phrasal verb


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

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1925, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of phrasal verb was in 1925

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“Phrasal verb.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Feb. 2020.

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English Language Learners 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

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