a group of words including a verb and its complements, objects, or other modifiers that functions syntactically as a verb. In English a verb phrase combines with a noun or noun phrase acting as subject to form a simple sentence.
a phrase consisting of a main verb and any auxiliaries but not including modifiers, objects, or complements.
The verb phrase which appears in the surface structure is derived from the complement sentence in the deep structure.
British Dictionary definitions for verb phrase
(grammar) a constituent of a sentence that contains the verb and any direct and indirect objects but not the subject. It is a controversial question in grammatical theory whether or not this constituent is to be identified with the predicate of the sentence VP