a combination of verb and preposition, often with idiomatic meaning, differing from other phrasal verbs in that an object must always follow the preposition, as take after in The children take after their mother.
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What does “vacillate” mean?
Compare phrasal verb.
Origin of prepositional verb
First recorded in 1960–65
Words nearby prepositional verb
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