noun \ˈfrāz\

: a group of two or more words that express a single idea but do not usually form a complete sentence

: a brief expression that is commonly used

music : a short section of a longer piece of music

Full Definition of PHRASE

:  a characteristic manner or style of expression :  diction
a :  a brief expression; especially :  catchphrase
b :  word
:  a short musical thought typically two to four measures long closing with a cadence
:  a word or group of words forming a syntactic constituent with a single grammatical function <an adverbial phrase>
:  a series of dance movements comprising a section of a pattern

Examples of PHRASE

  1. Answer the questions in complete sentences, not phrases.
  2. She used the phrase I strongly believe too many times in her speech.
  3. Underline the key words or phrases in the paragraph.
  4. To borrow a phrase from my mother, I spend too much time watching the boob tube and not enough time outside.

Origin of PHRASE

Latin phrasis, from Greek, from phrazein to point out, explain, tell
First Known Use: 1530



: to say (something) in a particular way

: to perform (a piece of music) with the notes grouped together in a particular way


Full Definition of PHRASE

transitive verb
a :  to express in words or in appropriate or telling terms
b :  to designate by a descriptive word or phrase
:  to divide into melodic phrases

Examples of PHRASE

  1. He phrased his version of the story in a way that made him look good.
  2. The question was awkwardly phrased.
  3. The singer phrased the music beautifully.

First Known Use of PHRASE



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