What does phrase mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. phrasenoun

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

  2. phrase, musical phrasenoun

    a short musical passage

  3. idiom, idiomatic expression, phrasal idiom, set phrase, phrasenoun

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

  4. phraseverb

    dance movements that are linked in a single choreographic sequence

  5. give voice, formulate, word, phrase, articulateverb

    put into words or an expression

    "He formulated his concerns to the board of trustees"

  6. phraseverb

    divide, combine, or mark into phrases

    "phrase a musical passage"

Wiktionary

  1. phrasenoun

    A short written or spoken expression.

    Etymology: From phrasis, from φράσις, from φράζω.

  2. phrasenoun

    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. phrasenoun

    A small section of music in a larger piece.

    Etymology: From phrasis, from φράσις, from φράζω.

  4. phraseverb

    To perform a passage with the correct phrasing.

    Etymology: From phrasis, from φράσις, from φράζω.

  5. phraseverb

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

    Etymology: From phrasis, from φράσις, from φράζω.

  6. phraseverb

    To divide into melodic phrases.

    Etymology: From phrasis, from φράσις, from φράζω.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Phrasenoun

    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. Phrasenoun

    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. Phrasenoun

    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. Phrasenoun

    a short clause or portion of a period

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

  5. Phraseverb

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

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

  6. Phraseverb

    to use proper or fine phrases

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

  7. Phraseverb

    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

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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. Donald Trump:

    I actually like that phrase, that's good, I better trademark it.

  2. 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.

  3. Deodatta V. Shenai-Khatkhate:

    The phrase "Survival of the fittest" was first coined by Herbert Spencer in his "Principles of Biology" (1864) after reading Charles Darwin's theory of "natural selection" discussed in "On the Origin of Species" by Darwin - published in the same year. Five years later, Darwin first used Spencer's new phrase "Survival of the fittest" alongside his phrase "natural selection" in his fifth edition of "On the Origin of Species", published in 1869. It's interesting to note that "fittest" is often misconstrued as either the strongest of the species or the most intelligent species, which is neither an accurate description nor the interpretation desired by Darwin in his theory. In actuality, the fittest species is the one that is the most adaptable to change. In other words, those who can become most well adapted to current environment and the changes therein, can have the chance and opportunity to survive. Darwin's theory of natural selection teaches us that it's absolutely important to welcome the change, and manage the change for survival and for becoming the winner. It's really interesting that being the most adaptable to change often outweighs the strength and intelligence factors, contrary to the common understanding of life and the phrase "Survival of the fittest.

  4. The Talmud:

    j'ai lu une phrase: pouvez-vous me dire si elle provient du Talmud? Tu ne seras pas puni pour les pêchés commis, mais pour touts les bons moments que tu n'as pas vécus

  5. Jay Kornegay:

    Whoever coined the phrase 'March Madness' got it correct.

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