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phrasal verbnoun [C]

 /ˈfreɪ·zəl ˈvɜrb/
grammar a ​combination of a verb and an ​adverb or a verb and a ​preposition, or both, in which the ​combination has a ​meaning different from the ​meaning of the words ​consideredseparately: "Catch on" is a phrasal verb ​meaning to ​understand.
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