- a sequence of two or more words arranged in a grammatical construction and acting as a unit in a sentence.
- (in English) a sequence of two or more words that does not contain a finite verb and its subject or that does not consist of clause elements such as subject, verb, object, or complement, as a preposition and a noun or pronoun, an adjective and noun, or an adverb and verb.
verb (used with object), phrased, phras·ing.
- to mark off or bring out the phrases of (a piece), especially in execution.
- to group (notes) into a phrase.
verb (used without object), phrased, phras·ing.
- phrasal verb,
- phrase book,
- phrase marker,
- phrase structure,
- phrase structure tree,
- phrase-structure grammar
Origin of phrase
Examples from the Web for phrase
This same outlet worked the phrase “engagement to toyboy lover” into the headline of their article on Fry.Freaking Out About Age Gaps in Gay Relationships Is Homophobic|Samantha Allen|January 9, 2015|DAILY BEAST
I admit, I chuckled when I read the phrase “boomtown effects” in the New York report.
But the phrase “made it” does not properly describe Pomplamoose.
Interpreted more broadly, the phrase loses meaning: what constitutes the necessary threshold of realism?
The phrase of choice to describe Rampal is “self-styled god-man,” which has been repeated ad nauseam in the press.Is India’s Fallen ‘God-Man’ So Different From a Megachurch Pastor?|Jay Michaelson|November 21, 2014|DAILY BEAST
A "Permanent World's Fair" may be a phrase distressing to the literal mind.The Art Of The Moving Picture|Vachel Lindsay
But a minutely literal interpretation of this phrase makes "on the third day" flatly erroneous.A Harmony of the Gospels for Students of the Life of Christ|Archibald Thomas Robertson
Three days had passed away, and Jack Burnham had found that he was, in his own phrase, up to the coffee-room after all.Bye-Ways|Robert Smythe Hichens
The phrase came into her mind, and that in itself startled her more than any fear of him.Old Crow|Alice Brown
I will describe this double stage of the organism by the phrase 'larval dimorphism.'The Life of the Fly|J. Henri Fabre
Word Origin for phrase
1520s, "manner or style of expression," also "group of words with some unity," from Late Latin phrasis "diction," from Greek phrasis "speech, way of speaking, enunciation, phraseology," from phrazein "to express, tell," from phrazesthai "to consider," from PIE *gwhren- "to think" (see frenetic). The musical sense of "short passage" is from 1789.
"to put into a phrase," 1560s; see phrase (n.). Related: Phrased; phrasing.
A group of grammatically connected words within a sentence: “One council member left in a huff”; “She got much satisfaction from planting daffodil bulbs.” Unlike clauses, phrases do not have both a subject and a predicate.