phrasal verbs

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brush up (on) sth
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to improve your skills in something: I'm trying to brush up on my French before I go to Paris.
come round
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to change your opinion of something, often influenced by another person's opinion: He'll come round to my point of view, given a bit of time.
come up with
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to suggest or think of an idea or plan: She's come up with some amazing scheme to double her income.
face up to sth
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to accept that a difficult situation exists: She's going to have to face up to the fact that he's not going to marry her.
figure out
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to finally understand something or someone, or find the solution to a problem after a lot of thought: [+ question word] I can't figure out why he did it. I find him really odd - I can't figure him out at all. Can you figure out the answer to question 5?
hit upon
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suddenly have an idea, discover something by chance
make out
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to see, hear, or understand something or someone with difficulty: The numbers are too small - I can't make them out at all. I can't make out your writing.
mull over/thing over
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to think carefully about something for a long time
piece together
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learn the truthabout sth by considering all the separate bits of information you have
puzzle out
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solve confusing or complicated problem by thinking carefully about it
read up (on, about)
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get information on a particular subject by reading a lot about it
swot up on
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to learn as much as you can about a subject, especially before an exam: She's at home, swotting up on her maths.
take in
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understand and remember something that you hear or read, accept sth as real or true, trick someone into believing something that is not true
think through
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to carefully consider the possible results of doing something: It sounds like a good idea but we need to think it through.
think up
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invent or imagine something, especially an excuse

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