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


PHRASAL VERB Defined for English Language Learners

phrasal verb

noun

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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