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Excuse me to ask you this.

The following is the sentence on the famous dictionary.

"Some software can be configured to prevent children from giving out their phone numbers on the internet."

I searched the meanings for give out on the same web dictionary, and I found the meanings of 'give out'. It says:

phrasal verb
(NOT CONTINUE)
to last no longer, or to work no longer:
Food supplies will give out by the end of the week.

I think the upper one means the other meanings such as 'pass on', 'release' or so.

Is it right or not?

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In your sentence, as you thought, 'pass on their phone numbers' means give/reveal their phone numbers to somebody.

The dictionary does not list this meaning because in this context. 'pass on' is not a phrasal verb: it's just a verb with a preposition.

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Yes, you're right.


"Giving out" here means: to provide, pass on.

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Oh! Thank you for the good explanation.

But it's quite strange for me. I can't distinguish a phrasal verb and a verb with a preposition.

I want to know more about it. How to lood into it? Or could you explain more with detail comments?

AcbeatI want to know more about it

A verb in a multi-word verb (phrasal verb) takes on a different meaning.

This is the best online dictionary for phrasal verbs.
For example, pass out can have two meanings, and they are different from the verb "pass". It is also good for common idioms.

The teacher passed out the exams. (He gave an exam to each student)
The teacher passed out. (The teacher lost consciousness.)

Give out has several entries:

give out

1. To allow to be known; declare publicly: gave out the bad news.2. To send forth; emit: gave out a steady buzzing.3. To distribute: gave out the surplus food.4. To stop functioning; fail.5. To become used up or exhausted; run out: Their determination finally gave out.
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Alright, stars!

It depends on being different from the verb without preposition and not different from whether it is phrasal verb or not, right?

Alright, Stars!

It depends on whether the verb has the same meaning as the verb without preposition or not, right?