Dictionary

1phrase

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

1
:  a characteristic manner or style of expression :  diction
2
a :  a brief expression; especially :  catchphrase
b :  word
3
:  a short musical thought typically two to four measures long closing with a cadence
4
:  a word or group of words forming a syntactic constituent with a single grammatical function <an adverbial phrase>
5
:  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

2phrase

verb

: to say (something) in a particular way

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

phrasedphras·ing

Full Definition of PHRASE

transitive verb
1
a :  to express in words or in appropriate or telling terms
b :  to designate by a descriptive word or phrase
2
:  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

1570
PHRASE Defined for Kids

1phrase

noun \ˈfrāz\

Definition of PHRASE for Kids

1
:  a group of two or more words that express a single idea but do not form a complete sentence <The group of words “out the door” in “they ran out the door” is a phrase.>
2
:  a brief expression that is commonly used

2phrase

verb
phrasedphras·ing

Definition of PHRASE for Kids

:  to express in words <The boy was unable to phrase his idea.>

Browse

7 ENTRIES FOUND:
Next Word in the Dictionary: phrase bookPrevious Word in the Dictionary: phrasal verbAll Words Near: phrase
July 28, 2015
pachyderm Hear it
an elephant
Take a 3-minute break and test your skills!
How to use a word that (literally) drives some people nuts.
Test your vocab with our fun, fast game
Ailurophobia, and 9 other unusual fears