phrasal verb


phrasal verb
noun
an English verb followed by one or more particles where the combination behaves as a syntactic and semantic unit
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`turn out' is a phrasal verb in the question `how many turned out to vote?'

Hypernyms: ↑verb

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noun, pl ⋯ verbs [count]
grammar : a group of words that functions as a verb and is made up of a verb and a preposition, an adverb, or both

“Take off” and “look down on” are phrasal verbs.

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ˌphrasal ˈverb [phrasal verb] noun (grammar)
a verb combined with an adverb or a preposition, or sometimes both, to give a new meaning, for example go in for, win over and see to

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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