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English definition of “phrasal verb”

phrasal verb

noun [C]
 
 
/ˌfreɪzəlˈvɜːb/
B1 a verb together with an adverb or preposition that has a different meaning to the meaning of its separate parts. For example 'look up' and 'carry on' are phrasal verbs. Parts of speechVerb forms, tenses and types of verbs
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