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phrasal verb

noun

Simple Definition of phrasal verb

  • grammar : a group of words that functions as a verb and is made up of a verb and a preposition, an adverb, or both

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of phrasal verb

  1. :  a phrase (as take off or look down on) that combines a verb with a preposition or adverb or both and that functions as a verb whose meaning is different from the combined meanings of the individual words

1925

First Known Use of phrasal verb

1925


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