Phrasal Verbs: Time & Change

Phrasal Verbs: Time & Change

“Life will only change when you become more committed to your dreams than you are to your comfort zone.”

Billy Cox, an American bassist


Phrasal verb Meaning Example
to go (went; gone) by  to pass Time goes by so fast.
to fritter away to waste (time) on unnecessary things I won’t fritter away a day! I’ll devote all my time to learning the language.
to idle away to spend time relaxing and doing nothing I idled away most of my weekends but now I like to be more active.
to while away to spend time relaxing when you have nothing to do I like to while away some time walking down the beach.
to run (ran; run) out if something runs out, you do not have any more of it left I’m sorry but the hour has run out.
to run (ran; run)  out of  to use all of something and not have any left Hurry up! We are running out of time!
to mess around  to spend time doing various things that are not important He’s never serious. He just messes around.
to hang (hung; hung) out  to spend much time with someone Who do you hang out with? – The band.
to put (put; put) in  to spend a particular amount of time doing something Lately Jane has been putting in more hours at the office.
to bring (brought; brought) forward  to change the date or time of an event so that it happens earlier They brought the date of the wedding forward so that her sisters could attend.
to put (put; put) back  to change the time or date of an event so that it happens later than originally planned We’ve put the trip back until June now.
to take (took; taken) time out to stop doing what one is doing in order to do something else for a while You need to take time out from your career. The president took time out of his busy schedule to visit our school.
to set (set; set) aside  to keep time for a particular purpose Set aside time for yourself.
to carve out  to find (time) She can’t carve out time in her week for what really matters.
to take (took; taken) time off to have some time away from work, school, or other responsibilities I’m taking some time off of work to look after my daughter while she recovers from her surgery.

The boys went home on Sunday evening but she had taken time off work to stay with the family.

“Lost time is never found again.” Benjamin Franklin


Phrasal verb Meaning Example
to bring (brought; brought) about to make something happen, especially to cause changes in a situation How far does war bring about social change?

It is only our will and honest mentoring that will bring about change.

to call for to say publicly that something must happen He called for a change of mood in English politics.

Climate issues and the recent financial, economic and food crises call for change.

to change into  to stop being in one state, condition, or form and start being in another, or to make something do this Water can change into vapor.

How can I change the verb into a noun?

to turn into  to change or develop into something different Our holiday turned into a nightmare.

Love can turn into hatred.

to grow (grew; grown) up  to change from being a baby or young child to being an older child or adult Children grow up so fast.

You have grown up.

to pass away  to die My grandmother passed away last year.
to move on (to something)  to change the subject Let’s move on to the next question.
to pass out 

to black out

to suddenly become unconscious I passed out from the heat.

I blacked out when I saw the blood.

to come (came; come) round

to come (came; come) to

to become conscious again after being unconscious She hasn’t come round from the anaesthetic /ˌænəsˈθetɪkyet.
to go (went; gone) with to become ill with a particular illness She‘s gone out with the flu.
to bounce back /baʊns/ to become healthy, happy, or successful again after something bad has happened to you Don’t worry, I‘ll bounce back soon.
to get (got; got) over  to start to feel happy or well again after something bad has happened to you I‘ll get over the illness.

She could not get over her husband’s death.

to make (made; made) over to change or improve the appearance of someone or something She has made over her look.

I want to make over my style.

to turn around  to stop being unsuccessful and to start being successful, or to make something do this I’m not sure it will turn around soon.

We need to turn around the economy.

to bottom out if something such as an economy or price bottoms out, it reaches its lowest level before starting to improve again Economists think that the recession is bottoming out.

We think the market has bottomed out and we see steady growth in the years ahead.


Sometimes I think time is elastic. My wife takes forever to get ready to go out, while I sit there waiting. The minutes tick away (1). She comes into the living room and seems to be in no hurry at all. This all drags on (2) for so long…

But apart from moments like that, it seems to me that the older I get, the faster time flies. I’d really love to have a chance to sit down, look back on (3) what has happened, take my time to think things out (4) and catch up (5). But instead, I often rush into (6) decisions, at work I always seem to run out of time, and at home I do everything at the last minute.

Something has to change.

  1. to pass
  2. to continue for longer than you want or think is necessary
  3. to think about something in the past
  4. to consider all the important facts in a situation before deciding or doing something
  5. (to catch up on/with something) – to spend extra time doing something because you haven’t done it earlier
  6. to do something without thinking about it carefully

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