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phrase

play
noun \ ˈfrāz \

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 in a Sentence

  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.

Recent Examples of phrase from the Web

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Origin and Etymology of phrase

Latin phrasis, from Greek, from phrazein to point out, explain, tell


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phrase

verb

Definition of phrase

phrased; phrasing
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 in a Sentence

  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.

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First Known Use of phrase

1556



PHRASE Defined for English Language Learners

phrase

play
noun

Definition of phrase for English Language Learners

  • : 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


phrase

verb

Definition of phrase for English Language Learners

  • : to say (something) in a particular way

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


PHRASE Defined for Kids

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phrase

play
noun \ ˈfrāz \

Definition of phrase for Students

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

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phrase

verb

Definition of phrase for Students

phrased; phrasing
:to express in words
  • The boy was unable to phrase his idea.


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