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phrase

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noun \ˈfrāz\

Simple Definition of phrase

  • : 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. 1 :  a characteristic manner or style of expression :  diction

  2. 2 a :  a brief expression; especially :  catchphrase b :  word

  3. 3 :  a short musical thought typically two to four measures long closing with a cadence

  4. 4 :  a word or group of words forming a syntactic constituent with a single grammatical function <an adverbial phrase>

  5. 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


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phrase

verb

Simple Definition of phrase

  • : 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

phrasedphras·ing

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

  3. 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.



1570

First Known Use of phrase

1570



PHRASE Defined for Kids

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phrase

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noun \ˈfrāz\

Definition of phrase

  1. 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. 2 :  a brief expression that is commonly used




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phrase

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verb

Definition of phrase

phrasedphras·ing

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





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