Definition of verb phrase in English:

verb phrase


  • 1A verb with another word or words indicating tense, mood, or person.

    • ‘But that verb doesn't have to be the very first word in the verb phrase.’
    • ‘The subject nominal is in the oblique form and the verb phrase lacks tense and agreement markers.’
    • ‘This latest version derives a representation of the sentence in terms of noun phrases, verb phrases, etc.’
    • ‘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.’
  • 2A phrasal verb.