WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2015
phrase /freɪz/USA pronunciation n., v., phrased, phras•ing.

n. [countable]
  • Grammara group of two or more words constituting a grammatical unit and lacking a finite verb or a subject and verb:A phrase can be a preposition and a noun or pronoun, an adjective and a noun, or an adverb and a verb, but it is not a clause and is not a sentence.
  • a characteristic, popular, or well-known expression:That tune had some catchy phrases in it.
  • a brief statement or remark.
  • Music and Dancea division or part of a piece of music, commonly a passage of four or eight measures.

  • v. [+ object]
  • to express or say (something) in a particular way:Let me phrase it this way: Your services are no longer needed at this company.

  • Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

    phrase /freɪz/ n
    1. a group of words forming an immediate syntactic constituent of a clause
      Compare clause
    2. a small group of notes forming a coherent unit of melody
    vb (transitive)
    1. to divide (a melodic line, part, etc) into musical phrases, esp in performance
    2. to express orally or in a phrase
    Etymology: 16th Century: from Latin phrasis, from Greek: speech, from phrazein to declare, tell

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