phrasal verb

noun

Definition of phrasal verb

: a phrase (such 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

First Known Use of phrasal verb

1925

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PHRASAL VERB Defined for English Language Learners

phrasal verb

Definition of phrasal verb for English Language Learners

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


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  1. Spanish Central: Translation of phrasal verb


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