What does phrase mean?

Definitions for phrase
freɪzphrase

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. phrase(noun)

    an expression consisting of one or more words forming a grammatical constituent of a sentence

  2. phrase, musical phrase(noun)

    a short musical passage

  3. idiom, idiomatic expression, phrasal idiom, set phrase, phrase(noun)

    an expression whose meanings cannot be inferred from the meanings of the words that make it up

  4. phrase(verb)

    dance movements that are linked in a single choreographic sequence

  5. give voice, formulate, word, phrase, articulate(verb)

    put into words or an expression

    "He formulated his concerns to the board of trustees"

  6. phrase(verb)

    divide, combine, or mark into phrases

    "phrase a musical passage"

Wiktionary

  1. phrase(Noun)

    A short written or spoken expression.

    Etymology: From phrasis, from φράσις, from φράζω.

  2. phrase(Noun)

    A word or group of words that functions as a single unit in the syntax of a sentence, usually consisting of a head, or central word, and elaborating words.

    Etymology: From phrasis, from φράσις, from φράζω.

  3. phrase(Noun)

    A small section of music in a larger piece.

    Etymology: From phrasis, from φράσις, from φράζω.

  4. phrase(Verb)

    To perform a passage with the correct phrasing.

    Etymology: From phrasis, from φράσις, from φράζω.

  5. phrase(Verb)

    To express (an action, thought or idea) by means of words.

    Etymology: From phrasis, from φράσις, from φράζω.

  6. phrase(Verb)

    To divide into melodic phrases.

    Etymology: From phrasis, from φράσις, from φράζω.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Phrase(noun)

    a brief expression, sometimes a single word, but usually two or more words forming an expression by themselves, or being a portion of a sentence; as, an adverbial phrase

    Etymology: [F., fr. L. phrasis diction, phraseology, Gr. , fr. to speak.]

  2. Phrase(noun)

    a short, pithy expression; especially, one which is often employed; a peculiar or idiomatic turn of speech; as, to err is human

    Etymology: [F., fr. L. phrasis diction, phraseology, Gr. , fr. to speak.]

  3. Phrase(noun)

    a mode or form of speech; the manner or style in which any one expreses himself; diction; expression

    Etymology: [F., fr. L. phrasis diction, phraseology, Gr. , fr. to speak.]

  4. Phrase(noun)

    a short clause or portion of a period

    Etymology: [F., fr. L. phrasis diction, phraseology, Gr. , fr. to speak.]

  5. Phrase(verb)

    to express in words, or in peculiar words; to call; to style

    Etymology: [F., fr. L. phrasis diction, phraseology, Gr. , fr. to speak.]

  6. Phrase(verb)

    to use proper or fine phrases

    Etymology: [F., fr. L. phrasis diction, phraseology, Gr. , fr. to speak.]

  7. Phrase(verb)

    to group notes into phrases; as, he phrases well. See Phrase, n., 4

    Etymology: [F., fr. L. phrasis diction, phraseology, Gr. , fr. to speak.]

Freebase

  1. Phrase

    In everyday speech, a phrase may refer to any group of words. In linguistics, a phrase is a group of words that form a constituent and so function as a single unit in the syntax of a sentence. A phrase is lower on the grammatical hierarchy than a clause.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Phrase

    frāz, n. two or more words expressing a single idea by themselves, or showing the manner or style in which a person expresses himself: part of a sentence: a short pithy expression: phraseology: (mus.) a short clause or portion of a sentence.—v.t. to express in words: to style.—n. Phrase′-book, a book containing or explaining phrases.—adj. Phrase′less, incapable of being described.—ns. Phrase′-man, Phrase′-mong′er, a wordy speaker or writer; Phrā′seogram, Phrā′seograph, a combination of shorthand characters to represent a phrase or sentence.—adjs. Phraseolog′ic, -al, pertaining to phraseology: consisting of phrases.—adv. Phraseolog′ically.—ns. Phraseol′ogist, a maker or a collector of phrases; Phrāseol′ogy, style or manner of expression or arrangement of phrases: peculiarities of diction: a collection of phrases in a language; Phrā′ser, a mere maker or repeater of phrases.—adj. Phrā′sical.—n. Phrā′sing, the wording of a speech or passage: (mus.) the grouping and accentuation of the sounds in a melody. [Fr.,—L.,—Gr. phrasisphrazein, to speak.]

Editors Contribution

  1. phrase

    An expression of words.

    There are many phrases we use daily like - unity and teamwork makes the plan work.......

    Submitted by MaryC on March 15, 2020  

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British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'phrase' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #3359

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'phrase' in Written Corpus Frequency: #2607

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'phrase' in Nouns Frequency: #1054

Anagrams for phrase »

  1. pasher, phaser, seraph, shaper, sharpe, Sherpa, sherpa, sphear

  2. Sherpa

How to pronounce phrase?

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    Alex
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    Daniel
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    Karen
    Karen
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    Veena
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How to say phrase in sign language?

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of phrase in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of phrase in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of phrase in a Sentence

  1. Ben Carson:

    I’ve learned how to phrase things in a way that people can actually hear what I’m saying, if you use certain words, it can be the most wonderful thing, they won’t hear it.

  2. Kellyanne Conway:

    I don't use that phrase. Yet there is ample evidence that the media are often the enemy of the relevant.

  3. Bob Costas:

    I recall the phrase,' It's a six-hour, daylong celebration of football, and you're not the right person to celebrate football,' to which my response was not,' Oh please, please, change your mind.' My response was,' Yeah, I guess you're right.'.

  4. Prime Minister Prayuth:

    I will cite a phrase that you all are familiar with: Rome wasn't built in a day.

  5. Lu Lu:

    'Food and sex are the basic desires of humans,' and the phrase has not changed in more than 5,000 years, 'Release your basic instincts' and 'Liberate yourself' are the two concepts we used as the basis for the restaurant.

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