A phrasal verb is a combination of a verb and one or more particles (small words such as “off”, “up”, and “on”) that together have a different meaning than the individual words. Phrasal verbs are commonly used in English to express various actions and ideas.
- She called off the meeting. (“called off” is a phrasal verb meaning cancel)
- He ran into his old friend at the supermarket. (“run into” is a phrasal verb meaning meet unexpectedly)
Very Simple Definition:
A phrasal verb is a combination of words that together mean something different than the words separately.
- She got up late. (woke up)
- He ran out of pencils. (used all of his pencils)