|abide by||Respect or obey|
(the law, a decision, a rule)
|If you want to stay at this school, you must abide by the rules.|
|account for||Explain; give a reason||I hope you can account for the money you spent!|
|act on||Take action as a result of something||The police acted on the call they received.|
|act up||Cause pain or annoyance by functioning badly||Dad’s poor knee is acting up again.|
|add up||Make sense; seem reasonable||Her story just doesn’t add up.|
|adhere to||Support; follow; act in accordance with||All contestants must adhere to the rules.|
|advise against||Recommend not doing something||The doctor advised him against carrying heavy loads.|
|agree with||Have the same opinion as someone else||I agree with you. I think she deserves the award too.|
|aim at||Direct towards a target||The policeman aimed his gun at the hijacker.|
|allow for||Take into consideration;|
Include in a calculation
|You’d better leave early to allow forheavy traffic.|
|angle at||Show from a particular point of view.||The documentary was angled at young viewers.|
|angle for||Try to obtain something by hinting.||I suspect Tom’s angling for a free ticket.|
|answer back||Reply rudely|| Don’t answer back your mother!|
|answer for||1) Be responsible for something.|
2) Speak on behalf of someone.
|1) Normally parents have to answer fortheir children’s behaviour.|
2) I agree, but I can’t answer for my associate.
|appeal to||1)Plead or make an earnest request.|
2) Be attractive or interesting.
|1) The organizers appealed to the crowd to stay calm.|
2) Camping doesn’t appeal to me.
|apply for||Make a formal request for something|
(job, permit, loan, etc.)
|He applied for the job advertised.|
|ask after||Enquire about someone’s well-being.||My mother is always asking after you.|
|ask around||Mention it to people you see or meet.||I’ll ask around and see if anyone has seen your cat.|
|ask out||Invite someone to lunch, dinner, the cinema …||John has asked Mary out several times.|
|avail (oneself) of||Take advantage of something|
|When the company is privatized, you should avail yourself of the opportunity and buy some shares.|