Verb-Particle Combinations Begin with F (59)

On this page are 59 Verb-Particle Combinations starting with the letter "F".

Base Past Verb Past Participle Present Participle Definitions Example
Face down Faced down Faced down Facing down 1. To confront or deal with a challenge, problem, or opponent with determination and courage.

2. To confront or admit a difficult truth or reality without flinching.
1. Despite the difficulties, she faced down her fears and completed the challenging project.

2. It's time to face down the fact that we need to make some serious changes in our business.
Face off Faced off Faced off Facing off 1. To confront or compete against someone in a direct or intense manner, often in a competition, argument, or battle.

2. To prepare for a confrontation or competition with someone.
1. The two teams faced off in a thrilling soccer match.

2. He spent hours in the gym, facing off against his rival in the boxing ring.
Face onto Faced onto Faced onto Facing onto To be oriented or directed toward a particular object, area, or direction. The hotel rooms face onto the beautiful beach, offering stunning ocean views.
Face up to Faced up to Faced up to Facing up to 1. To confront or acknowledge a difficult or challenging situation, issue, or reality, often with courage and determination.

2. To accept or deal with the consequences, responsibilities, or truths of a particular circumstance or decision.

3. To be honest with oneself and acknowledge one's own mistakes or shortcomings for personal growth and improvement.
1. She had to face up to her fears and speak in front of a large audience.

2. It's time to face up to the financial consequences of overspending and start budgeting wisely.

3. Facing up to one's mistakes is an important part of personal growth and development.
Factor in Factored in Factored in Factoring in To take into consideration or include as part of a calculation, decision, or analysis. When planning the budget, we need to factor in unexpected expenses that may arise.
Factor out Factored out Factored out Factoring out To separate or remove a specific element, component, or variable from a larger equation, situation, or context, often for analysis or simplification. In mathematics, you can factor out common terms from algebraic expressions to simplify them.
Fade away Faded away Faded away Fading away 1. To gradually disappear or become less visible, noticeable, or prominent over time. 1. As the sun set, the colors of the sky began to fade away.
Fade in Faded in Faded in Fading in In film and video production, to gradually bring in the image and sound at the beginning of a scene or sequence, often starting from black or silence. The movie started with a black screen that slowly faded in to reveal the opening scene.
Fade out Faded out Faded out Fading out In film and video production, to gradually reduce the image and sound at the end of a scene or sequence, often fading to black or silence. As the emotional scene concluded, the director chose to fade out the music and let the moment linger in silence.
Fake out Faked out Faked out Faking out To deceive or trick someone by pretending or feigning an action, intention, or emotion. The magician used sleight of hand to fake out the audience and make the coin disappear.
Fall apart Fell apart Fallen apart Falling apart 1. To disintegrate or break into pieces due to damage, wear, or poor construction.

2. To collapse physically or emotionally under pressure or stress.

3. To experience a complete breakdown or failure of something, such as a plan or relationship.

1. The old building had been neglected for years and finally fell apart during the storm.

2. After the loss of her job and a loved one, she felt like her life was falling apart.

3. Their business partnership fell apart due to disagreements and financial difficulties.
Fall away Fell away Fallen away Falling away 1. To decrease or diminish gradually, often in intensity, importance, or size.

2. To lose interest or support for someone or something.

3. To become thinner or less substantial, often used in the context of cliffs or rock formations eroding over time.
1. The excitement about the new product release began to fall away after a few weeks.

2. As the project faced challenges, some team members started to fall away and lose faith in its success.

3. Over the centuries, the coastal cliffs have been falling away due to erosion from the sea.
Fall back Fell back Fallen back Falling back 1. To retreat or withdraw from a position or situation, often due to a tactical decision or in response to a threat.

2. To revert to a previous state or behavior, especially when under stress or pressure.

3. To rely on a backup or contingency plan when the original plan fails or encounters difficulties.

1. The soldiers had to fall back when they realized they were outnumbered.

2. Under stress, some people tend to fall back on old habits.

3. When the equipment malfunctioned, they had to fall back on their manual procedures.
Fall back on Fell back on Fallen back on Falling back on To resort to or rely on something, often a skill, knowledge, or resource, in a time of need or difficulty.

When faced with unexpected challenges, she had to fall back on her problem-solving skills and experience.
Fall behind Fell behind Fallen behind Falling behind To fail to keep pace with a particular standard, schedule, or expectation, often resulting in a delay or backlog.

Due to the heavy workload, he started to fall behind in his assignments.
Fall down Fell down Fallen down Falling down 1. To collapse or topple from an upright position due to a loss of balance or support.

2. To fail or be unsuccessful in achieving something.
1. The child tripped and fell down while running in the playground.

2. Despite their efforts, the team fell down in the final moments of the game, losing to the opposing team.
Fall for Fell for Fallen for Falling for 1. To be deceived or tricked by someone's lies or manipulation, typically related to romantic or emotional involvement.

2. To become infatuated or deeply attracted to someone romantically.
1. She fell for his charming words and later realized he wasn't being honest with her.

2. He quickly fell for her when he first saw her smile, and they've been inseparable ever since.
Fall in Fell in Fallen in Falling in 1. To collapse or cave in, typically related to structures or formations.

2. To form a line or queue, often for military or organized purposes.

3. To become part of or join a group or category.
1. The old building's roof started to leak, and soon after, the entire ceiling fell in.

2. The soldiers were ordered to fall in and prepare for inspection.

3. He decided to fall in with a group of like-minded individuals who shared his interests.
Fall in with Fell in with Fallen in with Falling in with 1. To form an acquaintance or friendship with someone, often by chance or in a casual manner.

2. To agree or comply with someone's plans, ideas, or suggestions.
1. While traveling, she fell in with a group of fellow backpackers and had a great time exploring together.

2. He decided to fall in with the team's strategy for the upcoming project.
Fall off Fell off Fallen off Falling off 1. To come down or drop from a higher position, often unintentionally or unexpectedly.

2. To decrease in quantity, quality, or performance.

3. To decline in health or well-being.
1. She lost her balance and fell off the bicycle.

2. The company's sales started to fall off after the new competitor entered the market.

3. He noticed that his energy levels were falling off, so he decided to get more rest.
Fall on Fell on Fallen on Falling on 1. To be the responsibility or duty of someone or something.

2. To occur or happen suddenly, often referring to bad news or a disaster.
1. It falls on the manager to make the final decision.

2. The news of the accident fell on us like a dark cloud.
Fall over Fell over Fallen over Falling over 1. To lose one's balance and topple to the ground.

2. To tip or overturn due to instability.

3. To collapse or stumble as a result of a physical or emotional impact.
1. She tripped on the uneven pavement and fell over.

2. The strong wind caused the tree to fall over.

3. Upon hearing the bad news, he felt like he was going to fall over.
Fall through Fell through Fallen through Falling through 1. To fail to happen or be completed as expected, often referring to plans, agreements, or arrangements not coming to fruition.

2. To break or collapse, often in a literal sense.
1. Their vacation plans fell through due to unforeseen circumstances.

2. The old wooden bridge finally fell through after years of deterioration.
Fall to Fell to Fallen to Falling to 1. To succumb to a particular state or condition, often negative or undesirable.

2. To become the responsibility or duty of someone or something.
1. After days of exhaustion, he finally fell to sleep.

2. The task of repairing the broken equipment fell to the maintenance team.
Fall under Fell under Fallen under Falling under 1. To be categorized or classified as part of a specific group or category.

2. To be subject to or governed by a particular set of rules, regulations, or authority.
1. These animals fall under the category of endangered species.

2. The project falls under the jurisdiction of the federal government.
Familiarize with Familiarized with Familiarized with Familiarizing with 1. To become knowledgeable or acquainted with something or someone, often through learning or experience. 1. He needed some time to familiarize himself with the new software. It took a while, but he eventually became quite proficient in using it.
Fan out Fanned out Fanned out Fanning out 1. To spread out or disperse in a circular or fan-shaped arrangement. 1. The search party fanned out across the forest to cover a wider area in their search for the missing hiker.
Fancy up Fancied up Fancied up Fancying up 1. To make something more stylish, attractive, or elaborate in appearance. 1. She decided to fancy up her outfit with some accessories before going to the party.
Farm out to Farmed out to Farmed out to Farming out to 1. To subcontract or assign a task or job to an external individual, organization, or entity. 1. The company decided to farm out some of its customer support operations to a third-party call center.
Fasten on Fastened on Fastened on Fastening on 1. To focus or concentrate one's attention or interest on something or someone.

2. To attach or affix something securely to another object.
1. She quickly fastened on the most important details of the story.

2. He fastened on the safety harness to ensure it wouldn't come loose during the climb.
Fasten onto Fastened onto Fastened onto Fastening onto 1. To focus or concentrate one's attention or interest on something or someone, often in a persistent or intrusive manner.

2. To attach or affix something securely onto another object.
1. She fastened onto the idea of traveling around the world and couldn't stop thinking about it.

2. He fastened onto the concept of renewable energy and pursued it as his life's work.
Fatten up Fattened up Fattened up Fattening up To make someone or something gain weight or become fatter, often by feeding them more or providing them with more food than usual. I need to fatten up my pet rabbit because it's too thin.
Feel for Felt for Felt for Feeling for 1. To have empathy or sympathy for someone who is going through a difficult or challenging situation. 2. To have a strong emotional connection or affection for someone. 1. I really feel for you in this tough situation. 2. She's always felt for him ever since they first met.
Figure out Figured out Figured out Figuring out 1. To solve, understand, or find a solution to a problem or mystery.

2. To comprehend or make sense of something that is confusing or complex.
1. It took a while, but he finally figured out the puzzle.

2. She needed some time to figure out how to use the new software.
Fill in Filled in Filled in Filling in 1. To complete a form, document, or questionnaire by providing the necessary information.

2. To temporarily do someone else's job or duties in their absence.

3. To provide additional details or information to make something more complete or comprehensive.
1. Please fill in this application form with your personal details.

2. She had to fill in for her colleague who was on vacation.

3. He asked me to fill in the missing details in the report.
Fill out Filled out Filled out Filling out 1. To complete a form, document, or questionnaire by providing the necessary information.

2. To expand or make something larger or fuller, often by adding details or content.
1. Please fill out this application form with your personal details.

2. He needed to fill out the report with more information to make it comprehensive.
Filter out Filtered out Filtered out Filtering out To remove or separate unwanted elements, substances, or information from a mixture or collection. She used a strainer to filter out the impurities from the water.
Find out Found out Found out Finding out To discover or obtain information or knowledge, often by investigation or inquiry. He wanted to find out the truth about the mysterious incident.
Finish off Finished off Finished off Finishing off 1. To complete or conclude something, especially by performing the final steps or actions required.

2. To consume the last portion of food or drink, often finishing what remains.
1. She decided to finish off the project before the deadline.

2. After dinner, they finished off the dessert.
Finish up Finished up Finished up Finishing up 1. To complete the final stages or remaining tasks of something.

2. To consume or use the last of something, often food or supplies.
1. We need to finish up the project by the end of the week.

2. They finished up all the snacks at the party.
Fix up Fixed up Fixed up Fixing up 1. To repair or improve something.

2. To make someone look more attractive.

3. To arrange a meeting or date between two people.

4. To prepare something for use
1. I need to fix up my car before I can drive it.

2. She fixed up her hair and makeup before going out.

3. My friend fixed me up with her blind date.

4. I fixed up a snack for the kids.
Flash around Flashed around Flashed around Flashing around To show off or display something, often in a boastful or attention-seeking manner. She liked to flash around her expensive jewelry at parties.
Flash at Flashed at Flashed at Flashing at To suddenly show a brief, bright light or series of lights. The camera flashed at the moment of the photograph.
Flash back Flashed back Flashed back Flashing back 1. To have a sudden and vivid recollection of a past event or experience, often as if reliving it.

2. In filmmaking and storytelling, to depict a scene or sequence that shows events from the past.

3. To return briefly to a previous topic or discussion in a conversation or narrative.
1. As she walked through her childhood neighborhood, memories of her youth flashed back to her.

2. The movie used flashbacks to reveal the character's backstory.

3. Let's flash back to our earlier discussion about future plans.
Flash by Flashed by Flashed by Flashing by 1. To move past quickly or suddenly, often with little time for observation or attention.

2. To happen or occur rapidly and briefly, often without being fully understood or realized.
1. The car flashed by so quickly that I couldn't see the license plate.

2. The weekend seemed to flash by, and Monday was already here.
Flash past Flashed past Flashed past Flashing past 1. To move rapidly past or by something or someone, typically with great speed.

2. To experience a moment or period of time that goes by very quickly, often without being fully appreciated or understood.
1. The motorcycle flashed past us on the highway.

2. The years of her youth seemed to have flashed past in the blink of an eye.
Flesh out Fleshed out Fleshed out Fleshing out 1. To add more detail to something.

2. To develop or refine something.

3. To make something more complete or comprehensive.

4. To fill in the gaps in something
1. The writer fleshed out the characters in her novel by giving them more backstory and motivation.

2. The software developers fleshed out the new features before releasing the product.

3. The teacher fleshed out the lesson plan with additional activities and resources.

4. The researcher fleshed out the gaps in her data by conducting further interviews.
Flip out Flipped out Flipped out Flipping out 1. To become extremely angry or excited.

2. To lose control of oneself.

3. To go crazy
1. He flipped out when he found out that his girlfriend had cheated on him.

2. She flipped out when she saw the spider on her wall.

3. The crowd flipped out when their favorite band took the stage.
Flip through Flipped through Flipped through Flipping through 1. To look quickly through something, such as a book or magazine, without reading everything.

2. To browse through something, such as a website or collection of photos.
1. She flipped through the magazine while she waited for her appointment.

2. He flipped through the photos on his phone, looking for one to send to his friend.
Float around Floated around Floated around Floating around 1. To move slowly and easily through the air or water.

2. To be present or circulating in a place or group.

3. To be vague or uncertain.
1. The leaves floated around in the breeze.

2. There are rumors floating around about a new product launch.

3. I have some ideas floating around in my head, but I'm not sure what to do with them yet.
Follow back Followed back Followed back Following back To follow a person on social media who has already followed you. 1. I followed back everyone who followed me on Instagram.

2. She's not very active on Twitter, but she usually follows back her followers.
Follow behind Followed behind Followed behind Following behind To move along behind someone or something. 1. The children followed behind their parents as they walked down the street.

2. The car followed behind the truck on the highway.
Follow over Followed over Followed over Following over 1. To continue to follow someone or something, even when it is difficult or inconvenient.

2. To transfer one's support or allegiance to someone or something new.
1. The soldier followed his orders even though he knew it was dangerous.

2. Many people followed over to the new political party.
Follow through Followed through Followed through Following through 1. To complete a task or promise.

2. To continue something until it is finished.

3. To hit or throw a ball or club with full force.
1. He promised to help me with my homework, and he followed through.

2. I'm going to follow through on my goal of losing weight.

3. The golfer followed through on his swing and hit the ball perfectly.
Follow up Followed up Followed up Following up 1. To pursue or continue a matter or task to its completion or resolution.

2. To investigate or ensure that something is carried out as planned.

3. To contact someone after an initial interaction or event for further communication or action.
1. She promised to follow up on the customer's complaint until it was resolved.

2. The manager followed up on the project to ensure it met the deadline.

3. After the meeting, he followed up with an email to provide additional information.
Forge ahead Forged ahead Forged ahead Forging ahead 1. To continue to make progress or advance steadily, especially in the face of challenges or obstacles.

2. To move forward with determination and confidence.
1. Despite the setbacks, the team forged ahead and completed the project on time.

2. She decided to forge ahead with her career aspirations, undeterred by the difficulties.
Free up Freed up Freed up Freeing up To make something available or release from constraints or obligations. She decided to free up her schedule for the weekend by finishing her work early.
Freeze up Froze up Frozen up Freezing up 1. To become unable to move or act, often due to fear, anxiety, or shock.

2. To become blocked or immobilized, typically used in the context of machinery or systems malfunctioning.
1. She froze up during the public speaking event and couldn't say a word.

2. The computer froze up, and I had to restart it to get it working again.
Frown upon Frowned upon Frowned upon Frowning upon To disapprove or have a negative opinion about something or someone's actions. She knew that her parents would frown upon her decision to drop out of school.