Definition of verb phrase in English:

verb phrase


  • The part of a sentence containing the verb and any direct or indirect object, but not the subject.

    • ‘We typically identify powers with a certain standard locution, employing the infinitives of verbs along with verb phrases.’
    • ‘Note the future tense employed by the operative verb phrase here: will support.’
    • ‘But that verb doesn't have to be the very first word in the verb phrase.’
    • ‘This latest version derives a representation of the sentence in terms of noun phrases, verb phrases, etc.’
    • ‘The subject nominal is in the oblique form and the verb phrase lacks tense and agreement markers.’


verb phrase

/ˈvərb ˌfrāz/