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"phrasal verb" in British English

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phrasal verbnoun [ C ]

uk /ˌfreɪ.zəl ˈvɜːb/ us /ˌfreɪ.zəl ˈvɝːb/

B1 a phrase that consists of a verb with a preposition or adverb or both, the meaning of which is different from the meaning of its separate parts:

"Pay for", "work out", and "make up for" are all phrasal verbs.

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  • The phrasal verb 'heal up' is intransitive.
  • Some phrasal verbs consist of three words, such as 'look up to'.

(Definition of “phrasal verb” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"phrasal verb" in American English

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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 considered separately:

"Catch on" is a phrasal verb meaning to understand.

(Definition of “phrasal verb” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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