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verb that is joined with another word (such as a verb followed by a preposition, adverb)
A phrasal verb is a combination of a verb and a single-word or multi-word prepositional phrase (alt. preposition, adverb, particle) that form a complete (i.e. combined) semantic unit as a phrase. Alternative terms are ‘compound verb’, ‘verb-adverb combination’, ‘verb-particle construction’(VPC), AmE ‘two-part word/verb’ and ‘three-part word/verb’ (depending on the number of particles), and multi-word verb (MWV). According to Tom McArthur: "...the term ‘phrasal verb’ was first used by Logan Pearsall Smith, in "Words and Idioms" (1925), in which he states that the OED Editor Henry Bradley suggested the term to him."
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1. an English verb followed by one or more particles where the combination behaves as a syntactic and semantic unit; "`turn out' is a phrasal verb in the question `how many turned out to vote?'"
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