Definition of Phrase in English :

Define Phrase in English

Phrase meaning in English

Meaning of Phrase in English

Pronunciation of Phrase in English

Phrase pronunciation in English

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1. phrase

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

2. musical phrase, phrase

a short musical passage

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

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

4. phrase

dance movements that are linked in a single choreographic sequence


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

put into words or an expression

Example Sentences:
'He formulated his concerns to the board of trustees'

6. phrase

divide, combine, or mark into phrases

Example Sentences:
'phrase a musical passage'

WordNet Lexical Database for English. Princeton University. 2010.


see synonyms of phrase
a group of words forming an immediate syntactic constituent of a clause
Compare clause (sense 1), noun phrase, verb phrase
a particular expression, esp an original one
3. music
a small group of notes forming a coherent unit of melody
(in choreography) a short sequence of dance movements
verb (transitive)
5. music
to divide (a melodic line, part, etc) into musical phrases, esp in performance
to express orally or in a phrase

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see synonyms of phrase
a manner or style of speech or expression; phraseology
a short, colorful or forceful expression
a connected series of movements in a formal dance
4.  Grammar
a sequence of two or more words conveying a single thought or forming a distinct part of a sentence but not containing a subject and predicate
see also clause
5.  Linguistics
a group of words that functions as a syntactic unit
6.  Music
a short, distinct part or passage, usually of two, four, or eight measures
verb transitive, verb intransitiveWord forms: phrased or ˈphrasing
to express in words or in a phrase
8.  Music
to mark off or divide (notes) into phrases

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see synonyms of phrase
1. A sequence of words that have meaning, especially when forming part of a sentence.
a. A characteristic way or mode of expression: an apt turn of phrase.
b. A brief, apt, and cogent expression: the phrase "out of the frying pan and into the fire."
3. Music A short passage or segment, often consisting of four measures or forming part of a larger unit.
4. A series of dance movements forming a unit in a choreographic pattern.
v. phrased, phras·ing, phras·es
1. To express orally or in writing: The speaker phrased several opinions.
2. Music
a. To divide (a passage) into phrases.
b. To combine (notes) in a phrase.
1. To make or express phrases.
2. Music To perform a passage with the correct phrasing.

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