged upon their previous work experience.
Enquire about Enquired about Enquired about Enquiring about 1. To ask or seek information about something or someone, typically by posing questions or making inquiries.

2. To investigate or show an interest in a particular topic or matter by seeking more details.
1. He decided to enquire about the availability of the product at the store.

2. She enquired about the training programs offered by the company.
Enquire after Enquired after Enquired after Enquiring after 1. To ask about the well-being or condition of someone, typically out of concern or interest.

2. To inquire about someone's health, situation, or recent experiences in a caring or friendly manner.
1. She enquired after her old friend's health and family during their phone call.

2. He regularly enquired after his elderly neighbor to ensure she was doing well.
Enquire into Enquired into Enquired into Enquiring into 1. To investigate or look into a particular matter, situation, or issue in order to gather information or determine the facts.

2. To conduct an official or formal inquiry or examination into a subject or incident.
1. The committee decided to enquire into the allegations of misconduct within the organization.

2. The authorities have been enquiring into the causes of the recent power outage.
Enroll for Enrolled for Enrolled for Enrolling for To express the act of signing up for something. He enrolled for the workshop on entrepreneurship.
Enroll in Enrolled in Enrolled in Enrolling in To officially register or join a course, program, school, or organization. She decided to enroll in a language course to improve her skills.
Enter into Entered into Entered into Entering into 1. To begin or become a part of a particular agreement, contract, or discussion.

2. To engage in a particular state, condition, or relationship.
1. The two companies decided to enter into a strategic partnership to expand their reach.

2. She entered into a deep state of meditation, finding inner peace.
Entitle to Entitled to Entitled to Entitling to 1. To give someone the right, privilege, or qualification to have or do something, often based on specific criteria or conditions.

2. To qualify for a particular benefit, status, or entitlement as a result of meeting certain requirements or qualifications.
1. Meeting the eligibility criteria entitles individuals to receive financial assistance from the government.

2. Employees who have worked for the company for five years are entitled to additional paid leave.

3. Graduating from the program entitles students to a diploma and certification in their field of study.
Entrust to Entrusted to Entrusted to Entrusting to 1. To assign or give someone the responsibility or authority to take care of or manage something valuable or important.

2. To place confidence or trust in someone by giving them a task, duty, or obligation to fulfill.
1. The parents entrusted the care of their children to a reliable babysitter.

2. The CEO entrusted the project's execution to the experienced team of managers.

3. She entrusted the key to her best friend while she was away on vacation.
Equate with Equated with Equated with Equating with 1. To consider or compare someone or something as being equal or equivalent to another person or thing, often in terms of value, importance, or meaning.

2. To connect or associate one thing with another, suggesting a similarity or likeness between them.
1. Some people equate success with financial wealth, but it can have various definitions.

2. The author equated the protagonist's journey with the hero's journey in mythology, drawing parallels between them.

3. In some cultures, the color red is equated with luck and prosperity.
Equip with Equipped with Equipped with Equipping with 1. To provide someone or something with necessary tools, resources, or capabilities to perform a task or function.

2. To furnish or outfit someone or something with specific equipment or accessories.
1. The firefighters are equipped with state-of-the-art gear to handle various emergencies.

2. The kitchen was equipped with modern appliances for efficient cooking.
Even out Evened out Evened out Evening out 1. To make something level or equal in distribution, typically by smoothing or adjusting variations or disparities.

2. To become more balanced or uniform over time.

3. To settle or resolve differences or disputes to achieve a fair or equitable outcome.
1. The construction crew worked to even out the surface of the road to prevent accidents.

2. After some initial fluctuations, the prices of the stocks evened out over the course of the day.

3. Through negotiation, they managed to even out their disagreements and reach a compromise.
Even up Evened up Evened up Evening up 1. To make something equal or level, often by adjusting or redistributing to eliminate disparities or imbalances.

2. To settle or balance accounts or scores to ensure fairness.

3. To achieve a state of equilibrium or balance.
1. The team worked to even up the distribution of tasks among its members.

2. After several games, they decided to even up the score with a final match.

3. The market eventually evened up, with supply and demand reaching a stable equilibrium.
Expand on Expanded on Expanded on Expanding on 1. To provide further details or information about a topic, typically by elaborating or offering more in-depth explanations.

2. To enlarge or increase the scope, size, or extent of something, often by adding additional elements or components.
1. The presenter was asked to expand on the key points of the research during the Q&A session.

2. The company decided to expand on its product line to reach a broader market.
Explain away Explained away Explained away Explaining away 1. To provide explanations or justifications in an attempt to dismiss or minimize the significance of something, often by offering excuses or rationalizations.

2. To offer reasons or excuses to make something seem less troubling or problematic than it appears.

3. To attempt to explain a phenomenon or occurrence in a way that reduces its mystery or ambiguity.
1. He tried to explain away his absence from the meeting by citing a family emergency.

2. Some people attempt to explain away unusual events as mere coincidences to avoid confronting the unknown.

3. Scientists are still working to explain away the anomalies in the data, seeking a logical and consistent explanation.
Expose to Exposed to Exposed to Exposing to 1. To subject someone or something to a particular situation, condition, or experience, often with potential consequences.

2. To make someone or something vulnerable to a certain risk or hazard by placing them in proximity to it.

3. To reveal or bring to light something that was previously hidden or secret.
1. Children should not be exposed to harmful chemicals in their environment.

2. The workers were exposed to extreme temperatures during their outdoor assignment.

3. The investigative journalist aimed to expose the corruption within the government.
Extend to Extended to Extended to Extending to 1. To encompass or cover a particular range, area, or scope, often referring to the extent or inclusiveness of something.

2. To reach or include a specific point, person, or group within a broader context or range.
1. The company's services extend to various countries around the world.

2. The benefits of the program extend to both employees and their families.

3. The implications of the new policy can extend to multiple sectors of society.
Eye up Eyed up Eyed up Eyeing up 1. To look at someone or something in a way that suggests interest, often with a desire or evaluation in mind.

2. To visually assess or examine someone or something, typically with a specific purpose or intention.
1. He couldn't help but eye up the delicious pastries in the bakery window.

2. She eyed up the antique furniture at the flea market, searching for valuable pieces to buy.

3. The security guard was eyeing up the suspicious person who entered the store.