phrasal

adjective
phras·​al | \ ˈfrā-zəl How to pronounce phrasal (audio) \

Definition of phrasal

: of, relating to, or consisting of a phrase phrasal prepositions

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Other Words from phrasal

phrasally \ ˈfrā-​zə-​lē How to pronounce phrasal (audio) \ adverb

Examples of phrasal in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Repetition has an indelible place in Black expressive culture: in the syncopated rhythms of jazz, the phrasal repetitions of the blues and the guttural moans of soul made meaningful by dint of remarkable vocal performances. Adam Bradley, New York Times, 4 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of phrasal

1859, in the meaning defined above

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phrasal verb

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“Phrasal.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/phrasal. Accessed 23 Sep. 2021.

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phrasal

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of phrasal

: of, relating to, or consisting of a phrase or phrases

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