Verb-Particle Combinations Begin with M (54)

On this page are 54 Verb-Particle Combinations starting with the letter "M".

Base Past Verb Past Participle Present Participle Definitions Example
Mail out Mailed out Mailed out Mailing out 1. To send something by mail or post, usually to many people or a specific list.

2. To distribute or dispatch something by mail, often in large quantities.
1. The company will mail out the product samples to potential customers.

2. She needs to mail out the invitations to all the guests.
Major in Majored in Majored in Majoring in 1. To choose a specific subject as the primary focus of one's academic studies, typically in college or university.

2. To give the most attention or emphasis to a particular aspect or element of something.
1. He decided to major in biology in college.

2. The presentation will major in highlighting the economic impact of the new policy.
Make do Made do Made do Making do 1. To manage with the resources or means available, especially when those resources are limited.

2. To cope or get by in a situation where something is lacking.

1. We didn't have enough ingredients for a full meal, so we had to make do with what we had.

2. During the power outage, we had to make do with candlelight.
Make for Made for Made for Making for 1. To move toward a destination or goal.

2. To contribute to or result in something.

3. To head in the direction of something.

1. We need to make for the airport soon if we want to catch our flight.

2. Their hard work will make for a successful project.

3. Let's make for the mountains and enjoy some hiking this weekend.
Make off Made off Made off Making off To leave quickly, often in a hurried or furtive manner, especially to escape from a situation or avoid being caught. The thief tried to make off with the stolen goods, but the police caught him.
Make out Made out Made out Making out 1. To discern or perceive something, often with difficulty.

2. To create or complete something, typically a document or a report.

3. To engage in passionate kissing and other romantic activities with someone.

4. To represent or depict something, often in writing or drawing.

5. To pretend or feign, especially regarding one's feelings or emotions.

6. To be successful, often in terms of progress or achievement.

7. To suggest or imply something indirectly.
1. It's hard to make out the details in this blurry photograph.

2. I'll make out the report and submit it by the end of the day.

3. They were making out in the park, enjoying their time together.

4. The artist made out a beautiful landscape in his latest painting.

5. She tried to make out like she wasn't upset, but we could tell she was.

6. The project is making out quite well; we're ahead of schedule.

7. I can't quite make out what he's trying to say, but it sounds intriguing.
Make over Made over Made over Making over 1. To renovate or remodel something, often to improve its appearance or functionality.

2. To give someone a new physical appearance, typically through hairstyling, makeup, or clothing.

3. To transfer ownership or control of something to someone else, especially property or assets.

4. To change or transform something significantly.

5. To undergo a significant change or transformation.
1. They decided to make over their kitchen with new cabinets and countertops.

2. The stylist will make you over for the photoshoot.

3. He made over the family business to his eldest son.

4. The company made over its image to appeal to a younger audience.

5. After a year abroad, she came back completely made over and full of confidence.
Make up Made up Made up Making up 1. To invent or create a story, excuse, or explanation, often to deceive or cover up the truth.

2. To apply cosmetics, such as lipstick, eyeshadow, and foundation, to enhance one's appearance.

3. To reconcile or restore a friendly relationship after a disagreement or argument.

4. To constitute or form something, such as a group or a specific part of something larger.

5. To compensate for something, often by doing or providing something additional.
1. He had to make up a convincing excuse for missing the meeting.

2. She spends hours every morning making up her face before going to work.

3. After their fight, they decided to make up and put the past behind them.

4. These smaller islands make up the archipelago.

5. I'll make up for being late by working extra hours this week.
Manage to Managed to Managed to Managing to To successfully accomplish or achieve something, often with effort or difficulty. She managed to complete the project ahead of schedule.
Map out Mapped out Mapped out Mapping out 1. To create a detailed plan or strategy for a project, journey, or course of action.

2. To chart or draw a map or diagram to represent an area or route.
1. Before starting the road trip, they sat down to map out their route and stops.

2. The cartographer will map out the new terrain based on satellite data.
March on Marched on Marched on Marching on To continue forward or make progress, often in a determined or purposeful manner. Despite the challenges, they marched on towards their goal.
Mark down Marked down Marked down Marking down 1. To reduce the price or value of something.

2. To make a note or record of something, often in writing.

3. To criticize or blame someone for something.
1. The store marked down all their winter clothing to make room for the spring collection.

2. He always marks down important dates on his calendar.

3. The boss marked me down for arriving late to the meeting.
Mark out Marked out Marked out Marking out 1. To indicate or designate a specific area, boundary, or location.

2. To distinguish or highlight something.

3. To plan or outline something in advance.
1. The coach marked out the boundaries of the soccer field.

2. She used a highlighter to mark out the important passages in the book.

3. We need to mark out our strategy for the upcoming project.
Mark up Marked up Marked up Marking up 1. To increase the price or value of something, often for resale.

2. To annotate or make notations on a document or text.

3. To damage or blemish something by leaving marks or scratches on it.
1. The retailer marked up the price of the product before putting it on the shelves.

2. She likes to mark up her textbooks with notes and highlights.

3. Be careful not to mark up the furniture when you move it.
Marry in Married in Married in Marrying in 1. To become a member of a particular social, cultural, or familial group through marriage.

2. To join or be absorbed into a specific group or organization, often by marrying someone associated with that group.
1. She decided to marry in to the local community by marrying a prominent resident.

2. He effectively married in to the company's leadership when he married the CEO's daughter.
Marry out Married out Married out Marrying out 1. To marry someone who is not a member of one's own social, cultural, or familial group.

2. To leave a particular social or cultural group by marrying someone from a different background.
1. She chose to marry out of her cultural group, which initially caused some tension in her family.

2. By marrying out, he experienced a different way of life than the one he grew up with.
Mash up Mashed up Mashed up Mashing up 1. To mix or blend different elements, often in a creative or unconventional way.

2. To damage or crush something, typically resulting in a messy or disorganized state.
1. The DJ decided to mash up various songs to create a unique remix.

2. The car accident completely mashed up the front bumper.
Mean by Meant by Meant by Meaning by To intend or convey a particular definition, interpretation, or understanding of something when communicating or using language. What he mean by 'freedom' is the ability to make choices without restrictions.
Measure against Measured against Measured against Measuring against To assess or evaluate something in comparison to a particular standard or criteria, often to determine its quality, performance, or suitability. The company measures its products against industry standards to ensure they meet high-quality requirements.
Measure out Measured out Measured out Measuring out To determine or portion something in specific quantities or measurements, often using a measuring tool or system. She carefully measured out the ingredients for the recipe.
Measure up Measured up Measured up Measuring up 1. To be of a sufficient or acceptable standard or quality.

2. To assess or compare something to a certain standard or expectation.
1. Despite his initial doubts, the new employee quickly measured up to the company's performance standards.

2. We need to measure up the candidate's qualifications against the job requirements.
Meet up Met up Met up Meeting up To come together or rendezvous with someone, often at a specified location or time. We decided to meet up at the café after work.
Meet with Met with Met with Meeting with To have a meeting or encounter with someone, often for a specific purpose or discussion. I'm going to meet with the client this afternoon to discuss the project.
Melt down Melted down Melted down Melting down 1. To turn a solid substance into a liquid through heating.

2. To have an emotional breakdown or lose control of one's emotions.
1. He melted down the chocolate to make a sauce.

2. After the loss, she had a meltdown and couldn't stop crying.
Mess about Messed about Messed about Messing about To engage in aimless, frivolous, or unproductive activity, often in a playful or careless manner. Stop messing about and start working on your assignments.
Mess about with Messed about with Messed about with Messing about with To engage in playful or casual interaction with something, often involving experimentation or manipulation. He likes to mess about with his camera, trying out different settings.
Mess around Messed around Messed around Messing around 1. To engage in playful or casual activity, often without a specific purpose.

2. To waste time or procrastinate instead of doing something productive.
1. The kids like to mess around in the backyard.

2. Stop messing around and get to work!
Mess up Messed up Messed up Messing up 1. To make a mistake or error, especially when performing a task or activity.

2. To cause confusion or disorder.

3. To ruin or spoil something.

4. To become emotionally or mentally disturbed or upset.
1. I messed up the math exam.

2. His absence really messed up the schedule.

3. Don't mess up your chances with that job interview.

4. The traumatic experience really messed him up.
Mess with Messed with Messed with Messing with 1. To interact with or tamper with something, often in a playful or troublesome manner.

2. To engage in a conflict or confrontation with someone.

3. To tease or provoke someone.

4. To meddle in someone else's affairs or business.
1. Don't mess with my computer settings.

2. He's been messing with his neighbor over a property dispute.

3. Stop messing with your little sister.

4. She's always messing with other people's problems.
Minor in Minored in Minored in Minoring in To pursue a secondary field of study in college or university, typically alongside a major subject of study. She decided to minor in psychology while majoring in biology.
Mistake for Mistook for Mistaken for Mistaking for To confuse one thing or person with another; to misidentify. I mistook her twin sister for her.
Mill around Milled around Milled around Mill around 1. To move aimlessly or wander around in a disorganized manner in a particular area.

2. To be present in a location with no clear purpose or activity, often in a disorganized or confused manner.
1. After the event, people began to mill around in the parking lot.

2. There were a lot of students milling around the campus after classes were canceled.
Miss out Missed out Missed out Missing out 1. To fail to participate in or experience something enjoyable or advantageous.

2. To not be aware of or overlook something.

3. To omit or leave something out.
1. Don't miss out on the opportunity to see the concert.

2. I can't believe I missed out on such an important detail.

3. I accidentally missed out a paragraph in my report.
Mix in Mixed in Mixed in Mixing in To combine or incorporate something into a mixture or group. She decided to mix in some fresh herbs to enhance the flavor of the dish.
Mix up Mixed up Mixed up Mixing up 1. To confuse or mistake one thing or person for another.

2. To combine or blend things in a disorganized or confusing manner.

3. To involve or entangle someone in a complicated situation.
1. I always mix up the twins because they look so similar.

2. The files on his desk are all mixed up.

3. He managed to mix up his friends in a messy legal dispute.
Mock up Mocked up Mocked up Mocking up 1. To create a rough or preliminary model or version of something as a visual representation.

2. To mimic or imitate something, often in a satirical or exaggerated manner.
1. The designer will mock up a prototype of the new product for review.

2. He likes to mock up famous movie scenes with his friends for fun.
Monkey around Monkied around Monkied around Monkeying around To engage in playful or silly behavior; to fool around or waste time in an aimless manner. The kids spent the afternoon monkeying around in the park.
Mooch around Mooched around Mooched around Mooching around To wander or loiter aimlessly or in a relaxed manner, often without a specific purpose or goal. We spent the afternoon mooching around the town, popping into shops and enjoying the scenery.
Mooch up Mooched up Mooched up Mooching up To approach or move closer to someone or something in a casual or relaxed manner, often seeking something for free or without permission. He decided to mooch up to the front of the line in hopes of getting a better view.
Mop up Mopped up Mopped up Mopping up 1. To clean or dry a surface by using a mop or absorbent material.

2. To complete or finish a task or situation, especially one that involves resolving problems or dealing with the aftermath of an event or conflict.

3. In a military context, to eliminate or deal with remaining enemy forces or resistance after a battle.

1. After the party, we had to mop up the spilled drinks and clean the floors.

2. The team worked hard to mop up the remaining issues before the project deadline.

3. Following the victory, the troops were ordered to mop up any resistance in the area.
Move away Moved away Moved away Moving away 1. To relocate or change one's residence to a different location.

2. To create distance or separation from someone or something.

3. To shift or change focus or attention from a particular topic or subject.
1. They decided to move away from the city and live in the countryside.

2. It's important to move away from negative influences in your life.

3. Let's move away from this discussion and talk about something else.
Move in Moved in Moved in Moving in 1. To relocate to a new residence or location, typically with the intention of living there.

2. To take possession of a place, such as a house or apartment, and start living there.

3. To become part of a group or community.

4. To make a physical approach toward something or someone.
1. They decided to move in together after getting married.

2. The new tenants will move in next week.

3. She wanted to move in and become an active member of the local community.

4. The shark started to move in closer to its prey.
Move on Moved on Moved on Moving on 1. To progress or advance, especially after a setback or difficult situation.

2. To leave one place or situation and go to another.

3. To emotionally recover from a past relationship or experience.

4. To shift one's focus or attention to something else.
1. It's time to move on from this project and start a new one.

2. After spending years in this town, they decided it was time to move on.

3. She needed to move on from her past and find happiness again.

4. Let's move on to the next topic of discussion.
Move out Moved out Moved out Moving out 1. To leave a place, especially a residence or location.

2. To vacate a property or premises, often at the end of a lease or rental agreement.

3. To depart or relocate from one place to another.

4. To become independent from one's parents or guardians and live separately.
1. They decided to move out of the city and live in the countryside.

2. The tenants will move out of the apartment by the end of the month.

3. After graduation, she plans to move out and get her own apartment.

4. It's a big step to move out and live on your own.
Move towards Moved towards Moved towards Moving towards 1. To proceed in the direction of a particular place or goal.

2. To make progress or advance in a specific direction or manner.

3. To show signs of developing or becoming more likely.

4. To have a tendency or inclination toward something.
1. They decided to move towards the city to find better job opportunities.

2. Our project is moving towards completion.

3. The weather is moving towards warmer temperatures.

4. His actions seem to move towards a more peaceful resolution.
Move up Moved up Moved up Moving up 1. To progress to a higher position or rank.

2. To advance or improve one's social, economic, or personal situation.

3. To shift to a higher level or location.

4. To make room for someone else to sit or stand by changing one's position, often in a vehicle or on public transport.
1. He worked hard and was able to move up within the company.

2. Education can help you move up in your career.

3. Let's move up to the front row for a better view.

4. Please move up and let others get on the bus.
Muck in Mucked in Mucked in Mucking in To join and actively participate in a task or activity, especially in a group or team effort. We all mucked in to clean up the park after the event.
Muck out Mucked out Mucked out Mucking out To clean or remove dirt, waste, or debris, typically from a stable or animal enclosure. I spent the morning mucking out the horse stalls.
Muck up Mucked up Mucked up Mucking up To make a mess of something, to spoil or ruin a situation or task. I accidentally mucked up the presentation by forgetting my notes.
Muddle through Muddled through Muddled through Muddling through 1. To manage or get by in a situation with confusion or without a clear plan.

2. To cope with difficulties or challenges without a well-defined strategy.

3. To make one's way through a situation, even though it may be chaotic or disorganized.
1. We had no experience in camping, but we managed to muddle through the weekend in the woods.

2. The company is going through tough times, but they're trying to muddle through without laying off employees.

3. Despite the lack of instructions, she somehow muddled through the assembly of the furniture.
Mug up Mugged up Mugged up Mugging up 1. To study or memorize something intensively, often in a short period of time.

2. To cram for an exam or learn something quickly, especially at the last minute.

3. To acquire knowledge or information rapidly for a specific purpose or task.
1. I need to mug up on these notes before the big test tomorrow.

2. He's always mugging up on the material the night before the exam.

3. She mugged up on the subject matter just in time for the presentation.
Mull over Mulled over Mulled over Mulling over 1. To think deeply or carefully about something, often for an extended period of time.

2. To consider or ponder a decision, idea, or problem before reaching a conclusion.

3. To reflect on or examine something thoroughly.
1. I need some time to mull over this job offer before making a decision.

2. He spent hours mulling over the implications of the new policy.

3. Let's mull over all the options before we choose a course of action.
Muscle in Muscled in Muscled in Muscling in 1. To forcefully intrude or involve oneself in a situation or activity, often to gain an advantage.

2. To assert one's influence or authority in a pushy or aggressive manner.

3. To become involved in something without being invited or welcomed.
1. He tried to muscle in on the business deal even though he had no prior involvement.

2. The new manager muscled in and started making changes without consulting the team.

3. Don't try to muscle in on their private conversation.
Muscle out Muscled out Muscled out Muscling out 1. To use physical force or intimidation to make someone leave a place or position.

2. To push or force one's way out of a tight or restricted space.

3. To maneuver or scheme to remove someone from a position or situation.
1. The bouncers muscled out the troublemakers from the club.

2. She muscled out of the crowded subway car just before the doors closed.

3. They managed to muscle out the current CEO and take control of the company.